How To Start & Run Your Own Web Hosting Business
1. What is Reseller hosting?
Reseller hosting is a web hosting business model where a web hosting reseller act as a web hosting provider without the need to build, operate and manage a web hosting infrastructure but will handle billing and perhaps, technical support for his or her hosting customers.
A web hosting reseller is someone (the main hosting account owner) who want to reseller a portion of his or her web hosting resources (disk space, network bandwidth, etc.) to his or her existing customers or the one he or she will acquire in the future.
Often this the would-be hosting reseller will purchase a web host's services wholesale, repackage them into smaller hosting packages and then resell them to customers at a profit. A web hosting reseller may also rent a VPS or dedicated server from a hosting company, split the sever resources into smaller hosting packages that his or her customers will need.
If it is a shared hosting environment, the reseller has the permission to sell a certain amount or unlimited amount of disk space and bandwidth to their own customers without renting a server from a web hosting company.
If the hosting reseller opt for a VPS or dedicated server, he or she may also need the services of the web hosting company to help him or her deploy, configure, secure and manage both the VM or bare-metal and also any associated tool (billing system, domain reselling systems, etc) that he or she might need.
Web hosting reselling is really great way to start off a tech business since you have zero upfront cost to invest in expensive infrastructure like web servers or software licenses.
You also do not have to deal with server management which will include server downtime issues, security, upgrades, recoveries, hardware maintenance and others.
2. Who needs a Reseller hosting account?
At least from our perspective, the customers who needs reseller hosting accounts tends to be web design companies, web designers with multiple hosting accounts, freelancers, web agencies that serves multiple accounts, web developers or systems integrators who offers web hosting as an add-on service.
We have also seen customers with business accounts who needed more control than what a shared hosting package gives them but doesn't want to migrate to a VPS or dedicated server.
It might also be someone who has been bitten by the entrepreneur bug and felt that he or she can setup a web hosting business but doesn't want to deal with the nitty-gritty aspect of the whole process.
3. What do you need become a successful web hosting reseller?
While most reseller hosting packages often comes with free end-user support and with, it is always better that the reseller have some basic knowledge of how the internet and the control panel you have chosen works.
It doesn't have to extensive, but if one is a web developer or a web designer, this condition must have been met.
The truth is that what makes reseller hosting a very attractive investment is that it doesn't really require you to have an extensive knowledge of the technical aspects of web hosting to make it happen as long as the have the next items on this list.
Moreover, web hosting resellers can set up and manage customer accounts via a web interface, usually a point-and-click "control panel" such as cPanel or Plesk.
This makes the technical barrier very easy to overcome.
The world of e-commerce has changed a lot.
If you want to setup a white-label reseller hosting business to make money from it, having a website and setting up a shop is no longer enough.
In the highly-competitive world of web hosting where you have to compete with established competitors, having god marketing skills is what might make the difference between success and failure.
But this is mainly for those that want to make it a default way of earning a living.
If you are a web designer, a web developer or a web agency, chances are that you have an existing clientele and this is just an add-on service to enhance what you are already providing.
While marketing skills might help broaden the appeal of your products/services, it is no longer the main purpose of the enterprise.
investment of time:
To build a successful web hosting business, you need invest time on the project. Lots of it.
Not only that this niche is highly-competitive, you are competing against giants who has been in the field with over 20 years head-start.
Being able to devote time to build the connections, to tune your website and make it appealing to would-be customers, to design the structure and marketing funnel, to optimize every aspect of the enterprise means that you may have to give up those weekend parties so you can give the the business kind of focus it will need to succeed.
if possible, an existing clientele:
To start a web hosting business and be able to lat long enough to acquire the customers it needs, it is always better if you have an existing clientele or paying customers especially if you want to start with a VPS or a dedicated server.
If you are starting off with reselling from a server already provisioned and configured by your web host, this is easier since the cost will be negligible.
But if you want to start with a cPanel/Plesk VPS or cPanel/VPS dedicated server, chances are that you will be spending anything between $180 - $300 per month to keep the system online.
For most people, this might be a problem.
But if that sound like a lot, then you should definitely start with web hosting packages of around $30.00 and scale up fromm there.
4. How much does it cost to be a web hosting reseller?
Again, this will largely depend on the tools you will be needing or using as reseller.
If you are reselling from shared hosting environment, it might anything between $30.00 - $65.00 per month.
If you opt for a VPS, it may be between $65.00 - $120.00 per month.
If you opt for a dedicated server, it might be anything between $80.00 - $180.00 per month.
You can see our reseller hosting pricing at this page: cPanel Reseller Hosting Shopping Cart
5. I want to become a web hosting reseller. What should I do next?
If this sound like an investment you would want to pursue, then you can start off by visiting our reselling hosting packages (the orange button button below).
Once there, select one, go through the process and once your account has been provisioned, we handle all the backend management work. That way, you can focus on acquiring customers, giving them the best that you can thus expanding your business.
If something happen, we have a dedicated team that works with our Reseller partners who will assume control of any technical issue once it is brought to our attention.
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