I agree with @TheDoc. Unless you charge enough to make it worth potentially getting calls at all hours of the night when the site goes down, it is not worth the hassle. It is good practice to suggest hosting services that you trust and even work out a site update/maintenance agreement, but I would leave the hosting support role to the hosting company themselves. Just my 2¢.
All these responses are very common in the industry, however, I host all my client websites (and other clients who have had their website done elsewhere) and it has gone pretty smooth so far. It is a simple reseller package from a reliable host, I have made a lot of money compared to the actual work involved.
I can understand the increased responsibility but there is good money to be made here.
I’ve been doing this for a bout 3 years now and not once has any of my sites gone down. Reliable hosting companies are key to this being pain-free.
@zibizibi hosting and maintenance are two separate things. I offer 4 hosting packages, the basic hosting package alone costs around $50 a year. Maintenance should be worked out on a hourly basis.
I offer clients either a fixed maintenance agreement (fixed monthly costs per year) or charge them on a pay-as-you-go basis at hourly rate.
@rosspenman although it’s nice that many hosting companies offer One Click installs and automatic updates to WordPress, I would still elect to manage it my self. What if you’re using plug-ins that when WordPress updates become incompatible?
$169.00 a year on one of our dedicated servers for more media intensive or larger websites with alot of database query sites. This includes a unique Cpanel Login for IT Deaprtment.
No website maintenance included here only hoisting and basic server management, this also includes server security.
We offer a monthly website management package that includes hosting. This is the option we encourage our clients to get if they don’t have an IT Department or thrid party company they contract out to. These packages include weekly site backups, Spam Bot protection , custom .htaccess files, and whatever else is required. These prices vary from $29 a month – $250+ depending on the customers needs and budget.
This is only for APACHE Servers, IIS Servers our priced differently. I would also point out that this is more of a guideline for us, being that each customer has unique needs.