One of the toughest businesses.. yet very profitable.
” How to start your own Web Hosting Company. “
We usually get this asked a lot. How to become the next Hostgator or A2Hosting. Well that is surely not happening unless you are about to spend endless amount of money… even then you will have possibility of not grabbing the amount of clients you were expecting. To keep it short Web Hosting is an industry which needs constant work, marketing and 100% dedication to it. You don’t just grab some reseller plan, a good web design and expect clients to come fly buying to your website. No!
However that is a topic we will discuss later, let’s give some tips & a tutorial on what you need to get started.
You might think like “Hey i’m a programmer, i know my stuff. I can do this”. Well, no. In the Web Hosting industry you will encounter so many issues, configurations, problems… stuff you didn’t even think before will couse you an issue. However as that might be as good for you because you’ll be getting more experience, that will impact your hosting business. Please make sure you have enough knowledge to maintain your reseller/servers, provide support to your clients and actually helping them. Nobody likes a bad service or slow/bad support.
Dedication & Constant Work & Marketing
Work, work and more work. Clients are not waiting to sign up for your cool hosting plans, you need to do constant marketing and work probably every day on it if it is needed. My best guess would be that you won’t be receiving a dime either the first months, don’t let that be a suprise for you.
Kinda ironic because the reason you are starting this is to earn more money but as i mentioned before you will not get any new signups or cover your monthly expenses as soon as you launch your ‘web hosting company’. Few months will be tough… hell maybe even a year.
Now this is something that depends on what you want to sell. Is it just simple Web Hosting? VPS? Dedicated Servers and Domains? You know it but make sure the company you are behind or reselling is reputable and does not have a bad history. Don’t go for the cheap providers, cheap never goes along with quality.
Billing System (WHMCS or Blesta )
I will only recommend the ones i have been using, there are no doubt other billing systems but we’ll stick to these two for now. These are the systems that will manage your clients, hosting packages, domain registration, tickets & support… pretty much these ones will handle your entire web hosting company. Search for tutorials in google, both of them are very popular.
Clean & Modern Web Design
You might think that web design has no impact on the sales, that’s where you might be wrong. Web design has a big impact so make sure you don’t have that ugly, flooded with content website. Put yourself as a visitor/possible client, if you opened your site what is the chance of purchasing a service? Grab some template on ThemeForest or if you’re looking to get something completely custom, be our guest.
The hosting industry is already flooded and will not stop, so think twice before taking this step.