Dropping out of college to build a web hosting company in 1996. Most people would raise their eyebrows when they see this as the starting point of someone’s career…
Web hosting in 1996! How is that possible? And that, too, without any formal education? That just seems too big a risk to take. But it’s something that Christopher Hughes dared to do back then.
Starting a web hosting company
Christopher’s journey in web hosting started 24 years ago when the internet was unknown to millions. He built his first UK-based web hosting company in 1996 when most of his age went to the university. Christopher chose not to. He had a natural inclination towards the fun, albeit unfamiliar, world of web hosting. His first web hosting service went on to host more than 50,000 websites of different companies in the UK.
His meteoric rise attracted the attention of Fasthosts, UK’s largest web hosting company. They offered to buy Christopher’s company to which he agreed. Christopher even joined Fasthosts as a part of a 12-member product team. His stint at Fasthosts lasted until 2002 when it was time to start creating again.
Although Christopher sold his company, he always wanted to get back to running a business. From 2003, Christopher got the opportunity to run multiple locations that included the giant bar and pub website. He managed to attract over 20 million visitors since the website’s launch. This led Christopher to win many awards. He even came up with a cruise and destination website nominated for multiple awards in the 8 years it has been running.
Christopher knew web hosting like the back of his hand. But he also wanted to venture into offline business. This idea gave birth to his very own bakery that he owned in Cotswolds Town of Cheltenham Spa. It allowed Christopher to come face to face with his customers for the first time. But the digital world was missing the brilliance of Christopher. He couldn’t leave web hosting for the bakery. And so, he came back to the digital arena in 2017.
Managed WordPress eCommerce stores
This time, Christopher launched another web hosting company that became successful soon after its inception. But he also was somebody that was a master of WordPress by then and knowing full well that a massive number of eCommerce websites used this content management system. And so, Christopher came up with mintWP.com, which focuses on helping eCommerce site owners leverage the real power of WordPress to increase targeted traffic and sales.
Christopher is always eager to try new things in life. He started web hosting at a time when the internet was still unknown to many people. Then he dived into WordPress and offered development and maintenance services that most companies don’t provide.
Quite recently, Christopher started another business called RedLettuce, which deals with software acquisition and development. RedLettuce has already acquired three esteemed software products. Christopher now wants to build a more extensive portfolio consisting of WordPress-related products to help his business grow. Christopher Hughes is an inspiration to all those who want to try something new in life. Whether it’s web hosting or anything that interests you, you shouldn’t back away from challenges because facing them gives you the confidence to continue pursuing your dreams and help your career get new wings.
Christopher is always looking at new acquisitions and partnerships, if you want to get in touch – contact him on Facebook or Instagram!