Have you ever wanted to start your own business online? Well one option to do this is to offer something that everyone that wants to start a web site needs. Web Hosting. Now there are several ways to do this. You can go out and purchase a server and a dedicated ip address and host the company in your home or in your office. You can out and get a dedicated server or you can go and get what we call a Reseller Hosting Account.
A reseller hosting account is just that. It is a hosting account that allows you to resell all the space, bandwidth, features and more must like the big boys iPage, FatCow and others do. But you don’t have to put in the infrastructure. Another reason that you would want to get a reseller account is to develop your own network of specific users. Say you want to start a company for writers or musicians. Say you want to start a web development club or something for a social group. With the power of a reseller account you can offer the features and run the scripts that you want without having the fear of someone not familiar with your other sites crashing the entire network because they wanted to run Uncle Bobbies game he wrote badly in PHP.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A RESELLER ACCOUNT
When you decide to get a reseller account you will need to know a little about how servers and the net operates. With reseller accounts you are going into the server level using what is known as WHM which is short for Web Hosting Manager. WHM allows you to create packages with specific features such as how much space each client gets, their bandwidth, number of mysql databases they get and every aspect of their account.
You will also be able to charge your own fees for your services. This can be a nice piece of change if you get enough people to host with you.
When considering using a reseller account you will want to determine your budget per month and if you can get enough people to host with you. Packages range from $20 – 100 a month and more in some cases. Some of the features that you do get to set are
Disk Space – want unlimited
Bandwidth – want unlimited
Number of accounts you can resell – This is important because you don’t want to start a full blow hosting company and only be able to host 10 sites. But if you are running a special service or something for your group you may not need to have a lot of accounts. So make sure that you determine this before you commit to a plan. Also see if you can upgrade your plan at a later date to include more accounts with having to lose or more the accounts you already have. This can be a costly move if your sites crash.
Billing Systems – you want to make sure that you have an integrated billing system so that you can charge your customers on a regular basis and if for some reason they don’t pay their accounts will be locked or deleted.
Scripts and tools – Make sure that the company that you choose offers the most up to date scripts and tools so that your customers can get the full benefits of hosting with you.
Support – when you chose a reseller company that you get 24/7 phone support is possible. This way if something does go wrong you are talking to a life person and not typing in a chat window.
Now if you feel that this is a venture that you may consider getting your feet wet in I would strongly suggest checking out Hostgator and iPage as possible solutions. You can also search Google for Reseller Hosting accounts for more information.
Good luck and hope you’re now endeavor is a profitable one.