I am launching my own web hosting business this weekend. My goal is to provide a faster and more feature rich experience than the competition, as well as much better services.
Better speeds start at using the best software. Instead of using the generic PHP/MySQL (often outdated) setup, I will provide an nginx-backed Apache server with MariaDB, Zend OPcache, and memcached.
cPanel will also be ditched for a choice of Plesk or Virtualmin Pro.
What else do you want/expect from a web host?
I intend to offer free services that most web hosts will make you pay for. Website installation, plugin setups, helping with theme issues, nearly everything. I will go the extra 10 miles.
This is my first venture into this business, but I am very confident in my abilities. If you have any protips for me though, let me hear them. Any questions regarding my server setup or my background are welcome too.
Also, I'd like to offer free hosting (for 3-12 months probably) to some members here to get things going. If you are interested, send a PM or respond here.
Thanks for reading.
(p.s, it's called hostmelon... juicy! )