How to Make Money With a Web Server

By Lucinda Honeycutt

Updated September 22, 2017

Items you will need

  • DVD burner

  • Power backups

  • Legal support

  • Server computer with minimum:

  • 1ghz processor

  • 1gb system memory

  • Plenty of storage space on hard drive

In order to host a website, it is necessary to first upload it to a server. With so websites out there paying for server space, it is no wonder that you would be interested in learning how to make money with a server. It is challenging to get set up, but well worth the reward.

Get a computer for use as your server. Make sure that it has a fast processor (1.0 Ghz or faster), decent RAM (1GB or more) and a large hard drive (think 500GB or 1TB). You need to have room to host other people's files.

Follow instructions to set up your web server. It's outside the scope of this how-to, so you'll need to conduct your own research on how to get that done (see the Resources section).

Make sure your server always has power, so there's virtually no down time. Down time is something customers pay pretty close attention to when looking for a web hosting service.

Set up a website advertising your hosting service. Market different packages and options, based on what your web server is capable of supporting.

Use legal support to make sure that you are in compliance with local, state and federal business requirements.

Use legal support to clearly outline the terms and conditions of your web hosting. For instance, make sure your policies are clear regarding adult websites, music and file sharing.

Make money offering space on your server to others. Market your website to sell your hosting services, and you should be making money in no time.


Constantly upgrade your server computer. Monitor competition to see what you can offer to attract business.


Keep your server running all the time. Back up your server frequently.