About Sonic HQ


Sonic HQ or SHQ is a Sonic The Hedgehog fansite that has been around since 1998 and has since been a source of information for comics, games, music and other media. Sonic HQ was the first site to announce Sonic Adventure, conduct interviews and have a Q&A. Sonic HQ was most popular 2000 - 2004 after which updates became more sporadic.


Zifei Era

1997 - 1999

Around the dawn of the internet, (or just June 26, 1997) this site sprang forth under the name "Zifei's Sonic Page". Zifei was the owner at the time and the original creator of Sonic HQ. It wasn't until April 11th, 1998 that it got renamed Sonic HQ.

  • Sonic HQ Version 1
  • Sonic HQ Version 2

WB Era

1999 - 2001

Zifei stepped down September 1, 1999 to pursue another dream and left the site to the hands of Jon Gray "WB" and Vector. During this time we also got a new redesign developed by Zifei, Vec and WB along with our own domain name at sonichq.org on April 11, 2000. SHQ was at its prime during this time. WB stepped down April 20, 2001.

  • Sonic HQ Version 2
  • Sonic HQ Version 3

Vector Era

2001 - 2007

After WB moved on, Vector took charge. The site did really well at first but then started to stagnate as updates came less frequently. A new version of the site, completely recoded by Vec, sprang forth on September 12, 2003. It's now the archive site.

  • Sonic HQ Version 3
  • Sonic HQ Version 4

Stagnant Era

2007 - 2011

At this point there were barely any updates at all. SEO declined. Traffic declined. The site became an archive site. There was a 1 month black out period and the domain was lost. The site was recreated at sonic-hq.net.

Checkers Era

2011 - 2017

The checkers era because the background has only been blue checkers.

This era saw a new person took owner ship, Lighthead. And so just who am I anyway? Well, if you look at this old staff page on the older version of the site, I was a random news maintainer/encyclopedia profile writer (Lighthead). I also maintained the music section somewhat as well.

During this era, the site tried to regain new footing in new internet. I rechristened SHQ as the MySpace of Sonic Sites. Partial kidding aside, the comics page and music page were completely redone along with failed attempts at a forum among other pages were made. Overall, the site was a content site for comics and music first and news site second.

  • Sonic HQ Version 5
  • Sonic HQ Version 6
  • Sonic HQ Version 7

Present Era

2017 - ???

As of October 2017, we start a new era.

  • Sonic HQ Version 8

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