What Is A Reseller Hosting Account?
Reseller web hosting, as the term suggests, is a form of
web hosting that enables the webmaster or account holder
to break down their allotted bandwidth and disk space
and resell hosting accounts themselves. It is entirely
up to you, as the account holder, how you choose to do
this. In fact, virtually every aspect of the reselling
is down to you. You simply choose a level of reseller
package, which dictates the amount of hard drive space
and the monthly bandwidth limit. Once you have chosen
this and signed up for an account you are then free to
resell hosting packages.
Private Label Reselling
The company whose service you choose to resell will act
completely anonymously. All web presence, web pages,
billing, and even DNS details are personalized to match
your website or your business. This means that when you
make a sale your customers believe that you are the
hosting provider and not the company you use. This
offers the advantage that you won’t lose any repeat
custom to your seller and you can offer any price that
you see fit. Obviously this price needs to be profitable
but it also needs to appear to be a handsome deal.
Whether you choose to offer a lower price or use a deal
sweetener of some sort is your choice. Some companies
even use the hosting to promote their own services.
One of the big draws of reseller hosting is, of course,
the discount offered by the hosting company. It is
possible to find accounts that offer as much as a 50%
reduction against their standard prices. This 50% could
be yours if you resell the packages at the same price.
All of the benefits that you would ordinarily receive by
buying an individual hosting package are also offered.
Deciding On A Host
Obviously the single most important choice you make will
be the host you decide to use. It is absolutely
imperative that you find a host you can trust. Don’t
forget that you will generally be the one that has your
name associated with the hosting and in many cases you
will also be responsible for the support you offer your
hosting clients. If the network is constantly down then
you face an uphill struggle and regular battles with
your customers that you can’t instantly resolve.
Running Your Network
A reseller account isn’t just the best option for making
revenue without having to invest much money. If you own
a network of sites and want more freedom over those
sites then a reseller account could be perfect. You are
able to allot and change the amount of disk space and
bandwidth that each of your sites uses. This gives you
complete control over your online presence.
Choose A Platform
Decide on the platform or operating system you want your
server to use. Unix is the most popular and the most
affordable for you and your customers but certain
applications can only be run on a Windows platform.
However, more open source programs are available for
It’s best to decide on the control panel that you wish
to offer your customers before you decide on a host.
Control panels vary widely from the basic, no frills
offer to the fully feature packed behemoth. In most
cases, the more feature rich a control panel the happier
your customers will be. However, this can lead to more
technical questions as you open up the accounts to more
Reseller Hosting Account Conclusion
Bear the operating system and the control panel in mind
when looking for a host. Also consider the other
features that are being offered by each host. You need
to check network guarantees, security levels, and of
course price. If you can’t see a way to make money then
you probably can’t.
Reseller hosting packages are an excellent way to make a
supplemental income if you already offer a related
service to clients. Always decide on the platform you
wish to offer, the control panel you want customers to
use, and the price of your proposed host. However, you
should also consider the other features that are on
offer, the network performance and security and how
reliable the host themselves are.