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    How did you get started in the Web Hosting Business?

    I'm curious as to how some of our members got started in the web hosting business. I'm curious as to if you started out wanting to start a hosting company or if it was just something that you wound up in for one reason or another.

    I have a business contact that started out doing web design and later down the road he wound up offering hosting for his clients that needed or were looking for web hosting for their websites. After a year or so he was doing well enough with selling web hosting that he decided to drop doing the web designing services since that took a lot of time and he was able to make more money by just marketing/promoting his web hosting services and not having to put in the same amount of hours of work.

    He has since sold his business off and is in a non-related field. I have heard some other stories as to how people got started in the web hosting business and some are quite unique.

    I'd like to hear how some of our members got started with their web hosting business. Was it something that you had planned on getting into? How did you get started?

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    We started off in a vary similar way. We started as a web development company in 2006. In 2009, we leased a dedicated server for hosting our web development customers websites.

    By 2014, we had 2 shared hosting servers, a VPS node, several dedicated server customers, and 3 secure PCI clusters. This is when we decided to go public with our web hosting offerings. We found a high quality Colo provider, setup a redundant network, and moved all servers to our own hardware.
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    Similar story. Started in I.T. field, started maintaining a website for someone, then started designing websites for people, including setting up hosting for them. Decided I liked doing web hosting more than designing and building websites so in 2009 started the hosting business. Still do sites for people who request and site updates, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RDO Servers View Post
    We started off in a vary similar way. We started as a web development company in 2006. In 2009, we leased a dedicated server for hosting our web development customers websites.

    By 2014, we had 2 shared hosting servers, a VPS node, several dedicated server customers, and 3 secure PCI clusters. This is when we decided to go public with our web hosting offerings. We found a high quality Colo provider, setup a redundant network, and moved all servers to our own hardware.
    Looking back now, was the hosting business what you thought it would be before you started the business?

    I know that many things that I have gotten into online over the years were not exactly what I thought they would be. Some were better and some, well let's just say, were not as great as I thought.


    Quote Originally Posted by energizedit View Post
    Similar story. Started in I.T. field, started maintaining a website for someone, then started designing websites for people, including setting up hosting for them. Decided I liked doing web hosting more than designing and building websites so in 2009 started the hosting business. Still do sites for people who request and site updates, though.
    What is it about web hosting that you liked better than designing? I can't speak about the hosting part but I am not the biggest fan of designing myself. I like building websites but the designing part seems to just take more time as I am always wanting to make so many changes as I go that it gets to be a pain sometimes.
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    Started out fixing computers locally saving money once I saved enough I bought a suite in a data center and never looked back now its a daily thing building out data center space.

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    Started a Web Hosting company to learn about web hosting companies for my job in sales at a data center/infrastructure provider. Turns out I like server virtualization more than I like sales.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Houston_Datum View Post
    Started out fixing computers locally saving money once I saved enough I bought a suite in a data center and never looked back now its a daily thing building out data center space.
    Wow, that would be cool to work on the hardware in a data center! Well for me it would be but I don't know if those that do it as a job would feel the same.


    Quote Originally Posted by radwebhosting View Post
    Started a Web Hosting company to learn about web hosting companies for my job in sales at a data center/infrastructure provider. Turns out I like server virtualization more than I like sales.
    Well I can understand that, I have never likes sales too much myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gecko View Post
    Wow, that would be cool to work on the hardware in a data center! Well for me it would be but I don't know if those that do it as a job would feel the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gecko View Post
    Looking back now, was the hosting business what you thought it would be before you started the business?

    I know that many things that I have gotten into online over the years were not exactly what I thought they would be. Some were better and some, well let's just say, were not as great as I thought.
    A web hosting business is a business. You have to have a solid business plan, and be prepared for things to not go the way you want them to all the time.

    Has it been exactly what we thought it would be?
    No.
    Are we glad we got into the hosting business?
    Yes.
    Is web hosting a super easy way to make a bunch of money online?
    No!!!!! It's a business, and you have to be prepared to work for it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Houston_Datum View Post
    Started out fixing computers locally saving money once I saved enough I bought a suite in a data center and never looked back now its a daily thing building out data center space.
    That sure is ballsy when just starting out. I'll just buy myself a whole data center suite, that should do for now
    Did you already have a good customer base or started from nothing ?
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    I tend to go on and on when it comes to writing out things...so I will try to condense.

    I started out in music many eons ago from High School. Started out a DJ in my last years of school doing parties and some clubs, and after leaving school, working full time jobs in the day like Peter and Clarke and playing gigs at night like Spidey and Superman. A few years after, another friend of a friend from our school had a Hip Hop group and needed a DJ. I was working with a few other DJ's on some events, but never directly with an artist of group. After helping that friend with a few events...it lead to building a business which included working with other artists, releasing CD's, touring, two studios, being a producer and engineer, a store, and leaving a job to become self employed in music full time. Lots and lots of stories

    Within working with musical clients...some would need a simple HTML website to promote their name/brand, any released music, and any upcoming shows. Nothing complicated since most of my time was working on music. Around 2006 the business (or marriage when you really think about working with a business partner) had some issues that lead to shutting things down. Around the same time I had a young family, so I decided to stay home, watch the children, and design and maintain websites of the previous musical clients.

    From there, it somewhat follows the path of others; close clients -> referrals -> more design work -> more referrals -> a reseller account -> a few VPS accounts -> Dedi-Servers -> to be continued.

    Part of the reason of becoming a host was to eliminate the countless wasted hours of servicing clients websites on bad hosts or dealing with support who would rather resolve an issue in 50 hours instead of 30 minutes.

    One thing I sometimes do in a hosting thread is compare it to a musical reference. Sometimes people see music as all fun and not realize that the actual music is 5% of the business. The 95% that's missed operates very similar to the web hosting industry.

    For instance...top 10 songs on commercial radio...DJ's are paid by record labels to over-promote a song to make it appear "hot". No different than "top 10 web hosts" websites.

    College and University radio shows...the DJ's will play what the listeners want to hear...and those songs are usually from the lesser known artists. Known in the "underground" circuit with hundreds and a few thousands of loyal fans, compared to those who are commerical with millions of fans. Ironically, both can be globally known. No different than a host like HostGator compared to well known smaller hosts you would find on here.

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