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Discussion in 'Web Hosting' started by JimBean04, Nov 7, 2016.

  1. JimBean04

    JimBean04 Junior Member

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    Hi I have an business idea providing free web hosting services in order to promote to get paid customers, is that a good idea or am I wasting my time? What are the steps? I'm planning to go direct in competition with free web hosting services.
     
  2. JKW

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    Well, you can earn money with ads including to your free plans, for almost everyone who needs free hosting ads on their pages will be ok
     
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    It really goes back to what your business plan is and what you are trying to do. If you are just leasing a server and leasing IP and you are giving free hosting away. 9 times out of 10 the people that use free hosting will abuse the IP which in turn could get your up line provider to suspend your hosting account.

    Free hosting is a good way to get a ton of people in the door. But could cause you more issues than its worth down the road.
     
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    This is well said. Also, having someone who is looking for free stuff is way harder to convert to paid customer in any niche (not just hosting). At prices that hosting could be found (not talking about quality) these days I do believe that days of free hosting are over.
     
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    Many companies have been using this free hosting tactic to gain paid customers. But when you start giving away free hosting the chance of your servers and services getting abused reaches sky high. So I would suggest you to manually survey each and every site of your customers before giving them a free hosting space. That way you will also get to know your customers' requirements and pitch in "exciting offers just for them" to best suit their needs.
    p.s: wrote it in a hurry, I hope it's still understandable.
     
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    I believe that conversion rate from free user to paid one would be not very high, even if you will make your plans very cheap.
     
  7. Lionel36

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    Free hosting is good for learning how to run IT business IMHO.
     
  8. CyberHour

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    If you want to provide something free with posibility for paid upgrades then do something like blogging platform.
    Everything said from CenTex is correct.
     
  9. webhostingproviders

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    I believe IT field is too much saturated and I think if you cant rank your website on Google Number One - its hard to catch CUSTOMERS then