Hi guys, I'm new to the forum...

I want to set up a business developing websites and I need to set up my own website. I am looking at renting a server as it is much cheaper up front.

But is buying a server cheaper in the long run? If I buy a server then that would save me money in the long term and I could sell it off when it gets old. Maintaining your own server and having to pay for the energy to keep it on would be the downside of buying a server.

But if it's cheaper to rent a server rather than buy a server and keep it on all the time, then how do the server hosting companies make money? They also have to have employees to maintain the server, so how do they make money?