2014 marks ten years of operation for Forex Factory! Thank you to all the traders and advertisers who supported us through the decade — Forex Factory evolved from a tiny forum into an entire suite of products that over a million traders depend on, and it would not have been possible without your support and faith in us.
Huge t-shirt giveaway
We’re giving away thousands of high-quality American Apparel t-shirts to celebrate our ten-year anniversary. Our aim is to give a free shirt (with free worldwide shipping!) to everyone who’s positively contributed to Forex Factory.
Every Forex Factory member who has a MIRS ranking will automatically receive a free t-shirt. If you’re one of the 1,900 ranked members, within the next few days you’ll see a block at the top of your profile where you can order your shirt:
We’re also taking requests from any member who’s made a positive contribution to Forex Factory — if you’re one of them, let us know!
Customers and industry colleagues: we’ll be sending out a bunch of t-shirts in the next few weeks, and our sponsorship of FXIC on June 20th includes giving t-shirts to all attendees (we hope to see you there!).
Looking back through the decade
Forex Factory has grown organically as both a company and website. It’s been a slow evolution with steady growth, resulting in a fortified infrastructure that’s built to last. While Forex Factory has been through many phases, and the path forward was sometimes windy, two things have been consistent throughout the years: constant improvement and a focus on providing high-quality information to traders.
2004 — Forex Factory launches as a trader-focused forex forum, utilizing stock vBulletin software and operated by volunteer moderators.
2005 — Rudimentary version of the Calendar product is launched with innovative features. It becomes so popular that traffic spills into the forums, snowballing them into a lively discussion area.
2006 — Forex Factory becomes a viable commercial business, opening a small office and making some key hires. Advertising revenues grow rapidly.
2007 — Daily crashes from traffic spikes are the norm, and hackers bring down the website for a week straight. Development team focuses on solidifying the website’s foundation.
2008 — Website codebase and infrastructure are stabilized. More innovative features and functionality are added to the Calendar.
2009 — The Forex Factory Blog is started and the first version of the Market product is launched. Forex Factory becomes the most-trafficked forex-related website.
2010 — Forex Factory operations are centralized in new Tampa-based headquarters. Development begins on the Trade Explorer.
2011 — News product and search functionality are redesigned. Trade Explorer and Trades products are launched.
2012 — Forex Factory logo and frontend are redesigned. Advertising infrastructure is expanded and the Brokers product is launched.
2013 — Forum product is redesigned and member profiles are modernized. MIRS replaces vouching, and headquarters is expanded.
2014 — Forex Factory turns ten! Several exciting projects are under development…
When Forex Factory was started
Things were a little different when Forex Factory was started. Here’s a few reminders of the world the website was born into…
Ten years ago Greenspan, Trichet, King, and Fukui were leading the central banks:
Five countries had a larger economy than China (now just one):
The housing bubble was starting to take shape:
And the Swiss Franc was a lot less valuable:
Firefox launched version 1.0:
Facebook was just started:
And a website called Forex Factory made an embarrassing debut:
Forex Factory’s first decade has been quite the adventure! We’re working hard to make sure the next one is just as successful, and we appreciate your continued support as we march forward. Here’s to Forex Factory’s next ten years!
Posted by David, Forex Factory General Manager