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Reseller Web Hosting: a Detailed Look

Jul 4, 2008
The next step that you need to take after choosing a web-host for your site is to zero down upon a proper hosting plan. Depending on your needs, reseller web hosting may be the best option for you, even if you aren't a web hosting reseller. It all depends on your monetary ability to provide for the plan and hence if you run a relatively smaller website your preference will be unlike what you'll choose for a profitable site. The options presented vary between these: hosting for one little website, for a relatively larger one, for a mega-site, or a hosting plan that you can employ to extend into a network of websites.

So it is important that you decide between a starter plan that hosts a large website and a it also provides a over more than one domain. The other choice is of a server, these servers are expensive and they are mainly used for business purposes as they are able to host a network of various sites.

For those venturing into business projects regarding the internet, you will need a larger website as your demand increases. Similarly for a web designer, once you fruitfully design a website you gather more demands for similar stuff. To avoid spending a lot of time while setting up a new project, what you require is a flexible, suitable and affordable plan. And the answer to all these factors is procuring a reseller hosting package.

Reseller hosting is quite a well paying job in its own and a lot of people are actually making quite lot of money from it. Let us take an example, in case you buy reseller account that allows you a hundred domains for every account for say a sum of $55. Now if you are able to sell each of the account that you have bought under your account for a sum of 410 then you can get an amount of $1000 per month, and you can earn all this amount only for an investment of $55.

All you have to do is to set up an account and in the process you will be required to answer to a few queries but there is no major hurdle as such because responsibility of running a web server shall be taken over by the hosting company. You may also need to spend a little money for advertisement and promotion of your web hosting business, but this amount is quite small as compared to the huge amount of profit that you will be able to pocket.

What is meant by reseller hosting?

It is a form of web hosting, where you (the owner) have the capacity to use your prearranged hard drive space and bandwidth to host websites on behalf of third parties. As a reseller you buy the host's facilities and then you sell them to other customers making a neat profit of your own. A certain part of the hard drive and bandwidth is billed to the reseller account. So the reseller may lease a dedicated server from a hosting company or resell collective hosting services. If you just resell those services, then you need not rent a server from the company.

Most resellers are those who run web design firms or are web developers, systems integrators etc who offer web-hosting facilities as an appended service. For the amateur reseller hosting is an economical way to start a company or business of their own. Reseller hosting is the ideal answer for webmasters, internet consultants or anyone wanting to start a profitable online business. Most hosting plans allow individual resellers to chalk out their own service facility plans and their own fee structure.

Let us have a look at the bright side of this system.

The first advantage is that you will not need to have a thorough understanding of the technical aspect of this system. It is the responsibility of the host to secure and update the serer according to your needs. The network infrastructure is the responsibility of the data center operator. So as a reseller your job will be limited to only answering queries of the customer, you will not have to worry about the other aspects such as connectivity problems and the other problems related to hardware and software. There are also 'control panel' resellers; these resellers are able to supervise customer accounts with a web interface. For automatic account creation and billing there is software that is of immense use called the ModernBill software. Given below is a list of some of the control panels that you will encounter:

WHM/cPanel- Unix

WHM/cPanel- Unix

Helm- Windows

Plesk- Windows/Unix

Ensim Pro- Windows/Unix

Helm- Windows

The reseller gets benefits both for the short term, as well as for the long term. You can actually build your business by making your own rules and get away with giving excuses to the service provider. There are some owners of servers who assign your name servers a unique IP address, which gives you the liberty of hosting as many websites as you wish to, within the constraint of the space and bandwidth, though. Flexibility is a very good feature of most of the reseller accounts, which permits you to expand the hosting account whenever you feel the need to do so.

Most of the resellers provide a package deal to the customers and also provide discount that reach up to 50% to the resellers, this discount is given on the price of the initial reseller hosting account. Reseller hosting is a perfect answer for all the people who wish to have reliable and consistent performance in their business.
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