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Offline marketing & Hosting, am I missing something Here???

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by AspiringIM22, May 5, 2011.

  1. AspiringIM22

    AspiringIM22 Newbie

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    I have been studying a lot about offline marketing and am moving forward with getting customers. I know there are a lot of services that I can offer but I want to start by building websites and doing the hosting. Now I know that I am not at the level of experience to do my own hosting with a VPS, so I have been looking at reseller options.
    Most business owners have no clue what Cpanel is, and if they do they probably don't want to touch it.

    My question is do I really need to use a reseller account, or can't I just use my current hosting account that comes with unlimited domains and space and set up a monthly billing option through paypal?

    Am I missing something here? If all domains were hosted under my account, than I would certainly have more control over everything.

    I am sure that I am not the only one who has pondered this!
     
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  2. mointernet

    mointernet Regular Member

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    for starter with a limited budget, you may have to save costs and work within your constraints. There is nothing wrong with your method as long as your clients have a working website when their domain is typed-in, after all that was what they are paying you for.

    If you are the sole administrator for your clients, it should not have any issue unless you have clients who are picky and want control then you will have to provide them with login-able hosting account.

    A step-up when your business pick up would be opting for a reseller hosting account with more resources and flexibility or maybe even a VPS server. Things like custom nameservers, dedicated IP, WHMCS billing etc... though you might not need them now but will helps you look good when you have more and more clients.
     
  3. AspiringIM22

    AspiringIM22 Newbie

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    The way I see it, if you purchase the domain under your name and host under your account you have more control over the process. One potential problem with doing free sites is that the client can take his site and leave after a month or so of hosting to a cheaper hosting company. My have control over the domain and hosting, they are stuck. I know that may sound bad, but I am not going to spend hours working on a site, only to have some thank less person split in a few months.
     
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    throughthelens Newbie

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    been thinking about doing this for some time, making a site which offers web creation services for local businesses etc, however i am stuck on the monthly billing and what to charge etc...because like you said you don't want to make a website then they f-off after a month or so haha, how would you get around this? like trojans said it would be a good residual income if done correct
     
  5. AspiringIM22

    AspiringIM22 Newbie

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    Billing was one reason why I am thinking about the route. Setting up an automatic monthly billing billing system through paypal is easy, and a quick search of wordpress plugins will reveal several good ones. The contract (terms of service page) is what I need to work on. I have gleamed a few basic contracts from other sites doing similar services, and was just going to work in the verbiage that I want to state that they are committing to the hosting for at least one year. If they want to transfer to another hosting company there will be a fee of $XXX to do so. Throughthelens, pm me and I will share the contracts that I have so far for you to work off of.