How one can make money hosting open source software


I have read that for open source software developers, 3 common ways to make money are hosting, consulting, and support. I understand support and consulting but what is hosting?

When I read 'hosting' I think of a hosting site like GoDaddy, but clearly that is not being mentioned here.

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asked Oct 14 '13 at 03:25
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Think of sites like or - they provide hosting for wordpress as a service.

answered Oct 14 '13 at 13:59
Adrian Howard
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Hosting - Basically for SaaS solutions, As Adrian said like Wordpress, or Hadoop Based services. Also hosted software provides Service Level Agreements

Also don't forget extended features, look at Red Hat Linux, MySQL Enterprise, and loads of others

answered Oct 15 '13 at 00:43
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Another approach may be that: you host the project/source code/... that if for free but it generates traffic to your site. The developer can thus earn money by ads on the website or perhaps by affiliate programs for other paid products that he recommends.

But of course, the meaning of the "hosting" should be explained by the author of the thought/article you have read. Because there are many possible interpretations of such a statement.

answered Oct 18 '13 at 18:27
Data Smarter
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