Half Moon Cards Domain Name Has A History

The Half Moon Cards domain name halfmooncards.com has a history. By that I mean that when I searched back in time, I found entries for the name. The way to do it is to use the Wayback Machine.

Out of curiosity I looked at halfmooncards.com in the Wayback Machine Internet Archive (WMIA). It keeps a digital copy of many websites stretching ‘way back’ into the past and it had a few hits for halfmooncards.com, which means that someone else used to have a website with this domain name.

Half Moon Cards Domain Name Became Moonpig

There were very few records, the earliest were from 10 August 2003 and 26 March 2004, and when I went to examine the URL on these two dates recorded within WMIA, it redirected me to moonpig.com

Then on 3 April 2004 it is shown parked at GoDaddy, and then someone must have built a site. However, it is not recorded on WMIA because there are two more entries, on 17 December 2014 when the site had been dismantled with no redirect. And then there is an entry from 1 August 2015 when the domain was recorded as having expired.

The entries for 10 August 2003 and 26 March 2004 were in plain text, so I copied this information:

“Welcome to Moonpig Cards,

Moonpig has developed a great new concept in Personalised Greeting Cards.

All your orders are printed on demand so you can personalise the front as well as the inside of the card. You can order a single card or a run of 1,000s.

We have designs from many of the best known publishers including great cartoon classics such as Fred, Dot & Bestie.

If you want to astound your friends and family send them a Moonpig card. Place your order by 2pm and Moonpig will post your card that day.

We have cards for all occasions: Christmas and New Year, Spring cards (this includes Valentines Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Easter), Birthdays and Everyday cards (Christening, Congratulations, Engagement, Get Well, New Home, New Job, Retirement, Sorry, Sympathy, Thank You, Wedding).”

Of course Moonpig is very well known. Wikipedia describes it as follows: “Moonpig is an internet-based business whose head offices are situated in London and Guernsey. The company’s business model is mainly selling personalised greeting cards, flowers and gifts. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.”

There is, however, nothing in Wikipedia about the Half Moon Cards domain name in Moonpig’s history.