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Starting a Web Host with No Funds

If you have ever thought of starting a free or paid web host, but without any funds, this article will tell you why that’s not a good idea. By the time you finish reading it, you will know why you shouldn’t do that.

Have You Thought About Starting a Web Hosting Company?

I’m sure many people have thought of randomly starting a web host with no money and just a free co.cc domain or their up shore hosts subdomain, but you will never last that way. You could say you got your free co.cc domain and that you also got reseller hosting from a p2h, but I will now tell you why that’s not a good idea. Here is a little example.

All Solutions Are Not Equal

John got his free domain and free reseller hosting account and was ready to start his free hosting company. He got a lot of users, and wanted to upgrade his reseller account soon, but couldn’t since he was already on the highest one from his host.

Then his host went down for three days from a DDOS, and his clients are starting to get angry. Some of his clients lost their sites, but he can’t restore them since his up shore host didn’t have any backups. Things go on like this until the host where he got his p2h gets shut down for no reason, and he is now stuck with no website.

Paid Is Still Better

This could have easily prevented if John had a budget of around $300 or so dollars to start. You would not need to buy or rent a dedicated server; a VPS would do. For around $35 you can get a VPS from Geekstorage that has enough space and bandwidth (25 gigs of webspace and 200 gigs of bandwidth), plus it comes with a free control panel (Cpanel, Plesk, DirectAdmin).

And The List Doesn’t End There

Still doesn’t look like he’d need all that money? Well, he should also buy a control panel account creator. If he was making a free host, he should go with ipanel, but if he were going to make a paid host, it would be better to use WHMCS, it costs more but is better to use for a paid host. Check out more details on both of them from each account creators website.

Now there are only a few more things he should get. It would be best if John could register most TLDs to his hosting companies name (have at least .com, .net, .org, .biz, .info, .co.uk) so that nobody takes his sites name and makes a competitor site of his.

Bulk Domain Search at Godaddy

Bulk Domain Search at Godaddy

You Will Need Patience

One thing you will always have to remember is that you will not earn money when you start. It may take almost a year to break even, so you must make sure you have enough money to make it through a year with a little profit.

I may write an article soon about preparing for starting your host.

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Black Friday / Cyber Monday Hosting Deals

Here you are, in front of a computer, and you want web space, but you don’t know how to get it. Maybe you do know how to get it, but you don’t know where to get it from. Perhaps you’ve seen your share of hideous sites, and you don’t want to be the same. Maybe the hosting you have now puts a huge banner on every page. Whatever the reason is, welcome to the Definitive Guide to Finding Web Hosting.

Important Things to Consider:

What’s the goal of the site? Is this supposed to be professional? Is it just going to be used for storage? Are you looking for a small personal homepage? Do you plan on using PHP or other scripting languages?

Do you just want a simple, easy way to make a site?

If you’re looking to make a professional site, you’ll want to consider registering a domain name (i.e.: http://www.bonenet.net).

Some general guidelines:

You want something memorable. If you’re going to have a sub-domain (http://subdomain.domain.com), you’ll be wanting a short domain name so that people aren’t distracted by the domain name. “joe.bonenet.net” just isn’t glamorous or clean cut.

You want the server your site is hosted on to be reliable. It shouldn’t be a gamble of, “I wonder if my site will be viewable today…” Find a respectable host. Try to avoid a host that seems to have very few customers or a bunch scam sites.

Where to look:

  • Hosting Manual

Hostingmanual.net has an extensive database of black Friday and cyber Monday hosting deals that you can search to match your needs (see table). Along with a user ratings system and testimonials, sites that have had past problems have notes next to them.

Do you spend money on domain names and hosting routinely? Then this is the moment to go for your wallet. Check out the awesome Black Friday HostPapa Offers and see for yourself.

  • Google

Of course, if you ever need to find something on the Internet, use a search engine. Google is just a personal preference, but try searching for things like, “web hosting reviews” rather than “web hosting.” By shopping around, you can choose which host will be the best for you.

  • WordPress.com

You can have your free website on WordPress.com – if you can stand having their frame on your page. This is an alright choice for the average user who just wants to set up a simple homepage with static HTML or CSS.

Common Features:

  • PHP/ASP Powerful server-side scripting languages.
  • MySQL A Database for storing and accessing records.
  • Cpanel A web interface to manage your site. A very useful feature.
  • POP3/SMTP Mail Servers so you can send and receive emails
  • Bandwidth How much traffic your site is allowed.
  • SSH Secure Shell. Some sites allow you access to a *nix shell.
  • .htaccess Sets permissions for your site.
  • Backups Some sites provide utilities to backup your files.
  • CGI/Perl Use Perl on your site.
  • SSL Allows secure access to your site. (https://yoursite.com)
  • FTP File Transfer Protocol is a way to upload files.

Customer Reviews – Not just testimonies from a few loyalists. Look for unbiased reviews.
Active Forums – Are often a good indicator of the user base. Some sites require forum usage.
Web Hosting Review Sites – Read what people have to say, common issues, etc.

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