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starting a hosting business

Discussion in 'Web Hosting' started by Boriss, Jan 29, 2015.

  1. Boriss

    Boriss Supreme Member

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    Hi.
    Im about to start a hosting business. What it would be best for a server: Buy my own located in my room. Or make hosting packages from my vps.

    Im targeting my city and i think i can outrank and beat my competition with quality hosting and support.

    May i ask: Does a server bought consumes how many W.

    Any advice is welcomed.

    Ps: Ill start a journey threat if i have a server in my Home or create hosting packages from my vps.
     
  2. Edna Greene

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    Best of luck for you. :)
     
  3. Seo Lover

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    In start go with Dedicated server bought from some other big provider and start reselling hosting with your own brand name .

    Once you get famous and more clients buy your own dedi server and setup your own servers .
     
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    Hi dude! I will help you about starting it :) Send me a PM with you all question. also will help you to settle your site and whmcs :)
     
  5. Boriss

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    Will my current VPS: 4 GB Ram, 70 SSD Disk be good for a start?
     
  6. Seo Lover

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    Depends on usage of your customers .

    You can limit them to 500 disk space and 1gb bandwidth and do similar packages .

    Once you see your vps usage is getting busted , go with dedicated server .
     
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  7. robync

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    Some free advice for you ... Don't bother
    There are already 1000s of hosting sites and the amount of work involved to even get a few clients will not make you nay decent bank.

    Think outside the box and do something that no one else is doing that way at least you might make a success of it

    I have owned a hosting biz and sold it for a tidy profit but was very lucky and would never go down that road again
     
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  8. Boriss

    Boriss Supreme Member

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    My all time dream was to build a hosting company. Now I have money to invest, spare money, or extra money so I thought I would give it a try.

    Please note, I'm targeting a small city of 200k people.

    Do you guys recommend to buy a smaller server like this one:
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    HP ProDesk 400 G2 MT, Processor Intel® Core&#8482; i5-4590S 3.0GHz Haswell, 4GB DDR3, 500GB HDD, GMA HD 4600, FreeDos
    and upgrade my internet connection to 1Gbps as I now have only 100Mbps.

    I searched for answers but couln't find one, I don't know how much power it will consume if I keep it near my desk at home.
     
  9. Pergonde

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    Hey,
    correct me if i'm wrong, but you want to host your own server at home? In your room??? Your parents will get a high power invoice :p
    The following may sound a bit harsh, but it's your future. ;)

    My thoughts as an IT guy:
    - What about keeping the machine cool? It's running all the time. Maybe AC is needed. Costs for AC and energy?
    - Backup? How are you gonna backup the clients and your data?
    - Security - Are you sure you can protect your clients and your data?
    - Administration - Can you administrate the server yourself? What if updates have to be installed? Maintenance?
    - Loss of internet connection, DDOS? Backup-Line...?
    - Poweroutage? - UPS
    - Firewall - You will need a good one. As soon as you open port 80 you will get attacked. That's for sure.
    - Static IP!

    Everything costs money, do a calculation. You need to do what you gotta pay, before you decide your price.
    How much W a server consumes depends on the machine.

    Hardware:
    What made you choose that hardware? Thats a personal computer. Only 1 HDD? You gonna need a raid! If that hdd is broken you're fucked.
    You don't need a graphic card for a webserver. An internal one is enough.
    I can't say anything about FreeDOS. :rolleyes:

    Your targeted customers:
    The city has 200k people? That ain't your customers. Companies are.
    How many companies are there in your city? Most of them will already have a website. Why should they invest money and switch to your space?
    More customers -> more hardware -> less costs for hardware -> cheaper prices ->more customers... -> Profit

    Price:
    You won't be able to beat the prices of the others. What makes you the better company?

    Edit: How are you planning to handle the domains?

    My advice:
    Most of the bigger companies offer a reseller package. Start with that. Less profit, but less stress.
    Maybe you hook up with someone that offers webdesign and offer a complete package. Let the company pay for space + website each month!
    :beach2:
     
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  10. Boriss

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    Best advice someone gave me about hosting.

    A eye opener for me about hosting.

    I didn't think about all those things you said in the post, I highly appreciate your reply Pergonde. Wish you peace and good luck in your current journeys/projects and what you do.

    Thank you!

     
  11. Andy GP

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    Get a reseller package and concentrate on marketing, rather than wasting your time on granular server administration. Once your business catches up, migrate your reseller hosting to a vps or dedicated server. Good luck with your new business. :)
     
  12. HostStage

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    I know quite a lot of passionated people hosting websites at home for their friends or customers with very low expectancy about their web hosting provider.

    When it comes to host businesses, hosting them at home becomes quite a challenge. (I would know right ;)). Redundancy is going to be quite hard to achieve (power, cooling system, network) and redundancy is key when it comes to web hosting.
    The only advantage you have to be at home is data manipulation but at the end of the day it isn't going to be a massive gain giving the transfer speed of servers nowadays.
    The peering of your home based connection isn't as good as a real datacenter which is carrying a lot of different providers and having a lot of points of presence throughout the world. And here i'm excluding the bandwidth, just talking about latency.

    Start with a VPS along with cPanel or even a dedicated server if you can afford to or at least a reseller web hosting account.
    Having a side VPS to learn (w/o cPanel) wouldn't be a bad idea either.

    What i'm going to say next is going to serve you for any venture you may start.
    When you run a business, technical or not, you need to analyze the risks (which Pergonde covered for you) and how to minimize them.
    This is how you get an idea whether the venture is doable or will lead to failure because the risks are too high (for web hosting power outage, data loss, overheat, DDoS attacks, network outage, high ping for international websites) and the cost to minimize them are just not worth it. FYI a good DDoS protection would cost you $XXX XXX excluding the infrastructure / network to receive it.


    I can totally understand why web hosting is your dream and if it is what you want nothing shall stop you to start it up; With heart, skills and hard work you'll make it a success regardless how competitive it is.

    Just start smart ;)
     
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