Help me pick up that table-money

by kemdev
3 replies
Hey Warriors,

So a little over a year into this gig, I've decided to start charging my clients for hosting plans. GASP!

The embarrassment comes from not doing this much sooner. Before I would just refer my clients to the web host I use and pick up a commission. But now, I've decided to host the sites myself and pick up all the loot. And I'm basically looking at two options:

1) Hosting reseller plan (probably through HostGator)
2) Rent a dedicated server (through my current host)

Through my research, I've found that the dedicated server option offers A LOT more space...
  • 4 x 2.5GHz CPUs
  • 8GB RAM
  • 10TB Bandwidth
  • 1000GB Storage (RAID1)
  • cPanel w/ Root
  • 1 Free Domain
  • 4 Dedicated IPs
  • CentOS 6.4 (64-bit) OS
Plus it's a much cheaper option. But I'm sure the reseller plan offers many more options as far as client lists, recurring payments, bandwidth limitation, etc...

Either option will be used just for hosting small business websites - and most of my client websites have traffic < 500 uniques per month.

So which is the best bet? How many websites can I comfortably fit on the dedicated server? Which one will make my life easier lol?
#pick #tablemoney
  • Profile picture of the author kebertt
    Resellers are great if you expect to generate a large amount of referral sales, as the price per resale goes up. Otherwise, the dedicated server may be a better option for you, and they give you more control over your client's hosting, pricing, and plans should you need to access it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Turfhosting
    Your best to rent a dedicated server. You may lose money at first but you will provide great hosting for your clients therefore, they will stay. As opposed to host gators reseller hosting which has thousands of clients on one server already..
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  • Profile picture of the author bizgrower
    Gotta be sure you want to be available to respond 24/7 and provide the hosting support....

    "If you think you're the smartest person in the room, then you're probably in the wrong room."

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