First of all, what is reseller hosting?
Whenever some data is made available on the Internet, it is being hosted somewhere. This “hosting” is done on a server in one place, which may well be across the world from the client’s computer. This is equally true for free hosts or paid hosts.
Hosting can be done through several processes, each of which has its own pros and cons. Most of these processes, however, can be understood if you are acquainted with the most basic processes. For example, web hosting can be done -
1. Through a dedicated server, which is a computer made available on rent from web hosts. The renter is allowed full control over this server, unlike in managed hosting or some other forms of hosting.
2. Through a virtual dedicated server, or Virtual Private Server(VPS), where the client is allocated a part of the space available on a dedicated server.
3. Shared web hosting, which can be paid or free, where a large number of sites is hosted on the same server. Free web hosting usually allows the user much less control than paid options.
4. Reseller web hosting, where the web provides packages for clients to sell in bits and pieces, generating a profit that is often huge.
Selling web hosting can become an extremely lucrative career option. All the investment required is – a good computer, a hosting plan, a little technical acumen, and time to tend to the business.
Hosting plans can be as cheap as $25 per month, for 24 GB of disk space and 250GB of bandwidth. As your business grows, you can increase the total space and bandwidth you provide, up to 100 GB and 700 GB respectively. As the end user needs no more than 512MB of disk space and is quite satisfied with 12GB of bandwidth, this means that even the basic plan lets you cater to full 50 users – without paying anything except what you spend on the reseller hosting package.
Setting up user accounts is also an easy task, especially if you already work online or can be online throughout the day. All you have to do is to create your customers’ user accounts through link
the Web Hosting Manager control panel, and let them take over from there. The end user’s control panel is called cPanel, and it allows users to perform all administrative tasks easily and efficiently.
The reseller is allowed to operate with full autonomy, but gets the benefit of full 24X7 support from the host company. Though the exact terms may vary according to the host company, usually the hosts provide resellers with free tools that make their work easier, such as billing systems, templates and site builders. If you plan to enter the web hosting reseller business, make sure to choose the host with the best uptime guarantee, and hopefully a money back option.
Always check the features provided by your hosting company, under the heads of Ecommerce, Website/FTP, control panel, subdomains/POP3/MySQL/FTP, and web tools. By providing a combination of reliability, cost-effectiveness and useful features, you can create reseller hosting plans that end users will lap up – landing you a sizeable profit in very little time.