One of the most common questions that we get asked is “What exactly does ‘MethodShop’ mean?” When we created this site in 1996, our idea was to write articles, mostly news, and reviews, about products that people might want to buy. That was our “method” to help our readers shop. Although the concept isn’t anything special today, it was groundbreaking at the time and catapulted our little site from a handful of hits a month, to millions overnight.
Getting featured by TechTV, Fox News and The New York Times were definitely some of the highlights from this long journey that we will never forget.
Not For Profit
As the Internet grew up, a lot more competition emerged with bigger budgets and staff. We’re a not for profit site run by just a handful of volunteer writers. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up, but we’re still going strong. If you need to send us payments, you can do so here: How To Pay MethodShop
Managing A Massive Archive
And we’d like to apologize in advance in case you experience any errors or notice that some pages look a lot different than others. When MethodShop first launched in 1996, content management services and blog software didn’t exist. From 1996-2003, every page on MethodShop was hardcoded using Macromedia DreamWeaver. Writing and posting an article was a time-consuming nightmare. Then in 2003, we switched to a new service from Pyra Labs called Blogger just before they were purchased by Google. It made creating content much easier and more people started to contribute content to MethodShop. In 2010 we made another switch, WordPress. One of the best things we’ve ever done. To make a long story short, this website has thousands of articles and has been through a lot of changes in the past few decades.
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