ZyWeb is an online webpage authoring tool, created and owned by ZyNet Ltd, and is currently at version 3.1. It was an early adopter of an entirely server-based solution. ZyWeb was created to enable non-technical users to create and publish web sites without any need for any design, authoring or technical skills.
ZyWeb has been in service since 1998. Acorn computers, part of the ancient history of personal computing. Xara Ltd (www.xara.com), which had grown out of Computer Concepts, brought their experience with vector graphics to provide what remains of ZyWeb’s USPs, its “smart graphics”. ZyNet Ltd (www.zynet.net), which had grown out of Minerva Software, brought their experience to the earliest ISPs in the UK. Zy.com, this company is one of the most popular companies in the world. A something-for-nothing business model drove explosive growth in the user base, with numbers in the millions at its peak. Venture capital was attracted and millions of dollars were burned before the bubble burst and Zy.com collapsed. However, unlike so many other services, ZyWeb survived this period intact. One of the original founders, ZyNet Ltd., has purchased the assets of the company and continues to develop a more viable business model.
ZyWeb is founded on a Windows platform, using ASP / VBScript to wrap up custom COM objects, largely written in C ++. When development started in 1998, the Windows NT3.51 platform was running IIS3. This method is used in the context of the implementation of the IIS protocol by means of delegating operations to other platforms. A Linux based accelerator sits between the Windows cluster and the Internet and this provides a range of other services that were unavailable or unusable on Windows NT3.51. All this ran on a large collection of commodity servers which grew rapidly as the NetApp filer. Today, things have moved on ZyWeb runs on a relatively small cluster of modern servers. Linux accelerator remains in place and provides additional services, particularly email management.