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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com (10 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1411653149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1411653146
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,471,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SC Hughes on 7 Feb. 2009
Ok, some of it is obvious or common sense, but this book is well worth a read if you're considering managing hosting, either commercially or internally, even if just to confirm your thoughts/ideas.
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This book is poorly written and details one man's experience of setting up a small hosting company a number of years ago. It does not provide any really insite that a quick google search won't deliver and has very little technical information to help with getting to grips with hosting technology. If you are wanting to know about servers, controls panels, shared hosting, backup etc this is not the book for you. Perhaps this book would be of some use from a business perspective if backed up with a more technical handbook but for it was of no use to me.
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This book is littered with poor English, typos and spelling mistakes. It makes for an irritating read and I would expect better from someone who calls himself and author.

Having put my gripes aside, this book gives a basic insight into web hosting and will at least confirm to the beginner that you are on the right track. The book gives primary focus to business and marketing rather than to technical issues.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James B. on 14 April 2013
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Maybe 20 percent useful info, the rest you already know 31 Mar. 2007
By CyberCrone - Published on Amazon.com
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I agree with reviewer Maggin and am astonished at the number of great reviews for this book. The author's friends? Any adult could write most of this book off the top of her head. Where to get funding: personal funds (DUH!), the bank (DUH!). How to fire an employee? Sigh. This is generic stuff, most is not about web hosting in particular. Same with suggestions for advertising. Maybe if you are a person with zero business experience you will benefit from some of the generic advice, but you'd do just as well with a book from your local library about starting a business in general. I returned this book in the next mail.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Verbal Self-Congratulations 8 Feb. 2007
By Elliot S. Maggin - Published on Amazon.com
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Essentially the point of this book is to assert that hosting web pages for yourself and your friends creates its own secondary income streams. This book, for example, which the writer self-published and marketed through Amazon. It's encouraging to learn that self-publishing is actually a relatively worthwhile pursuit here in the twenty-first century, but it's not terribly useful to someone looking for a nuts-and-bolts account of web-hosting -- which is ostensibly what the book is about. Rah, rah, Chris; thrilled to hear it's working out so well for you, but I've got a life too. See you around.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Great Read! The New Industry 'Bible'!!! 4 Dec. 2005
By Daniel JB - Published on Amazon.com
I considered The Web Hosting Manager to be a fantastic book, especially for those just beginning in the web hosting business - or for those who need to remind themselves why they're in the business. The information does not get too technical (I consider this to be a good thing), and grammatical errors run rampant (I consider this to be a bad thing. Ok, so I'm a writer and kind of freak out about that - most folks probably wouldn't notice.). This book holds a great wealth of information.

The book starts off by detailing the costs for getting started, and the exact actions to take. It does a superb job of guiding one along from wanting to start a business to actually getting the startup process done. Everything is covered here - from legal to reseller accounts and more. One thing I liked about this book was that it did not detail one hundred different ways to start - i.e. reseller account, dedicated server, own data center, etc. - Christoph Puetz, the author, realizes that most folks reading this book have limited funds and so want to startup as quickly, easily, and inexpensively as possible. Therefore, the book assumes that the reader will go with a reseller account, and everything from the beginning forward is based on that.

This book evaluates typical competitors and typical customers, and also details financing, employment, pricing, and more. This section was extremely useful to me, as it helped me cement my business plan and actually feel comfortable with it when I was finished! Again, it does not go very in-depth into any of the subjects, but there is also not too much of a need to do so, in my opinion. I found the section about employee motivation to be particularly useful, as I am getting to the point where I will need to hire some folks, if I go after VC funding.

The last section of the book deals with marketing. It is filled with many quite brilliant marketing techniques, and includes sections on business cards, AdWords, local marketing, and other proven techniques. Even if you buy the book only for this section, it is still very much worth the $20 or so you will pay.

All in all (grammatical errors aside), this is an excellent read, and I highly recommend that every web host purchase a copy. It is the only book written wholly for the startup/small web host, and perhaps the only book that would enable these smaller hosts to become larger. It is the industry's one true "bible", and I recommend getting your hands on a copy ASAP.
Very Insightful 23 Mar. 2009
By Brian P. Yount - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought the book was an excellent way to get a feel for the world of web hosting. The prices are a little outdated on some of the costs involved, but overall, it covers the bases.
Not very helpful 23 April 2009
By S. James - Published on Amazon.com
I was looking for a book about web hosting, however, this provides little information. It is a VERY basic guide - mostly about business, little about web hosting.
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