My hosting company startup is coming together nicely. I haven’t had any big decisions to discuss here in the last couple weeks, mainly because I’ve been head’s-down at work on the web site.
I’m not using a hosting company template (because in my opinion they all look alike), which has actually been a great experience as my HTML/CSS/JS skills have improved immensely. This is my setup:
- Invision Power Services‘ suite, using IP.Content for pages, IP.Nexus for billing, and IP.Board for the accompanying forum.
- CodeCanyon for sliders, lightboxes, jQuery, etc.
- Various stock photo sources I mentioned earlier.
- Cufon for fonts, as well as a couple free fonts. I didn’t use Google Fonts because they don’t seem 100% functional in all browers, ironically Chrome itself. Chrome in Windows x64 has a font issue and it seems very pronounced with web-delivered fonts, though I’ve had zero problems with Cufon.
I’ve got a lot done, and the remaining work looks like this:
- Web site – about 90% done. A couple odds and ends left.
- Nexus – next task. I’m waiting for 1.5 to go gold, as that includes domain reselling and a couple other things I want.
- cPanel/WHM – I finished my custom skin and now need to make some plugins for special things I want.
- Behind-the-scenes – a lot of this is done. Backups are done (in spades). Need to setup off-host monitoring, but a lot of the basic maintenance is done.
- Beta test – in the works. A few people are suffering with my startup pains.
- There are a couple common tasks that I need to get familiar with – e.g., some of the cPanel options I’d like to play with before someone opens a ticket.
- Business setup – this is done. Company registered, bank account open, etc.
My project plan calls for getting to “can accept orders”. I’m nearly there (Nexus is the main thing I need to do). Once I’m at a point where I can open the doors, I can get into the next big project section – marketing.