Building and maintaining your own servers is not cheap! In fact, it is extremely expensive once you factor everything that you need into the final cost. Some of the basic things that you need to consider if you would like to get your own physical server up and running include:

  • Physical Servers – This is the actual server hardware including all the hard drives, etc. that will be needed to get your server up and running. This technology does not come cheap and needs to be installed professionally to ensure that there are no bugs in the system.
  • Server Software – This is the software that you choose to run and manage your server. These softwares can be bought outright, but also sometimes come with yearly license fees that you could land up paying for throughout the lifespan of your hosting enterprise.
  • Dedicated IP’s – While it is not a strict rule that you have to have a dedicated IP address for your server, if you are renting out space on it it will go a long way to ensure that you never have any problems with conflicting IP addresses and the like.
  • Internet Connection – This is probably the second most important thing next to power. You need to ensure that you have a stable internet connection that is able to handle whatever amount of web traffic gets thrown at it 24/7. Additionally, you also need to have redundancy connections so that if your main provider goes offline, clients will still be able to access your server and their websites.
  • Power – Your servers need to be running 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. There is no allowance for power outages or else all your clients’ websites will go offline. This means that you need sufficient UPS backups to make sure that your server will be online even if your power is off for extended periods of time.
  • Security – Server security cannot be stressed enough. You will not have many clients sign up to host their website with you if you cannot ensure that their data will be kept secure. If you choose to have a physical server, this means not only securing your server digitally, but also making sure that your physical servers are in a secure location where they are safe from tampering and data being extracted.
  • Cooling – This is something that is often overlooked when it comes to setting up private servers. Servers need to be kept in a cool environment to be able to function to their full capacity. You do not want to risk having a server meltdown on your hands after investing so much money into getting your server set up and running.
  • Backups – In general, your clients will be relying on you to keep their websites backed up to a secure location that they can use to restore their data if something goes wrong. This means you need additional storage, which is kept in a different location to your main server where the information will be kept secure.


So, unless you can ensure that you not only have the cash flow to support starting your own server, which again, is expensive; you need to then look at reseller hosting.

Reseller hosting comes with the benefits of knowing that your server will probably be up 99% of the time without you having to worry about any of the logistics listed above. These servers often come with guarantees on uptime due to the fact that the people running them already have all the redundancies in place in case something goes wrong.

They also work out much cheaper to start off with than building your own server. This will save you thousands that you could rather put towards advertising to build your own brand. Depending on what reseller account you choose to purchase and who you choose to purchase it from, you will also get some features included that may be difficult to get on your own if you are building your own server.

Reseller hosting is then overall a much better option if you are looking to sell your own web hosting without wanting to lay out huge amounts of cash to get started.

This page was last edited: November 17, 2018
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