InHeritage was born in the summer of 1999 while touring the rugged island of Vinalhaven off the coast of Maine. It was there that we decided to launch a primary document digitization service for local / regional historical organizations. A turn-key operation, our plan was to create digital-archives and push that history online; our aim: preserve-and-present content as a public trust. Kerri suggested an appropriate name that would stick “in heritage”
. On August 14, 1999, we purchased our first URL, giving InHeritage a spiritual birthplace and actual birthdate … We also had created a product years ahead of its time (back when hosting plans were still measured in MBs) and out-of-reach for the limited budgets of most local / regional organizations.
Luckily, our initial marketing drive uncovered an even greater need: general web development services. The call for these services was at a fever-pitch in the late ’90s, a fact no less true within the historical and preservation community, and niche non-profits. We came in with a unique advantage: we placed the presentation of content at the core of our productions. We found organizations, societies and documentarians that wanted solutions geared towards depth, not surface-thin “brochure-ware” templates that could just as easily be used for a hotel chain or car dealer. In addition, the mentioned budgetary limitations had these operations searching for solid site-solutions without the design agency price-tag. We put aside our scanners and copy-stands, and trained our focus on “web design and development services for the historical community.”
From the beginning, our clients have come in all sizes … In step, our initial offerings were a range of custom-development plans tied to budget-ranges: the entry-level “Shaker,” mid-road “Craftsman” and “Mission,” and our enterprise plan: “Empire.” (Yes, we are architecture fans!) These were flexible plans / site-platforms that could match any budget to a custom development. That is how we separated ourselves: a commitment to custom-development and a unique presence for our clients. Key to our wide-ranging budget-matching ability was—and still is—a talent-rich pool of professionals eager to fill production roles we could not … Combining our own skill-sets with “network associates” has always allowed us to mix-and-match teams across the arc of funding possibilities.
We have seen technologies come-and-go. HTML 2, 3 and 4 leading up to our first attempts at proprietary content-managed systems and a big bear-hug embrace of presentation applications: Flash, Web 2.0 and the dynamic use of XML, generally. But the advent of non-proprietary custom-developed CMS was more than an incremental step. It redefined our entire approach, pushing us beyond project-range plans and transforming our relationships with our clients. Add to this an emphasis placed on the implementation of online operational systems (from host-design to DNS to site-optimization) and we had made the jump to “online operations for historical organizations.”
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