How to Start a Web Hosting Company?
If you have been interacting with the online business world, you would know that it is crucial that there be a web hosting industry. With no web hosting available, you will not be able to host your own sites or those of others. Running a successful web hosting business is not hard nor is it easy. If you know what you are dealing with, you will be able to run it quite well. To start off, you need to know what type of hosting business you want to open up. As you may or may not know there are several types of web hosting services available on the internet. Some of the most popular ones include; shared hosting and reseller hosting. The most commonly used and purchased hosting service is the shared hosting plan and this is because of the low cost and great benefit.
Start your own Web Hosting Business
To start off, you will need to decide on the type of hosting service you will be offering to your clients. If you plan on offering shared hosting, you will need to have your own server or reseller account. Without a main host providing resource, you will not be able to start your business. So, for the sake of argument, let’s take shared hosting as an example. For shared hosting, you can begin by getting a reseller hosting account from a top level company, or you can lease your own server. Leasing your own server at the beginning of your business will be quite costly. You will be spending a ton of money on leasing your server, so you will be out of funds to allocate towards the actual promotion of your business. When you are starting off, it is important that you start off with minimal investment as it could help you increase your overall profit margin. The best solution is to open a reseller account and provide hosting from there. Like any other business, you will need to be patient to see a return on investment.
Once you have the reseller account, you can move onto the actual branding of your hosting company. You will first need a good name for your hosting business, which is not in use by another company. If you want to get your business registered with your city or state, you will need to file for a business registration number. This will cost you money, so you can wait a few weeks before doing this. What is important is the business name you use for your hosting company. Think of a creative yet engaging name that is also available for the domain you are going to purchase. Your domain name should be a top level domain name that ends with the .com suffix. You can brand your business by purchasing some of the other popular TLD’s as well. The next step is to market and promote your hosting service. This could be done through online forums, webmaster portals and webmaster blogs. You will have to invest money, but you will eventually get it all back. If you can get one client, you will be able to make money from their referral as well.