Total WebHosting Solutions Acquires Sitebytes

Sat, 18th January 2020, 07:55

It’s beginning to look like a game of musical chairs for clients of Dutch web hosts with Total Webhosting Solutions (TWS) continuing it’s acquisition spree by scooping up Sitebytes through TWS subsidiary RealHosting. Sitebytes was founded in 1997 and offers business customers web hosting, domain name registration and virtual servers, among other things.

Sitebytes founder and director Gijsbert Rochat says he has decided to join a larger and more effective group due to the strong consolidation battle among web hosting providers.

"I had been looking for the right follow-up for Sitebytes for some time. Our customers are used to service and I was looking for a partner with a similar philosophy. I also think it is important to do business with a party that fulfills its agreements. With Realhosting and TWS it was nice to switch, within a few weeks the entire process went through from handshake to final transaction.”

TWS has acquired a number of hosting firms in the Netherlands and Spain with the most recent being just last month’s raid on Dutch Telecom KPN’s web hosting subsidiary Argeweb. That acquisition was done through RealHosting also.

Pim Effting, director at RealHosting

“In recent years we have made a number of acquisitions to accelerate our growth. In the meantime, you learn what is important here. The Sitebytes company is in good shape, with happy and loyal customers and a focus on a good customer experience. We speak the same language and that means there is a good match between the two companies”.

Despite the phenomenal growth in global online infrastructure, the web hosting market has evolved and smaller companies are struggling to maintain growth trends experienced in earlier days. Many of these hosting companies have built stable customer bases and are looking for opportunities to grow their success so it is likely in this changing market that the trend to consolidate will continue further.

Matthieu van Amerongen, CEO of TWS seems to confirm this stating

“Our scale often works out above average for these companies because cross-selling becomes possible, which leads to revenue growth. We can also roll out investments in infrastructure and technology on a larger scale, creating opportunities to save costs.

By joining TWS, it is precisely these smaller companies that can benefit from these advantages, thereby becoming a better and more successful company.”

RealHosting has made ten acquisitions in 12 years and been part of TWS since 2017. Other companies operating under the TWS umbrella include Yourhosting, Versio, PCextreme, DeHeeg, Savvii, Provider, Neostrada, InforTelecom, Axarnet, Cartagon, SoHosted, Argeweb, Flexwebhosting and Alphamega Hosting.