2 Sides of Reseller Web Hosting
The 2 Sides of Reseller Web Hosting
When discussing the Reseller Web Hosting Market and which hosting
company has the best Reseller plans, the discussion should be broken
into two parts. There are really 2 disctinct types of customers
in the Reseller market and 2 types of plans to accommodate them.
The first customer is someone who owns multiple sites but doesn’t
want a lot of separate hosting plans to keep up with. The second
customer is the owner of a hosting company.
In the first case the customer is really looking for a large shared
hosting plan that allows multiple domains. More frequently in the
industry you see the term “Multi-Domain account” to
refer to these plans. These customers can be webmasters with a network
of websites, web designers, or a company that wants separate websites
for their different brands.
Most people doing business on the internet have more then 1 website.
Hosting companies have recently taken notice to this and started
offering “multiple domain” accounts. Before customers
were left with the choice of a full blown Reseller plan, dedicated
server, or multiple hosting accounts.
These accounts can also be less inexpensive then traditional Reseller
plans because they do not need to offer all of the services such
as Private label branding. They are essentially shared hosting accounts
that allow for several domains.
The second customer is really looking for a turnkey business,
a franchise of the parent hosting company if you will. These customers
are hosting companies who do not want to carry the overhead of a
datacenter or series of managed servers.
Using a Reseller Hosting plan allows a hosting company to have
a complete professional hosting company without all of the traditional
startup costs. Like anything, there are trade-offs versus a dedicated
server, but for a small hosting company or startup it is an ideal
solution. It allows them to focus on growing a customer base and
not infrastructure issues.
These hosting plans are more expensive then shared and multi-domain
hosting plans but offer extra services. They usually come with private
label branding, private nameservers, marketing discounts, and forum
boards with other resellers of the company.
As you can see from this discussion the hosting industry has many
customers with different needs. The Reseller and Shared hosting
markets are converging the meet the demands of the customer with
About the Author
is President of Advantage1 Web Services, Inc., which owns a network
of Web Hosting Informational Websites including HostChart.com, ResellerConnection.com,
FoundHost.com, ResellerForums.com, and HostingKnowledge.net. Rodney
has over 15 years industry experience from programming to internet