This article is about becoming a web host and its tips and tricks. When you decide that you would like to host other people’s websites on your server, you are making a great decision for your future. As long as you have an understanding of what it takes to run a server, you should be able to turn it into a profitable venture. Ask yourself the questions below, so you can form a plan to get yourself started.
The most important decision you have to make is which platform you will offer your service on. If you already have a server set up, you will obviously go with the platform it already has installed. If you are planning to buy a new server, then this decision will be harder. When you already have clients lined up, ask them what platform they would prefer. If you are planning to host your own site, consider what platform would work best for your needs. In the end, Unix is likely more popular than Windows, so you can take that under consideration, too.
Which control panel will you install? Obviously, part of this decision depends on which platform you are running. There are a variety of control panels available which offer varying amounts of control over the server environment. Again, ask others which they prefer, as one varies greatly from the next. If you have a website up on a web host right now, consider the panel they use and if you find it to be user friendly.
If you don’t plan to have your own physical server, you will need to investigate reseller accounts. These are accounts whereby you rent a large server space and then you divvy it up to your clients who pay you for their smaller chunk of space. Check out reviews online of the available hosts who offer reseller accounts, and compare them to see which is the most preferable. Once you locate a host you like, all you need to do is market your hosting company.
Pricing is a hard thing to gauge. The fact is you can only charge as much as your clients will pay. First, determine your costs – if you run your own physical server, you’ll have to count electricity, hardware, labor, software and repair costs. Once you know what your expenses are, you can easily tack on a percentage of profit to the number. If you are a reseller, calculate how many accounts you think you will sell and then divide your overall bill by that number. Next, tack on a profit and you’ll know the fee to charge your clients. Of course, if it’s too high you won’t have any clients, so be sure to pick a reseller package which leaves you with room to turn a profit.
Now that you have the answers to these questions, you should be ready to set your plan into action. Take your time as you prepare to start your company and be sure to do it right. The more effort you put into the little details, the less hassle you will face down the road.