Our year in review: a look back at 2019

As we welcome 2020, we’re also reflecting on 2019. It was a year of growth for us, in the the number of clients we served and the new team members we hired, as well as the way our processes and systems matureed.

Here are some of last year’s highlights:


Alan, Morgan & Brian looking at a computer screen together

Nobody likes when things go wrong, and we certainly didn’t plan to kick off 2019 that way. But on the last day of January, a mislabeled switch at our datacenter caused an outage. It wasn’t how we planned to start the year, but we quickly realized that our response to that outage helped each of our clients know that their sites were our priority.

This was also the month I got to officially join the Agathon team after many years as a happy client!


In February we officially relaunched our monthly WordPress newsletter.


The Agathon team posing for a group photo in Kauai

Aloha! 2019’s team retreat was held on the beautiful island of Kauai. Authentic shave ice was definitely the highlight for many of us … along with lots of discussions about vision and strategy, of course.


In April, we moved from Pivotal Tracker to using Jira as a development management tool; we now use it with all new development projects because we like how it increases transparency as clients follow along with progress.


Kedron teaching at a whiteboard

Following in the footsteps of our WordPress newsletter, in May we launched a strategy newsletter for product owners. Each month, Kedron shares thoughts on resources on topics such as accessibility, usability, and more.

We also introduced Marvin 2.0 on Instagram!


Peter conducting a free site health check for June at PracticallyHomemade.com

Peter and Morgan headed to Chicago for the first of two Mediavine conferences in 2019, where they did 20 site health checks in just 6 hours. They shared some of their key takeaways from those health checks here.


Morgan & Joel posing in front of their sponsor booth at WordCamp GR 2019

This year we also sponsored WordCamp Grand Rapids for the third time, and Joel and Morgan attended. This local, one-day conference is a great opportunity to connect with the WordPress community—both bloggers and developers.


Kedron and the Parkside Church team working on an exercise at a whiteboard

In August, Rachel, Luke & Kedron flew to Parkside Church for an on-site discovery meeting to kick off their website redesign.


Agathon co-working time in Grand Rapids (September 2019)

While our spring team retreat often includes fun destinations and broader vision-setting topics, our Grand Rapids retreat in the fall is all about working side-by-side. This September was our first time together as a team of 13!


Agathon 20-year anniversary timeline in Grand Rapids (September 2019)

October marked an exciting milestone as we celebrated our 20th Ag-iversary. We took the time to look back and create a timeline of the past 20 years as we also look forward to what the future holds!


A grid of Morgan & Peter posing with various Agathon clients at the Mediavine conference

In November, Peter and Morgan set out for the second Mediavine conference of 2019, this time in Austin. The highlights of this conference were the chance to connect with a record number of clients face-to-face and Morgan’s karaoke performance.

We also launched our updated website at agathongroup.com.


Ashlea Souffrou and  the SxanPro team cutting the ribbon for the SxanPro app launch

We ended 2019 on an exciting note as we celebrated the launch of the SxanPro app!

And we kicked off our 12 ways to prepare your blog for 2020 series on Instagram.

In 2020, we’re looking forward to continued growth, exciting new—and ongoing—development projects, and an improved hosting stack.

Above all, we’re looking forward to another year of working with our incredible clients. Thank you for making our 2019 memorable!

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