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12-16-2003, 02:43 PM #1ExodusGuest
Setting up a HOST
I would like to start my own Webhosting company but am not really sure on what i need! All i know is i need a server, aswell as... i'm not sure. I need to know everything a small web host needs, as i dont want a reseller package from anyone.
I just need to please know the requirments please everyone as what i need as i've said ,
I hope anyone can help me,
12-16-2003, 03:09 PM #2wirelessguyGuest
1. you need time and money, and lots of it!
2. you need to sort the legal side out, registering your business, paying tax etc
3. You are looking at the reseller plan so you seem ok on that one. What about your domain services? try godaddy.com (more in the domain names forum)
4. You need a website and a phone line if you intend to supply phone support.
5. You may need staff, if not then work out how you will fit in tech support
6. You need to price your packages properly, not too high but not so low that you make no profit.
7. You may need a merchant account if you want to accept credit cards, try 2checkout.com hostcharge.com worldpay.com revecom.com
7. You need to advertise, decide whether you want to concentrate more on the local side, advertising to local businesses or whether you want to advertise on the net. If the net you will need to submit the site to search engines, advertise in forums like this, on other siteds etc.
Advertising is probably the most expensive part of it.
8. Loook after your customers, provide good, fast support . Remember that without them you will not have a business.
Basically make sure you have the time, money and commitment , you will need it to survive.
The search function is disabled so i cant tell you to do that, have a browse round this forum in particular, you will find some useful advice.
9. You need patients, you won't get rich overnight.
10. You need a lot of hair to lose and space to grow grays. :wink: It's a very stressful industry.
Originally Posted by Exodus
12-16-2003, 03:11 PM #3
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Hey, nice to see you didnt jump in like some people without asking some questions first.
There is a post in the Resource Articles forum which you might like to read, it should give you the basics. http://webhostingchat.com/forum/showthread.php?t=369.
You should find someone to look after your server for you when you get it, or learn how to manage it yourself.
James"Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning."
12-17-2003, 03:15 AM #4
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Starting as a reseller is the best way to get into this business. If you don't have tons of cash and time to start out that is. The article above is a good resouce of how to get into it.Kris
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01-20-2004, 02:43 PM #5bow-viper1Guest
I am in the same situation as the starter of this thread right now. And I believe I am going to start reselling very soon, but at what point (how many customers maybe?) do you suggest we make that jump into doing our own hosting?
01-20-2004, 02:50 PM #6desperadoGuest
Moving to your own server is a big change. You should do it if you see your business i going good and that your getting new customers, enough at least to pay for the new server. When you have a reseller account the hosting company from which you buy it handles the security updates and maintainance of their server but when you move to your own server you will have to do all that.
01-21-2004, 09:06 AM #7
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01-21-2004, 03:07 PM #8
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well a few things i would do
1. Market research - see what is out there what you have to compete against
2. Pricing - see what you can afford and what packages you can sell. Selling at the cheapest price isnt always the best idea
3. Business plan - When i set my host up I spent a lot of time on my business plan. It is important and can help in future fights. I hired a consultant to go through it with me
4. Legal issues - TOS, Privacy and any other legal issues you have to think about. Contact a lawyer they can be quit cheap sometimes
01-31-2004, 07:48 PM #9sofy60Guest
50,000 hosts today
now there are 50k thousand hosting companies in america.. lol
I dont think there are that many 7-11 s
now there are 50,0001
welcome to the business if you ever decide to quit.. you can sell it for good money .. 6-8 months revenue is the going rate..
02-01-2004, 04:55 AM #10flumpsGuest
I know its going to be expensice but you might want to take a look at dedicated managed servers.
that way you can control and know how many uses you have on there, to limit downtime. and also someone will handle updates and that for you.