If your like many another webmasters you might be thinking of starting a web hosting company. But where do you start? And more importantly, what do you need to know? Well, in this article I will show basic things that you will need in order to succeed as a web hosting provider.
Before you start make sure this is something that you have knowledge to do and not just from reading books, but where you have worked on them. Running servers may sound easy, but it's far from easy, in fact, even people experienced with servers will have trouble with them from time to time. You will have to deal with security threats, downtime and fixing program errors.
Starting your own hosting services is going to be challenging and frustrating. One option to think about is reseller hosting plans. There are several good web hosting companies out there that offer reseller hosting, but at same time allowing you to get paid, but without you having to spend your time maintaining servers. You may want to start out this way to get a customer base going.
You can rent, lease or buy your servers, If you decide to buy servers, get them custom made to your exact needs, if you have money, if you can't try to get a server that best fits into your plans. You'll need a place to keep servers. You can find local building to do this or you could keep them at home. If you keep it at home, you'll need to make sure everything is just right for them.
Now, which operating system (Windows, Unix, etc.), control panel (Cpanel, Plesk, etc.), security are you going to choose. Each of these should be researched with care, check to see if they fit your needs or not. Also you must consider that some programming languages can only run on certain operating systems, most web site owners want programming languages such as PHP or PERL.