Does it pay to go with free software when selling vps services?
For example a control panel free or paid?
Or forum software and os. What would you people say would be good to no.
It depends what type of users you are targeting. If you offer Kloxo and charge $40/month no one is going to register. If you provide budget VPS plans then offering a free control panel would be a plus.
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It really depends on your marketing stradgey, and who/what your looking to be interested in your services..
To clear thing's up though,
Are you talking about services such as management options, and software to run/manage your virtual servers you provide.. or features/add-ons to virtual servers that your willing to provide to clients?
If your talking about free panels over SolusVM/VirtPanel etc, I would always suggest go for the SolusVM or VirtPanel as it's more known, stable, secure, and free always kinda pushes people away as it makes your service look 'cheap'.
But if your talking about features such as Billing Control Panels, Live Support, Ticket/Helpdesk, or free user control panels (Kloxo, webmin) that's tottally upto you and also depends on who your marketing to.
If your going for the management type services.. I'd suggest getting more paid and up to date software etc, but if your just doing low-end virtual servers / budget vps's, I would go with just offering things like kloxo, and webmin for users and such.
For billing and helpdesk type control panels, I suggest going with WHMCS as it has everything built into one system, it's reliable, it's secure, and it's easy to function and keep your services running stable, up to date, and keep records of things I wouldn't go with a free software when it comes to this as you never know if it has backdoors, or what ya know?
I hope this has helped, and good luck with your adventure.
Are you worried about the quality of free softwares ? If you are using Linux, you might be using apache, PHP etc which are anyways all free and of high quality.
If you look around, you might be able to find some good GPL'd softwares for maintaining your vps. You could go for Cloudmin (http://www.webmin.com/cloudmin.html) which has both GPL (free) and Pro license.
currently i sell VPS's with standard template with apache ect already installed. Webmin was a choice i could use and another one but it extra space tacken up if people are not going to use.
I offer a cpanel licene but its for a extra $14 per month so it's optinal on any plan.
But i was more aming at my main VPS control panel like solusvm or the free openvz control panel wether on not it was good i didnt want to rip my servers to peices to try it and no one likes it.
I am happy using solusvm but would be nice to support a project intested of a release.
Thank you for all your help and ill bear it all in mind
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If your clients have ssh & root they can install webmin themselves. When I signed up with Linode, they gave the base install of the OS, which is exactly what I wanted, I knew which version of apache, which email server, etc. I wanted. I didn't want any unnecessary services running by default from my provider.