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What to learn for hosting services?


Hello All,

I am willing to start a reseller hosting and in future I may switch to dedicated or VPS as well.

I just want to know that what I have to learn before starting this? Any networking knowledge required? Or any kind of server language? I am good in computers but not in networking.

Please tell me the essential thing which I need to learn before starting the hosting services.

Thanks...



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To start, by yourself and competently:
- linux/windows server administration (depending on the platform you base yourself on)
- networking knowledge (how the internet works in general - and I don't mean from an abstract view of servers/clients but how the various protocols work, the role they play etc)
- security both in terms of server management and networking, best practices etc.
- indepth knowledge of the products you're selling, i.e. cPanel
- indepth knowledge of web servers, mail servers, database servers

Just to name a few, and by no means is the above list exhaustive.

But you're just viewing things at the moment from a technical perspective, you'll need to be clued up on much more than that which in their own respects are much more challenging. For example:
- running your own business (you'll need to have a certain degree of business intellect)
- indepth knowledge of marketing (more than just SEO)
- good general background knowledge on where you stand from a legal stand point and ensuring you do everything by the books
- able to cope with the stresses and commit the time to run, nurture and grow your business
- be able to write a good business plan, marketing strategy and quality assurance policies

And so much more. The list goes on and on and with each passing day something new is added. While I'm not trying to discourage you, my point is make sure you give this good thought. Asking a general question such as "what's involved" indicates to me you're not remotely ready as you haven't performed enough research or dedicated enough time to find such information out yourself.

Just understand getting into any business is hard work, and takes a lot of time. Some people just can't cut it and you have to decide whether in the long run you're better off working your way through the ranks at a company you work for rather than trying to do it equally as good or better through working for yourself.

While being a reseller takes a lot of the work out for you, it's important to understand that you will be the foundation of your business and so you need have the necessary knowledge to ensure a robust foundation.

All the best!

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To start, by yourself and competently:
- linux/windows server administration (depending on the platform you base yourself on)
- networking knowledge (how the internet works in general - and I don't mean from an abstract view of servers/clients but how the various protocols work, the role they play etc)
- security both in terms of server management and networking, best practices etc.
- indepth knowledge of the products you're selling, i.e. cPanel
- indepth knowledge of web servers, mail servers, database servers

Just to name a few, and by no means is the above list exhaustive.

But you're just viewing things at the moment from a technical perspective, you'll need to be clued up on much more than that which in their own respects are much more challenging. For example:
- running your own business (you'll need to have a certain degree of business intellect)
- indepth knowledge of marketing (more than just SEO)
- good general background knowledge on where you stand from a legal stand point and ensuring you do everything by the books
- able to cope with the stresses and commit the time to run, nurture and grow your business
- be able to write a good business plan, marketing strategy and quality assurance policies

And so much more. The list goes on and on and with each passing day something new is added. While I'm not trying to discourage you, my point is make sure you give this good thought. Asking a general question such as "what's involved" indicates to me you're not remotely ready as you haven't performed enough research or dedicated enough time to find such information out yourself.

Just understand getting into any business is hard work, and takes a lot of time. Some people just can't cut it and you have to decide whether in the long run you're better off working your way through the ranks at a company you work for rather than trying to do it equally as good or better through working for yourself.

While being a reseller takes a lot of the work out for you, it's important to understand that you will be the foundation of your business and so you need have the necessary knowledge to ensure a robust foundation.

All the best!
Thanks a lot for such a detailed reply.

You are right at most of the points. But, I am already running my small business and I am able to give complete dedication to both and also I always do my homework before starting anything. So, I am not trying to start this setup quickly, not at all.

As you mentioned that I have to get good knowledge about:

1. linux/windows server administration
2. networking knowledge
3. security in terms of server management and networking
4. indepth knowledge of web servers, mail servers, database servers etc..

So, for the above knowledge where do I need to start? From CCNA or something else? I want to start from basics and want to accomplish the above requirements.

What do I need to study for all of the above?

Also, is there anything in the above points which can be handled by 1 or 2 professionals virtually? If I am not able to do all of the above at my own.

Your another great answer is required.

Thanks..

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There are a few different ebooks about how to start a web hosting provider, you may wish to look into getting one of them

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It is important too know all of that stuff before getting a server and putting client's on it. But if you don't have time to learn it, you could always go with a managed VPS/Dedicated and your Host will do all of your server end things for you (beside's making account's and things).

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You should also consider business courses at a community college. They are extremely helpful, especially classes regarding entrepreneurship! Usually community college classes are quite economical as well.

Hope this helps

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There are a few different ebooks about how to start a web hosting provider, you may wish to look into getting one of them
Can you please mention some of the best books so that I can learn through them?

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It is important too know all of that stuff before getting a server and putting client's on it. But if you don't have time to learn it, you could always go with a managed VPS/Dedicated and your Host will do all of your server end things for you (beside's making account's and things).
Thanks for your reply. I just want to know about the basic knowledge which is very essential in startup and growing with the business. Only technical one, I will handle the rest. If there is any technical knowledge which is very very important then I am ready to learn it.

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