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What is Reseller Web Hosting?
If you've taken a look at our recent article One Stop Websites, you'll see the importance of being able to offer a complete set of services to your clients. In addition to your design, development, content, maintenance and marketing services, you may want to consider offering web hosting and domain names, too.
This is done through the use of reseller web hosting. There are several different companies that provide reseller hosting to web designers and other web professionals so they can sell hosting services in addition to everything else they offer. These reseller web hosting plans give you as the provider the flexibility to set your own pricing and offer support plans to your customers.
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Fast Hosts is currently offering their plan free for the first year, and has two payment options at either $50 per month or $500 per year after the first year. This plan will allow you to brand your services, create your own hosting packages, and keep track of customers, prices, and billing. This reseller plan comes with unlimited bandwidth, unlimited storage space, email accounts and more so you have the flexibility to develop whatever you need for your customers. White label branding is included, but for an additional $99, you have the tools to completely brand your services with DNS name servers, web mail, and FTP. This service is very easy to setup and use from a central dashboard that will assist with service and package creation.
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Reseller's Panel is an excellent option for people who do not want to pay a monthly or yearly fee to have the ability to sell private label hosting services. There are several different web hosting plans to choose from, but there is also the option to create your own custom web hosting plan to name and market on your own. As you choose your features, you'll see a monthly cost so that you'll be able to set up your costs and determine your profit margin. To offer more than one service plan to your customers, simply create more than one custom plan with this company. A simple sign up is required to enjoy the benefits of this free reseller web hosting program, but it does not appear to carry the benefits of order tracking and invoicing customers.
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Host Gator provides reseller packages at varying rates depending on the storage space and bandwidth the reseller wants to have at his or her disposal to provide to clients. Plans range from $29.95 a month to $99.95 per month for anywhere from 24GB to 100GB in storage space. All plans include a customizable branding service, free billing, and the ability to host an unlimited number of domains within the storage space and bandwidth.
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How this Helps You
In an increasingly saturated field, anything you can do to have an edge on your competition is going to help. Offering convenience to your clients by stopping them from having to go elsewhere to get domain and hosting set up before they send the website design project to you will not only make things easier, but it will put more money in your pocket. There may even be a few instances where you'll be able to sell web hosting without having to design the website.
Spend some time researching several different reseller hosting options, along with current rates from various competitors to see how you'll be able to set your packages and rates to make them more appealing to your target consumers.