Originally Posted by b2netsolutions
Is it good when a reseller host allows overselling on their service?
that would depend on the host....
overselling is allocating more than you have...
so i have a very small 20GB server (for imagination's sake)
user1 comes along and buy's my 10GB package
user2 comes along and buys another 10gb package
user3 comes along and buys another 10gb package (i officially ran out of space 10GB ago)
but user1 only has a small php wordpress site with two e-mail accounts and is using 500mb (in total, with databases)
user2 has a few downloads on their joomla site and run's a small software company they use 1.5GB
user3 is just learning php but might want to put a proper website up one day and uses the domain name for e-mail 1GB
so as you can see the total used is 3GB
the total allocated is 30GB (i've oversold by 50%)
but as long as the processor, ram usage isn't topping out. The user's disk requirement's aren't too likely to change drastically (very often)
now onto reseller overselling...
your reseller buy's 10 gb and you allow him to sell 40 gb to his users (if he goe's over 10GB usage he has to upgrade with you)
but it's the same thing overselling is what's allocated not what's used.
don't confuse overselling with overloading (a practice used by a lot of the unlimited host's to cram hundreds and thousands of websites on a server) which does affect performance of site loading speed, uptime, reliability