How did it all start?
And there was live.......... Not the most original way to start, but it all started out as a not so serious endavour. The first SubnetOnline.com site, named iHide, was designed to prove to a friend that if you had the right content and a bit of creativity, you could make a small website in a matter of days. Two days to be exact. Although this site was far from perfect, it contained some of the basic elements that SubnetOnline.com still has; simple, straightforward, fast and good content. When the point was proven, I was stuck with an addiction. This addiction is what you see in front of you, a website with everything that I started out as a test, but is now far from that.
The content of SubnetOnline.com is an other story all together. Administering several customer networks, I stumbled upon a few to many problems originating from the basic part of a network, the TCP/IP protocol suite. When studying on a part of TCP/IP for the TCP/IP exam, I used that material to put together the first SubnetOnline.com site. Little by little SubnetOnline.com began to grow to what it is now, and it will keep on growing for as long as I learn more. And the name SubnetOnline.com? It was also a quick action. The first name was 'I hide at tripod' because it was nothing more than a free, hidden site on the internet, not ment for traffic. When the need for space became bigger, we moved to a new location at ihide.virtualave.net and offered our visitors support of CGI and Perl scripts as well as SSI, which enhanced the look and funcionality of the website. By the time visitors started coming to this site in great numbers, I wanted to register the name Subnet.com, but (as expected) it was already taken. A logical extension behind Subnet.com made the name SubnetOnline.com. Together with the registration of the name, I purchased a hosting account to host SubnetOnline.com. I hoped that I could cover the costs by advertising on this new site. After a few months i saw that this was an illusion. The revenue made through advertising covered about 50 percent of the costs, but no harm done. The addiction was strong enough to survive this financial barrier.
As of August 2007 we switched to Google Adsense, which provided a better revenue. With the extra income we purchased an even bigger hosting plan in may 2008, which offers even more control, functionality and support for IPv6. At the moment we are connected to the internet using IPv4 and IPv6 6to4 tunnel). And here we are...
Source and Contributers
Although it began small, I put a lot of time and effort into SubnetOnline.com to make it a resource to others. I hope you enjoy SubnetOnline.com , because it is here for you. Any suggestions or remarks are welcome, and any additional content that is relative to SubnetOnline.com will gladly be taken in to consideration.
Development of our online tools is conducted together with LetMeCheck.it. This site offers clean and straightforward online network tools, supporting IPv4 and IPv6. Some of the developments that have been applied on LetMeCheck.it will return on subnetonline.com, like the Online MTU test and HTTP Header test.
Peter van den Steen