When I first decided to get a dedicated server, it was for the purpose of hosting my own websites. It gave me the power, freedom, and flexibility to expand my sites and run them the way I wanted. Over time, however, I began hosting sites for a select few other people who paid me for the services. When you decide to get a dedicated server, you may also be faced with this decision. Here are a few things you should consider.
1. Most clients will expect you to provide support for their websites. For most it will be easy, but occasionally, you will get clients who know very little about web hosting and will demand a lot of your time.
2. Security is much different when you have other users. Many times, a server’s security can be compromised without the responsible user even being aware of it.
3. Prepare for scalability. There is a chance that you will end up with a lot of hosting clients. In such a scenario, you need to be prepared to expand your hosting infrastructure to two, three, or more dedicated servers.
4. Monitor your clients. This is not the same as spying on them. You do not need to read their emails, but you should make sure they keep their sites secure and follow the terms of service you specify.
5. Treat your clients like customers. Once you cross that threshold into providing a service to clients, they are your customers and should be treated with the kindness and respect you would expect to receive.