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