Web Hosting Reseller
Becoming a Web Host
Rather than use the services of a web hosting company to host your web site you could start your own web hosting company. If your business is successful this could provide secondary income and lower the hosting costs for your own site(s).
Basically, there are two ways to start selling web hosting. The first way involves leasing business space, buying equipment, setting up servers, leasing T1 or T3 lines to connect to the Internet, finding clients, and hiring staff to provide 24 hour support. Quite complicated and not recommended for anyone without the technical know-how.
The second way is to become a web hosting reseller for an established host. For a monthly fee you can have an allotment of disk space and bandwidth which can be used to sell to other people. Reselling is usually anonymous, i.e. there is no visible connection to the parent host and you are free to set your own prices and develop your own branding.
All that is needed to become a reseller is the ability to pay the monthly fee. All the technical details are handled by the parent company. The reseller package usually includes everything including the name servers under your own name. All you have to do is to market your web business provide the initial service.
There are many types of reseller packages. Some require you to operate under the name of the hosting company while others allow you to set up a shop under your own company name. Pay attention to the billing aspect of the package. Some web hosting reseller accounts have everything you need to get started immediately, while others require you to set up your own billing gateway.
A web host reseller account may be ideal for certain situations. If you already have several websites of your own, your monthly costs may be similar to a re-selling account. For the same amount of money you could switch all your accounts to your own hosting company. You could sign up a few friends or associates, cover your costs and maybe even make a profit.
If this sounds interesting, make sure you are going with a reputable hosting company. You will be entirely dependent on them for technical support. This relieves you of many of the headaches of running a hosting company but you are still responsible to your clients if their sites go down.
Most resell providers will allow you to re-brand your control panel so that it will be completely transparent who the actual host service provider is.