Web Hosting Resource Kit – Column 2/2004
Wow. July and August offered quite a few surprises for the hosting world. Remember the aquisition of HTTPME.com by Voxtreme. Well, that is already history. InsiderHosting of Los Angeles, Ca. apparently aquired HTTPME.com from Voxtreme and even hired Robert Walker (Aussie Bob) into their management team. That deal caught many people (including us) by surprise. We have been a customer of HTTPME for 1.5 years and left them just 2 weeks before this aquisition was made public. We did not feel that well served by Voxtreme because of communication issues and recently moved to our own dedicated server. It now seems like HTTPME.com can pick up where Aussie Bob originally left off. Our congratulations go out to the team of InsiderHosting and HTTPME.com.
The second bomb for many web hosts just dropped a few days ago. Paysystems shut down their payment processing for probably 90% of their clients. It looks like the company lost its own merchant account for several reasons and therefore can no longer process any payments. The sad thing is that the company put many clients in limbo. Many hosting companies used Paysystems as their main payment processor and a lot of money is at stake. Discussions in online forums are heating up and I think there are quite a few businesses struggling right now.
As promised – our book has hit the market and is available for sale. It is called
“Web Hosting Manual – How to start your own Web Hosting Business”.
The first sales have been reported and apparently the book seems to have caught quite some interest. Within the first 10 days on the market it hit rank 4,918 at Amazon.com. Due not being in the market for long the ranking is very volatile and it is listed at rank 55,xxx now – but slowly climbing higher. If you haven’t picked up a copy, here’s a link to Amazon.com.
The Web Hosting Manual – How to start your own web hosting business
Thank you for your support. We’re already working on part II which will hopefully hit the market before November.
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