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|Type of site||Technology websites|
|Available language(s)||English, Spanish|
|Created by||Julio Franco|
TechSpot is a computer technology online publication created in 1998 by Julio Franco. TechSpot delivers technology information and analysis catered to enthusiasts and professionals in the IT sector. Regular editorial content includes tech news, product reviews, buying guides, software downloads and how-to guides. In addition, TechSpot hosts a catalog of thousands of tech products which are assigned a metascore, as reviewed by experts from across the web. TechSpot is also home to a large enthusiast community, with hundreds of user discussions created every day.
TechSpot is read by over 4 million users/unique visitors as measured by Quantcast (December 2011).
TechSpot was initiated as a technology blog called 'Pure Rendition' which was dedicated to report news on the popular 3d accelerators based on the Rendition Verite graphics processor. Shortly after the site was renamed to '3D Spotlight'. In 2001 the site acquired the domain rights and was renamed to TechSpot, by then the website was receiving around 1 million visitors every month.
There is a screenshot gallery portraying some of the website's past designs, giving an outlook of Web design trends from the late 90s to the present.
TechSpot has gone through several expansions since its foundation. Along with news, the first sections to open were reviews and guides. A community forum was added in the early years and currently consists of over 1,100,000 user articles from about 133,000 active members. More recent additions to the site include TechSpot in Spanish (TechSpot en español) and the Product Finder, and the upgrade to the XenForo forum software in April, 2012, which improved the website's cache-handling system, boosting performance as well as visual appeal.