3 Options for Setting Up Client Hosting (+ How to Make Extra Money)
Yоu hаvе a nеw wеb dеѕіgn рrоjесt аnd thе сlіеnt nееdѕ a dоmаіn nаmе аnd a hоѕtіng ассоunt іn оrdеr fоr уоu tо bеgіn buіldіng thеіr wеbѕіtе. Mаnу wеb dеѕіgnеrѕ rесоmmеnd hоѕtіng соmраnіеѕ tо сlіеntѕ аnd thеn еіthеr hаvе thеm ѕеt-uр thе ассоunt оr thеу dо іt fоr thеm. Hеrе wе’ll еxрlоrе three options you have for setting up client hosting accounts plus how you can make easy, extra money from your efforts.
Should I set up hosting for the client or should I have them do it?
When it comes to setting up your client’s hosting account, it really boils down to three ways this can be handled:
- Refer the client to a couple of hosting companies so they can choose and sign-up.
- You recommend a couple of companies, help them decide and then do the sign-up process yourself (with the possibility of receiving a commission).
- Offer hosting yourself (as a hosting reseller) and collect the monthly fees for that.
When a client sets up their hosting account it ensures everything is in their name and their payment information is used. Client’s may have several questions about their account from the package to select, which options to select and which upsells they should purchase when offered. This means you may be spending more time on this process than you expected and unless you budgeted for this time in your proposal, you’re not getting paid extra to do this. On the other hand, if your client is more tech savvy, this can save you the time from having to deal with this.
A lot of people go with option #2 to avoid all the questions from the customers. You can set-up the account (I always put it in the client’s name), then remove your payment information and have them add theirs in for renewals (hosting companies like FlyWheel are very designer / developer friendly allowing you to easily push the site to the client’s account so you don’t ever have to worry about being charged for client accounts).
Lastly, you can offer hosting directly to your clients.
Making Money From Setting Up Client Hosting Accounts
Bесоming a hоѕtіng affіlіаtе
Becoming a hosting affiliate is the fastest and easiest way to make money from setting up your client hosting accounts. The idea here is that you refer your client to a hosting company and you are paid a commission for the referral when the client signs-up. Payouts tend to range between $50 and $100 per sign-up so that can add up with each client you work with.
On a side note, you should only refer a client to a web host that best matches the client’s needs. It’s not worth making a little extra money by referring the client to a host that isn’t in their best interest.
The sign-up process is straightforward with these companies. Typically you will fill out a form with your personal / business information and insert your payment information. Then you’ll be provided with links you can send to your clients or post on your website.
If you’re not sure where to start, here are some hosting companies you may want to consider working with:
Becoming a hosting reseller
This is a great way to make recurring revenue from your clients. If you would like to host client sites make sure to purchase a reseller hosting account to get started. Personal hosting packages do not permit you to host other’s websites on the same account.
When you sign-up for a hosting reseller account уоu wіll hаvе ассеѕѕ tо thе rеgіѕtrаr’ѕ рrоduсtѕ аt rеduсеd rаtеѕ, whісh mеаnѕ уоu саn set your prices to match your business and client needs.
There are so many hosting reseller companies to choose from which can make deciding on a hosting reseller company very difficult. I recently tested several providers over a period of several months. Your reputation is on the line when you work with a reseller hosting company. After all, you can really only be as good as your reseller company is. That’s why I’ve spent quite a bit of time testing out the actual quality of these services.
You can select any company you feel most comfortable with and if you’re looking for some recommendations to get you started, here are a few I would recommend looking into:
Where To Go From Here
Now you can decide whether you’d like for clients to set-up their own hosting account, you do it for them or if you want to offer hosting services directly to your clients. Either way, you now have two options for making extra money with each web design project you start through a web host affiliate or reseller program.