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What is Reseller Hosting?

The Internet is an essential element in everyone's everyday life. Everybody wishes to possess their own website, whether for amusement, for socialisation or commercial ends. The hosting industry is blooming. Why not take a part of the pie yourself?

How did it all commence?

This is how my desire to become a hosting reseller evolved. Perhaps it was the same thought that also urged the earliest pioneering reseller hosting distributors to deliver such sort of hosting solutions - to widen their clientele and to give other people a possibility to make some money.

ResellersPanel (Starter Plan)
$2.50
per month
Server Disk Storage: Unlimited
Network Traffic: Unlimited
Hosted Site Names: 1
E-mail Addresses: 100
FTPs: Unlimited
Domain Parking: Unlimited
Free Domain Name Registration: No
InnoDB: Yes
Node.js: Optional
Memcached: Optional
Service Continuity: 99.9% Uptime

What can you sell?

Most vendors offer Linux-driven web hosting services. Linux is a multi-user OS, which is very apposite for both dedicated and shared web hosting servers. The usual reseller hosting platform that providers offer is the cPanel one, because the cPanel CP user interface offers three access levels - root (intended for the host itself), reseller (that is where you enter) and user (for your customers). Although some do allow overselling, in the majority of the cases you are bound by the web server storage space and monthly bandwidth quota limitations of your web hosting reseller package. It is like a sphere, which you stuff with smaller spheres - when you have stuffed it all up, you cannot add more.

Sell private virtual server packages or dedicated web servers

Most of the hosting vendors providing VPS web hosting server plans and dedicated web hosting server plans do not actually object if you use the private virtual hosting server or the dedicated hosting web server to resell web site hosting accounts. If you elect to sell web hosting accounts utilizing a dedicated web server, you will exercise complete control over the whole machine, the opportunity to implement any configuration adjustments you prefer and the possibility to keep an eye on all the hosting account owners hosted on it. The VPS web hosting servers offer comparable specs, but in the majority of the cases you cannot carry out any kernel modifications or adjustments, which require kernel module rearrangement. The best Control Panel software tool that allows you to resell website hosting accounts availing of your dedicated web server or VPS web server is, once again, cPanel, although you can also use DirectAdmin, depending on which web hosting CP software corresponds to your desires better.

What do you need to be a web hosting reseller?

In order to be a web hosting reseller and begin your reseller hosting business, you require a web site, a billing system, a merchant account with a payment processor like PayPal, WorldPay, MoneyBookers, 2CheckOut, and so on, and a Secure Sockets Layer certificate to ensure that your customers' info is safe when they pay using your web site when buying a web hosting service. Popular billing software systems that you can utilize are WHMCS, AWBS and ClientExec. There is, however, one particular reseller web hosting company I've come across that gives you a free reseller hosting account with all that included in it - a ready-for-use website, a billing system and even support for your customers. The reseller hosting services provider is ResellersPanel and their reseller hosting program is unique on the marketplace, since they bill and support your customers on your behalf, and permit you to sell their web hosting services without the need to buy anything beforehand yourself. What is more, they permit you to sell all their hosting solutions - shared web hosting plans, virtual hosting servers, semi-dedicated and dedicated web hosting packages. You can sell all of these to your clients using a ready-for-use website template. The profit you earn is actually the difference between their wholesale price and the price you fix yourself, so all you have to do is be a decent marketing strategist and seduce customers. If that is a little too innovative for you, they still provide shared cPanel hosting reseller plans, as the majority of the reseller hosting providers do, and you can always obtain a private virtual hosting server or a dedicated web hosting server and divide it into website hosting accounts, which you can promote yourself. The bounties coming with their cPanel web hosting reseller packages will make your reseller life easier too - they give you ClientExec in order to bill and support your clients, a compilation of website layouts and even a cost-free eNom reseller account. I have been with them for a while now and I am rather pleased, even more so since they introduced datacenters in four countries for their shared hosting packages - Australia, the United States of America, Sweden and Britain. It was a fantastic opportunity to expand my web hosting business further, on three continents. What more could I wish for?