The business of web hosting can be divided into various categories depending on the type of server: dedicated, shared or virtual and reseller web hosting. Web hosting involves much more than just maintaining and connecting your website to the Internet. Web hosting features various characteristics that can enrich the visitor's and site owner's experience. The dedicated web hosting account has a unique IP address and the user's website is the only website on the server. This type of hosting is quite powerful albeit expensive.
Shared hosting on the other hand offers a specific bandwidth and disk space along with some additional features. As the name suggests, different users share the same server in this type of hosting.
In this article, we would discuss reseller hosting and its related aspects. With reseller hosting, the user essentially resells the web hosting plans by buying a bulk plan from the web hosting company. It becomes the company's responsibility to maintain and manage the server at their data center. The bulk plan that is purchased by the user or reseller is then subdivided into smaller plans and resold to individual users. Users would get the same quality of services and support with a reseller as they would with the parent web hosting company.
There are two categories of web hosting companies that offer reseller web hosting packages.
The first category includes the large data centers that house large number of web servers. These companies are well equipped with resources required for optimum server maintenance and administration. So by offering reseller-hosting packages, the company is essentially focusing on division of labor while they get more time at hand for handling their technical issues and enhancing their expertise in the same.
The second category of companies that offer reseller packages include the ones that lease or collocate their own dedicated servers in secure data center facilities. It is the responsibility of the company to maintain their servers.
It is important to note here that the server is run and maintained by the company from whom the reseller package has been purchased. If in the event, the reseller wants any changes or modifications to be done on the server, the company would readily do it for their clients. i.e. module installation or running a script.
The best part of reseller hosting is that everyone benefits from it. The web-hosting seller makes a profit by selling a high priced product web-hosting product to a reseller while they get to divide their workload. The reseller on the other hand benefits by gaining access to the prime server resources in a cost effective manner. The end-user in turn benefits by getting superior customer and technical support, which is often better than the parent hosting company.
Reseller web hosting is more than just a web hosting business for the reseller. While the business has great potential to generate huge ROI for the resellers; the reseller can also opt for this type of package if they happen to own multiple domain names and are looking for a cost-effective method in order to manage them all efficiently.