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  Post #1 (permalink)   02-23-2005, 06:19 PM
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anyone want to share some pros and cons?

i will for sure make it clear that our reseller accounts are not for newbies, as we really dont have time for training people

does anyone require signed contracts?

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  Post #2 (permalink)   02-23-2005, 06:27 PM
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For customers...
They get a fully managed, generally low-cost account in which they can start their own hosting business. However, they don't have as much flexibility as they would with a dedicated server. A reseller can remain invisible from their host if they receive their own nameservers.

For the host...
They have to manage their reseller's accounts. There is no need to train people, only provide them with support. These customers are still your customers, and even though they are starting their own hosting company, it is necessary you give them the same suppport that you would give regular clients.

Signed contracts...
I've never heard of signed contracts and I don't think there is a need for them. I would think that the host providing the reseller would give a 30-day money back guarantee and a 99% uptime guarantee. Perhaps a support guarantee as well.

You may also want to read the Resellers sticky in this forum.

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As far as contracts, the only agreement ALL of our clients are bound by is our TOS.

A con of offering reseller accounts is the fact that you cannot control who your reseller let's on the server.

While you may have a process in place for keeping your server clean, your resellers may not have the same practices in place, or even in mind. Thus, they may not screen a spammer before allowing them on the box, etc..
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Yes, control over what the reseller account is used for is very legally limited. Very often the account is used for SPAM-ming and it gives your company a very bad name. It can be a liability as much as it can be an asset.
Very good post webfreak08, just btw
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If someone is debating whether they should offer reseller hosting, perhaps they should focus more on the way they handle their shared hosting services. If they provide excellent support and at least a 99% uptime, then they can easily provide reseller hosting. However, if they find that shared hosting is a struggle and find that they can't even handle that, then there is absolutely no way I could see them offering reseller hosting.
 
 
 


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Webfreak08 - if a host can't provide 99% uptime at least, they shouldn't even be looking at shared hosting. 99% allows for 87.6 hours downtime per year, if you're going above that with your downtime, you need to reconsider your services seriously.
 
 
 


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Webfreak08 - if a host can't provide 99% uptime at least, they shouldn't even be looking at shared hosting. 99% allows for 87.6 hours downtime per year, if you're going above that with your downtime, you need to reconsider your services seriously.
I agree. In my post, I was simply trying to help LaurenStephens decide whether he should offer reseller accounts.
 
 
 


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I agree. In my post, I was simply trying to help LaurenStephens in his decision whether he should offer reseller accounts.
Ah You must really have a decent SLA for resellers, as they depend on you to keep their clients online - 99+ % uptime, quality support (some need a lot of hand-holding) and a usable, self-explanatory control panel is needed.
 
 
 


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I you are not prepared to "train" people, (some of us call that customer service) then don't offer it.
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I you are not prepared to "train" people, (some of us call that customer service) then don't offer it.
Most instances I would take that statement as "a given" ... but I have been running across more and more companies offering "reseller hosting" for the experienced web host that offers "no support" (other than the reseller hosting provider keeping the servers up and running properly) ... at discounted prices.

Kind of a "no frills" offering.

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Kind of a "no frills" offering.
And at the other extreme end of the scale, you get webhosts offering to support your resold clients anonymously
 
 
 


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And at the other extreme end of the scale, you get webhosts offering to support your resold clients anonymously
So true ... but ... that service is usually reflected in the pricing they charge.
 
 
 


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You might want to consider offering "multi-domain hosting" as opposed to reseller hosting. So your customer must own all the domains in the account.

This is sort of "half-way" to reseller hosting. It allows the customer to have multiple domains (you could just cap it at 5, 10, 20 domains, whatever you set for that particular plan). But you are in essence getting *cleaner* business IMHO than if you offered reseller hosting. You'll have less chance of spammers, scammers, or resource abusers.

The point is that if you offer reseller hosting, the reseller could conceivably allow anyone to set up on your server, thereby potentially compromising your server. But if your customer is simply someone who runs multiple web properties, there is a much greater chance that the customer will be more responsible with what goes onto your server.

Oh, and regarding the customer service comment, while I appreciate that you prefer to have more experienced users rather than newbies signing up, you really do need to be prepared for the eventuality of having to provide "basic" support to your users. Otherwise, your support business model is flawed.

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Otherwise, your support business model is flawed.
Unless he makes it clear what kind/level of support he's offering.

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This is sort of "half-way" to reseller hosting. It allows the customer to have multiple domains (you could just cap it at 5, 10, 20 domains, whatever you set for that particular plan). But you are in essence getting *cleaner* business IMHO than if you offered reseller hosting. You'll have less chance of spammers, scammers, or resource abusers.
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