<a href="http:\/\/obuweb.com\/better-websites-fast\/" rel="nofollow">Ten years ago<\/a> this month, we launched Pagely and kicked off what has grown into the $2-3 Billion dollar channel known commonly as <a href="https:\/\/pagely.com\/blog\/what-is-managed-wordpress-hosting\/">Managed WordPress Hosting<\/a>. At the time, people questioned the need for the services they now take for granted, and which are increasingly becoming commoditized.\r\n\r\nOver the last decade, the wider WordPress ecosystem has clearly benefited from faster and <a href="https:\/\/pagely.com\/blog\/guide-to-wordpress-security\/">more secure websites<\/a>, better deployment workflows, and knowledgeable, <a href="https:\/\/pagely.com\/support\/">WordPress-specific technical support<\/a>. I\u2019d wager to say the wider hosting market, in general, has also taken notice and adapted to serve a more discerning clientele that has come to expect more than Level 1 call center upsells when interacting with their host.\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s been an exciting and, at times, terrifying journey for Sally and I as we\u2019ve put our efforts towards building a product and then building a company. We\u2019ve become parents during this time and watched as our employees started or expanded their own families. We\u2019ve seen competitors enter, grow, and dominate wide segments of the market.\r\n\r\nWe\u2019ve also stayed true to our simple philosophy of \u201cbusiness is personal\u201d and have endeavored to interact with every employee and every customer with integrity and empathy. <strong>Thank you to all our customers past and present for joining us on this journey.<\/strong>\r\n\r\nAs the Managed WordPress Hosting channel expanded, and the service offerings coalesced around similar feature sets and positioning, we remained laser-focused on moving up the value stack.\r\n\r\nOur approach was driven in dual parts by instinct and survival.\r\n\r\nFor the type of company we wanted to be a part of, one that put our employees and customers first, we had to seek out and serve the top-tier customer base that would support and value that ethos. It\u2019s not a stretch to say we, a revenue-funded company, were also being squeezed by the venture-funded companies with massive war chests and the overseas players that enjoyed lower expenses on labor.\r\n\r\n<img class="lazy alignnone wp-image-15899 size-full" src="https:\/\/pagely.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2018\/08\/3-tiers-managed-wp.svg" alt="Graphic of the Managed WordPress hosting tiers" width="916" height="496" \/>\r\n\r\n<strong>If a company does not adapt, it does not live.<\/strong>\r\n\r\nI would be remiss to not recognize <a href="https:\/\/pagely.com\/pagely-vs\/wpengine\/">WP Engine<\/a>, SiteGround, Pantheon, GoDaddy, and the rest of the now saturated mid-market and B2C WordPress hosting field that have played a significant role in this channel Pagely created. They most definitely have done more than we ever could alone to expand and broaden the landscape... as they continue to bludgeon each other for mass-market supremacy.\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s near impossible to forecast what the next 10 years may bring.\r\n\r\nAt Pagely, we are investing heavily into a new product we feel is the logical next iteration of managed application hosting, <a href="https:\/\/northstack.com\/">NorthStack<\/a>.\r\n\r\nAs technology changes at a quickened pace inline with the evolving tastes of consumers, we are exploring additional application ecosystems beyond WordPress such as Node.js, Laravel, and <a href="https:\/\/northstack.com\/gatsby-wordpress-twenty-nineteen\/">Gatsby<\/a>, while leveraging and building the next generation hosting infrastructure to support it.\r\n\r\n<em>Hi, I\u2019m Joshua Strebel, CEO and Co-founder of Pagely, a 10yr old profitable \u201cstartup\u201d and the innovator of Managed WordPress Hosting.<\/em>\r\n\r\nThank you for attending my TED Talk.