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    How Long Did It Take You To Start Up Your Host Company?

    Hi,

    I was wondering how long it took you to actually start up your host company and make it live on the internet?

    Thanks!

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    It took us about 1 year worth of planning, building, and configuring to get off the ground. We had a few delays during that time, but we felt it was best to take our time and not run into a release. I would say without the delays it would have been around 6-8 months.
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    planned off and on for about a year, hit it full time in December of 2010, still planning.
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    For us, it took around a year of planning, but everything really started moving on the last 3 months of planning.
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    It took us about one year to get everything in place. I suggest getting everything together and not opening until you have everything worked out! It's much smoother that way!

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    i'm ambitious and am going to setup a hosting company almost overnight. first, i'll dig out my credit card and purchase a virtual private server from www.linode.com for $19.95 per month. then i am going to sell lots of unlimited web hosting plans on ebay by under-cutting my competitors. 512MB of ram and 16GB of harddrive space should be enough resources to service hundreds of clients.

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    If you are really planning for a huge number of clients it is worth to start a hosting company. It requires lot of infrastructure and technical skills to run a hosting.

    However, reseller hosting packages are available with unlimited hosting features including transfers and number of websites hosted. To start with you can go with a reliable reseller hosting company and get the feedbacks of our clients to improve your business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattwebhost View Post
    i'm ambitious and am going to setup a hosting company almost overnight. first, i'll dig out my credit card and purchase a virtual private server from www.linode.com for $19.95 per month. then i am going to sell lots of unlimited web hosting plans on ebay by under-cutting my competitors. 512MB of ram and 16GB of harddrive space should be enough resources to service hundreds of clients.
    Wow that is very interesting. You believe that 16gb of space will service hundreds of clients?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JLPutnam View Post
    Wow that is very interesting. You believe that 16gb of space will service hundreds of clients?
    Probably if you oversell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JLPutnam View Post
    Wow that is very interesting. You believe that 16gb of space will service hundreds of clients?
    I believe he's just being sarcastic...
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    It took me about a year to actually get everything organized and planned out.
    I was finally able to get the website online December 2009, but didn't actually make it public until December 2010.

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    It took me a few months, to get it ready for every, maybe about 3 months? To buy all the servers, get templates etc.

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    It took me a couple of years to get off the ground into the hosting business since I was already in the Designing business and my clients always asked me about hosting. Got a partner and kicked it off from there
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    the limiting factor probably wouldnt be the 16gb of harddrive space, but rather the 512MB of ram. linux behaves really out when it runs out of physical memory.

    Quote Originally Posted by JLPutnam View Post
    Wow that is very interesting. You believe that 16gb of space will service hundreds of clients?
    yep, you've got the idea.

    Quote Originally Posted by JFSG View Post
    I believe he's just being sarcastic...

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    for a small number of clients, i would go with a reseller hosting package. starting your own hosting company is quite expensive and is a low profit margin business. so you'll probably never see a return on your investment unless you can find a huge number of clients to sell your services too. it takes a whole lot of $9.99/month subscriptions to pay for several thousand dollars worth of internet connectivity bills each month. you also have to pay yourself a salary that you can live on and maybe hire a couple other employees for customer service tasks too.

    you might find it more profitable to design website content than to run the hardware that hosts the content. your upfront investment is much lower too.

    Quote Originally Posted by ahsima View Post
    If you are really planning for a huge number of clients it is worth to start a hosting company. It requires lot of infrastructure and technical skills to run a hosting.

    However, reseller hosting packages are available with unlimited hosting features including transfers and number of websites hosted. To start with you can go with a reliable reseller hosting company and get the feedbacks of our clients to improve your business.
    Last edited by mattwebhost; 02-11-2011 at 04:12 AM.

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    I guess everyone spends the major share of the time on website designing as there is a tendency to keep modifying it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattwebhost View Post
    for a small number of clients, i would go with a reseller hosting package. starting your own hosting company is quite expensive and is a low profit margin business. so you'll probably never see a return on your investment unless you can find a huge number of clients to sell your services too. it takes a whole lot of $9.99/month subscriptions to pay for several thousand dollars worth of internet connectivity bills each month. you also have to pay yourself a salary that you can live on and maybe hire a couple other employees for customer service tasks too.

    you might find it more profitable to design website content than to run the hardware that hosts the content. your upfront investment is much lower too.
    Define 'low profit margin business'. Are you talking just shared & reseller plans, or dedicated & virtual servers as well? With virtual servers, and especially with dedicated servers, I don't see as much senseless undercutting going on. eg. Softlayer, Rackspace

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    1 year atleast to build a good brand.

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    the dedicated & vps servers move more money per sale than a shared hosting plan will so you will need less customers to move a bunch of money.

    however, running your own hosting company is still expensive any way you look at it. even for a company that you're trying to run on a budget, you're still probably looking at over $10,000 per month flowing out the door by the time you add up your building lease cost, internet connectivity cost, insurance bills, electrical bills, employee paychecks, etc.

    and yes, there is some undercutting going on in the dedicated server market. in one of the banner ads on this website, there was mention of a dedicated server for only $75 per month. you as a hosting company have a lot of costs associated with keeping that server on the internet, plus you've got other hidden costs like equipment depreciation as well.

    overall, it is possible to make a profit in the web hosting business. but being profitable is not as easy as an outsider might think.

    Quote Originally Posted by cubevps View Post
    Define 'low profit margin business'. Are you talking just shared & reseller plans, or dedicated & virtual servers as well? With virtual servers, and especially with dedicated servers, I don't see as much senseless undercutting going on. eg. Softlayer, Rackspace

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    Startup new hosting company .It take one year to establishment new company.

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