Get Paid to Participate - up to $1 per post!     Twitter     Facebook     Google+
Hosting Discussion
 

Hosting Discussion > Web Hosting Forums > Web Hosting Reselling > Six Main Things To Consider When Buying A Reseller Hosting Package
forgot password?



Reply


Old
  Post #1 (permalink)   11-18-2004, 09:31 AM
HD Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 8

Status: kooshin.com is offline
[CENTER]Six Main Things To Consider When Buying A Reseller Hosting Package by Abdillahi Abdillahi[/CENTER]
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
Are you ready to start your own web hosting company? The best way to start your own web hosting company is to get a reseller hosting package from a hosting company and start your web hosting company instantly without buying or installing any softwares.But When buying a reseller hosting package, there are many things to consider . So today this article lists the six main things you should consider before buying any reseller package .


1: Control Panel and WHW(Web Host Manager)

This one is ranked number one I guess. Make sure you get a control panel , Cpanel is the best and widely used control panel for any reseller and non reseller accounts.WHM(Web Host Manger) lets you easily manage your customers and hosting business.It lets you set up , delete , monitor web hosting accounts.

I heard that some companies which offer reseller hosting packages set up accounts for you . You shouldn't go with such companies because You want to manage your customers and Your customers want their own control panel where they can manage their sites.

So you need to make sure that you get Control Panel and WHM with the reseller package you get .Also any account you create should get its own control panel without paying any extra $$$.

2: Private Name Servers and Dedicated IP address.

These two are very important if you want to keep people from knowing the original hosting company.If you don't have a private name server then you will be using the original hosting company's name servers ,e.g. ns1.hostingcompany.com and ns2.hostingcompany.

You don't want people to make a who is search and find out about that the original hosting company . In order to hide the original hosting company you must be able to make your own private name servers.

Most of the times companies that offer reseller packages give you that but sometimes you need to ask them before making any payment .

Why do you need a dedicated IP address for your site and the sites you are going to host? Well here is the answer .

When you get a reseller hosting package , you don't get a dedicated IP address instead you will have to use the shared IP address which the company is using .

Even though you can hide them with your private name servers but it will be easy to find them if the IP is resolved.

There are many tools out there that can be used to find out such things, so wouldn't it be better if you were using an IP address that your site and the sites you host will be using instead of the one which the company and millions of their shared hosting customers are using? I'm sure it would be.But getting a dedicated IP address can cost you like $2-$5 per month and as you can see it worths .

After all you don't want potential clients to go the the original company so make sure you get those two ready for your new hosting company .

3: Quality Customer Support

Well here comes another important one . Once you start a web hosting company , it can be very stressful. Clients keep opening tickets .

So for that reason and many other reasons you will need efficient and friendly support from the company which you are buying the reseller hosting package from .They must be there for you 24/7 to assist you with any questions you may have.

And make sure they don't charge you any $$ for offering support to your customers because Some companies do charge extra $$ for offering great 24/7 support for your customers .

4: Branding

They should allow Cpanel and WHW branding. What is this?Well let me try to explain it. Cpanel and WHWM branding is customising them with your own graphics using the branding function in WHM(Web Host Manager).

The reason of why this should be considered before buying any reseller hosting package from any hosting company is that you might need to use your own graphics for your cpanel and the cpanel of your accounts so for that reason and many other reasons it is better to make sure whether or not they allow Cpanel and WHW branding.

5: Established Data Center

Well most of the time web hosting companies have well established data center . But still you should check and read their network and data center information, e.g where it is located , security facilities they use, and any other thing that is needed to know about the data center .After all you don't want to host your site and the sites of your customers on a server which is in the living room of someone

6: Acceptable Use Policy(AUP) and Terms of Service (TOS)

This one is also important.You must read the AUP and TOS of the company and see if they mention anything about resellers.Sometimes companies providing reseller packages will make you use their AUP and TOS , which means your site and all the other sites that you are going to host will accept that policy. So if you want to set up your own AUP and TOS then being with a company that doesn't allow such thing will be a big problem .

There are many reasons which you should consider this , lets suppose the company which you are going to get the reseller package doesn't allow adult hosting on the server but you want to host adult sites ,anysite, for just building a great client base so as you can see that policy of not allowing any adult material on the server will lose you many clients and also will make you look for another company.

I think that is one enough reason to read and triple read the policies of any hosting company that you want to get a reseller hosting package from .

Conclussion

There you go , These are the six main things you should consider before buying any reseller hosting package . Now that you know these main things then you should start searching for the best hosting comapany that will meet your needs and your client's needs.


MOD NOTE: Edited for advertising content.
 
 
 


Old
  Post #2 (permalink)   11-19-2004, 09:19 PM
HD Addict
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Nova Scotia | Canada
Posts: 193

Status: Simon is offline
Shouldn't this topic by entitled "how to buy a cpanel package"?

Despite your statement that it requires no software installed, it does: billing, support. Two pieces of software that no reseller can do without, and are not integrated into cpanel.

CPanel is very far from being the best control panel available - yes, it has it's uses, but as a reseller platform, it comes a distant third (at least) behind Plesk and H-Sphere.

I won't comment much on the post, as it seems you took a while to write it up - but I will say that you wrote it with 'cpanel blinkers'. The hosting industry goes way above and beyond that which CPanel makes available. CPanel is fastly becoming out of date, and too far behind it's competitors.

Simon
__________________
EIRCA Internet Solutions - Meeting in the middle.
 
 
 


Old
  Post #3 (permalink)   11-19-2004, 10:23 PM
HD Wizard
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,628

Status: ANMMark is offline
Quote:
Cpanel is the best.....
While we are a CPanel driven company, I find that statement a bit biased, and hard to back up.

While your intent seems to be good, I think you should work on an objective approach.
__________________
Mark
NIC™ - Network Innovative Concepts - Get ready for R.A.I.N.
Protect your website from hackers NIC™ - SiteLock
 
 
 


Old
  Post #4 (permalink)   11-20-2004, 06:31 AM
HD Wizard
 
ldcdc's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Ploiesti
Posts: 3,112

Status: ldcdc is offline
Well... in a way he really believes that Cpanel is the best, just like others "know" that Cpanel is far from being that. Yes, an article should be as objective as possible, but since the article was written by a Cpanel host it would be a bit strange to read "other control panels are better".
 
 
 


Old
  Post #5 (permalink)   11-20-2004, 07:50 AM
HD Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 8

Status: kooshin.com is offline
Good reaction ... It is the first time I see some people disagreeing with the fact that cpanel is good. I'm not affliated with them as you all know but I have used it a lot and I have tested some other cpanels and found it to be the best. I'm sure a lot of people will agree with me .

And Yes without buying anything, A person can run his own hosting company. You said You will need billing system , Yes you are right but no need to buy . There are many free ones which have better features then paid ones around.
 
 
 


Old
  Post #6 (permalink)   11-20-2004, 10:44 AM
HD Wizard
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,628

Status: ANMMark is offline
I'm certainly not disagreeing that CPanel is good. CPanel is a great control panel.....that's why we chose it.

and while I'm a believer that it is "one of" the best, I was just pointing out that when writing an article, you have to stay away from statements such as that.
__________________
Mark
NIC™ - Network Innovative Concepts - Get ready for R.A.I.N.
Protect your website from hackers NIC™ - SiteLock
 
 
 


Old
  Post #7 (permalink)   11-20-2004, 11:07 AM
HD Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 8

Status: kooshin.com is offline
oh yeah ? ok then ...thanks for tip
 
 
 


Old
  Post #8 (permalink)   11-20-2004, 05:49 PM
HD Addict
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Nova Scotia | Canada
Posts: 193

Status: Simon is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by kooshin.com
Good reaction ... It is the first time I see some people disagreeing with the fact that cpanel is good. I'm not affliated with them as you all know but I have used it a lot and I have tested some other cpanels and found it to be the best. I'm sure a lot of people will agree with me .

And Yes without buying anything, A person can run his own hosting company. You said You will need billing system , Yes you are right but no need to buy . There are many free ones which have better features then paid ones around.
I didn't say CPanel was bad.

However, it is far from the best, and such statements as saying a reseller can " start your web hosting company instantly without buying or installing any softwares" is massively false with a cpanel hosting system.

Free, or paid, it still needs installing, configuring, and integrating. There are some CPanel hosting companies that can develop their own billing system (Mark, as an example) but this option does not hold true with resellers.

The simple fact of CPanel is it does require outside billing & support modules.

As I said previously, CPanel has it's uses, and is probably the third most functional/robust of the major playing control panels. This does not mean it's "bad". Heck, we offer CPanel, and if someone asks me outright, I will tell them bluntly that it can no longer match the two major market leaders.

Taking personal or professional opinion away from it, CPanel can no longer be classed, from a technical stand point, in the same breath as Plesk, H-Sphere, and with recent rumblings, it seems Ensim are taking the next step (obviously, to prolong their SWSoft rivalry ), so Cpanel could see their fall from grace hit home even harder shortly.

Simon
__________________
EIRCA Internet Solutions - Meeting in the middle.
 
 
 
Reply

Thread Tools

New Post New Post   Old Post Old Post
Posting Rules:
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On
Sponsored By: