What Precisely is Reseller Hosting?
The Internet is an indispensable fragment of everyone's daily routine. Everybody would like to build their very own personal site, whether for amusement, for socialization or business ends. The web hosting business niche is thriving. Why not take a share of the pie yourself?
How did it all commence?
This is how my concept of becoming a web hosting reseller was conceived. Perchance it was the same thought that also incited the earliest pioneering reseller hosting companies to offer such sort of web hosting solutions - to broaden their customer base and to give other persons an opportunity to make some money.
What can you resell?
Most firms deliver Linux-driven hosting solutions. Linux is a multi-user Operating System, which is very applicable for both dedicated web hosting and shared hosting servers. The typical reseller web hosting scheme that corporations offer is the cPanel one, as the cPanel web hosting Control Panel software tool allows 3 levels of access - root (retained for the hosting distributor itself), reseller (that is where you enter) and user (for your customers). Even though some do permit overselling, in most cases you are bound by the hosting server hard drive storage space and monthly traffic quota restrictions of your web hosting reseller package. It is like a sphere, which you stuff with tinier spheres - when you have stuffed it all up, you cannot add more.
Resell VPS server packages or dedicated hosting server packages
Most of the web hosting distributors providing virtual private web server solutions and dedicated server web hosting plans do not actually mind if you utilize the VPS web server or the dedicated web server to sell web site hosting accounts. If you opt to resell web site hosting accounts using a dedicated hosting web server, you will get total authority over the whole server, the ability to make any configuration changes you choose and the opportunity to keep track of all the customers hosted on it. The virtual private web servers offer comparable features, but in the majority of the instances you cannot perform any kernel changes or adjustments, which require kernel module rearrangement. The finest CP tool that allows you to resell web hosting accounts availing of your dedicated web server or VPS hosting server is, again, cPanel, even though you can also utilize DirectAdmin, depending on which GUI fits your preferences better.
What do you need to be a web hosting reseller?
In order to be a web hosting reseller and start your web hosting business, you require a website, an invoicing software platform, a merchant account with an online payment processor such as PayPal, WorldPay, MoneyBookers, 2CheckOut, etc., and a Secure Sockets Layer certificate to make sure that your customers' info is safe when they pay via your website when purchasing a service. Well-known invoicing software systems that you can use are WHMCS, AWBS and ClientExec. There is, though, one reseller web hosting company I've stumbled upon that gives you a cost-free reseller hosting account with all that included in it - a ready-for-use web site, an invoicing system and even technical support for your customers. The company is Resellers Panel and their hosting reseller program is unique on the marketplace, since they bill and support your clients on your behalf, and allow you to resell their services without the need to purchase anything beforehand yourself. Furthermore, they permit you to resell all their services - shared hosting plans, VPS hosting servers, semi-dedicated and dedicated hosting packages. You can offer all of these to your clients via a ready-to-use website template. The profit you earn is in fact the difference between their wholesale price and the price you set yourself, so all you need to do is be a good marketing strategist and gain clients. If that is a little too innovative for you, they still distribute shared cPanel web hosting reseller packages, as most reseller web hosting providers do, and you can always get a virtual hosting server or a dedicated web hosting server and split it into website hosting accounts, which you can promote yourself. The presents included in their cPanel reseller hosting packages will make your reseller life easier too - they offer ClientExec in order to bill and support your customers, a compilation of design skins and even a free-of-cost eNom reseller account. I have had an account with them for a while now and I am pretty gratified, especially since they introduced data centers in 4 countries for their shared packages - Australia, the USA, Sweden and the United Kingdom. It was an exceptional chance to expand my web hosting business further, on three continents. What more could I ask for?