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Starting a Web Hosting Business, part 1
Running a web hosting business can be a very profitable and successful business, but it is not a get-rich-quick scheme. You will need to devote a lot of time into your business to make it successful. In this part 1 of Starting a Web Hosting Business, we will cover your business plan, in which you will lay out different aspects of your business.
You will need to know how you will be hosting your clients. I recommend starting out with either a reseller plan or VPS, and as you grow, eventually move up to a dedicated server. One limitation of a reseller plan is that you cannot sell reseller accounts. You need root access to server to do that, which requires a VPS (virtual private server) or a dedicated server. For most hosting startups, a $20-30 a month reseller plan is fine to start. If you want to sell reseller plans, you can get a VPS starting at about $40-50 a month. There are many different providers out there, I recommend using Google to find hosts and then looking for reviews on them at WebHostingTalk.com.
Now, I am going to compare reseller plans, VPS, and dedicated servers.