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How to resell FTP space?

ditlevditlev Top Host, Host Rep
edited June 13 in General

How would you guys go about selling FTP space? So, a panel for setting up and selling FTP accounts. I guess DA+WHMCS (with a disabled webserver) or similar could do it? How would you do it?

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  • DPDP Member, Moderator, The Domain Guy

    @ditlev said: How would you do it?

    I'd change the title of this thread first, just so that it's more, precise? :smiley:

  • ditlevditlev Top Host, Host Rep

    @DP said:

    @ditlev said: How would you do it?

    I'd change the title of this thread first, just so that it's more, precise? :smiley:

    true - I guess it could be misunderstood :)

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  • plumbergplumberg Member

    @ditlev said:
    How would you guys go about selling FTP space? So, a panel for setting up and selling FTP accounts. I guess DA+WHMCS (with a disabled webserver) or similar could do it? How would you do it?

    @NetDynamics24 uses Virtualmin (or its derivative). Works great.

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  • MikePTMikePT Moderator, Patron Provider

    Oh, hey, it's @ditlev :) long time no see.

  • ditlevditlev Top Host, Host Rep
    edited June 13

    I suppose another way would be to setup something like nextcloud and then let WHMCS setup accounts on that?

    https://docs.nextcloud.com/server/latest/admin_manual/configuration_files/external_storage/ftp.html

  • ditlevditlev Top Host, Host Rep

    @MikePT said:
    Oh, hey, it's @ditlev :) long time no see.

    Hey :)

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  • _cece_cece Member
    edited June 13

    hm I would use proftpd with mysql backend and a little bit of a selfwritten php code

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  • oplinkoplink Member, Patron Provider

    You could use cpanel.. Just disable/restrict all the plan features.

  • MikePTMikePT Moderator, Patron Provider

    @ditlev said:
    I suppose another way would be to setup something like nextcloud and then let WHMCS setup accounts on that?

    https://docs.nextcloud.com/server/latest/admin_manual/configuration_files/external_storage/ftp.html

    That'll add overhead if you're not using all its components tbh.

    @_cece said:
    hm I would use proftpd with mysql backend and a little bit of a selfwritten php code

    ^
    This is the best suggestion so far.

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  • raindog308raindog308 Administrator

    @ditlev said: How would you guys go about selling FTP space?

    First, you should be selling SFTP because FTP is wildly insecure.

    Second...why are people wanting FTP space? I'm curious.

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  • RickBakkrRickBakkr Member, Patron Provider, LIR

    Such solution makes perfect sense for e.g. offsite backup storage, without the need of renting and operating the server yourself. In The Netherlands, hosting company Tuxis, offers this in the form of shell accounts where you have access to SSH (thus: SFTP), Rsync. See: https://dadup.eu/

    Only FTP would be a no-go for me, where having some more beef, I'd definitely be interested (as someone who uses the abovementioned solution)

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  • iKeyZiKeyZ Member

    I've used this in the past - https://github.com/drakkan/sftpgo makes it easy to set up individual accounts for SFTP / FTP WebDAV etc with either local or remote storage. It also has a full API if you needed to integrate billing.

  • emghemgh Member
    edited June 13

    NextCloud not needed. Just give the user real FTP access (what you linked is just to connect NextCloud to an existing FTP server).

    I’d use DA and tune ut to not make sense to use for web hosting, however, to allow users to create like html-only pages using the storage would be nice, so maybe just set mysql to 0 and try to block php somehow.

  • bruh21bruh21 Member, Host Rep

    @NetDynamics24 i think they use Webmin?

  • oplinkoplink Member, Patron Provider

    https://centminmod.com/ may work too since it supports pro-ftpd

  • WebProjectWebProject Member, Host Rep

    @raindog308 said:

    @ditlev said: How would you guys go about selling FTP space?

    First, you should be selling SFTP because FTP is wildly insecure.

    Second...why are people wanting FTP space? I'm curious.

    Nowadays customers want more just SFTP or FTP services.

  • raindog308raindog308 Administrator

    @WebProject said: Nowadays customers want more just SFTP or FTP services.

    I understand the need - cPanel has had an FTP backup out of the box since forever. Just didn't think it was a growing market.

    Now I'm even more curious. If you told me S3-style block storage was wildly popular, I'd believe you. But really, SFTP/FTP-only as a service is a popular thing?

    I don't mean a VPS where you setup SFTP yourself.

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  • ditlevditlev Top Host, Host Rep

    thanks for all your feedback/ideas.

    @iKeyZ said:
    I've used this in the past - https://github.com/drakkan/sftpgo makes it easy to set up individual accounts for SFTP / FTP WebDAV etc with either local or remote storage. It also has a full API if you needed to integrate billing.

    This looks to have loads of potential :)

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  • iKeyZiKeyZ Member

    Agreed, looked for something in the past similar to what you're after and managed to throw a few bits together with this. Easy to work with :smile:

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  • PulsedMediaPulsedMedia Member, Patron Provider

    Interesting thread!

    A lot of our users as well use their seedboxes just as a mere FTP/SFTP/rclone storage service.

  • Tony40Tony40 Member

    You can use Keyhelp web panel for selling SFTP space. but it need the billing script., it has backup and lots of features including antivirus.

    https://www.keyhelp.de/en/

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