Reseller Server Hosting for Dummies
Reseller server hosting has become a fad among many people, especially those who are in reselling business, because this has given them the opportunity to make money online effectively. The ease of setting up reselling business of web hosting has caught imagination of many new entrants into the business. That’s why more and more people are getting interested to know how this business works. Before going into further details, it becomes important to know what reseller web hosting really is.
What is it anyway?
In a nutshell, a web hosting reseller signs up with large hosting provider(s), buys web-host package(s), and in turn resells them to their customers. If you are a new entrant to this reselling business, you must first perform extensive market research, understand different aspects of web hosting, compare different packages (including features and prices), check out discounted rates for resellers, inquire about special offers, and formulate own package for reselling server hosting. However, reseller hosting accounts must not be confused with shared hosting ones.
Difference between Shared and Reseller Server Hosting Accounts
In case of a shared hosting account, there is only one owner, who has one cPanel for control of hosted website(s). On a shared plan, the account holder can host unlimited numbers of domains, which he/she can do by simply using cPanel’s “Addon Domains” section. Here, no reselling of hosting plan is permitted.
In case of reseller hosting accounts, the owner of the account holder can act as a hosting company and can resell hosting services. Instead on only one cPanel, the account holder here can have multiple cPanel accounts. It is indeed advantageous for the customers to have a reseller account because of the ability to add multiple IP addresses/SSL certificates, control DNS zones, have branded control panel, and ability to use anonymous name servers/private name servers. In fact, that’s why demand for reseller server hosting is also gaining momentum.
Tips for Dummies who want to start their own Reseller Hosting Businesses
- A reseller must have a well chalked out business plan in place. While drafting the plan, some of the aspects that a reseller should keep in mind includes target audience, equipment s needed (powerful computer, high speed internet within your affordability, and specialized software if needed), competition analysis, start-up costing (including estimated advertising cost), and many more.
- Knowing the laws of ownership is important. Before getting started, you should decide whether you want your business to be a limited liability company, general/limited partnership company, or sole proprietorship. Learn about the different liability problems of different owner ships from either a tax accountant or a lawyer.
- Choose your hosting provider prudently. Some of the factors that needed to be factored in while making the choice are reliability, provision of stellar up-time, support, and connectivity.
Once reseller server hosting business is up and running, the reseller has to competitively set prices, create own USP, and promote aggressively.