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Shared hosting, Reseller account or rented server?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by johny23szczecin, Aug 30, 2009.

  1. johny23szczecin

    johny23szczecin Registered Member

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    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
    Michael
     
  2. srb888

    srb888 Elite Member

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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.