Farewell, 2010. Hello new year!

Happy New Year

It's that time again. Time to reflect on all the great things that have happened in 2010 and then to set our sites on a new year. At LightCMS, we are all very grateful for the tremendous support of our customers. We're excited about all that has been accomplished this year and even more excited about what's on the horizon.

A look back

2010 has been another great year. It's been a year of celebration as our company turned ten years strong. It's also been another year of tremendous growth for LightCMS, as our revenues grew by nearly 50% in 2010. Our company was again recognized as one of the fastest-growing in America on the Inc. 5000, our third consecutive year to receive this honor. We're very pleased to have been able to maintain such healthy growth in the midst of a struggling economy while still maintaining our debt-free and investor-free position. 

Of course, there were tons of upgrades to the LightCMS system as well. We overhauled the WYSIWYG editing experience, added or enhanced some powerful new design tokens, made huge improvements to the photo gallery, allowed for author comment styling on the blog, provided better functionality for administrating a site from touch devices, and, oh yes, overhauled the entire admin interface including a redesign of the admin toolbar with customizable colors for better branding integration. And these are just the highlights. There were tons of other tweaks and improvements as well.

2010 also brought a few important marketing milestones. We set up the LightCMS Facebook page. We acquired the LightCMS.com domain name. We sponsored the Future of Web Design conference in New York, and we held the "10 iPads in 10 days" giveaway to end all giveaways.

And perhaps most exciting, 2010 was the first full year of our Shine the Light! program. Through the program, we partnered with LightCMS designers to donate ten websites to ten different non-profit organizations. This, in addition to the four websites our company donated to non-profits through our own giveaways. That makes fourteen websites donated to fourteen different non-profits this year. That's a number we're very excited about. If you haven't checked out the Shine the Light! program, please do. We'd love to partner with you in 2011!

A look ahead

As great as 2010 was, we're even more excited about 2011. There's so much good stuff to come, including a secret project so big that we've given it a code name. You may hear us talking about "Project Tuscany" from time to time. I'm sorry we can't tell you what it is, but we can say that when it rolls out, it's going to be the most significant improvement in LightCMS history. This is a massive project, so we're still a ways away from giving a launch date. However, we are pretty confident it will be debuting in 2011, possibly even in the first half of the year.

A huge word of thanks

Looking back, we are incredibly grateful for the support each one of you shows our company and our product. We don't take your business for granted, and we're honored to share such a close and friendly working relationship with so many of you. Thank you for your support and for your friendship.

Our commitment for 2011 is the same as it has been every year since our company was founded. That is to provide our customers with the best products and the highest level of service possible. From our family to yours, we hope you have a wonderful end to 2010 and we look forward to continuing our work with you in the new year.