I have searched through this forum to find ideas on how to start a hosting business and really didn't find anything that fit what I want to do. I build websites for local clients and want to start hosting their sites so that they don't have to get shoved off on some other hosting company. I don't want this to be any more than hosting my own clients. I have talked with a friend that is an I.T. tech and he is pricing the componants for a couple of web servers for me. He will build them. I have an Internet connection through Comcast and have looked into their small business services. I am not sure that I want to use them for a business line. Qwest DSL is available in my area as well. Are there any other options that I can look into for getting this endevore started? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
Your best bet might be to just get a reseller account. This will cut down on your setup costs as well as monthly fees compared to multiple servers and also gives you the protection of having the server managed. If you continue to grow getting a VPS account or a managed dedicated server is also a good option.
Running a server off your DSL line is usually not a good move and most users here will recommend you not try it.
Thanks for the help. Went to the reseller forum and take a look. My friend that is building the servers also has a friend that runs E-Street Communications here in Denver. I will talk with him about holding off on the building and what I would need to do to get started as a reseller instead of having my office closet stuffed with web servers and such. I appreciate the help and insight as to how to get started in this side of the Web business.
Depending on the cliental that you are working with you may still want a dev server for test deployments. This allows you to test the application you are working on in a somewhat live environment. As a designer I would not recommend going with a reseller account unless you just do basic design or front end type development. On a reseller account you are going to be limited by the server in what you can do with some projects. A backend developer is going to be much more comfortable with his own server. Dedicated or collocation is a better solution for that environment. You can find dedicated servers fairly cheap and collocation at a decent data center for even cheaper.
some basic questions you need to ask yourself,
What type of designer are you? (front end, back end)
do you do any type of scripting? (asp, php)
what type of budget do you have?
Do you like to have full control over your project deployment?
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