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    Starting a Web Hosting Business

    What is the Feasibility of Starting a web hosting Business in todays time? I assume it would be harder to start right now as there are many hosts out there. you would need a very specific niche to start in and do a whole lot of local advertising. Would you agree with that?

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    I am going to have to say it may seem easy to start but at the end of the day it isn't at all. Your going to need a lot of time on your hands to set everything up. It isn't easy also because when you start a new company with a new name it means know one knows about you so your going to have to then advertise that brand and get it out there.


    One of the best things to do is advertise locally like you said. This will give more opportunity to the host being able to pick up local clients and businesses is a wonderful thing and a great income.

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    With the hosting industry as saturated as it is today (due to how the entry barrier just gets easier and easier ..) it's in fact very hard to start up a hosting company however it's still feasible if you work hard enough at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GVH-Jon View Post
    With the hosting industry as saturated as it is today (due to how the entry barrier just gets easier and easier ..) it's in fact very hard to start up a hosting company however it's still feasible if you work hard enough at it.
    Couldn't agree more, I've worked with quite a few hosting providers over the years and excluding the larger ones (who simply "got there first" in a way), the ones that didn't last I can only really put down to "staying power", there could be weeks without an order - you have to be able to keep your business afloat even if you get no clients for a few months, which is why it can be better to start off small, there's no way you can give up once the clients start coming in!

    As for a business plan - you do need one, it doesn't even need to be documented at first but knowing where you're heading before you set off will save you from getting lost half way there.

    It's not easy by any means - and if it is you're doing it either very wrong or very right. But being different, maybe bringing something new is one really important aspect - it could be a whacky name, great plans, memorable support (for the right reasons). I for example migrated 2 of the providers I own to 100% SSD - so while we're not there first, we're already well above the saturated market by simply going with the options not all can afford. Yes it's more expensive, but at the same time the benefits to the average website are something more and more people are coming searching for.

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    Starting a web hosting business will not be easy, you would require a powerful team and a long term plan to kick-start your business.

    There are some useful tips in this link, you may check it out: http://webhosting.about.com/od/Web-H...ccessfully.htm

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    Be prepared for sleep deprived days, angry customers when your provider fails (hostigation) then be prepared to deal with spammers, scammers, and bummers.

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    Getting clients these days is definitely not as easy as it was a decade ago. If you start a web host you need a taget niche and a solid business plan. All revenues should be ploughed back into the company and spent on marketing.
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    I would focus on gaining local customers first. You stand a much bigger chance of a local customer signing up with you since if there's problems, they have a local contact and will have more trust - lots of people like that. Not everyone is comfortable with working with a company at the other side of the world.

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    Good Luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ethernet Servers View Post
    I would focus on gaining local customers first. You stand a much bigger chance of a local customer signing up with you since if there's problems, they have a local contact and will have more trust - lots of people like that. Not everyone is comfortable with working with a company at the other side of the world.
    ^This! When we entered the market late 2011 we focused entirely on local businesses and local advertising. It paid off and allowed us to grow at a sustainable yet steady pace. If you're just starting out, make sure to not neglect (in fact embrace) your local market.
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    Starting any business is never an easy task, but if you have something that people are specifically looking for that would work for you. I think you will need to invest a lot of your time first to make sure you actually have a plan on what you will provide.

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    1- You can start by Reseller Hosting
    2- Target Local Clients
    3- Sell Small Website Design service too and with this you will get Annually Renewal Regular basis
    4- target small business clients and student and sell Low cost packages, if you will target to big clients in that case you have to pay huge money for technical support and resources.

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    I think one of the biggest Factors is time! people think it is an overnight thing, if your passionate about it then the customers will come

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    This

    I'm always seeing new orders from existing customers. Why? Because we keep those customers happy and they want to trust us with more of their online presence.

    I much prefer to keep existing customers happy, than loose them to new ones.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ctrlspeak View Post
    I think one of the biggest Factors is time! people think it is an overnight thing, if your passionate about it then the customers will come

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    Normally starting a web hosting is you do not have some fat investor will mean for you 2 years of constant work before you see any positive results. So you need to really decide if you can spend this time.
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    Well you can start small and grow up
    1) Get a VPS with cPanel or a Reseller provider
    2) Get a billing system set up (BoxBilling free)
    3) Get a web site

    And you can start selling to local clients / small business first.

    Then you can expand little by little.

    P.S Getting a VPS + cPanel is much better compared to going for reseller packages because the limits are high in reseller package providers.
    For example max no of clients, server CPU, emails and etc.

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    targeting your local area for the marketing maybe a good choice because today is not easy to get new user that come from google search or another sites

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    The hard part is getting clients in. There are that many hosting companies nowadays it's hard to make a sale...

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    Starting a Web Hosting Business

    For myself I have seen good results offering design seo and hosting services as a package to local companies. Of your a good sales person you can sell anything to anybody. Look at evil kenevil he was an amazing salesman Joe girard. If you can sell it can be done easily

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