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resellermaster

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Unless you have a huge investment to be spent on marketing & support and understand the hosting business, its better to start small. However small you may start, you would need at least $1000 including budget for 6-9 months, till you turn operationally profitable or at least breakeven.

You may choose one of the many providers (reseller, vps & dedicated) who provide end-user support for their resellers. Identify the best among them and start. Choose the one with good reputation and do remember that all three types of hosting need not be at the same place. Always choose managed vps/dedicated, regardless on how good you are at technical side. Route your support directly to the provider or have a help while you are sleeping. Don't ever compromise on support.

Don't hesitate to switch providers, if you find recurring issues.

Use forums and social media for your marketing and discover some guerrilla marketing tricks.
 
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S4 Hosting

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Not really sure I can agree with all of this...

If you are just renting a VPS from somewhere, have someone else 'managing' it, and then passing all of the support to whoever you have bought it from, what possible reason do you have for customers to buy a service from you, when they can surely get it directly from whoever you are getting it from for a lower price?

I don't see that as running a hosting company, that sounds much more like just being a sales channel for someone else to me.
 

easyhostmedia

Well-known member
I disagree.

When i started in 1999 i had £100. I got a cheap reseller plan, advertised on ebay and hosting forums and built up a client base and a good reputation, then i moved onto a VPS. I ran my hosting business as a 1 man band until 2018 when i close it down.
So you dont need $1000 to run for 6 to 9 months.
 
As per my suggestion, everything depends on marketing efforts, nowadays competitions increases and companies trying to invest money in Digital Marketing, they try to focus on Social Media as well Search engine, So as per the conclusion is ROI completely dependent on your monthly strategy and implementation
 

natan

Member
Sorry, but I disagree!
Starting a web hosting business doesn't require a huge investment, you are not going to set up a data center in the first place. You just need to hire a reseller hosting and you are good to go! The success depends on your own individual efforts, focus, and consistency on your business and marketing/networking.
 

easyhostmedia

Well-known member
Sorry, but I disagree!
Starting a web hosting business doesn't require a huge investment, you are not going to set up a data center in the first place. You just need to hire a reseller hosting and you are good to go! The success depends on your own individual efforts, focus, and consistency on your business and marketing/networking.
Exactly. after 2 years out of the hosting game I am starting again from scratch.

My costs so far

$75 for website/logo/domain/Integration
$25 a mth for VPS (inc. cpanel)
$6 a mth for softaculous and sitepad
$5a mth for Jetbackup
$3 for backup VPS

already had lifetime Blesta licence paid $39 for renewed support and updates

so not a fortune
 

WerdPressEh

New member
We are working on a solution for this called "Host In A Box". Includes the following:

- WHMCS: This is a VPS with whmcs installed and basic configuration taken care of. VPS and services hardened. whmcs should not be on a shared server... ever.

- Basic shared server: 4GB ram 2 x HF (high Frequency) CPU, 80GB nVMe. Comes with Litespeed, CloudLinux, Imunify360, Acronis backups (Imunify integrated) Cyberpanel, kernel care. Basic configs done.

- Daily snapshots of all VPS.

- Optional: Disable mail on shared server and use standalone server running iRedMail.

That's it in a nutshell. You can get incredible density with this setup with very little impact on performance and the shared server you can scale up as you need. Still ironing out the pricing on it but looks to be around $200/mo if you manage the servers yourself. You can expect 15-20 sites per GB of ram so it pays itself off pretty fast.
 

Smith_euk

New member
For starting a web hosting business, reseller hosting is the best and most affordable option. With reseller hosting, you don't need much knowledge about server management. Also the web hosting provider also helps to manage your reseller hosting account.
 

easycomehost

New member
Starting a web hosting business is an easy thing. If you are a beginner, Just start with shared hosting business. So you don't need to worry about investing a lot of money, Just promote the business in online forums, Digital media and wait for some time. You will get customers on the go.

Another way is to looking for a reseller hosting and pay for it. they will take care of all the issues and management of service.

If you are an expert in the hosting business, You can start your own shared hosting, VPS Hosting, and all related service on your own.
 

easyhostmedia

Well-known member
Starting a web hosting business is an easy thing. If you are a beginner, Just start with shared hosting business. So you don't need to worry about investing a lot of money, Just promote the business in online forums, Digital media and wait for some time. You will get customers on the go.

Another way is to looking for a reseller hosting and pay for it. they will take care of all the issues and management of service.

If you are an expert in the hosting business, You can start your own shared hosting, VPS Hosting, and all related service on your own.
You cant start a hosting business on a shared plan as a shared plan is just 1 domain, you need a min. reseller plan to allow you to sell hosting.
 

easycomehost

New member
You cant start a hosting business on a shared plan as a shared plan is just 1 domain, you need a min. reseller plan to allow you to sell hosting.
How about using a server with a control panel and use the server for hosting domains inside it. It's like shared hosting and you don't need to invest more money for this. For VPS selling, You need a reseller to sell VPS or else take a dedicated server, install a host control panel like Virtualizor and start selling OpenVZ and KVM VPS.
 

easyhostmedia

Well-known member
How about using a server with a control panel and use the server for hosting domains inside it. It's like shared hosting and you don't need to invest more money for this. For VPS selling, You need a reseller to sell VPS or else take a dedicated server, install a host control panel like Virtualizor and start selling OpenVZ and KVM VPS.
That's a VPS.

these are the steps in webhosting

1) Shared Hosting - Single domain
2) Reseller Hosting - you sell or provide individual Cpanel accounts which are shared hosting as all share the same IP address
3) VPS - semi-dedicated server where you sell reseller and shared hosting
4) Dedicated Server - a fully dedicated server where you can sell VPS, reseller, and shared hosting
5) Cloud Hosting - A special marketed setup

You cannot sell hosting through a shared plan as this is only a plan set up on 1 domain name ONLY

For VPS selling, You need a reseller to sell VPS

I would suggest you actually research and learn about hosting before you try and run a hosting business as you CANNOT sell VPS by taking a reseller plan. it is the other way round.
 

huncky

New member
I don’t think I need huge capital to buy a Reseller Hosting package. But after that, you really need a serious amount if you don’t want to use it for hobby purposes. Overall, start-up capital is really low, but if you are fully determined, you will definitely need capital! Because of 1-2 forum posts, people won’t start ordering in bulk. When will the amount invested pay off? It depends on how much money you are willing to invest.
 
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