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I have a problem that I am sure some of you here would be able to help me with. Basically, I want to set up a web hosting company, it seems to me the best way to go abaout this is to set up as a reseller. Now, if I do become a reseller for another company, can I pre-install scripts on the server space I offer to my customers (for example, can I pre-install a CMS system such as Mambo on the webspace so that it is instantly set up when customers purchase)?
Also, is setting up as a Reseller the best way to start a hosting company? Any information, resources, ebooks or anything else you could tell me relating to this subject would be extremely usefull.
I look forward to your replies,
Some hosts offer formal reseller plans under which they can support or even bill your customers. Others will just sell you a bulk hosting package which you can use or resell as you like.
Each plan will vary on the level of access you are granted. For maximum flexibility, consider a dedicated server option. Even without a dedicated server, though, you may find a shared hosting package that gives you what you need. Be aware that the hosting business is very competitive and relatively challenging to promote. Good luck.
Most of my clients are small to medium sized businesses and they don't understand one hosting company from another. They simply want me to take care of everything for them. I buy it as 8.00 per month or less and rebill it to my clients at 29.95. They pay it and I take care of everything including the resolution of technical support issues as they arise. It works pretty good and I generate a little extra cash per month.
A lot of hosts compete on price and not value. They charge $3 a month for unlimited bandwidth and space. Sooner or later these hosts all fail.
So if you are thinking of starting a hosting biz, the first step is to write a business plan. You should also try to target a niche market or convert your existing web design clients to web hosting. That is what I have done and my hosting has been extremely successful by my standards (I only host my own web design clients).
So if you are thinking of starting a hosting biz, the first step is to write a business plan. You should also try to target a niche market
And that is exactly what I plan to do. I have found some good resources relating to becoming a reseller recently but I would just like to know what tips you can give me or what/who (as in companys) I should avoid?
And don't host on windows servers ...leave that market to masochists....sasser wont be the last of it's type ...
You would have about 35k competitors apparently. It seems to be a buyers market, yet still, if you provide great service you should do well. Most web hosting companies suck at support ;)
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I suggested to one a much better deal with another vendor, and he was very annoyed. He didn't care about price- he just wanted someone that could answer the phone whenever there was a problem, someone he could trust.
Until I find an outstanding reseller agreement, I am not likely to go deeper into that business, however lucrative it can be. If I did however, I would be competing on service rather than price.