Regardless of the type of website your starting, you’re going to need some type of hosting to make sure people can access it. A website without hosting is like a car without gasoline – And a car without gasoline is not going to run very well. Today we are asking how to set up web hosting for a client.
To put it in simple terms, you can think of hosting as space you rent on the internet that allows customers to find you – Similar to renting office space for your business.
Once you understand how hosting works, it’s pretty simple to get a website up and running. But what if you need to set up hosting for a client? Should you use your hosting account? Should you get them to do it? Is there a way you can profit off their hosting?
We will be answering all these questions and more in this article where we discuss how to set up web hosting for a client the right way – Yes, there is a wrong way to do it! We’ll be covering two different methods you can use as well as the pros and cons of each one.
Let’s get into it…
1. Guide The Client Through The Process
The most obvious way to set up hosting for a client is getting them to do it themselves. The problem is most people don’t have knowledge of how to do this. Let’s outline the process
First, you’re going to choose the type of hosting your client needs. There are 3 main types you should consider.
For the purpose of this article, we’ll stick with shared hosting and recommend you do the same.
The first thing you want to do is choose a hosting provider for your client. With so many out there it can be difficult to choose. Our advice is to stick to the proven ones that have a great track record. These are as follows:
After choosing a hosting provider, in most cases, you’ll be given the option to choose from three plans during the sign-up process.
Most of the time a basic plan only allows you to host one website whereas the others will allow multiple websites on the same hosting account. You’ll also get added benefits with the higher tier plans as you can see below:
After selecting your plan you’re going to need to add a website to your new hosting server. You can find this option in your dashboard after signing in.
After your website is connected to the hosting server, you may need to change some DNS records before people will be able to visit your website.
Here’s a great video on how to do that (Siteground Tutorial)…
After this process is complete, your client’s web hosting is set up and connected to their website. We recommend you sit down with your client and do this for them as you’ll need their personal information and credit card details when signing up with the hosting provider.
If you have a good relationship with your client and cannot meet them in person, you could fill in their personal details and card information for them. If this is not an option, you may be better off sticking with the next option below.
2. Reseller Hosting
We recommend sticking with reseller hosting when dealing with clients. Reseller hosting is where you buy a certain amount of hosting space from a web hosting company and resell it to your clients at a profit.
Check out the reseller hosting subscriptions offered by Siteground…
The main difference between these plans is the higher tier ones offer you more web space – You’ll also be able to offer your clients more control over their hosting.
Also, the GoGeek and Cloud hosting packages will allow you to brand the web hosting you provide your clients as your own – This is great as you’ll look more trustworthy.
The downside to reseller hosting is your clients will come to you if they have any issues regarding their hosting account. You’ll have to solve these issues either through your own expertise or through contacting Siteground (or your reseller hosting provider) directly.
Here’s a great video that explains what reseller hosting is in more detail…
Which Option Should You Choose?
We recommend sticking with reseller hosting because you can make extra money. You’ll also look more reputable and trustworthy.
Shared hosting is also a great option that should be considered if reseller hosting isn’t possible for you.
Conclusion on How To Set Up Web Hosting for A Client
Hosting is an important part of creating a website and needs to be treated as such. If the hosting you’re looking for is for a client, it’s even more important to ensure it gets set up correctly.
If you follow the advice in this article, you should have no issues setting up your clients with a great hosting package that gets their website in front of people.