Becoming Your Own Web Host Has Never Been Easier

Image courtesy of Flickr user torkildrIf you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out our article on WebsitePanel, and the new cookbook that makes setup quick and simple.

One of the biggest benefits WebsitePanel brings to the table, in concert with some of our other key services, is that it’s now easier than ever to become your own web host.

This post will describe how the combination of just one of our Microsoft Windows 2008 servers (dedicated or VPS), the WebsitePanel software, NewtPay, and our Ecommerce Affiliate program can help you along the way to becoming a complete hosting and ecommerce service provider to your own customers.

How WebsitePanel makes it easier

With WebsitePanel, you’ll not only have the ability to create plans, websites, mail accounts, databases (and much more) through the web-based portal, but you’ll be able to specify all of your fees and charges (i.e. setup fees, monthly recurring fees, and additional options charges) through the built-in ecommerce component, which will also give your customers an easy way to pay their hosting bill online under their own login account.

And with the built-in store and order form, new or existing customers can purchase your hosting plans online—the order process lets you pick a plan, choose additional options, select a preferred billing cycle, accept terms and services (that you create), add a credit card, and complete the order.

WebsitePanel Store

How NewtPay and Ecommerce Affilate makes it easier

While WebsitePanel makes it easy for you to bill customers, our NewtPay or NewtPay Pro solution gives you a low-cost, low-fee option to process those customer credit card payments.

Even more beneficial, still, is our Ecommerce Affiliate program, which allows you to provide your own hosting customers with merchant processing, which in turns pays you back a residual from the payments they process.


To learn more about our Ecommerce Affiliate program, and how it can help your reseller or branded hosting service, be sure to give us a shout.

How Microsoft makes it easier

Not only does Microsoft make it easy for you to install items like SQL Express, PHP, and the latest versions of .NET and MVC (among others things) through the Web Platform Installer, the Web App Gallery makes it easy for your customers to install, with a click of the button, several popular web applications.

WebsitePanel is tightly integrated with Microsoft’s Web App Gallery, and is easily enabled on any hosting plan you create.  Imagine the ability to tell your customers that your hosting plans include a one-click installation for several of today’s most popular web applications?

The Web App Gallery includes:

  • Kentico CMS for ASP.NET
  • DasBlog
  • BlogEngine.NET
  • Gallery (web based photo gallery)
  • DotNetNuke Community Edition
  • Umbraco CMS
  • Mayando
  • Subtext (blog platform)
  • ScrewTurn Wiki 3.0
  • mojoPortal
  • ResourceBlender.NET
  • nopCommerce
  • Amplifeeder
  • Kooboo CMS
  • nService
  • Gallery Server Pro
  • Sitefinitiy Community Edition
  • AtomSite
  • My Web Pages Starter Kit (CMS)

How Newtek makes it easier

Newtek brings all of these tools and services together with the sole purpose of making it easier for you to do business with your customers.  And we back this all up with always-available support.  It’s as simple as that.  If you’re interested in learning more about how you can become your own web host, give us call, shoot us an email, live chat us, or simply get started today.

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