How to make money in 1, 2, 3

What are the steps between designing your client’s site and hosting it? In fact it isn’t that much. Increasingly more and more web designers and creative teams are looking to monetise the service they provide in more diverse ways. If you’re designing the websites, why not host them as well?

It is increasingly an extra income strand that can provide a much needed boost in fund and services. Intrahost provides cloud servers for customers looking to do just that.

So how does it work, and how can you go from an idea to a reality in three steps?

First of all, what do you need?

A cloud server starts with, unsurprisingly, an actual server. It then uses the space to create a number of “virtual machines”. Each Cloud Server has its own allocation of RAM, CPU power. In essence, one computer appears like several. From your machine you can manage and host your client’s websites. It’s cheaper and it’s easy to back up so it’s more secure.

The first thing to do is decide what you need. Agreements are different depending on how much memory you need, how many domains you are planning to look after and for some providers how much traffic you’re expecting each month.

What you are looking for is the most cost-effective plan for your needs. Intrahost has an increasing disk space and guaranteed memory with five different cloud server deals, but it offers the same CPU Power and unmetered monthly traffic no matter how much you’re paying each month. Ask the questions because you’ll want to know exactly what you’re getting for your money and where extra costs could come from. This is meant to make you money, remember.

Second step, how long will it take?

There is no point in choosing your deal, arranging the monthly payment and then being told the service won’t begin until the beginning of next month. A frustrating wait for you and your clients. Intrahost sets up all cloud server accounts once the verification process has been done. That usually doesn’t take more than 24 hours.

Third and last step, what are you actually getting?

You’re selling this service to your clients so it’s worth doing the research to understand the benefits for them, and for you. Each server might have several different customers but each customer has an exclusive deal with their own resources linked to it through Intrahost. The deals are designed to meet your requirements, meaning it is more secure and there is less of a chance that your service will be interrupted.

You’ll be signing on a month by month basis which offers more flexibility so you can amend and mould your deal to match on-going requirements. If you or your clients use open source technology you want to know how they will work with the cloud server (fine on Intrahost fyi) as well as commercial applications. Your biggest fear is that a client will have their services reduced because of an application they use. You need to cover those bases and while it’s rare it will impact on the service you are offering.

Hosting various websites through a cloud server is an increasingly popular method to add a new income stream or simply a new, streamlined service for your own online activity or for your clients. However to make sure you’re making money and offering the right service it is always important to talk directly to your provider and ask the difficult questions before you sign up. Knowing what you need and more importantly what you’ll get will impact on what you can offer your clients.