What Is Reseller Web Hosting?
by Damien Gleadall
Shared and Reseller web hosting have many similarities, many web hosts offer
both shared and reseller hosting. The main difference between the two are in the
names 'shared', you are sharing resources, which is the same for 'reseller' in a
way but yo can resell the server resources. You can create your own web hosting
accounts and share your allocated server resources with your clients.
The host still remains in control of their server and are responsible for
updating server software and maintaining the server. The host will usually also
provide support to the reseller, so if there are any issue or faults the
reseller will be able to contact the host.
Do I need a Reseller Hosting Account?
Most personal and small business users will have no use for a reseller account,
a reseller account is useful to those users who have a number of web sites and
want to save money, as a reseller account can be cheaper than purchasing
multiple shared hosting account.
With a reseller account you can also sell hosting, so this can be a relatively
cheap step into the hosting business. You have the flexibility of controlling
your own clients, creating, suspending and terminating accounts. You also have
the knowledge that the server is being maintained for you, so you only have to
worry about your clients and web site.
If you own a number of web sites, using a reseller account can save you money,
and you can create accounts when you need them and share the resources between
your web sites easily. You can find reseller hosting accounts with plenty of
bandwidth and disk space for around $25 - $50 a month, which can be a big saving
if you have a number of web sites needing hosting.
You also don't have to worry about the maintenance of the server, since the web
host should have this covered. You should also receive technical support
included with your account.
If you have plans to start to own web hosting business, a reseller account can
be an easy first step in the hosting industry. It is a relatively low cost
solution, meaning you can concentrate primarily on building your business slowly
and generate a steady monthly income. One of the biggest mistakes new hosts make
is try to accomplish too much in a short period of time. This can lead to
unhappy customers and evidently losing clients.
Potential clients may not be totally confident purchasing a hosting account from
a reseller, because you in affect are the middle man. If a problem arises with
the server or a customers account, they need to contact you and if you are
unable to deal with the problem yourself, you would in turn have to contact your
host. This can be a long process from initially receiving the first support
request to getting the problem resolved. However if you have proper customer
support in place this shouldn't be a major problem.
As a reseller like I said above you have limited access to admin functions, and
if you have experience with the control panel and server software you may find
this annoying. The only thing I can suggest is asking the host if it would be
possible for them to enable your account more with admin privileges. The worse
thing the host can say is 'no', so it's worth a try.
In my opinion reseller hosting is worth the money you can pay out, it is a good
step in selling web hosting and if done properly enables a small business to
generate a profit from reselling shared hosting accounts.
If you have high bandwidth or disk space requirements reseller hosting may not
be the best solution, possibly a dedicated server would be better suited if you
have the technical knowledge.
About the Author
I have had experience with a number of hosting companies over the last year and
have learnt alot about running a successful business. I am currently involved
with Web Hosting Complete a free
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