Reseller Hosting allows the account owner to have the privilege of making use of his own hard drive and server space as well as bandwidth for the purpose of hosting websites owned by other users. This process is similar to that of a regular purchase and sale wherein the reseller makes a purchase from the host wholesale which he sells to interested users at a profit. After this transaction is complete, a part of the server space, hard drive as well as bandwidth is reserved and allotted to the account that is managed by the reseller. The reseller then has the option of either renting from a hosting company after which he will operate within a dedicated server or he can resell those hosting services that are shared. If the reseller decides to go with the first option, he will have to rent a server from that company with which he has reseller account. However, if he chooses the second option, he will be allowed to make a deal with his customers according to which a part of the disk space, server space as well as bandwidth would be sold to them.
Usually, reseller web hosting is carried out by a web developer, a web design company or a systems integrator whose additional services include the process of web hosting.
Those entrepreneurs who are looking to begin a business can opt for reseller hosting as it is cost effective.
According to a majority of plans that support reseller hosting, the resellers are given the option of formulating and developing their own plans as well as creating an independent costing plan.
Those interested in reseller hosting do not need to possess complex knowledge about web hosting with regard to technicalities. According to most plans, it is the responsibility of the data operators to maintain hardware along with the development of network infrastructure. On the other hand, the job of maintaining security and configuration lies with the user who owns the dedicated server. The dedicated server is also expected to keep the server up to date.
Resellers are given the option of creating and maintaining customer accounts with the help of a web interface. Therefore, for this purpose, the reseller must be aware of the control panels list. These include:
1-WHM/cPanel which is not available in Windows yet.
5-Cortex Provisioning System which is available in Windows