Let’s say you have bought a web hosting from a certain company and a lot of resources such as disk space, CPU, bandwidth, RAM, etc. are unused. How cool would it be if you can share some of your extra resources with the third party and make money from home? Does this sound interesting? In that case, let’s dig deep into this concept called Reseller Hosting.
Reseller Hosting, What it is and How it Works?
In the business world, if you are not a manufacturer or supplier, you generally buy goods from wholesalers and sell those same goods from your store. You are a retailer and what you are actually doing is reselling the goods. Reseller hosting is something like that. You buy hosting services from big companies and resell hosting plans to other individuals. In doing so, you are sharing disk space, bandwidth, data storage, etc. that you bought from the parent company to the people who buy hosting from you. In this case, you are a reseller host.
Primarily, there are two benefits of reseller hosting: one, you earn profits; two, even if you don’t earn profits, you will at least make others pay for your hosting. Interestingly, you can also start your own hosting business by becoming a hosting reseller. First, you have to buy a reseller hosting plan from a hosting company, based on the package you buy, you can get a certain amount of hosting accounts, you can then resell hosting packages to other individuals.
Reseller web hosting concept can be better understood as an example of renting a big house or apartment and then accepting tenants or borders. The tenants pay you directly, while you pay rent to the owner of the house, making your profit. The margin between what you pay and what you receive is your profits. The reseller hosting is a venture of purchasing the host’s services wholesale and then selling it to the customers with more price, possibly for earning a profit or saving web-hosting cost. The main feature of this form of hosting is you do not need to set up the infrastructure or a customer support time. Everything will be handled by your parent hosting company.
The reseller hosting is actually a shared hosting where your customers share disk space and bandwidth. Your customers get everything that you get from the parent company, for example, a certain amount of disk space, bandwidth, email accounts and lists, add on domains, parked domains, Domain Hosting, FTP accounts, and Databases.
Apart from these features, certain web hosting companies allow you to resale, and you can also pass tools and programs to your clients offered by the parent web hosting company. These also include additional scripts and monitoring tools.
Many web hosting companies allow you to brand your web hosting firm to your clients, and you even mention the parent hosting company to your clients. The parent company also gives you the ability to manage plans and configure different accounts according to your needs. There are hosts contract with the reseller, and there is per client charge. Which means whenever the reseller wants to adds another client the host will charge a certain rate, or you may also choose from the various range of packages which often include benefits like
Ability to brand and market your own web hosting company with the parent hosting company either invisible or visible to your client
The freedom and ability to manage your plans and configure different accounts as per your needs
Pass through features for your clients similar to the ones offered to clients of the parent company such as email, control panel, additional scripts and various monitoring tools.
How to Get Started With Reseller Web Hosting?
To resell web hosting services, you will need to look for a parent web hosting company that offers reseller plans to individuals. Presently there are lots of web hosting firms that offer this particular type of web hosting.
After you have bought a reseller plan and permissions from the web hosting company, you will be sent a detailed email of all the information you need such as username, password, and also a link to your reseller control panel or web host manager (WHM).
This top-level administrative control for the cPanel will let you control web hosting control panel that system administrators utilize to create the packages that you would offer to your clients. This where you can start acquiring new clients.
You have access to a web-based tool that is very simple and straightforward which you can use to create and manage the accounts of your clients. You can manage and monitor their websites and provide client support. All the tasks mention is very easy and straightforward and with these details and proper UI of the parent company it becomes very easy to be a reseller. The prospect of getting into this venture of Reseller Hosting is quite good. If you are a database programmer, web copywriter, graphic designer, internet marketing consultants, and website designer you can offer web hosting to your clients as a reseller. Because your company can purchase web space in bulk, often bulk spaces come at discounted rates and can pass this savings on to you.
If you want to start your reseller hosting business by becoming a reseller, you can look into reseller hosting packages offered by various web hosting companies. Most of the big companies like GoDaddy, Namecheap, Hostgator, SiteGround, BlueHost, etc. offer reseller hosting. All of these hosting providers offer different reseller hosting packages. Lets compare some popular reseller hosting packages
Namecheap has three different reseller hosting packages. Nebula costs $18.88 per month. This reseller hosting package from namecheap offers 30 cPanel accounts and 30 GB SSB. Whereas Galaxy Expert offers 100 cpanel and cost $32.88 per month. The third reseller package costs $48.88 with 200 cpanel and 150 GB SSD.
Hostgator has three different reseller hosting packages that cost between $19.95 and $24.95, and offers 600, 900, and 1400 GB bandwidth and 60, 90 and 140 GB diskspace. The best thing about HostGator is that your clients also get free SSL. With HostGator you can not only resell hosting but also 70 plus gTLD and ccTLD.