How did it all start?
This is how my aspiration to become a hosting reseller emerged. Perchance it was the very same thought that also impelled the first reseller web hosting vendors to offer such kind of hosting solutions - to increase their client base and to offer other persons an opportunity to gain some money.
What can you resell?
Most companies supply Linux-driven hosting services. Linux is a multitasking Operating System, which is very apt for both dedicated web hosting and shared hosting servers. The typical web hosting reseller platform that companies offer is the cPanel one, because the cPanel hosting CP user interface offers three access levels - root (reserved for the web host itself), reseller (that is where you enter) and user (for your clients). Although some do allow overselling, in the majority of the cases you are restricted by the web server hard disk storage space and monthly traffic limits of your reseller web hosting plan. It is like a sphere, which you stuff with tinier spheres - when you have stuffed it all up, you cannot add more.
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Promote VPS web server hosting accounts or dedicated server web hosting plans
The bigger part of the web hosting providers offering VPS server hosting plans and dedicated web server accounts do not really mind if you utilize the VPS or the dedicated hosting web server to resell hosting accounts. If you elect to sell web hosting accounts availing of a dedicated web server, you will exercise complete authority over the whole server, the possibility to perform any config changes you want and the opportunity to keep an eye on all the hosting account owners hosted on it. The VPS hosting servers offer similar options, but in most instances you cannot make any kernel modifications or modifications, which require kernel module reconfiguration. The best web hosting Control Panel GUI that permits you to sell web hosting accounts utilizing your dedicated web hosting server or virtual hosting server is, once again, cPanel, although you can also use DirectAdmin, depending on which hosting CP measures up to your expectations better.
What do you need to become a web hosting reseller?
In order to be a reseller and launch your reseller web hosting business, you need a website, a billing system, a merchant account with a payment processor like PayPal, WorldPay, MoneyBookers, 2CheckOut, etc., and a Secure Sockets Layer certificate to make sure that your customers' info is secure when they make payments via your website when purchasing a web hosting product. Well-known billing software systems that you can avail of are WHMCS, AWBS and ClientExec. There is, though, one reseller web hosting services provider I've chanced on that gives you a free web hosting reseller account with all that included in it - a ready-for-use web site, an invoicing platform and even support for your clients. The reseller web hosting company is ResellersPanel and their reseller hosting program is unique on the market, since they charge and support your customers for you, and permit you to sell their services without the need to buy anything in advance yourself. Furthermore, they allow you to sell all their products - shared web hosting solutions, VPS hosting servers, semi-dedicated and dedicated hosting solutions. You can sell all of these to your customers using a turn-key site template. The profit you earn is actually the difference between their wholesale price and the price you fix yourself, so all you need to do is be a good marketing strategist and get clients. If that is a little too innovative for you, they still distribute shared cPanel reseller hosting packages, as the majority of the reseller hosting companies do, and you can always get a virtual hosting server or a dedicated web server and divide it into web hosting accounts, which you can sell yourself. The bonuses included in their cPanel reseller hosting plans will render your reseller life easier too - they supply you with ClientExec in order to charge and support your clients, a variety of web page layouts and even a charge-free eNom reseller account. I have been working with them for a while now and I am quite content, especially since they introduced datacenters in 4 countries for their shared web site hosting plans - Australia, the US, Sweden and the UK. It was a big chance to spread my hosting business further, on three continents. What more could I ask for?