I was just curious what lead you to become a web host?
For me i was a member of a gaming site for a number of years and gradually took an interest in website development. Eventually i started my own gaming network, offering free hosting to people with the same gaming interests as me. Over time i realized i could make a living doing this and so i started a paid web hosting site.
I was a reseller for a long time, thought I was on top of the world hosting myself and a few important clients until that hosting provider started screwing up and in a big way. So without knowing anything about linux or how to set one up for that matter I got my own server and been doing it myself ever since. Learned a lot from the forums, web sites and reading a 5" inch linux book, made some mistakes myself learning along the way. Now I have over a 100 clients and looking to get another server. That was a year or so ago.
Well, I'm really new and just getting into things. One of my good friends owns a couple web hosting sites and he makes great money and he really enjoys it. So, I hope to learn as much as I can from this site and from my friend and then start making money.
I'd hosted my own domains since 1996, but had avoided hosting others' web sites professionally because I didn't think that I had the knowledge or abilities to adequately handle the task. Eventually, some friends of mine wanted their fan site developed and came to me to install blogging software and design a template. I found a web host who seemed to offer a decent set of features, and didn't look bargain-basement but wasn't a bank-breaker. (The host that I was using at the time was not impressing me - and I wouldn't put people on there straight out of Geocities, anyway. The support did not cater to people who didn't want to do a lot of research on their own.) The original plan was to get their software set up, make them a template, and go on my merry. I wasn't getting paid for this, but they'd sponsored me in the charity Blogathon for a certain amount - so they got a web site template, and help moving off of Geocities.
On the web host's support forums, the host quite openly stated that they were a reseller - and stated who they resold for. I thought this was a bit different from what I'd seen other hosts do, but didn't really pay it much thought...until I tried to get some answers in the support forum. Some people got answers to questions, while others seemed to be left on their own - and not just poorly-constructed questions or newbie issues, either. It didn't take me long to think, "Geez, *I* could do better than this!!!"
So I did.
That was six years ago.
I found an excellent support team, solid network maintenance skills, and two support techs in particular who are the kind of geek-tech I aspire to be. I'm going to start offering reseller accounts in the next month. I've had a wild ride, but it's been strangely fun.
__________________ ☷ Lesli Schauf, TLM Network
☴ Linux and Windows Shared Hosting since 2002: Scribehost
For me i setup my first website around 1998 and just loved making sites and by time went on i got into php around 2002 i started my hosting company as just a reseller and have just continued to grow over the years.
I like shiny things, thats what got me into geeky things. Then I was like I want a website, so I got me one of those many moons ago. Then I had crappy service and went I can make this better. So at first just friends and the normal signed up, then I went marketing crazy a little bit and random people that I had no idea who they were came around, the company grew and we hired more on. Then I was like, maybe I need another site thats for those who know exactly what they need and make it at a discounted price.
Now I have two hosting companies (one managed, one not) and I stay pretty busy most times, but I still love giving good service for my clients as I have been down the nasty road before and being a client to a company that cant even answer a simple question - well we dont like those kinds of people.