Suggestion before you start opening web hosting business

batamwebhosting

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Hello,

Before we proceed please excuse my bad english as i'm not a native speaker :D

My name is Andhi, 2 Years ago opening web hosting business doesn't even cross my mind because i thought it's going to cost a lot of money on servers and advertising. Turns out i was DEAD WRONG

Target Market

Always go locally first either it be small business in your area / facebook friends. Never ever try go beyond that just yet...

Choosing The Right Provider

Find provider that give you billing client (clientexec/whmcs) and end-user support if possible... 20GB should be enough for starter, overselling enabled is also important i know this is bad but belive me 90% of web hosting company oversell.. if they told you they aren't then there's big chance that they lie to you :D.

Hosting Plan

Never ever ever ever try to sell "unlimited" hosting if you don't know what they are really means!

Advertising Strategy

this is a bit tricky... what i did when i first starting out is offering them free 1month hosting for them to test out your service. you might get 20 sign ups but only 5 that actually pays... but that's allright at least you got your first client and you web hosting business already has recognition in your area..
Facebook post might also work to.. try to offer your friend free hosting it might also pay.
For starters you wouldn't want to use PPC or paid advertising.. keep in mind there's a lot of hosting provider out there and most of them are bigger and has more reputation than you are.

Price Breakdown

Hosting = $20/mo
flyer / banner = $10 (fiverr.com)


Hopefully this post is usefull

Once again sorry for my bad english

Andhi
 

steitieh

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Target Market

Always go locally first either it be small business in your area / facebook friends. Never ever try go beyond that just yet...
Why should we go locally first? why don't choose broadly so you can get more customers as possible?

Choosing The Right Provider

Find provider that give you billing client (clientexec/whmcs) and end-user support if possible... 20GB should be enough for starter, overselling enabled is also important i know this is bad but believe me 90% of web hosting company oversell.. if they told you they aren't then there's big chance that they lie to you :D.
I am a bit more agree on this.

Hosting Plan

Never ever ever ever try to sell "unlimited" hosting if you don't know what they are really means!
What does it mean unlimited hosting? banwidth? disk space or somethings else?

Advertising Strategy

this is a bit tricky... what i did when i first starting out is offering them free 1month hosting for them to test out your service. you might get 20 sign ups but only 5 that actually pays... but that's alright at least you got your first client and you web hosting business already has recognition in your area..
Facebook post might also work to.. try to offer your friend free hosting it might also pay.
For starters you wouldn't want to use PPC or paid advertising.. keep in mind there's a lot of hosting provider out there and most of them are bigger and has more reputation than you are.
So beside PPC, which methods of advertising would you suggest?

Price Breakdown

Hosting = $20/mo
flyer / banner = $10 (fiverr.com)
I don't understand this, can you elaborate it?
 

batamwebhosting

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What does it mean unlimited hosting? banwidth? disk space or somethings else?
Create plans that have a very specific definition like how much disk space are you offering and bandwith

Don't sell unlimited plans if you have no idea how's that really work

So beside PPC, which methods of advertising would you suggest?
i don't recommend ppc... do the marketing yourself... visit local business call local business don't go with internet marketing because that will cost you a lot of money


I don't understand this, can you elaborate it?
So the price when i first starting out is only $20/mo for the hosting and $5 for the banner and flyer design that i got from fiverr.com
 

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The most important thing is to get educated about web server management, so that you may help your customers correctly.
 

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forum posts are works more than facebook marketing.

I agree with you for advertise locally. WHMCS will help to make work easier.
 
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