The two most important things needed to build a website are a web hosting account and a domain name. Web hosting is where your website will “live” on the internet. This basically means that web hosting is the space where websites are stored on the Internet so that users can access it on the internet. A hosting account and a domain name users can enter your site URL in the address bar of your browser and view your site.
With reseller hosting, a web hosting company manages the data centers, servers, and resources, while the reseller controls the account and resells the services as their own. Whether you’re interested in using a reseller, becoming a reseller, or just weighing your options, here’s what you need to know:
HOW RESELLER HOSTING WORKS
Reseller web hosting has its advantages when done well. A reseller will work directly with the parent hosting company to manage their hosting accounts. Parent hosts often give discounts to resellers for buying in bulk and acting as a sort of salesperson for them. The reseller will then market the parent company’s resources as their own. Essentially the reseller will share the server resources of the account or accounts it controls. The parent company will then manage and maintain the account. Many hosting companies have reseller packages available.
COMMON FEATURES OF RESELLER HOSTING PACKAGES
If you’re thinking of becoming a reseller host, many hosting companies will offer packages designed for reselling their services. Here are some features of a typical reseller package as provided by a parent hosting company:
- Account management
- Disk space
- Domain hosting
The parent company will also let you advertise their features and resources as your own. This might include tools such as email account management, control panels, and monitoring tools.
BENEFITS OF CHOOSING A RESELLER HOST
Why would you choose a reseller instead of working directly with the parent hosting company? Reseller hosts often offer additional services so you can get a package deal. In addition to hosting services, a reseller may offer graphic design, digital marketing, database programming, website design, and more. Resellers often start out as companies offering one service like website design and then realize they need web hosting for themselves as well as their clients. So, instead of sending their clients off elsewhere, they’ll resell hosting services and act as a one-stop-shop for you.
DISADVANTAGES OF RESELLER HOSTING
In order for you to benefit from reseller hosting, your reseller must be reliable and trustworthy. If you don’t have a reputable reseller, you could actually spend more on hosting services than if you worked directly with the parent company. Resellers have the opportunity to charge for certain features that the parent company may provide for free. As with most products and services, check reviews and research potential resellers to see how transparent and trustworthy they are.
Another disadvantage of reseller hosting is support. If you have a problem with your hosting service that your reseller doesn’t know how to solve, it might take longer to fix the problem. The reseller would have to take your concerns to the parent company and request their help. In some cases, you would arrive at a solution faster by eliminating the middleman and going directly to the source. As long as you have a reliable and knowledgeable reseller this shouldn’t be a problem.
How does reseller hosting work
Everything’s very simple:
- Reseller rents a dedicated server for hosting. More often than not — with already setup cPanel and WHM, or WHMCS.
- The reseller creates cPanel accounts for his clients.
- Clients pay reseller for hosting, reseller pays the hosting company for the server, keeping the difference.
How to become a hosting reseller
In order to become a reseller, you need to rent a dedicated server from a hosting company. Preferably, it should be a server that is suited for the task. In order to operate the server, you will also need some software — a control panel and a billing system. zthosting servers for reseller hosting already come with cPanel control panel and WHM billing system, with optional installation of WHMCS.
Alternatively, you can assemble a hosting server yourself, but supporting it on your own is difficult, especially if you also have a full-time job. Also, the expenses on electricity and the Internet will be rather large — so large, in fact, that you might not break even. We will discuss it further in another article, but for now — let’s just say that it is a very bad idea.
What you need to know to become a hosting reseller
It’s great to be a reseller. But some people think that the reseller does not have any responsibilities, except for actually selling hosting. That’s not true.
Reseller has to support their clients, and in order to do this, you need to know at least the basic principles of how the server works. Also, you need to know the cPanel and WHM. Neither of these is difficult, but at first, you will have to read a lot of manuals.