Reseller hosting is a great way to get started. Web Hosting is a very competitive industry and you should not expect to turn a profit for quite a while. Keeping experience sea low is key to making sure you can survive until your profitable.
Always go with the reseller imo. Nothing worse than investing in your own hardware and the months start ticking by with no customers or revenue.
You can always upgrade easily to your own VPS or dedicated when you have the customer base to justify it.
If you have the capital to buy a dedicated server you can do so...and secondly you most have the knowledge of the business. You can buy a dedicated server and sell shared hosting plan, vps plan and shoutcast plan. but if you have less capital you can start with reseller on shared hosting and reseller on shoutcast and watch the market...If its goes well for you u can then upgrade to a dedicated server. Hope this helps You.
I wrote an article about that on my blog a few weeks ago, the most important thing when choosing a reseller hosting is to be patient because if you want big profits just reselling is not going to be easy.
That is a great step to start with, especially if you are new in the hosting industry.
You will need that to minimize cost, and to understand some basic functionalities.
From there you can then grow.
Even though there are a lot of limitations as a reseller, because you won't have full control of the server,but you will still be able to manage your clients with minimal problems.
Try starting with a host whose support is ready at anytime to assist you.
Glad you decided to go for a re-seller account. A dedicated server does offer more multi -purpose and more feature but has the down side of cost. With a reseller account you benefit from your providers license and other feature with out adding more expense to your hosting bill. This you can provide to your customer at no charge or charge them to make extra income. What I recommend is to find a provider who is whitelabel and you able to customize your plan at any moment.
Starting with a reseller is a great way, it will be difficult because you won't have anything than providing basic support for your clients. for every client you will be asking your reseller provider to do it but it is better than losing money and give hope fast because hosting business is very competitive.
I was started my company with Reseller hosting because of on that time I was not even able to afford for hosting billing software and it was really hard.
I still get inspired when I think about my past when I was work for 14 ~ 16 hours a day to establish my company.
I was not even know what is use of VPS, etc but Reseller hosting gave me experience and knowledge so its really worth. Without reseller hosting I think it will be impossible to start company for beginners or people with low budget.
Yes, you should buy a dedicated server and spend 1000+, but only when you have the need for it. If you want to start offering web hosting, then probably reseller, since those plans usually include cPanel/WHM + WHMCS so you can cut down like $50 licence fees for those, and you don't need to manually install them, and many reseller hosting plans come with extra features like backups, automatic CMS installer and more, for which you need some time installing and money, cause none of this is free and exactly 1 click installation :boxing: .
But when you get a decent amount of clients, so you know that you won't go bankruptcy with buying real servers, then do it. There are many advantages to getting a dedicated server, such as you can offer better prices, have root access etc.
I don't think a reseller account is good for start a hosting business.
I think reseller account is good for design companies, web design freelancers, developers, people that need to host several different websites, but not to "start a business"...
If you want to start a web hosting i suggest a VPS until you have enough customers to a Dedi Server.
You have more control of the WHM/VPS, you can create your own TOS and rules, decide many things that in a simple reseller plan you can't and a VPS also gives you more responsibility in all the aspects of the operations IMO.
There are thousands of web hosting providers. But, not all of them as good and reliable. Starting a web hosting reseller business is not easy as you imagine.
We all know that you can just sign up, and even, start a free reseller account. The problem is that many of them are using special technics, to get your hard-earned money, and cancel your account anytime they want. First of all, web hosting reseller is a good business to make money. As an example, iPage and other providers started as a web hosting reseller service. And now, they're one of the biggest companies in the web hosting industry.
It's really a good opportunity to invest in, but as any other business type. Web hosting reseller has its own issues that you should know before starting.
If you are going to be a reseller, make sure the company whose service you are dealing with is reliable.You should be ready to take up the responsibility of satisfying the customer because you now become the face of the business.I also agree that you should buy your own dedicated server because you will now be in control and can handle issues like customer service directly.I am assuming that you meant buying a reseller hosting in order to sell and not for the purpose of hosting your own website.Is that what you meant?
I would have to say that I don't think that purchasing resellers are worth it at all. In fact, it is a big waste of time as well as money. Much easier to just get the server and set up your own. That is just my personal opinion on this. You should go with your gut on this one. Really think it through. Good luck to you.
Reseller hosting service do have the money in it, no doubt. You should have the customers which you can host on the reseller server.
If you are new to the hosting field and you would like to manage your customers by third party then you can have the reseller service. Your client will feel that you have your server and managing it by yourself.
Reseller service provides you the platform for selling the shared hosting services to your clients or when you would like to host multiple accounts with their separate panel on the same server then you can have the reseller service. Under it, you can create your own packages and can assign them to your accounts as per the requirement of the account