What Is Reseller Web Hosting ?

If you are new to web hosting, most likely you are not aware that there are several types of web hosting and that each of them is suitable for different cases and needs.

For example, there are hardly many people outside the web hosting industry, who have heard about reseller hosting. No, this doesn’t mean that people outside the web hosting industry are ignorant – reseller hosting is definitely not the commodity type of hosting everybody should have heard of. However, many of these people, who have never heard of reseller hosting, can actually benefit from it so it makes sense to reach them and make them aware of the benefits reseller hosting could bring them.

Reseller Hosting Explained
Reseller hosting is a type of hosting where you buy more hosting capacity than you personally need and later you sell the excessive amounts to other people and companies. With standard web hosting plans, such as shared hosting or dedicated servers, you still might be able to legally host more sites than you personally own but don’t bet your life on it. In a sense reseller hosting is purchasing web hosting capacity in bulk with the idea to later sell it at retail prices.

Who Is Reseller Hosting Suitable For?
When you read that reseller hosting is buying web hosting capacity in bulk and selling it later at retail prices, you might think that this type of web hosting is suitable only for companies, which deal specifically with this. This isn’t so – you don’t have to specialize in selling web hosting capacity in order to benefit from reseller hosting. What you need is customers, who are willing to buy web hosting capacity from you.

Basically there are two categories of businesses and individuals for whom reseller hosting is a great opportunity – IT consultants and web designers. These two categories do need web hosting capacity for themselves and they do work with clients, who in turn also need web hosting capacity, making it a perfect combination.

If you are an IT consultant or a web designer, you should look for reseller hosting offers from the best web hosts on the market. This way you will not only make some money when you sell the web hosting capacity, you will also have more control in comparison to the case when clients themselves have picked a web hosting provider, especially if this provider is kind of tough to deal with when problems arise.

However, if your clients don’t like the web host you are getting your hosting from, or you can’t find clients whom to sell the excessive web hosting capacity, you might get stuck with web hosting space you don’t need and can’t get rid of. This is why, if you are new to reseller hosting, you might want to start with moderate amounts of web hosting space and expand if the business grows.

Web hosting capacity isn’t very expensive but why pay tens or hundreds of dollars a month for capacity you don’t need and can’t sell?

This is a guest post by Athena, who runs a web hosting company

Article by ZK

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  • Zach Jackson April 22, 2010, 5:34 pm

    I remember the time early 2000’s where there was some serious money to be made from hosting resellers.

  • Michelle April 23, 2010, 9:27 am

    Well ZK…thanks for the detailed article…Do you have any idea where I can get them? I appreciate if you could compile a list of Resellers and reply me..I’m going to mark “Notify me of followup comments via e-mail”

    Thanks in Advance…
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Consider Forms of Payment Before You Transfer Money to China =-.

    • ZK April 23, 2010, 10:35 am

      I don’t have a list , you can Google for it 🙂

  • Migraine Causes April 23, 2010, 4:41 pm

    I use ordinary web hosting not reseller as i have few sites who don’t need large web hosting quality and i amnot going to give hosts to any clients.
    .-= Migraine Causes´s last blog ..Migraine causes: Cure the migraine cause to get rid of migraine =-.

  • used tires April 24, 2010, 12:19 am

    The coolest thing about it is reseller hosting does not require extensive knowledge of the technical aspects of web hosting. Usually, the data center operator is responsible for maintaining network infrastructure and hardware, and the dedicated server owner configures, secures, and updates the server. 🙂

    Till then,

    Jean

  • Kennedy April 24, 2010, 6:39 am

    But i think reseller hosting is not valuable now a days. Already many People have hosting. Reseller hosting have problems. You must be a big company.

  • Mathew Day April 24, 2010, 5:03 pm

    You really explained what reseller web hosting is quite nicely, and made it easy to understand. I’ve always gotten a little confused on the different types of hosting.
    .-= Mathew Day´s last blog ..What to Write About in a Blog – How to Create Killer Content =-.

  • Banner Design May 6, 2010, 3:02 am

    Well, running a reseller business can indeed be very profitable because by paying a nominal monthly fee, you could have your own website with hundreds or even thousands of customers.

    But one thing is very important over here and that is how to build a top ranking site because competition is nowadays very hot on Google.

  • EuroVPS May 27, 2010, 9:13 am

    If you have time to do a good web research, you’ll find quite a bunch of best resellers web hosting ! Couple of years ago a friend of mine was looking for some reseller web hosting and with couple of minutes wasted on research he found some cheap ones !
    Besides, reselling web hosting can bring you some good income, that’s for sure !

  • Patrick @ Predictive dialers June 11, 2010, 3:17 am

    You really need to make plan before buying reseller web hosting. In this way, you can really maximize your money. On the other hand, if you know how to work with it, you’ll surely get all benefits from it.

  • Internet Marketing Course June 11, 2010, 10:41 am

    I’ve had some friends in that business and I can tell you, they were ready to pull their hair out. The hosting business is definitely not for the faint of heart. Unless you have a really, really well thought out plan of attack, it can be an absolute nightmare.

  • Amy September 3, 2010, 6:06 am

    Thanks for the write-up. I have few concerns about the security part, i will assume that the package will come with all basic web hosting features. Also, this will require resources to manage since most site owner always prefer 24/7 customer support. So am not sure if the reseller will be responsible for providing all the detailed services from support to security to backup etc.

  • Buy Web Hosting October 5, 2010, 6:30 am

    Please correct me if Iam wrong..
    Which among the two is exactly reseller hosting ?
    1. Purchasing a huge web hosting package and selling it to number of clients

    or
    2. Re branding web hosting package ..No need to buy any packages before hand.

    I have seen these 2 explanations..
    Which is the correct one ?

  • Predictive Dialer March 31, 2011, 2:16 am

    Informative post on reseller web hosting. The successful reseller hosting needs strong strategy. Make strong planning before going for reseller web hosting. This will help a lot and provide several opportunities of earning.
    Thanks.