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Becoming a Web Hosting Reseller: is it Right for You?
By: Terri Wells
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  • Becoming a Web Hosting Reseller: is it Right for You?
  • Why You Should Consider Becoming a Reseller
  • Choosing Your Web Host
  • Nuts and Bolts

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    Becoming a Web Hosting Reseller: is it Right for You? - Why You Should Consider Becoming a Reseller

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    There are a lot of reasons to consider becoming a reseller of web hosting services. First of all, if you have more than one website and the total disk space you need is 500 MB or more, many web hosting providers have reseller programs that will offer you a significant discount on that amount of space. Usually, grouping that much space together under one host will cost less than the combined price of keeping several accounts with different hosts, even if those other hosts seem less expensive for single accounts.

    For example, Hosting Revolution offers a reseller account for $35. For that price, it offers up to 100 domain names, to each of which you can allocate up to 20 GB of monthly transfer and up to 2.5 GB of storage space. If you own 10 domain names, you may be paying $5 to $10 per name per month to your web host(s), which really adds up. Buy a reseller account, and you can save money. Better, you will have room to expand or even sell hosting space, thus turning a profit.

    Because you have purchased so much space, you can be flexible with how you dole it out. You can allocate more space to websites that need it, and less to those that donít. This can be particularly useful if you have a website that suddenly generates a lot of interest or gains a lot of content Ė- say, for example, on a seasonal basis.

    If you offer Internet-related services, providing web hosting under your own company name can be a great and profitable add-on service. This move is a natural for website designers, but theirs is by no means the only kind of business that can benefit. If you program or sell software related to building websites, your customers are clearly interested in creating websites, which can imply an interest in purchasing web hosting services. You can probably think of many other kinds of businesses that could logically offer this service.

    Finally, if you are currently hosting websites on your own equipment, becoming a reseller of web hosting services takes the problems associated with that out of the picture. You no longer need to worry about things like the cost of server maintenance. Likewise, technical support falls under the purview of your web hosting provider. Assuming you have chosen a reliable web hosting provider, this can save you a lot of money, time, and frustration, letting you focus on the parts of your business or hobby that you enjoy the most.

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