I've been thinking to switching from my current host to other host that uses Hsphere.
How long does it normally take to get used to using hsphere both from the reseller and the end customer point of view?
I'm more into web development (design and programming), so I don't have much time to spare for learning new technologies (in this case learning how to use new control panel).
I currently only have 10 sites in my reseller account (2 sites are mine, and the other 8 are clients').
Will it be hard for me to transfer/switch all those sites to other HSPHERE host?
Does Hsphere have database admin feature like PhpAdmin that's available in the CPANEL control panel?
One last question, at which stage should I move to dedicated hosting? I plan to grow my hosting business once my webdevelopment business has really got into stable stage (that's maybe another 1 or 2 years ahead).
Thank you very much in advance for anyone who help me on this stuff.
Regarding stuff on server management, where/how should I start? I have studied network administration/management in my IT course at Uni 2 years ago. But to be more precisely, how to get to really manage a server in order to provide dedicated server?
I feel like I don't learn that much by just being a hosting reseller, I mean all the features for administering the hosting are already there in CPANEL.
In terms of customers, how many customers at least do you think I should have before moving to dedicated?
With the two CP's being vastly different, this would be a complete manual move, so no automation. If you yourself are not comfortable with it, ask your provider if they'll help you out.
The one main thing that people run across, is the difference in directory structure. Whilst CPanel uses the "public_html" directory for it's files, H-Sphere uses the actual domain name as the folder name.
Be sure not to copy directory structures over from CPanel, directly to H-Sphere, or your files won't show up online
It can cause a little confusion at first, but that wears off after a few days. The H-Sphere community @ www.psoft.net is truly first-class. It's the ideal place to 'study up' on the in's and out's of the best CP on the market, aswell as gaining valuable tip's and tricks
Just currious why make the switch from cPanel? there are plenty of hosts that offer cPanel at a wide range of prices..
Reason I ask is this move may cost you some customers if they get frustrated with the new control panel and cant figure it out in my experiance the less turbulance the better with clients many dont want / need to learn new control panels all they want is whatever is the easiest for them..
Just my .02 cents But may want to think on this prior to the move as I have said there are several hosts that could get you what your looking for minus the turbulance (unless you just dislike cPanel and want something new then drive on! LoL)
Thanks for another useful lesson from you.
Hey, I've checked your PM, and am still in doubt whether to move to Hsphere from Cpanel or not, so please let me have some more time to think about it.
I've always been happy with Cpanel, it's just that I plan to offer more options (windows, asp, coldfusion) to my customers, particularly when I really focus on the hosting side of my web development business at later stage.
For this time being, all I do is to get as many local clients as I can (web development). And when I have enough portfolio/clients, then I think I'll even move to dedicated.
And frankly speaking, I'm having lots of troubles with my current host (server uptime has been less than 99.99%, the downtime has caused lots of complaints from my clients, and I can't even use my own email/site). If this keeps happening, I believe I'll lose my customers and prospects.
So basically, what I'm trying to do at the moment is to find a good webhost, and am thinking to try Hsphere to broaden my knowledge in the hosting control panel area. So when the time comes, I should be able to offer CPANEL (Linux) and HSPHERE (Windows/Linux) hostings.
Hmm, it seems pretty hard to transfer my sites and clients' sites from my current CPANEL host to another Hsphere host.
Well, hopefully by constantly learning from you guys, more options will become available and make me confident toward which direction to go.
Yea cPanel - Hspgere is un-automated (not to say you cant upload your clients sites yourself) And I personally would suggest to get another reseller account to test Hsphere and the workings of it as a control panel so whenyou do transfer your clients you will be ready to answer thier questions.
As far as your current host if thier downtime is below acceptable limits by all means find a new host that will as that will also make your clients run and nobody wants that.
As a note I feel that is the only way these Hosts will ever learn, if they lose clients! I gave up on using reseller accounts because of service such as what your getting from your current host unfortunatlly bad service is running rampent in the industry and until resellers speak out and leave it seems they will never learn.
Originally posted by MaxieHost For the more professional look go with Cpanel hsphere does offer alot of control thans cpanel due to mainly its template interface.
Sorry, but that's simply not true.
I do not know how much more of a professional look you can have to a control panel, then it's header matching, it colors, it's background, it's entire look and feel can be mirrored from your website.
Whilst you may be refering to the 3 old skins included in 2.3, 2.4 introduces two very nice looking skins, complete with drop down menu navigation capabilities. Very easy on the eye, and so simple you can't go wrong.
Then you have the customizable templates, offered by HsphereTemplates.com - these templates are literally customizable to your every need.
Team the fact that you can have your company look and feel instantly mirrored to your HSphere CP, with the fact that you have the billing, and support protocol's right these also, I honestly can not see how a control panel could be more professional.
If you wish, I can screenshot our CP, with the URL taken out for privacy (protects our resellers) , to show you what I mean
Ok, here's another situation/question I'd like to know what everyone think.
My current reseller account is using CPANEL/WHM as the control panel. I was thinking if I could make a backup to each site hosted on this account by using another account (backup) with other host that uses HSPHERE.
So when my current host/server goes down, the back up host/server will take over automatically.
To get clear picture of what I'm trying to say, so the dns setting of one site will be like this:
Some of my sites use those php scripts/features that were installed through FANTASTICO, and some are just static sites.
The purposes I'm doing this:
1. Back up for my current host/server (one of my client/a corporate client got penalized US$1000 because some documents didn't get to their emails due to server downtime, luckily he's one of my best friends, we're like brother to each other, so he didn't claim that US$1000 from me, and guess what?!! I had just been given a mercy, I mean another chance, final chance indeed! )
2. Learn to use Hsphere (as reseller and end user) as I'll surely provide windows/linux hosting soon.
3. Simply following the basic rule of 'not putting all eggs in one wok' (and cook 'em, hehehe....gee, for people who always 'put their eggs in basket', those eggs must have been rotten. )
As usual, thanks a lot in advance for your thoughts, opinions, feedback, etc.