I am thinking of starting my own web hosting business to make a little extra money. I would just like to ask some of you guys some questions to help me along. What I am planning to do is get a dell 400sc power edge server for about $274. Load Red hat Linux on it and get my web site setup from there. Get my website designed, load modern bill. Have the order process only automated when you pay via paypal. Have Cpanel and WHM loaded to. Once I have my site up and running on my LAN. I will test it, put through several orders, practice backing up every thing and get every thing ready. Once that is all done and I feel that it is good to go I will go and get a dedicated server somewhere and do the same thing to it. Ok my questions are do you think that red-hat is the best OS for the job? What would you use? Am I leaving out any essential software that is required to do what I am doing? Would you add anything? Does anyone here do web design? If you do send me an e-mail at [email protected]. When you started how did you get the word out? Were did you advertise? I will probably use google at first.
Read through the forums to get started. I would also brush up your system admin skills if you go with a dedicated box. The server needs to be secured and administered. Patches need to be installed here and there. PayPal should not be your only option to accept payments.
Sounds horrifible. Make things easier on yourself and your prospects, rent a managed server from a reputable provider and work with that.
Right now, BurstNET is running a great sale. A business plan is a business plan, it's not an idea.
Work on what your goals are figures and theoretically,and write out in details how all business transactions and inquiries will be handled. There's a lot more to a business plan, but I'm not going to list them all.
Run a search on google for business plans.
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Originally posted by The Pioneer All you need is an entreprenurial mind set on business. Once you have that, you can find ways to cover technical, customer service and well.. just about anything else that you may not be skilled in.
I guess it'll come down to how much time he has to learn, or how much money he has to pay for help.
It sounds like he already has a job, and he wants to do web hosting on the side.
Well I did have run my own server in on my dsl line so I know how to update patches, and use security software. But that is a good point. I probably will have it managed. I have a Cobalt Raq 4 in my house. I have some software on it so if any one tries to access it, scan it or do anything with ports they are not supposed to be on it blocks there e-mail and looks like the server went off line. LOL
Originally posted by dsheli Well I did have run my own server in on my dsl line so I know how to update patches, and use security software. But that is a good point. I probably will have it managed. I have a Cobalt Raq 4 in my house. I have some software on it so if any one tries to access it, scan it or do anything with ports they are not supposed to be on it blocks there e-mail and looks like the server went off line. LOL
Well, if you have someone else managing your server (for the most part) then you stand a better chance at being successful.