Becoming a Web Hosting Reseller: is it Right for You? - Choosing Your Web Host
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If you have decided that you want to become a web hosting reseller, your most important decision is which web hosting company will be your provider. Do not make this decision lightly, or based only on which company offers the most space for the least amount of money. Whether you are doing this as a business or a hobby, the owners of the websites under your care will be depending on you to keep them up and running –- and you, in turn, will be depending on the reliability of your web host. Every time a problem at the web host affects your clients’ sites, rest assured, you will hear about it –- usually from your clients, and in a raised voice.
Pick a web host with a reputation for reliability. There are many websites with forums that cater to the web hosting community. You can hunt down online reviews from past and current clients of web hosts you are thinking about doing business with fairly easily.
While reliability in terms of uptime is an important consideration, it isn’t the only one. Find out how quickly your chosen web host responds to support requests –- especially the kind of time-sensitive ones that make your clients yell. Also, find out how long the web host has been in business; remember that many new businesses fail within their first year, and businesses in the field of web hosting are no exception to this rule.
Consider your own future while shopping for a web host. Your needs as a reseller could easily change and grow in the future. Does the web host offer reseller plans that let you upgrade when your needs increase? Are they willing to customize their plans? How much do they charge for their plans, and what is included in the price?
One other thing worth considering: does the web host provide the option for private nameservers? Usually they do, for a small additional fee. Private nameservers are also called private label, personalized nameservers, or virtual nameservers. They help you brand your business, and simplify things for your clients. If your reseller account is with AlwaysUp Hosting and your company name is EverDependable Services, your clients will enter ns1.everdependable.com and ns2.everdependable.com for the nameservers for their domains.
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