Originally Posted by CreativeChris
I'm a web designer. I'm considering becoming a hosting reseller. But I have to act fact, which means I have to think fast.
Can anyone give me some suggestions on a hosting reseller service? I'm considering GoDaddy because they seem affordable. However, I read that they are more of an affiliate program rather than a reseller. I am not sure I understand what that means!
I've read some good things about HostGater. I don't think I can afford them right now.
I might be designing 3 websites for a client soon. I want to try to get them to agree to me hosting them. I don't have experience hosting websites so I will need technical support.
Any suggestions on how much I should charge for hosting websites?
One of the things you have going for you is that your web design service gives you the clients you need for a reseller business. Because you have a relationship with them already, price isn't going to be the main issue for them in choosing to host with you. If you host them for $10 a month, they will be more than happy.
I used to be at Dathorn.com for my reseller account, until a few of my sites grew to the point that they were not appropriate for a shared environment (busy forums). They don't oversell the space too much, and downtime is almost unheard of. In addition, they answer MOST support tickets in about 6 minutes (the longest they ever took answering with a solution, and not with an automated reply, was 12 minutes in the 7 years I was with them). Their forums are open to the public, every board, so you can see what the customers think of them. They are the type of host I would recommend for you, although they don't do any "hand holding" for newbies (the people in the forums are helpful). But they are the type of solid, no-problems-ever kind of host you should choose.
Anyway, you know how much disk space your sites take. I suspect that if you are designing HTML pages, your customer's sites take far less than 100MB of disk space. Few of my accounts take over 300M of disk space, even with Wordpress, forum software, etc. Dathorn is "expensive" by reseller standards; their $13.50 a month account gives you only 4GB of disk space.
Doing the math, you can get about 40 100MB sites on there. Your customer's 3 sites at $10 a month already makes it profitable.
People over-buy web space and bandwidth for their static HTML sites. The truth is, even database driven sites like Wordpress rarely start out at more than 80MB in size. Why is everyone offering 1GB of space for shared hosting? Because people are used to installing a program in Windows and having it take 600MB of disk space. And people don't use that space anyway.
The other option is to team up with some poor web host like me who can't design himself out of paper bag and do a revenue share or affiliate type of arrangement. I think you'll make more doing it yourself, but there is a bit of work involved.