What You Need to Know Before Using Reseller Hosting
Website hosting is one of the main processes involved in website creation. When you access a website such as www.amazon.com you are actually accessing files on a web server. You type in the domain name into a web browser – a DNS record is then retrieved which shows the browser the location of the relating files. Once your browser has the location, the files are then retrieved from a web server.
Without this process, we would not be able to access websites – the internet would collapse. There are many different types of web hosting – shared, cloud, virtual and dedicated to name a few. One particular type of hosting that is extremely interesting is reseller hosting. In this article we look at reseller hosting, and what you need to know before using it.
Reseller Hosting – a brief definition and explanation
As you would expect, reseller hosting is website hosting that you then sell on to someone else – you re-sell it. In traditional hosting scenarios, you purchase server storage and bandwidth direct from a supplier such as Blue Host. You would then create a website and use the hosting to upload your own files to and make your website live.
This is not how reseller hosting works. You purchase server storage and bandwidth in the same manner, but you are not using those facilities yourself. Instead, you sell that storage and bandwidth to a third-party customer. You are effectively acting as the middleman between the customer and the hosting provider. There are many instances and situations where this type of setup is preferable and useful.
For example, let’s say you are a web developer. You could use reseller hosting as part of your development service. This would allow you to create websites for your customers and offer them hosting too – you could offer a complete website solution – this will make your business look more attractive. Alternatively, you could use reseller hosting simply to start up your own hosting business!
Benefits of using Reseller Hosting
There are many benefits to using reseller hosting. We have listed some of the main benefits below:
- No expense for server hardware or bandwidth
- No knowledge of hosting required
- Affordable prices that you can pass on to your customers
- All maintenance and updates are down to the reseller
- Security and privacy is also taken care of
Things to consider when choosing a suitable reselling hosting service
Before you purchase reseller hosting, there are several things you should consider. First, you need to look at what the hosting package provides. How much bandwidth and storage would each of your customers receive? What level of website would this be suitable for?
Furthermore, are any other features provided such as SSL certificates, database access or email accounts? You must ensure that the reseller hosting is adequate for your customer’s needs. There is no point providing a hosting service if your customer can’t easily upload files and manage their information.
Furthermore, you would also have to look at the agreement and how it works. How can a customer upload their files? Who is responsible for maintenance and downtime? What about domain transferal etc? You need to be clear on who exactly controls the hosting and what your customer can and cannot do.
We hope now that you should have a firm understanding of what reseller hosting is and how you can benefit from it. Remember to take on board the pointers we have given, and the considerations you must think about before purchasing and selling your own reseller hosting – good luck!