Moonfruit is a UK-based company that offers a website building service.
Moonfruit was launched in January 2000 during the dot com bubble, and was supported entirely by advertisements. When the bubble burst, it became a subscription-based service. Later, the company was bought out by its London-based staff. The service is now in its sixth version, including a French language version, with further languages to follow. In April 2011, over 3.5 million websites had been built using Moonfruit’s point-and-click interface and drag-and-drop templates. By the end of 2011 over 4.4 million were created with another 1.2 million in 2012, bringing the total to 5.66 million websites by the end of 2012. SiteMaker is a reseller of domain registrar Gandi so SiteMaker customers can register domains for their sites, in return Gandi offers SiteMaker as an option to its customers in addition to its own website builder. Turnover reached $ 1.9m in 2009, before shooting up to near $ 4m in 2010, with its SiteMaker share in 1.26m in 2011. On May 16, 2012, Yell (the British Yellow Pages publisher) acquired Moonfruit in a deal worth £ 23 million. In 2013 Moonfruit’s Flash based platform for HTML. The HTML 5 rendering engine continues to be improved with new features and improvements including e-commerce, blog page and social platform integration. Moonfruit user created websites that are facilitated by the new build of Moonfruit can be viewed at the non-affiliated Moonfruit Directory. On August 8, 2016 Moonfruit announced that they would cease to offer free websites. The owners of free Moonfruit websites could upgrade to a paid subscription,
In June 2009 Moonfruit started a campaign with the viral power of Twitter’s trending topics. In celebration of their 10th birthday, they offered Twitter users the chance to win an Apple MacBook Pro by tweeting their tag, “#moonfruit”. One MacBook would be given to each other for a random date who had used the tag. This campaign was successful enough to keep the #moonfruit tag at the top of the agenda for an entire week and garnered some media attention.
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