How To Start A Hosting Company
In this techno-savvy era, starting hosting business could make you a lot wealthier than you think. On the way of website technology and hosting technology, we are moving far ahead. Every day technology companies are inventing new modules for hosting business.
For those who are not aware of hosting business, allow me to introduce you to the cutting edge business.
What is Web-hosting?
You visit websites or apps on your mobile phone daily! Everyday there is new sharing and caring. Have you ever thought where does these data comes from? From where your Facebook or Twitter updates comes from? It comes from their respective hosted servers. If you want to start your website or app, you need to have a hosting service to make your website or app online. Basically it’s like renting a place online just like you need a house to live in. Web-servers are the house of your app or website. Just like people come and visit you at your house if they have address, same like this, people visit your website online if they have your website’s address.
Today, there are so many hosting companies out there who provide reseller hosting services. If you are looking forward to start a website hosting company, this is where you start.
Why Purchase Reseller Hosting?
It is always advisable to purchase reseller hosting account from already established hosting company. By doing that you will save money and time. You don’t want to invest money on buying expensive servers and in addition to that to maintaining it.
This is a step by step process. For some readers it might be difficult to remember so many technical things, so I might divide the process in step by step, so each and every reader can understand what actually they are doing. Because starting a technology business is not tough but understanding how it works is a tough thing!
Something About Bigrock!
I personally recommend Bigrock for purchasing reseller hosting. Why? because I’ve been hosting my all websites and blogs with them from past 6 years, and none of them had hard time. Believe me, each and every website has 99.9% up time.
Bigrock is owned by Directi, which was started in 1998 founded by Bhavin Turakhia. It is the first company in India which is accredited by ICANN. Today, they serve more than 10,00,000 customers and have around 50,000 channel partners. In addition to that Turakhia brother recently sold their billion dollar venture named ‘media.com’ to a chines company in $900 million.
Step 1 : Purchase A Domain Name
Before moving any further, you need to purchase a domain name which will suit your business. You need to come up with your company name on your own because that is the name your customers will remember, i.e.www.yourdomain.com [ex. My domain is www.pyraweb.com]. So visit Bigrock, and search for your desired domain name and purchase the domain name. Generally domain name ranges starts from Rs.99/- to 1,299/-.
As like shown in the image, enter your domain name in the given text-area and choose which domain extension you want for your domain, i.e. .com – .in – .org etc. Once you decided the domain name then click on ‘Go’ and search the domain name. Once you searched for your domain name, Bigrock itself may take you to the next page of purchasing web-hosting. But here we are not going to purchase regular hosting, so find the option ‘Hosting’ on the top of the page in top navbar > Click on Linux Resell Hosting.
Step 2 : Purchase Resell Hosting
You can purchase Linux resell hosting from Bigrock. The server up-time and performance is way better than anyone else. The Bigrock has range from Rs.549/- a month to Rs.1,899/- a month for US servers. And for Indian based servers the range is from Rs.1,499/- to Rs.2,699/- a month. You can purchase minimum 20GB space with 20 hosting website option to Unlimited websites with 200GB space. The choice is yours, from where to start.
Quick-Tip : You might be confused between Indian Servers and US servers, well if your audience is going purchase your hosting from US then you need to choose US location based server and if you are going to target Indian audience to purchase your hosting then you need to purchase Indian location based server. Certainly it affects on the website loading. It is not a compulsion of choosing specific location, but for the safer side we will be choosing location based server, so whoever hosts their website or app with us can get fast server loading speed.
Step 3 : Selecting Plan
While selecting a plan there are few things you need to remember and confirm.
- Where you are going to do marketing of your hosting website?
- If your country or region is decided then you need to purchase hosting server locations according to that.
- Which plan suits you the best with your financial planning?
- Do you need to have free WHMCS or paid WHMCS service and support?
Personally, I recommend to get a Free WHMCS panel because with WHMCS panel you can automate the entire billing system. Once you applied the WHMCS setting to your website, then you don’t need to remember which user purchased hosting on what date, when will be the renewal or if that user has some due payments. WHMCS will send all kind of notification to that user automatically.
Step 4 : Setting Up Your Domain Name
Once you purchased domain name and reseller web hosting then you need to setup your domain name to your server. Most probably Bigrock does it for you. If Bigrock has not setup your domain then you need to set up your domain manually by simply clicking ‘Update Now’ when Bigrock pops up the message.
Step 5 : Change Basic Details
Now your hosting setup is ready and you have successful completed your first step toward starting your web-hosting company. But before going any further, please login into your Bigrock Account and change the password for your cPanel. Most of the time the password is auto-generated and for some people it hard to remember. So, just for the security reasons, you need to change your cPanel password. For changing password, go to Linux Resell Hosting Tab from your account, click on ‘Admin Details’, once you click on it, the pop-up window will appear where you will find to change your cPanel account’s password.
Congratulations! here you go! you have now successfully setup your hosting account.