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How Reseller Web Hosting Operates

There are lots of means of making revenue on the Internet and one of them is to resell the shared hosting solutions furnished by a certain web hosting company. This offers endless opportunities for everybody who would like to earn extra profit. There are different sorts of reseller web hosting solutions, depending on the reseller's level of responsibility and, of course, on the web host that provides the hosting service. Prior to going into that, let us first check out

What is a reseller web hosting service?

A reseller web hosting solution is a kind of hosting account, which allows the user to create different sub-accounts that can be offered to various customers. This is chiefly accomplished by furnishing the user with access to a main reseller web hosting account, through which he can set up separate web hosting accounts utilizing the web server space included in the reseller web hosting plan, for which he pays a certain price. This is much like the shared hosting solution and just like it, with most reseller web hosting programs, lots of web hosting reseller accounts share the same web server and are not granted complete root access to the server config files. Such reseller hosting programs are generally not that expensive. Yet, they do hamper the resellers from distributing other kinds of web hosting services except shared plans.

Different kinds of reseller web hosting solutions

Beside the abovementioned way of reseller web hosting packages, there are also a few other ways that work just as good. Still, they contrast in terms of the levels of commitment and the amount of resources that each one of them entails. As stated above, the most popular way of selling hosting services gives you limited opportunities and you risk losing your money if things go wrong. That's why, bigger hosting vendors such as provide alternative ways of selling hosting plans without the need to pay for anything upfront, or to even take care of the provision of client and billing support. With their web hosting reseller program, the reseller subscribes free of cost and specifies his own retail prices for the web hosting services, which are being offered directly from his web storefront. Since billing transactions are tackled by's personnel, the reseller does not need to buy the hosting service beforehand. He's simply going to receive the difference between the retail price and the wholesale price in the form of a commission. The web hosting reseller also has the chance to provide web hosting solutions such as virtual private servers, semi-dedicated servers and dedicated server. More or less, his duty comes down to popularizing the hosting service and offering support to the end customers and with providers that do not request upfront installments and tackle the invoicing and customer support provision, the only task left for the hosting reseller will be to advertise his private brand's web storefront. Another alternative will be to create separate user accounts on a private virtual server, or on a dedicated web server. With most hosting providers, you may obtain those 2 hosting services with a cPanel, DirectAdmin, or some different hosting Control Panel, pre-installed on them. That will allow you to set up different shared web hosting plans and exercise full control over both the users and the web hosting server itself. In addition, on a dedicated hosting server, you may create separate virtual private web hosting server accounts and offer them to your customers. One single dedicated hosting server may hold 1000's of virtual private hosting server accounts, based on the server's capacity. This will enable you to sell a more extensive assortment of hosting solutions to your clients, which will provide you with more possibilities when promoting your online storefront. Of course, using a VPS web hosting server or a dedicated hosting web server for reseller web hosting purposes is much more costly than using a standard reseller web hosting account. This is the reason why, this alternative should be examined only if the reseller has enough ability and experience needed to handle a web hosting server, otherwise it's recommendable to either sign up for a normal reseller web hosting program, or for the aforementioned Free Reseller Program offered by, which demands less dedication from the reseller.