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01-19-2004, 07:16 PM #1webtechGuest
Where is webhosting business going?
Nowdays, webhosting packages aer going very cheap? How are thry making profit of it?.
What we can do to get profit?
01-20-2004, 12:17 PM #2
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*Moved to correct Forum*"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."
01-28-2004, 03:12 PM #3aingaranGuest
It's difficult to say.
Now anyone can get a $49.00 server and start a web hosting company.
The good thing about these kiddie hosts is that they have to go to school and if something goes wrong during the day, they lose their customers..
That's when we come in and swoop the clients from right under them.
Now a days, there are many many channels that basically facilitate these kiddie host operations.
- cheap servers
- template monster
- modern bill & other client management software which basically allow kiddies to nothing and run their operations..(or at least that's what they think)
01-29-2004, 03:36 AM #4flumpsGuest
basicly wot he just said. these $4 hosting companys that are mostly ran buy 12 and below kiddies, simply cant supply the support the adverage person needs now adays, or dont have the knowlege of the os and software etc. and thats where they slip up, allowing other companys to steal clients and gain profit.
02-07-2004, 10:31 AM #5longplayGuest
I'm not a host, so my opinion is that of an outsider, but having recently seen numerous kids trying to start and run hosting services I felt bound to comment.
I'm a web designer/developer and I recently did some free work a host that was started by three 14-year-olds. Recently I was approached by another 14-year-old who requents another forum I post to and because he saw my design by link on the bottom and wanted my design for his site, he also wanted my to integegrate the site with his billing system. He'd just been 'given' a reseller account with 80Gb transfer. This was on the same day I read horror stories about a host run by a 16-year-old who was completely useless at running a hosting biz, taking money and not setting up accounts, then threatening his legal team taking people on if they challenged him (there's only the one kid running it).
These people don't know what it takes to run a hosting service, I'm not saying all kids don't, but in the main they're killing the industry.
So, basically, you have the big companies (the oneandone's etc) at the top end who can annihilate most hosts on price, but sucker people in, aren't flexible and have no support to speak of. At the bottom end you have the one kid in his bedroom hosts who can also annihilate you on price (no overheads or support costs) but offer crap service, poor security and no support.
So where does that leave the rest? Well, the rest of you guys probably can't compete too well on price (although that's rarely true in my experience) but where you must compete is on quality and service. Offer good uptime and great support and people will stay with you, and pass on details to other interested people.
That's the only advice I can offer people, because there are only going to be more and more hosts in the future and even advertising will begin to have little impact as people are overwhelmed by the choice. Word of mouth and personal recommendations are the only way to survive as far as I can see.
The one benefit is that as many of these one-horse hosts go out of business every week as start up!
Good luck to all of you who are trying to provide decent service for your customers, I salute you.