How to Start Web Hosting Business
First of all you know about minimum requirement for starting a web hosting business.
A business registration as per your country’s Government law or Act. For India company registration is done under Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA), Govt. of India. If you can register your brand or Trademark, its more trust-able to your clients and no one can use your brand or name.
A good quality and functional web hosting website. Must included automated billing portal software. I recommend for WHMCS (WHM complete solutions) software with license.
Get approval from minimum 1-2 payment gateway services and integrate on your billing portal. So that your clients can pay you online.
Decide which types of hosting service you want to provide from Shared hosting to dedicated server to collocation as per your knowledge and investment amount.
- Decide hosting packages and price.
For providing shared hosting service of Linux and/or Windows.
Here you have two options as per your technical knowledge and amount of investment.
If have poor technical knowledge and want to invest small amount. Then you can take reseller accounts for Linux and/or Windows from a good reseller hosting service provider, in this case no more technical knowledge required, as shared hosting and reseller hosting are fully managed by your hosting service provider.
If you have sound technical knowledge and invest for high amount, than take a fully managed dedicated server or unmanaged dedicated server as per you can handle server technically. After that decide among Linux and windows which hosting you want to provide. If you want to provide Linux hosting then install operating system centos, ubuntu etc. and install and buy license of cPanel/WHM control panel. If you want to provide Windows hosting then install operating system windows server and install and buy license of Plesk control panel.
After that decide shared hosting packages and price. Create shared hosting packages by investing market price and packages.
For providing Virtual Private server (VPS) and dedicated servers hosting service
For providing Virtual Private server (VPS) and dedicated servers hosting service, you contact any VPS and dedicated server hosting provider or data centre. Decide server package and price.
- Recruit support team
Managing 10-20 accounts you can manage it yourself, but while business grows that time hundreds of support tickets have to solve every day with various types of issue. One more thing clients always need solve their issue as early as possible as per a standard time taken for concern issue. That’s why you need to recruit support team to handle these issues in 24 hours in day and 7 days in a week.
- Start Selling Your product or Services
Here some factor which increase your sale and business development.
SEO Optimization: Now you make your Website SEO optimized which increase your popularity and sale.
Be social: Whatever your business, whatever your venue, keeping your name in the the air is key to internet success. Have a business account on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. If your business is graphically oriented, have accounts on Flickr and Tumblr as well. Whenever there is news of any kind—a new contract, a new page, a new entry, a new photo—cross-post it to all your social media sites. Also make sure those sites link back to your main website, and that your website has links to all of them.
- Add Google AdSense advertisements to your business or website.
Google’s AdSense is a revenue-sharing opportunity for small, medium and large web sites that places ads for goods and services that are relevant to the content of your site, targeted to the people who frequent your pages. In turn, you get paid a small amount when the ad is either displayed on your page, or clicked on.
Once you have streamlined and decided on your business strategy comes the most exciting part, competing. You will need to be a competitive provider, keeping your existing clients happy, getting in new clients and making your presence in web hosting communities and forum. Most important for a web hosting service provider all these matters are really important from a customer’s point of view, since in hosting, reliability service and good support along with guaranteed uptime are the most crucial parameters.