Many web developers and agencies choose to handle hosting for their clients. This provides a number of benefits to both parties:
- Few clients understand the implications of hosting — that’s why they hired you!
- Clients are less likely to break their systems if you have control of DNS, databases and email.
- Charging fees above the actual hosting cost provides a regular income.
- The client has less reason to go elsewhere.
- You have more leverage in the event a client fails to pay bills.
- You could consider offering hosting services to anyone — not just your own clients.
Of course, it may not be as practical or lucrative as you expect…
- Hosting can become a full-time job. Few developers want to spend their days configuring systems.
- The service becomes your responsibility. Be prepared for 3am support calls when someone can’t access their email.
- Any profits can be wiped out if you encounter hosting or support issues.
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