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#1 Matt

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 06:02 AM

I was thinking of starting a web hosting business in the future. But I have no clue where to get started with it. I have researched enough to know that I want VPS or something better. My own server.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 06:13 AM

Their are a lot of things to take into consideration when you start a web hosting business. First off, you need a nice chunk of money to start with. Probably something close to 1,000$ USD. This way you can pay for the server, advertising, etc.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 06:35 AM

To be honest, a small $25/mo VPS will be enough to get started.
You then have to be smart and get clients without paying for advertising :)

If I where to start a web hosting business, then I would offer a complete solution:

- Website design (use Wordpress with a nice corporate theme).
- Offer free unlimited support (phone and email).
- Setup Gmail account and associate it with the domain email (ex. support@customeremail.com).
- Make a small Gmail user guide, which you will send to the client after completing his website.
- You don't need to give the client access to his Wordpress site, only do that if requested.

Offer it all for a flat monthly fee, ex. $69/mo.

For that price they get a complete solution.

You then have the option to upsell related services such as SEO.
You can do that yourself or give them affiliate links to bigger SEO sites and get payed per lead :)


lots and lots of ideas :)

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 06:46 AM

View PostKenneth, on 21 December 2010 - 06:35 AM, said:

To be honest, a small $25/mo VPS will be enough to get started.
You then have to be smart and get clients without paying for advertising :)

If I where to start a web hosting business, then I would offer a complete solution:

- Website design (use Wordpress with a nice corporate theme).
- Offer free unlimited support (phone and email).
- Setup Gmail account and associate it with the domain email (ex. support@customeremail.com).
- Make a small Gmail user guide, which you will send to the client after completing his website.
- You don't need to give the client access to his Wordpress site, only do that if requested.

Offer it all for a flat monthly fee, ex. $69/mo.

For that price they get a complete solution.

You then have the option to upsell related services such as SEO.
You can do that yourself or give them affiliate links to bigger SEO sites and get payed per lead :)


lots and lots of ideas :)

Sounds like a solid bunch of ideas. Have you had this idea before? It is going to take a lot but I think I am going to go through with it within the next month or two.

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 06:47 AM

View PostMatt, on 22 December 2010 - 06:46 AM, said:

Sounds like a solid bunch of ideas. Have you had this idea before? It is going to take a lot but I think I am going to go through with it within the next month or two.

It's nothing new, bet quite a lot of people is already following that method :)

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 07:04 AM

Like I said before, just make sure you got a good amount of money behind you in case the hosting doesn't bring in money as quick as you thought it would.

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 03:50 PM

View Post.Anti., on 22 December 2010 - 07:04 AM, said:

Like I said before, just make sure you got a good amount of money behind you in case the hosting doesn't bring in money as quick as you thought it would.

You Can get started for close to $25 per month, which is not a lot imo

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 06:28 AM

25$ is a lot to me. That is why I don't all ready have a hosting company lol. But I would want to pay for advertising. Got to get my name out there.

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 06:29 AM

Yea 25 can get you the VPS, but then you need a nice catchy design, a domain name, advertising, and possibly support.

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 09:49 AM

View Post.Anti., on 24 December 2010 - 06:29 AM, said:

Yea 25 can get you the VPS, but then you need a nice catchy design, a domain name, advertising, and possibly support.

Ye,


However:

  • You can buy a nice professional wordpress theme for like $25.
  • The domain name cost $9.90.
  • Advertising can cost $0, if you use your phone and call local businesses.
  • Support needs to be done by yourself.


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Posted 25 December 2010 - 07:11 AM

View PostKenneth, on 24 December 2010 - 09:49 AM, said:

Ye,


However:

  • You can buy a nice professional wordpress theme for like $25.
  • The domain name cost $9.90.
  • Advertising can cost $0, if you use your phone and call local businesses.
  • Support needs to be done by yourself.

Yea true. I had a hosting business in the past, just never got enough customers to be worth my while.

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Posted 25 December 2010 - 09:26 AM

Seems almost everybody wants to run a Web hosting business these days :P




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