From our research there are few hosting companies that are willing to provide a fluid custom hosting solution from scratch, most opt for pre-defined packages. Obviously there are benefits in doing this, but in this day and age shouldn't we have more flexibility in our offerings and be looking at ways to break the mould?
I've opened this post to discuss the consumers thoughts on being able to create their own hosting package, tailored to their needs. And also for the provider, to discuss the benefits and the negatives.
As far as I am aware we are currently the only hosting company that is actively and solely offering a streamlined custom hosting solution across shared, reseller and VPS hosting.
I used to offer this for shared hosting but do not any longer.
When I offered it, I used WHMCS combined with the Configurable Options Addon ($65, I believe it is). This allowed customers to setup the package they wanted and still have it setup instantly upon receipt of payment.
While I no longer offer this service directly on my website, I would be willing to setup a custom package for those who requested it. In a similar fashion, I am sure most hosting companies out there would consider this as well on a per-request basis.
With that said, I may eventually one day offer this again and I will say to any host who wants to offer it the way I did the addon from WHMCS is well worth the $65.00 one time fee you will pay for it.
I didn't understand this - "As far as I am aware we are currently the only hosting company that is actively and solely offering a streamlined custom hosting solution across shared, reseller and VPS hosting"...
There are many web hosting providers that offer customized hosting services. this is not that easy in Shared environment as it is in VPS and Dedicated, but it is still possible. Of course it depends very much of the service model a web host has.
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By this I meant a solution where customers can simple select what they want on the site and order in a way which is easy and quick - cutting out any emails going back and forth or a complicated technical form to fill in.
I am aware there are lot's of companies that offer custom solutions - but they don't seem to make it very easy or promote it. Like you said it's easier with VPS and Dedicated - and with shared hosting many hosts will want to stick to packages to make it easier to manage server resources and income.