The Solid Cactus time-line begins in 1994 when Scott Sanfilippo and Joe Palko pioneered one of the first online stores, TheFerretStore.com. Sanfilippo and Palko grew that home-based pet store into a multi-brand, multi-million dollar company comprised of nearly 40 pet-related stores.
The pair’s years of experience as eCommerce business owners laid a solid foundation for starting web design firm Solid Cactus in 2001. Since then, the company has designed or redesigned over 3,500 online stores on several leading eCommerce platforms, developed dozens of innovative store features, and built several software applications, such as the e-mail marketing platform, Cactus Connect.
A total eCommerce solutions provider, Solid Cactus expanded its offerings to include managed services for Internet marketing and call center services. Solid Cactus publishes the bi-monthly eBiz Insider magazine and hosts several eCommerce conferences (Boot Camp) each year.
In 2009, Solid Cactus was acquired by Web.com (NASDAQ:WWWW), a leading provider of online tools and marketing services for small businesses. Through its network of individual brands, Web.com offers a full-range of easy-to-use solutions that meet the needs of small businesses anywhere along their life-cycle.
Today, co-founders Sanfilippo and Palko still play a role in leading the company and its growing, creative team. The Solid Cactus team works out of the vibrant and historic Solid Cactus Technology Center, a former elementary center in Shavertown, Pennsylvania -- a mountainous municipality just outside the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area.