Our Story
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What is webmate?

WebMate is an established and innovative web company which offers you a new way to manage your online content in one place and without the tech jargon – including our super-powerful, super-easy web builder, hosting, email and domains. And the best thing is that we’re on hand to help, advise and support your online presence growth. We believe in making things easier.

OUR STORY?

We started out in the early days of the internet, right back in 1996 as an ISP focussed on the Mac platform. Over more than 20 years we’ve built a strong network and reputation that embodies our core values of speed, reliability, fairness and ease of use. We’ve won many awards along the way and WebMate has become one of our most successful products since we first started building it (then MacMate) in 2013. We manage our own infrastructure and super-fast global network. WebMate has evolved over the years and is now a leading web building platform that delivers more control and better, award-winning support.

  • It all started in 1996…

    macace-timeline Our Story

    WebMate’s parent company started out over 20 years ago when the internet was just starting out, and so were we. A very small internet provider offering modem dial up, web hosting and email services initially but with a passion that lives on today: personal, expert support to small businesses.

  • MobileMe Opportunity

    mobileme-timeline Our Story

    Fast forward about 15 years (during which time we’re busy building our network). Inspired by the announcement that Apple will be abandoning MobileMe and iWeb, we set on a mission to design and fund the building of a replacement service dubbed “MacMate.me” to help the hundreds of thousands of users that’ll be left with no hosting and no easy drag-and-drop storage.

  • We start coding “WebMate v1.0”

    developer-timeline Our Story

    As part of our plan to start laying the groundwork and building intial versions of what’s now called “WebMate”, we recruited 3 developers and some additional support and marketing staff as part of our initital, fairly modest fund-raising round and raise invests of £250,000 to get us started (over 75% funded internally).

  • MacMate is born

    macmate-timeline Our Story

    After 1 year of planning and building, we launch the initial BETA of WebMate (then called MacMate) is in April 2012 to allow customers to start the easy task of changing their iWeb web host. We also have domain management, gallery and email included in the new $99 per annum service. By our full launch in June, MacMate is taking upwards of 1000 new customers per week and the company doubles in size.

  • Filesharing and Galleries

    filesharing-timeline Our Story

    We add Filesharing and Galleries to MacMate, with public uploads added later in the year. We also come runner up in the MacWorld Best Business Software award!

  • MacMate Lite and MacMate Disk

    storage-timeline Our Story

    MacMate announces 2 new flavours: MacMate Lite and MacMate Disk – with MacMate Lite offering 10GB of free storage! We all needed some free space, right?

  • Web Builder v1

    wordpress-timeline Our Story

    Since Launch in 2012, we’d always had one eye on an evolving online web builder solution which we slowly perfected into the first version of our Web Builder in September of 2014. This year we also introduced Managed WordPress hosting as an option – with a WebMate make-it-easy twist.

  • Multisites

    multisites-timeline Our Story

    During 2015 we were focussed on building more functionality and easy into our Web Builder which was way off a release during this year, but would debut an interim version in 2016 and a v3 in 2017. Meanwhile we continued the rollout of new Functionaility by adding a novel approach to MultiSite hosting.

  • Webbuilder V2

    webbuilderv2-timeline Our Story

    Web Builder v2 was a mid-project release with some really useful extra features, better SEO, modern templates and a new framework for building sites which was much easier (and a half-way point to our v3 due for release in early 2017). WebBuilder v2 was popular and attracted tens of thousands of new users in the launch campaign alone.

  • Web Builder v3

    features-timeline Our Story

    2017 saw a raft of new features like backup and restore – but most importantly, 2 years of hard work getting Web Builder v3 in the hands of our customers was our core focus. It introduced a much slicker signup and build process – as well as a single “Magic” Button to edit pages with. All that was needed now was a new WebMate Control interface – which we started work on mid-2017 for release early 2018.

  • Free Multi Sites

    multisites-timeline Our Story

    Multisites are now free and unlimited on MacMate Pro!

  • A Good Day for WebMate

    webmate-timeline Our Story

    We started 2018 as we meant to go on, with an accelerated upgrade program. First, we unveiled our new WebMate logo, website and all-new packages. And then, the biggest release since we launched in 2012, we finally took the covers off of our new WebMate Control and let customers take it for a spin. The new control panel was easier, clearer and more integrated than ever – offering a whole new class of “easy hosting management”.

  • It all started in 1996…

    2007-macace-timeline-tablet Our Story

    WebMate’s parent company started out over 20 years ago when the internet was just starting out, and so were we. A very small internet provider offering modem dial up, web hosting and email services initially but with a passion that lives on today: personal, expert support to small businesses.

  • MobileMe Opportunity

    2011-mobileme-timeline-tablet Our Story

    Fast forward about 15 years (during which time we’re busy building our network). Inspired by the announcement that Apple will be abandoning MobileMe and iWeb, we set on a mission to design and fund the building of a replacement service dubbed “MacMate.me” to help the hundreds of thousands of users that’ll be left with no hosting and no easy drag-and-drop storage.

  • We start coding “WebMate v1.0”

    2012-developer-timeline-tablet Our Story

    As part of our plan to start laying the groundwork and building intial versions of what’s now called “WebMate”, we recruited 3 developers and some additional support and marketing staff as part of our initital, fairly modest fund-raising round and raise invests of £250,000 to get us started (over 75% funded internally).

  • MacMate is born

    2012-macmate-timeline-tablet Our Story

    After 1 year of planning and building, we launch the initial BETA of WebMate (then called MacMate) is in April 2012 to allow customers to start the easy task of changing their iWeb web host. We also have domain management, gallery and email included in the new $99 per annum service. By our full launch in June, MacMate is taking upwards of 1000 new customers per week and the company doubles in size.

  • Filesharing and Galleries

    2013-sharing-timeline-tablet Our Story

    We add Filesharing and Galleries to MacMate, with public uploads added later in the year. We also come runner up in the MacWorld Best Business Software award!

  • MacMate Lite and MacMate Disk

    2014-free-gb-timeline-tablet Our Story

    MacMate announces 2 new flavours: MacMate Lite and MacMate Disk – with MacMate Lite offering 10GB of free storage! We all needed some free space, right?

  • Web Builder v1

    2015-webbuilderv2-timeline-tablet Our Story

    Since Launch in 2012, we’d always had one eye on an evolving online web builder solution which we slowly perfected into the first version of our Web Builder in September of 2014. This year we also introduced Managed WordPress hosting as an option – with a WebMate make-it-easy twist.

  • Multisites

    2015-multisites-timeline-tablet Our Story

    During 2015 we were focussed on building more functionality and easy into our Web Builder which was way off a release during this year, but would debut an interim version in 2016 and a v3 in 2017. Meanwhile we continued the rollout of new Functionaility by adding a novel approach to MultiSite hosting.

  • Webbuilder V2

    2015-webbuilderv2-timeline-tablet Our Story

    Web Builder v2 was a mid-project release with some really useful extra features, better SEO, modern templates and a new framework for building sites which was much easier (and a half-way point to our v3 due for release in early 2017). WebBuilder v2 was popular and attracted tens of thousands of new users in the launch campaign alone.

  • Web Builder v3

    2017-new-features-timeline-tablet Our Story

    2017 saw a raft of new features like backup and restore – but most importantly, 2 years of hard work getting Web Builder v3 in the hands of our customers was our core focus. It introduced a much slicker signup and build process – as well as a single “Magic” Button to edit pages with. All that was needed now was a new WebMate Control interface – which we started work on mid-2017 for release early 2018.

  • Free Multi Sites

    2017-free-multisites-timeline-tablet Our Story

    Multisites are now free and unlimited on MacMate Pro!

  • A Good Day for WebMate

    2017-webmate-timeline-tablet Our Story

    We started 2018 as we meant to go on, with an accelerated upgrade program. First, we unveiled our new WebMate logo, website and all-new packages. And then, the biggest release since we launched in 2012, we finally took the covers off of our new WebMate Control and let customers take it for a spin. The new control panel was easier, clearer and more integrated than ever – offering a whole new class of “easy hosting management”.

  • It all started in 1996…

    2007-macace-timeline Our Story

    WebMate’s parent company started out over 20 years ago when the internet was just starting out, and so were we. A very small internet provider offering modem dial up, web hosting and email services initially but with a passion that lives on today: personal, expert support to small businesses.

  • MobileMe Opportunity

    2011-mobileme-timeline Our Story

    Fast forward about 15 years (during which time we’re busy building our network). Inspired by the announcement that Apple will be abandoning MobileMe and iWeb, we set on a mission to design and fund the building of a replacement service dubbed “MacMate.me” to help the hundreds of thousands of users that’ll be left with no hosting and no easy drag-and-drop storage.

  • We start coding “WebMate v1.0”

    2012-developer-timeline Our Story

    As part of our plan to start laying the groundwork and building intial versions of what’s now called “WebMate”, we recruited 3 developers and some additional support and marketing staff as part of our initital, fairly modest fund-raising round and raise invests of £250,000 to get us started (over 75% funded internally).

  • MacMate is born

    2012-macmate-timeline Our Story

    After 1 year of planning and building, we launch the initial BETA of WebMate (then called MacMate) is in April 2012 to allow customers to start the easy task of changing their iWeb web host. We also have domain management, gallery and email included in the new $99 per annum service. By our full launch in June, MacMate is taking upwards of 1000 new customers per week and the company doubles in size.

  • Filesharing and Galleries

    2013-sharing-timeline Our Story

    We add Filesharing and Galleries to MacMate, with public uploads added later in the year. We also come runner up in the MacWorld Best Business Software award!

  • MacMate Lite and MacMate Disk

    2014-free-gb-timeline Our Story

    MacMate announces 2 new flavours: MacMate Lite and MacMate Disk – with MacMate Lite offering 10GB of free storage! We all needed some free space, right?

  • Web Builder v1

    2015-webbuilderv2-timeline Our Story

    Since Launch in 2012, we’d always had one eye on an evolving online web builder solution which we slowly perfected into the first version of our Web Builder in September of 2014. This year we also introduced Managed WordPress hosting as an option – with a WebMate make-it-easy twist.

  • Multisites

    2015-multisites-timeline Our Story

    During 2015 we were focussed on building more functionality and easy into our Web Builder which was way off a release during this year, but would debut an interim version in 2016 and a v3 in 2017. Meanwhile we continued the rollout of new Functionaility by adding a novel approach to MultiSite hosting.

  • Webbuilder V2

    2015-webbuilderv2-timeline Our Story

    Web Builder v2 was a mid-project release with some really useful extra features, better SEO, modern templates and a new framework for building sites which was much easier (and a half-way point to our v3 due for release in early 2017). WebBuilder v2 was popular and attracted tens of thousands of new users in the launch campaign alone.

  • Web Builder v3

    2017-new-features-timeline Our Story

    2017 saw a raft of new features like backup and restore – but most importantly, 2 years of hard work getting Web Builder v3 in the hands of our customers was our core focus. It introduced a much slicker signup and build process – as well as a single “Magic” Button to edit pages with. All that was needed now was a new WebMate Control interface – which we started work on mid-2017 for release early 2018.

  • Free Multi Sites

    2017-free-multisites-timeline Our Story

    Multisites are now free and unlimited on MacMate Pro!

  • A Good Day for WebMate

    2017-webmate-timeline Our Story

    We started 2018 as we meant to go on, with an accelerated upgrade program. First, we unveiled our new WebMate logo, website and all-new packages. And then, the biggest release since we launched in 2012, we finally took the covers off of our new WebMate Control and let customers take it for a spin. The new control panel was easier, clearer and more integrated than ever – offering a whole new class of “easy hosting management”.

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Award winning since 1996

Our passion for customer service, providing a well-managed network and a high quality service has been recognized along the years with lots of awards…

MacWorld Awards 2009 – Best Web Host
MacUser Awards 2009 – Web Host of the Year
The ISPA’s 2012 – Winner Customer Choice

The ISPAs 2014 – Winner Best Hosting
MacWorld Awards 2013 – Runner Up – Best Software
The ISPAs 2013 – Finalist Best Customer Service

Our Network

WebMate is powered by our own core network based in Telehouse London, New York and Boston USA. The very highest levels of security and the fastest, best-maintained servers run a fully redundant system end-to-end – meaning we have no single point of failure in any of our systems.

  • Ultra-fast worldwide network
  • Secure and well managed
  • Highly resilient architecture
  • 24/7/365 monitoring
  • Latest hardware and storage
  • Multiple datacentERs around the world

Our Network

WebMate is powered by our own core network based in Telehouse London, New York and Boston USA. The very highest levels of security and the fastest, best-maintained servers run a fully redundant system end-to-end – meaning we have no single point of failure in any of our systems.

  • Ultra-fast worldwide network
  • Secure and well managed
  • Highly resilient architecture
  • 24/7/365 monitoring
  • Latest hardware and storage
  • Multiple datacentres around the world

Meet the team

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Gary Hall
CEO/Founder

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James Brown
Lead Web Developer

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Lewis Camps
Technical Support Manager

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Pete Smith
Lead Web Technical Support Engineer & Solutions Expert

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Alex Madgwick
Web Developer

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Stefan Machno
Graphic Design

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Emily Bullock
Accounts Administrator

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Charlie Hofman
Technical Support Apprentice

Meet the team

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Gary Hall
CEO/Founder

Since starting the parent company MacAce back in 1996, Gary has steered WebMate’s development ever since. With a great deal of sysops expertise, marketing and a keen eye for design – he keeps a small but highly focussed team punching well above their weight on an international stage. Worst at gaming, but only because everyone gangs up on him, apparently.

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James Brown
Lead Web Developer

Having joined our growing team just as we were launching WebMate in 2014 as a junior web developer, James has progressed through our rankings to become our lead web developer. A wealth of coding expertise helps James keep a small but perfectly formed web development team delivering new features, upgrades and general maintenance across the whole company

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Lewis Camps
Support Manager

Tinkering with electronics and computers since childhood, Lewis has always had a keen interest in technology and today manages a super-efficient, friendly team of committed helpers on hand to assist all of our WebMate customers around the world from our UK base.

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Pete Smith
Solutions Expert

Pete’s our longest serving team member and knows everything about all of our products. So he’s the guy to talk to if you’re unsure of which WebMate product is best for you. Always friendly and always recommends the best option, not the most expensive one (none of our staff are commission-based)

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Alex Madgwick
Web Developer

Alex has been into web development for almost 20 years, and turned it into a career almost 10 years ago. A newbie to the WebMate family as he only joined in January 2016, now has freedom to let his years of experience flourish here. Officially our sharpest nerf-gunner too.

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Stefan Machno
Graphic Design

Stefan’s our German secret weapon, keeping everything WebMate looking gorgeous – which is more than can be said for his hair sometimes. A keen surfer too, although we are getting tired of wet, salty MacBook Pros now Stefan… When we’re having a company gaming night, Stefan’s a one-man sharp-shooter with all the German swear words to match.

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Emily Bullock
Accounts Administrator

Emily keeps things balanced and deals with customers billing enquiries. It’s not just front-facing enquiries though, Emily takes an active role in the development and UX of our billing and purchase platforms to ensure our customer feedback is put to good use and we make the payment side of the process work well for everyone.

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Charlie Hofman
Junior Support Engineer

Charlie joined us as an apprentice and soon became a firm favorite with our customers with his geeky tech knowledge combined with a friendly charm that customers love. His youthfulness keeps us all hungry for the same enthusiasm and drive he shows too. When we have a gaming night, we try not to invite Charlie, he’s quite good (annoyingly so).


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MacUser Magazine reviewed WebMate when we launched our first version in 2009… “it’s really simple and quick”

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At a Tech Expo in San Francisco in 2013.. WebMate is simple, fast yet elegant and feature-packed

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…simple website creation; good range of features; reliable email; excellent support from award winning ISP… reasonably priced.

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4 Stars – we were getting upload speeds that were four times as fast as iDisk… we began to use WebMate Drive almost as we would a local volume.