How to Make Money With a Web Server
By Lucinda Honeycutt
Updated September 22, 2017
Items you will need
Server computer with minimum:
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.
Lucinda Watrous is professional freelance writer and web designer. She currently holds an Associate's Degree in Interactive Media Design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She has been freelancing for almost two years and enjoys writing on a variety of subjects such as personal finance, web design, and parenting.