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After five years out of the free hosting market I am thinking about going back into it.
My calculations are that with a minimal number of domain sales and upgrades to paid hosting a free service could pay for itself while adding useful economies of scale in some areas.
The problem is that...
Well. if you have the time you can fine tune a server and mollycoddle it so it will work with a lot of sites on it.
However, if you have lots of servers this becomes uneconomical.
Its actually chreaper to have more servers with fewer sites.
Even using dual processors (or quads as we use now)...
Here is a little trick we use for customers who need UK placement on search engines but need cheap bandwidth.
Most of them are shareware authors so we put the main site on a Uk server where it is not likley to use much bandwidth, then we put a second account like download.******.com on a US...
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I solved this problem years ago.
I set upa seperate brand to do hosting which would compete with the very cheap places.
We bring in as many customers through that as we lose to the cheap places from our main brand.
Just a general point:
The most profitable parts of our business, and the bits that are growing fastest are the cheap hosting and reseller services.
We do our cheap hosting by under populating the servers to reduce the need for staff input, using cheapo servers on reasonable connections and...
An account of this size will also be using a lot of processing resources.
It really needs a dedicated server.
Have a look here:
http://www.nocster.com/servers.shtml $69.95 per month
They have some closeout servers that are a bit cheaper with no set up fee...