First post to this forum (be gentle with me please)...
Ok - so what am I doing - well I'll tell ya..
I have been a developer for a few years and last year setup my own business providing web based solutions for ... well ... whoever wants them
First year was steady, and we are now just into our second year and I would like to add an additional service of hosting some of the solutions we create for people rather than farming them off elsewhere.
The requirements for each solution could vary considerably, from simple Frontpage Server Extensions to SQL Server 2000, ASP.Net and so forth...
I'm primarily looking for a MS reseller package, but one I have seen recently (and talked to) use a mixture so we would have dual O/S availability.
We are starting of small here, we have mustered currently about half a dozen clients that are prepared to use our hosting service - once this kicks off we'll market it more strongly but the 1st year of hosting will simply be a water testing exercise.
The company I've looked at thus far is DCHosting (dchosting dot com) - it looks as if they could well be a reseller for a reseller - which would then make me a reseller of a reseller or a reseller which at the moment is my only concern as that could presumably raise tech support issues.
Their prices seem reasonable at £500 per annum, an extra £120 if we have the SQL Server 2000 database thrown in - and this was for the dual O/S.
Only additional charges that I've spotted thus far are £5 per client for a better control panel - for the sake of £5 we'd probably do that, I believe it offers the client full control over their account etc.
So, anyone heard of this company? Or recommend any that are equally as good...
I would like a hassle free experience as much as possible anyway...and obviously the ability to install bits and bobs on servers is always an advantage - one of our applications currently uses SA-FileUp (softartisans dot com) - for file transactions, so a company that is flexible is more likely to be chosen. I dont suppose it makes much difference in this day and age but perhaps one native to the UK too, I dont wanna have to phone the States or something everytime I need something doing...
Any advice would be appreciated, and hello to all