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    Value-Added Web Hosting... any thoughts?

    Hi everyone,

    So there is a bit of a debate whether to host or not. I was really against it, but after thinking about it some more, I'm on the fence. I don't want to overcharge people just for web hosting (because if they find out how much hosting costs, they might feel cheated), but I do want to offer something, yet I don't want to take on the added client burden for a small margin (because clients who pay you for webhosting will feel like they can go to you everytime something is wrong).

    So.... enter value-added web hosting.

    I'm making a list of things I can do along with providing webhosting for a decent monthly sum, but it's justified with me setting clients mind at ease and doing little tasks that are easy for me, but would be super hard for them:

    - backups (files and db)
    - malware scan or prevention
    - add domain emails and forwarding
    - subdomain creation
    - IP ban
    - broken link checks
    - hotlinking protection
    - domain forwarding

    What do you all think?

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    Unpaid WDF Intern TheGAME1264's Avatar
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    I wouldn't overthink it that much. Here's how I do it:

    Private web server (since I'm the only one who puts apps on my server, I know they're coded properly...instant assurance of uptime) that is fully backed up every 12 hours to a dedicated backup drive (the OS, emails, databases, files, everything).

    I've found that's enough by itself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGAME1264 View Post
    I wouldn't overthink it that much. Here's how I do it:

    Private web server (since I'm the only one who puts apps on my server, I know they're coded properly...instant assurance of uptime) that is fully backed up every 12 hours to a dedicated backup drive (the OS, emails, databases, files, everything).

    I've found that's enough by itself.
    I don't mean to be digging through the graveyard of posts...

    but what do you mean by private web server? Is that the same as a dedicated server?

    Also, would I be correct in assuming that only larger clients would think about using your managed hosting service? Because I figure the price of the private server + your markup would be quite a decent amount to pay monthly.

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    It is the same, but it's also protected in the sense that only my apps are on it (so there's no chance someone else's bad code is going to mess it up) and I have a backup system that doesn't exist on any shared hosting plan out there.

    It's mostly smaller clients that use my managed hosting service. I also do other things for them, though.
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