How to Start a Web Hosting Company – a Startup Guide 2018
Are you looking for a startup in web hosting industry? But how to do every thing? What things are needed to set a web hosting business? Well you are on the right page. In this guide I will tell you step by step how to set up a web hosting business for FREE or with a small investment and how to make money with this business.
- Knowledge about Web Hosting Industry
- A domain name
- A complete responsive website with billing and client management system.
For a startup these things are enough. You must have some knowledge about web hosting. you must know what are you selling to the customers. you can join web hosting forums to expand your knowledge.
Select your brand domain name wisely. Try to choose a domain that is related to web hosting services. Domain name should be short or memorable. You can buy a domain names from any registrar like Godaddy or ResellerClub or NameCheap.
Now it comes to website. A complete online store of web hosting products. Either go with ResellerClub for FREE or buy a paid reseller hosting.
Lets know what does ResellerClub offers
ResellerClub is a web hosting company that offers a huge web hosting products portfolio with a white labelled website with your own labels. They offers a complete web hosting shopping website with predefined billing and client management system.
ResellerClub offers domain names, web hosting, vps hosting, cloud hosting dedicated servers, CMS like WordPress hosting, SSL certificates, three different website builders, code guard for backup etc. You can sell all these products with your own brand labels.
This program is FREE to join. There is no monthly or yearly fee for this . You have to pay only when some one buy product from your site.
Setting up your brand store
Sign up for a ResellerClub Reseller Program. Configure your brand domain name. Customise your store from your admin panel. Your brand new web hosting store have both mobile and pc versions. Set pricing for each and every product with your margin.
For example, You are getting a shared hosting package in $1.99/mo from ResellerClub. You can set price $3.95/mo as per industry standard. Now offer some discount to customers like 20% OFF on yearly packages. You can create coupon codes from your admin panel.
ResellerClub offers a huge discount every month on its every product. You can also attract your customers or visitor by giving discount through your shopping store.
You can use Cloudflare Free SSL to boost customers trust by securing your site. Remember in First Page of google search there is 9 out of 10 sites are with SSL certificate.
Assign departments for your company like technical, billing, support with your brand name email id’s like email@example.com Add a live chat to your site. Also add external blog on sub domain, add tutorial for self help for your customers.
For collecting payment, there are predefined payment gateways in your admin panel like Authorized.net, PayU and 2Checkout etc. you can choose any of them. For this system you need a company bank account. This may charge you some money.
Add your GST (Goods and Services Tax) registered id or other applicable tax id’s according to your country tax rules in your admin panel.
You can upload money to your account through admin panel for order activation. You can take help of FAQ for understanding better for the setup of your business site with resellerclub.
Paid Reseller Option
In paid option you have to pre pay for hosting services. For Example, buy a paid reseller hosting, I will recommend A2Hosting.com Reseller You will get a free billing and client management software (WHMCS), a FREE SSl and a FREE eNom Domain reseller. Setup your website using WHMCS and create hosting plans through WHM
Create at least 3 hosting packages with different different configuration. You can see the the shared hosting package example at FastComet.Com
Remember your reseller has limited amount of of disc space so add limited amount of disc space in packages while creating. Set pricing in this way that you have to recover your $50 that you have invested and also set some margin on it.
Setup and configure WHMCS with payment gateways and WHM for automatic task or you can set it to manually.
Also mentions some other services plans of your service provider on your website. Tie up with other hosting service providers to sell more services. Ask them for B2B rates. Remember you can earn money in B2B (Business to Business) rates.
As your business grow you can move to Dedicated Server Buy servers directly from data center to avoid late support issues.
Setup Social Brand Pages
After Setting up Brand website create your social profile brand page on facebook, twitter handler, google plus page. Don”t forget to list your business on google my business.
Business Promotion Tips
- Share your company offers with attractive images to facebook and twitter time to time to attract more customers.
- Ask your clients for reviews
- List your business on web directories
- Make a coupon code page on your site and post monthly coupons on it
- List your business on Reviews and Ratings sites
- Offer affiliate programs either percentage based or fixed amount
Things to Avoid
- Avoid Use of gmail or other free mails for sending or receiving mails for your business. You can use cPanel based emails for business mail. To avoid mails in spam, configure DNS correctly
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