The year 2021 was a very important one in the history of our organization: We made the big step to rebrand to World History Encyclopedia, as we were known as Ancient History Encyclopedia until last year. The new name better reflects what we do, as we have been publishing content on the Medieval and Early Modern periods for several years now, and the new name allows our encyclopedia to grow without limitations in the coming decades.
With the rebranding came the acquisition of the domains worldhistory.org and worldhistory.com, the two single most expensive purchases our organization has made to date. We also suffered a significant reduction in visitors for several months following the domain move, which we have now mostly recovered from (as far as we can tell). Despite all this, we believe that the worldhistory.org brand can grow far beyond what we could ever have achieved with ancient.eu. As always, we are in this for the long haul and make our decisions with the coming decades in mind, not quarterly reports.
Our team also grew significantly, both in terms of size and capabilities. We focused very much on translations and grew our team, leading to continued exponential growth in that department (more on that later). We had a graphic designer, a media editor and a dedicated proofreader join the team -- all of whom are adding new expertise to our organization.
Despite some difficulties, the year 2021 was a success, as we reached several new records in several departments. We are looking to the future with many aspirations and the confidence that we will help ever greater numbers of people to learn about history, in all of the languages of the world!
Finally, I wish to extend a huge thank you to all our members and donors. Without your unwavering support we would not be where we are now. Thank you!
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Jan van der Crabben