Have you heard of reseller hosting? This arrangement could prove to be beneficial to you if you have purchased web hosting services from a parent web hosting firm, and you feel that you can allocate some of your resources to another party.
Doesn’t that sound enticing? You can share some of the resources on a web server like disk space, CPU, bandwidth, RAM, etc. and get a recurring source of income.
But what is reseller hosting and how does it work?
What is reseller hosting?
Reseller hosting is a type of web hosting in which the account owner uses his allotted hard drive space and bandwidth to hose the websites of third parties. The account owner is the reseller, as he purchases the services of a parent web hosting company and sells it as his own.
Of course, you hope to profit from selling web hosting services to third party clients. But even if you don’t get a profit, it still wouldn’t hurt to have other people pay for your web hosting needs, right?
Reseller web hosting can be likened to renting a big house or apartment and then accepting tenants or borders. The tenants pay you, while you pay rent to the owner of the house.
What can you offer in reseller hosting?
Some of the more common features or functions that you can offer to your clients as a reseller host are:
Aside from these features, you can also pass tools or programs offered by the parent web hosting company to your clients. These include additional scripts and monitoring tools.
You can also brand your own web hosting firm to your clients, with even mentioning the parent hosting company to them. You will also have the ability to manage plans and configure different accounts according to your needs.
How to get started?
You’ll have to look for a parent web hosting company that offers reseller plans to individuals like you. Don’t worry as there are lots of web hosting firms that offer this particular type of web hosting.
Once you have bought a reseller plan from the web hosting company, you will likely be sent an email containing all the information you need such as username, password, and a link to your reseller control panel or web host manager (WHM).
This is the top level administrative control for the cPanel, or the web hosting control panel that system administrators utilize.
You will then log in to WHM to create the packages that you would offer to your clients. Then you can start new clients.
Don’t worry as these tasks are very easy to accomplish. The WHM is a web-based tool that is very simple and straightforward. With it, you can create and manage the accounts of your clients, manage and monitor their websites and provide client support.
Now that you have an idea how reseller hosting works, why don’t you consider getting into it? The prospects for this venture are really good. After all, websites need hosting, right?