Reseller web hosting is all about choosing the right web host initially. With dozens, hundreds, even, options of hosting out there, navigating the different offers and choosing between them can be a very confusing and even frustrating experience. Paying attention to these six factors will help make the process as painless as possible.
Bandwidth or How Much Data You Can Send
The most important element of reseller hosting is the bandwidth. This determines the amount of clients you will be able to service and the niche you can address. For example, targeting photography or gaming sites will require a large amount of bandwidth, while aiming at writers or bloggers will allow you to make do with lower bandwidth. In general, always review the terms. If the reseller states that they offer unlimited bandwidth, you should pick apart the agreement to see what “unlimited” truly means.
Disk Space or How Much Stuff You Can Store
Right after bandwidth comes disk space. Again, if you’re targeting photography, gaming, or other data-intensive niches, you’ll need plenty of disk space to accommodate. Don’t forget to factor in all elements of a website that occupy disk space, not just databases, but also mail and mail attachments. Like with bandwidth, be wary of unlimited disk space advertisements. Nothing is free, certainly not disk space.
Domains or How Many Clients You Can Serve
In contrast with bandwidth and disk space, most web hosting companies actually do offer an unlimited amount of domains on their servers. This option allows you to serve as many customers as you can, only limited by bandwidth and disk space. Of course, a limited option can be beneficial as well, preventing you from selling hosting to too many clients and letting the quality of hosting suffer.
Technical Support or How The Host Will Treat You
Even an excellent web hosting option can be marred by poor technical support. Before you commit to any particular company, make sure to review their technical support options and test them. This is quite simple, actually. If they offer support via live chat, telephone, or e-mail, contact them through all three possibilities and ask simple technical questions. That way you’ll be able to gauge the quality of their service (or lack thereof).
Control Panels or How Friendly It Will Be
A key aspect of any web hosting is the ability to manage websites hosted on the server. Check if the hosting will support your control panel of choice and whether it will be appropriate for the niche you are targeting with your services.
Fine Print or Finding the Hidden Clauses
Finally, a good way to see whether the host you are about to choose is truly the best option, look for less-than-obvious clauses in the hosting agreement. Of particular importance are upgrade and downgrade fees, limits on e-mail and memory/CPU usage, any additional costs, such as non-refundable set up fees, and more. Many of these can be buried in perfectly normal clauses. If in doubt, consult a lawyer. Better to spend money needlessly than rely on a surprisingly limiting hosting agreement you might find expensive to revoke.