Starting a web hosting business in Kenya: Cost & requirements

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The web hosting sector is often ranked among Kenya’s most lucrative enterprises. This article will discuss the steps that need to be taken in order to register a business that acts as a website host for other organizations. When you consider the high price of operating servers, the annoying amount of downtime, and the exorbitant cost of recruiting people, purchasing your own server for the purpose of launching a hosting company in Kenya is not a sensible option. You also have the option of going the reseller route.

You won’t need too much if you decide to follow the route of becoming a reseller, which is an excellent beginning place. You don’t even have to have any prior knowledge. Your upway supplier will offer you with anything else you need to successfully manage the company. They will provide you with cPanel and WHMCS, both of which are essential to the operation of the firm.

To purchase a package that allows you to host other people’s websites, you will need a starting capital of between Ksh 50,000 and Ksh 100,000. You might, however, go with a shared hosting package that has a yearly fee of 33,000 Kenyan shillings. Upgrade to a virtual private server (VPS) or a dedicated server if you reach the point where you have more websites than the plan can support.

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You will next establish a website and market your services on that website after you have reached that point. You should also make sure to establish a Facebook and a Twitter account so that you may sell your items on those sites.

With this form of web hosting, you don’t need office space or a license from the Kenyan government to start the company; all you need is your website to sell your hosting solutions to potential customers. The total budget needed is between 50,000 and 100,000 Kenyan Shillings.

What to consider when selecting a firm from whom you will be reselling products

1. Control Panel Software

The control panel is the one component of a web hosting plan for resellers that you absolutely cannot afford to take for granted throughout the purchasing process. This is going to be the location of your company operations moving forward. If you have a solid Cpanel, it will be easy for you to set up accounts, establish hosting plans, bill your clients, and manage all of the other administrative tasks that are essential. Your first priority should be to locate a control panel that allows you to operate your company with the highest possible degree of effectiveness while also saving you valuable time and money.

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2. Domains

The number of domains that are included in a reseller web hosting plan is also quite important. This is because the number of domains included in a plan determines the maximum number of plans that may be sold from a single account. Users should be able to establish an infinite number of sub domains and domains if they have a decent reseller account. Users should also be able to generate an infinite number of emails if they have a decent reseller account.

3. Level of Support

As a reseller, the quality of the support you get may determine the success or failure of your business. How can you possibly help your clients if you aren’t even getting support from the company that is hosting your website? Since the internet is always active, an effective support system need to maintain the same schedule.


Registering your business with Kenic is the second option for beginning a web hosting business in Kenya.

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If you want to start a company that deals with website hosting and domain registration, Kenic is the one who will offer you permission to do so.

If you choose to register with Kenic, here is what you are supposed to do:

  1. Do Name Search
  2. Company registration
  3. Domain name registration
  4. License
  5. Buy hosting space
  6. Set up an office