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Some Tips for Hosting Resellers

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Some Tips for Hosting Resellers


Are you, or do you want to become a reseller of web hosting services? A web hosting reseller is an online services provider that gives clients web hosting services, by reselling server space from another hosting company. While for some, this can become a very profitable business, many web hosting resellers are actually small companies where the owner operates the host as a “side business” making a few hundred dollars per month, to complement their other online activities.

 

If you would like to succeed as a reseller of web hosting services, then you will find the following tips quite useful:

 

  • Resell From a Quality Host

 

Obviously, all of the actual web hosting will be taking place on another company’s server, therefore you will be dependent on them to provide the service to your customers. This means you are essentially going to be creating a business partnership with them. Research the host in question and get some unbiased reviews, especially concerning their reliability. Do take note, that as web hosting is a very competitive industry, the internet is full of fake “reviews” that are left by affiliates that are paid a commission every time someone signs up for service through their site. This is why you should avoid “Top Ten Host” sites, where all the reviews are actually created by the webmaster and not the user. Look for some hosting review sites which let users post their opinions and look up the host’s name on webmaster or online business forums. This will truly get you a better picture of their quality.

 

  • Get An Unlimited Plan if You Can

 

If you want your hosting offer to be as attractive as possible to your users, then you must give them a generous allotment of disk space and bandwidth. Obviously, this will not be possible if you just go with the cheapest reseller plan that has the least web space. You should instead go for a web host that offers you a reseller package which is unlimited. Therefore, you can create unlimited accounts for your customers, host unlimited domains and also you will have unlimited web space for your users. Unlimited hosting reseller plans typically cost around $100, but they are very well worth it.

 

  • Provide Good Support

 

While you may not be able to provide 24 hour a day phone support, do strive to be available to your users as much as possible. If you just have a few dozen users, this will not really be difficult. Be available on live chat whenever you are on the computer. Respond to support tickets and email inquiries promptly. You can do this simply by having your business email forwarded to your smart phone. Many people have social media updates on their phone anyways, so as an entrepreneur, you should get notifications when your customers contact you and respond to them quickly on your phone, even if you are not in front of a PC. Responding to emails within a few hours maximum is considered a good business practice.

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Becoming a Web Hosting Reseller: Is It A Good Choice?

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Becoming a Web Hosting Reseller: Is It A Good Choice?


When looking for hosting on the website of a major web host, you may have seen a “reseller” option and wondered what this was for. You may have even seen something like “You can make a ton of money by having your own webhosting company”. But is all of this really true? Can you really make money as a hosting reseller? If you were dreaming of having your own webhosting company, is this the answer?

Well, it is possible to make some money as a reseller. But there are some drawbacks to that too. Let’s take a look at some of the advantages and some of the drawbacks.

Advantages of becoming a reseller:

  • You will get server space, management tools and billing tools provided by the web host

This will allow you to effectively start your own web hosting business, without all the overhead that is normally involved, such as renting out space, buying servers, paying for the internet connection, etc. Since the web host provides you with all the tools to manage your operations, managing your customers accounts will also be easy.

  • Many webhosting providers that offer reseller accounts also provide you with marketing tools

To make things easier for you, many webhosts will give you website templates that allow you to build a great looking site for your new hosting company. Some of them also give you templates for marketing materials, such as banners, articles, etc. This can be very helpful when you are seeking to attract new customers to your business.

Some drawbacks:

  • You will be responsible for providing support

As the hosting reseller, customers will be asking you questions and reporting any issues that they have with their hosting. It will then be your responsibility to resolve these issues or forward them to the webhosts’s technical support department. While this may not be an issue if you have only a few customers, it can take up a lot of your time if you have hundreds of them.

  • You will face a lot of competition

If you have taken a look at the world of webhosting, you will see that it is an industry that is extremely competitive. Of course, there are around two dozen of the “big players” out there, the major webhosting companies like GoDaddy and HostGator. But there are thousands of other, smaller webhosting businesses, many of which are resellers. This means that you will have a hard time competing with all of them and will need to be very creative in order to attract enough customers to make being a reseller profitable.

An alternative to becoming a reseller

If you want to make money from the hosting business, there is another option open for you. You can become an affiliate of a known webhosting company and get paid commission for every new subscriber that you send to them. This is much easier than becoming a hosting reseller and can be just as profitable, if not more.

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