August marked our 13th birthday as a dedicated Drupal agency, and we would like to take this opportunity to look back to our beginnings, and what the internet, and Drupal were like way back when we started.
In 2003, the year before Ixis was born, less than 10% of the world’s population had access to the internet, and in most cases that access was through a dial up connection. Now that number is nearing 50%, and with the advances in broadband and WiFi technology, and the constant improvement and downsizing of tech, the Internet is a bigger part of our lives than ever, and shows no sign of slowing down.
Drupal was created in an Antwerp dorm room in 2000 where a reliable internet connection was rare. Dries Buytaert and Hans Snijder created a wireless bridge between their rooms, and created what would become Drupal so that they could share news and messages among their friends. Now it has been over 16 years since they released the software and the collaborative spirit still exists in the Drupal community.
At Ixis we were quick to realise the potential of this emerging open source platform, and broadened our service offering to include everything from development and hosting through to 24/7 support. We realised that by focusing on everything Drupal, we could give our clients an experience that would help them stand out from the crowd.
It is not an exaggeration to say that the Internet has shaped the way that we communicate with each other and do business today. Whereas a website used to be a nice-to-have, now it is a necessity, and the quality of your website can make or break your organisation. Your site has to be dynamic and reactive, always available, navigable, and rich with information.
We took a glance back through the Internet Archives WayBackMachine to remember where Ixis started on the Internet 13 years ago...
We’ve been at the coalface of development for 13 years and in the world of web development 13 years is a pretty long time. However, it’s experience we are proud to be able to pass on our clients - for many more years to come!
As we move into our teenage years we’re growing up with bigger partnerships and enterprise clients who appreciate and depend on our services; clients we’d never have envisaged working with back when we began. Perhaps next is the inevitable growth spurts of Adolescence as we look to grow the team in the years ahead.
An exciting time to celebrate - Happy Birthday Ixis! 🎂 🎉