A Small Orange History

Get a full look at A Small Orange's company info and historical timeline.

Steven Johnson
by | Posted: July 18, 2012 | Updated: June 11, 2013

A Small Orange is a web hosting company that provides high quality hosting solutions to individuals as well as large corporations. Their mission is to offer high-end hosting to customers and making the best experience they have ever had with web hosting. They do this with personalized, thorough and responsive technical support.

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Mission: "Our vision is simple and also reflects our commitment to customer service: Perfecting hosting while maintaining a homegrown feel with a focus on people - our customers, our employees, and our community."

Source: http://asmallorange.com/company/

Headquarters Address:

131 Orange Street
Durham, NC 27701


  • Year Founded: 2003
  • Industry: Web Hosting
  • Employees: 25+
  • Current CEO: Douglas Hanna

Historical Timeline


A Small Orange is founded in Atlanta, Ga and begins its trek up the web hosting latter.


Tim Dorr Interviewed By The Admin Zone:
An interview with The Admin Zone with original Co-Founder, Tim Dorr. Talks about founding the company, how their plans for growth, introduction of "Lifetime Plans" and the future of A Small Orange. Tim Dorr, "My goal is to get us to the point where I can walk into the datacenter, unplug a server, and everything keeps humming." Source: http://www.theadminzone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=19882


Tim Dorr Interviewed By TheHostGuru.com:
Tim Dorr interviewed by TheHostGuru.com and excepted at ResellerGuide.com. Answering a question about Grid Servers vs Clusters. Read more about it here http://www.resellerguide.com/articles/site-news/a-small-orange-interview-thehostguru/148


A Small Orange Support Reviewed:
Mark Evens thanks A Small Orange for quick, quality support. "A few frantic e-mails to A Small Orange’s top-notch support people led to a change in the .htaccess files – and, voila, we’re good to go." Source: http://www.markevanstech.com/2007/10/20/hats-off-to-a-small-orange/


Review Of A Small Orange Server Technology:
Reviews of A Small Orange for scripts like Python, Django, FastCGI, and PHP. http://djangofriendly.com/hosts/small-orange/

A Small Orange mbstring Review:
Review of A Small Orange for using mbstring in PHP 4. http://sagrising.cockrumpublishing.com/a-small-orange-rocks


A Small Orange Attends Startup Weekend Atlanta:
This event is a 54 hour meeting place where entrepreneurs, developers and startups all come together. They have guest speakers and startup presentations. http://atlanta.startupweekend.org/2009/11/10/a-small-orange/

A Small Orange Top 7 Webhosts:
A Small Orange makes it onto Lifehacker's "Most Popular Reliable and Affordable Web Hosts" list. Chosen by 200+ comments left on a blog post before this post was published. They voted A Small Orange in the top 7. Source: http://lifehacker.com/5124856/most-popular-reliable-and-affordable-web-hosts


A Small Orange Featured in 37signal.com:
A Small Orange appears in 37signal.com's "Bootstrapped, Profitable, & Proud: TechSmith, Litmus, iData, and A Small Orange". Douglas Hanna expresses enthusiasm over good support and growth in the web hosting industry. Source: http://37signals.com/svn/posts/2477-bootstrapped-profitable-proud-techsmith-litmus-idata-and-a-small-orange

A Small Orange Possible Acquisition By Brent Oxley:
"A Small Orange Inspires" by ATDC a Georgia Tech group. It talks about the possibility of Brent Oxley, Founder of HostGator, acquiring A Small Orange. Source: http://atdc.org/2010/03/a-small-orange-inspires.html


A Small Orange Hires Ryan MacDonald:
"Ryan MacDonald Appointed Director of Technology at A Small Orange" a prweb.com press release by A Small Orange about the hiring of their newest team member. Source: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/8/prweb8701878.htm

A Small Orange Partners With Stopthehacker.com:
"A Small Orange offer Website Reputation Protection Services" by Pingzine.com. A Small Orange partners with website security provider Stopthehacker.com. Source: http://www.pingzine.com/a-small-orange-offer-website-reputation-protection-services/

CEO Douglas Hanna Interviewed:
Interview with Douglas Hanna about A Small Orange. Talks about what it's like being a sophomore at Duke and a CEO of A Small Orange. He talks about his experience in hosting and talks about growing up in the IT industry. Source: http://www.dukegen.com/profiles/interview-with-douglas-hanna-13

A Small Orange Partners With Spring Metrics:
Spring Metric tracks websites as they convert customers. Allowing for users to make strategic changes with the results. Source: http://www.prweb.com/releases/ASmallOrange/Conversion-Analytics/prweb8888707.htm

A Small Orange Partners With CodeGuard:
"Partnership Announced Between A Small Orange and CodeGuard". A press release about the partnership between A Small Orange and CodeGuard. CodeGuard backs up websites securely and keeps them safe for free. Source: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/partnership-announced-between-a-small-orange-and-codeguard-143620716.html


A Note From Douglas Hanna to Joomla Hosting Reviews:
CEO of A Small Orange, Douglas Hanna, discusses his companies vision and what customers think of them. Source: http://www.joomlahostingreviews.com/news/a-note-from-a-small-orange-ceo-douglas-hanna.html

A Small Orange Partners With CloudFlare:
CloudFlare is a company that protects websites from spammers and hackers. Source: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/a-small-orange-partners-with-cloudflare-now-offering-website-performance-and-security-for-free-138556039.html

A Small Orange Partners With Softaculous:
Softaculous provides free 1-click installations of the worlds best web applications. Source: http://www.prlog.org/11840190-web-host-small-orange-partners-with-softaculous.html

A Small Orange Lifehacker's Top 5 Web Hosts:
A Small Orange makes it into Lifehacker's top 5 web hosting companies list. Source: http://lifehacker.com/5911651/five-best-web-hosting-companies

America's Coolest College Start-ups by Inc.
A list of the most interesting startup companies in the US in 2012. Source: http://www.inc.com/coolest-college-start-ups-2012/caitlin-berens/a-small-orange-douglas-hanna.html

Douglas Hanna Discusses Office Environments:
TedxRaleigh Douglas Hanna Challenging The Traditional Office. Video:


ASO + SSD = Unmatched Reliabibility And Performance:
A Small Orange adds solid state drives as an option to all plans. Dedicated server plans have the abillity to choose either SSD or HDD at no additional cost. Source: http://blog.asmallorange.com/aso-ssd-unmatched-reliability-and-performance/

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Steven Johnson

Steven is a Joomla web developer and worked with Joomla since the Mambo days. He has built websites for startup businesses all the way to for Fortune 500 companies. A graduate of Georgia Tech in Chemical Engineering, he now happily spends his time building websites and reviewing all types of technology.