One of the many potentially lucrative markets now available online is Reseller Web Hosting. Through a web hosting or VPS hosting provider like myhosting.com, you can purchase a Reseller VPS hosting account that allows you to sell a portion of your service directly to your own customers. This is a rapidly growing market in the virtual server industry.
Reseller hosting has the advantage of being safe, secure and simple to set up. By buying server space from a well-known and reputable VPS hosting provider, you can tap into high uptimes, quick reboots and superior disaster recovery — services that your customers want to see in any web hosting service that they purchase. Revenue comes in monthly from customers renting service space from you, and the only price you pay is the monthly fee to your VPS hosting provider.
In order to make the most of a reseller program, you must be able to effectively manage all of the clients you have, and do so as simply as possible. A number of web hosting control panels have sprung up to fulfill this need, and among the most popular are the Parallels Plesk Panel and cPanel/WHM. Both of these panels offer functions that help you, as the reseller, track the usage of your server and also take care of the many administrative issues that may arise. WHM, along with cPanel, offers resellers the ability to set up and modify client accounts, install apps, block spam, and send out alerts if the server goes down. The Plesk panel, meanwhile, can help create and administer domains and can be run in either Windows or Linux. Plesk also comes with a separate administrator interface and server health-monitoring capabilities that can be set up to trigger alarms at set thresholds. Further, recent improvements in the panel’s performance allow all pages to load more quickly.
In addition to management, billing is also a key issue if you are interested in hosting a reseller VPS option. Platforms like WHMCS and Plesk Billing exist to help you manage customers and the headaches that can come with recurring monthly charges. Both Plesk Billing 6.0 and WHMCS v4.5 offer choices for billing, invoicing, and domain management, along with a host of other features. Plesk Billing, for example, offers automated signups, payment processing and account provisioning. WHMCS, meanwhile, also offers automatic account creation, along with PayPal IPN support, Google Checkout support, high-level fraud screening, and gateway throttling.
These programs are designed specifically with web hosts in mind and are meant to minimize the amount of time you have to invest in getting set up and running your hosting business. When integrated with their companion control panels, both can become almost fully automated, and allow you to focus on customer service over administrative issues.
One of the key advantages offered by reseller VPS hosting is the ability to scale services as necessary. Within your VPS, you can offer common services such as shared web hosting, email hosting, DNS hosting and other services, making use of the resources contained within your VPS. As your customer base increases, you can easily upgrade your Disk Space, RAM, CPU or other server specs, on the fly, as you need them. In addition, you have the benefit of being able to call the server your own, while not being responsible for maintenance or upgrades to the physical server itself. This allows you, the burgeoning web host, to focus what you do best, and frees you from the responsibility and cost that comes with continuous monitoring of a shared hosting infrastructure.
The key to profitable reseller hosting lies in buying server space from a VPS hosting provider, finding a panel and billing system that suits your needs, and starting small. Thanks to the security of VPS and VDS choices, along with a high level of performance for the cost that customers will pay, reseller hosting can provide a steadily-increasing stream of revenue. With careful monitoring and consistent management, a reseller hosting program can be a practical way for Web hosts to add another service layer to their portfolios.