Simon & Mike
About the Early Days
NZServers began trading around 1998, becoming a company in the year 2002.
Mike Wilkinson and Simon Weller saw a future for the web that in the early days was confined to dial up connections.
Web hosting costs were expensive along with the dial up connections, which restricted the market at that time.
Hosting costs when I entered the market were $100 per month for 10MB of disk quota and almost the same allocation for bandwidth.
Web Server Involvement
We began by leasing space from other web hosting firms.
As we got deeper into PHP and MYSQL, we wanted to control our server environment that began our journey into web hosting.
It wasn’t always plain sailing as we soon realised that cheap wasn’t always the best move that saw us move several times to different hosting centers.
The early days we worked out of Carlyle Street in Sydenham as technology was still evolving but not to the point we could work remotely
When Simon left for the USA Mike Wilkinson moved from Carlyle Street to work from home.
October 2012 saw a shift to Waiau in North Canterbury, which was a temporary move until we found suitable accommodation.
In late April 2013, we moved to Rotherham in North Canterbury, which is now our current location.
Hurunui Web is a trading division of NZServers to create an identity in the local market
Our customers range from New Zealand, Australia and Fiji.
Initially, all our clients were web hosting clients.
As the market shifted, we had customers who wanted to lease space from our server, which began our dealer involvement.
Not all dealers lasted in the market that saw us take over some clients who are still with us today.
We also managed dedicated servers for other web developers who had grown too big for a virtual server.
Today we have a mixture of Web hosting only clients, dealers and private clients.
Content Management Software (CMS) in the late 90’s was expensive to buy.
Some of our dealers wanted an affordable CMS solution.
In response to that, we developed a product called ‘Fastpage’ offering this Free of charge to clients.
As we both had extensive knowledge of PHP and MYSQL, we began helping out dealers with other packages such as e-commerce solutions.
We have now ceased any development work on Fastpage.
CMS is now mainly open source where products like WordPress dominates the market for CMS solutions and OpenCart for e-commerce solutions.