The company was founded in 2000 by John Cahill, who started work as a programmer in 1986 working on mainframe applications. Around 1999 it became clear that web technologies would become more than just a niche tool for academics and scientists but widespread in business and created the first internal website for Unisys. After leaving Unisys in 2004 he gained a great deal of experience programming in many different languages, using the latest technologies writing programs and developing systems in a myriad of different areas.
Hypertext Publishing was conceived in response to requests from business-owning friends who were interested in gaining a foothold in the relatively new phenomenon, at that time, of company websites. It seemed that the more forward-thinking businesses were keen to have a web-presence but due to the lack of available skills in the area, it was difficult to find anyone:
Hypertext Publishing's reputation has grown mainly by word of mouth: our customers have recommended us to others due to the high quality of work we provide, our quick and efficient service and, last but not least, our fair-pricing policy.