Shared hosting, Reseller account or rented server?

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  1. johny23szczecin

    johny23szczecin Registered Member

    Mar 31, 2008
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    Webdesigner / Wordpress Developer
    Hello everyone!

    In about 3-4 days I will be putting my new offer to sale. The product is ready, the marketin is ready, only one problem is left - hosting.

    The product is a CMS with graphic management system (colors, images etc.) that is targeted for small companies and people who want to start a website fast.

    I want to make the purchase & installation 100% automatic. The process will consist of:
    - CMS Installation
    - Subdomain configuration
    - Onlywire submission
    - Search engine submission

    After each purchase is made and paid these 4 steps will be initated on auto-pilot.
    The only problem is that I don't know what kind of hosting would be optimal for me because:
    - If I go with buying a new account for each customer I have to make installation by hand or make pre-installations for all the customers and then when someone makes a purchase he will get the data of one of the available installations. This has 2 disadvantages - one, there is work to do by hand. Second, when I will do pre-installations the hosting accounts will be valid for less then 12 months.

    Also - buying hosting accounts is the only solution I know. I have been working as a designer for about 2 years and I have never used dedicated servers or reseller accounts. But this time the solution I know seems to be stupid.

    So my question is:
    - If I get a reseller account from one of the hosting companies how does it work? Does the customer buy hosting from me or from the company. Can I setup new accounts on auto-pilot. Can I have a script to pre-install certain files on every new accout ?

    - If I get a dedicated server is it hard to configure it and setup limitations for every account. I know little about linux - I work on Windows on have only used WAMP for all of my design / CMS work.

    My goals are to:
    - Provide quality hosting for all of my customers
    - As the CMS is not demanding I do not need 1 GB space - evern 100 MB will be enough - I want it to be cheap
    - Have the possibility to auto-install scripts on each new account
    - Protect myself from 1 person using all of the bandwitch if it will be a shared account (for example sharing warez on his site or giant movies).
    - Make it easy to manage all the accounts
    - (OPTIONAL) When I release an update make it possible to update certain files on all of my customers accounts

    Any help will be apprecieated.
    Best regards
  2. srb888

    srb888 Elite Member

    Jul 30, 2008
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    IMO, reseller hosting will be best for you, but still a pro should be asked. Would you mind sending me a PM so that I can refer you to a dear friend who is in web hosting business in UK? That person will be in the best position to give you better solution.