When you are lucky enough do something you love as a career, time passes differently. As I was building out the new site, I suddenly realized that it has been 15 years since I started Ryan Design Studio. The E-Commerce industry has certainly changed since then, and to give you a little perspective, here are a few fun facts about the internet in 2003:
- Facebook, Twitter and YouTube didn’t exist
- Internet Explorer was the dominant browser (88% of all users), Chrome and Firefox hadn’t been created yet
- Only 61% of US adults used the internet vs 89% today
- 15% of US adults had broadband internet at home vs 65% today
- The first Blackberry was released (no Iphones or tablets!)
- 62% of US adults owned a cell phone vs 95% today
- Amazon had $5.2 billion in revenue vs $178 billion in 2017
- X-Cart and osCommerce were the most popular shopping carts (Shopify, Magento, BigCommerce and Volusion didn’t exist yet)
- People still hard-coded their web sites using things like Microsoft Front Page or Dreamweaver
- Flash was still a thing, annoying everyone with unnecessary animations and music when you opened their sites
Personally, I don’t miss much about 2003 other than the fact that it was a heck of a lot easier to get on page 1 in Google!
Today I am proud to say that Ryan Design Studio is the #1 Pinnacle Cart developer in the world, and that wouldn’t be possible without our incredible client base. Many of you have been with us since the beginning, transitioning along with us from X-Cart to Pinnacle Cart. It has been our pleasure to help many of you grow from small start-ups to successful, well-known brands.
Thank you to everyone who has been a part of the Ryan Design Studio family for the last 15 years. Who knows where e-commerce will be in another 15, but I can promise you that Ryan Design Studio will still be here for you!
As a special thank you, we are offering 10% off all of our Pinnacle Cart apps until the end of June. Just mention ‘RDS15’ in your email and we’ll hook you up!