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Steps to becoming a
web host reseller
to get a reseller web hosting account to resell web space. What
now? Here’s a step-by-step guide.
1. Choose the platform you want to use.
More open source software programs are available for Linux than for Windows,
which makes Linux less expensive. While most programs (Perl,
PHP, Flash, etc.) run on both platforms, a few run on only
Windows or Linux. A site that requires ASP or MS Access, for
example, requires a Windows platform.
2. Choose the control panel you want to use.
Control panels for websites range from very basic to loaded with features.
As a reseller, you’ll also have a control panel for you to set
up and control hosting accounts.
In Choosing Your Hosting Automation Software, we compare several control
panels, all of which offer good features for web host resellers.
3. Choose your web host.
The web host company that you choose for your reseller account is a key
decision — your business success depends on the quality of your
host. Factors to consider when choosing a web host for a
The platform and control panel
The company’s reputation — search for online reviews by clients
The record of server uptime
The level of support — how fast does tech support respond to support
requests, especially time-sensitive ones?
Flexibility — does the web host have packages that allow you to upgrade when
your needs increase? Will they customize plans if necessary?
How long the web host has been in business — while a new web host may be
very good, many web hosting businesses fail within the first
Price — consider what is included in the price
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4. Set up your hosting plans and prices
Divide your bandwidth by your disk space to find out the ratio of bandwidth
to disk space that you can offer. Take into account any ratios
that differ if you upgrade to a larger package, and then base
your packages on that ratio.
For pricing, consider what competitors charge, but also factor in any
additional services you’ll be offering.
5. Develop a business website
You have three main choices for website development:
Create a website using an existing website template
Hire a designer or a design company to design your site for you
If you have web design skills, design your site yourself
Include all the information that clients will want to know about your
services and company.
6. Make your site e-commerce ready
To be able to accept payments for hosting accounts, you’ll to set up:
An SSL certificate
A merchant account
A payment gateway
7. Set up a helpdesk
A helpdesk allows clients to contact you with support requests and you to
track and respond to those requests.
8. Set up billing
With an automated billing system, clients are billed and payments are
registered with little effort on your part. Most billing
software licenses are priced per month or per year, with some
billing software companies offering prices for lifetime
Some popular billing and payment processing systems:
When you choose a billing software program, check if it’s compatible with
your server platform and if support is included.
9. Create a welcome email
After you set up hosting accounts for your clients, you’ll need to send them
a welcome email. Include in this email:
A confirmation of the plan details
The nameserver names
A username and temporary password
A link to the control panel
Links to your knowledge base / FAQ and to your helpdesk
10. Market your website
Submit your site to search engines. Tell your family, friends, and business
acquaintances about your website. Include a link to it in your
signature line in outgoing emails. But don’t stop there — market
your website http://www.marketingcontrolpanel.com via incoming
links, advertising, newsletters, and special offers.
About the author:
About the author: Chris K. is a Technical Executive Writer for
Website Source, Inc.
http://www.websitesource.com. His established writing skills
coupled with experience in the
web hosting industry have provided internet
professionals with marketing, product and service ideas for many