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[Question] For those hosting clients websites... Shared Hosting vs. Reseller Plans?

Discussion in 'Web Hosting' started by truelux, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. truelux

    truelux Regular Member

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    I am charging my clients $20/month even though it's "free" for me to host them, however I am sure such practice is against HostGator's TOS. I want to setup a more long-term hosting service so I am wondering if such a setup will be fine or of I shouldn't risk it; ergo I would create a reseller account.

    I would hate to have all of these clients on one shared account and all of a sudden find out they're all gone due to my greediness. What are you guys currently doing?


    FYI:

    1. I'm not technologically adapt to hosting so please don't suggest vps, dedicated servers or custom installations!

    2. I thought about affiliate programs and requesting clients to signup, BUT that will require me to wait over a month and doesn't 100% guarantee that I'll even get paid. A lot of affiliate programs aren't always perfectly ran... I'd also prefer reoccurring payments than a 1-time percentage.
     
  2. williamk

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    Shared if their traffic is low, otherwise I would go with reseller hosting.
     
  3. Zapdos

    Zapdos Power Member

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    Why not suggest a VPS or Dedicated? With the proper company a VPS/dedicated can be exactly like shared with all the security and updates done for you, or it can be like advertised where you tweak to your needs. If you'd be interested in having more power and flexibility rather than fearing for your accounts viability, you should check out/contact handsonwebhosting. They have a server management service (for their vps/dedis only) where they do everything server related. What you get: WHM and cPanel. All your clients get cPanel.


    Should that still be out of the question, the difference between normal shared hosting and reseller hosting is... nothing. Nothing except terms and conditions. Maybe you'll get some more bandwith, more disk space etc... but there is no large technical difference.
     
  4. eloquenceeee

    eloquenceeee Regular Member

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    I actually am having this same problem right now.

    I'm experiencing rapid growth in my business and I think that for the sake of being professional it is time that I move over to some kind of reseller hosting plan. My biggest problem is that I offer all of my clients email addresses, but having them each set it up to my shared hosting account is sapping up processes, which I only have 25 of.

    I'm thinking about Hostgator reseller, but I'm open to new ideas...
     
  5. truelux

    truelux Regular Member

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    Anyone else? thanks!
     
  6. StrikeSeven

    StrikeSeven Newbie

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    I'd go with a Reseller account, preferably not at HostGator.

    People say VPS but with a Reseller you don't have to worry about CPU usage, server management, etc. plus upscaling is cheaper most of the time.

    Sorryif this post is confusing I'm dead tired and hungry as heck lol.
     
  7. ezine.writer

    ezine.writer Regular Member Premium Member

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    chatmasta Junior Member

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    If you are operating any kind of a real business, there is no reason not to go with at least reseller and possibly a fully dedicated server with WHM installed. Presumably you are charging them a lot more than $20 a month so you should be able to afford it. It's also going to be their main interaction with your company going forward, so you should keep it as professional as possible.
     
  9. busaboss

    busaboss Power Member

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    I totally agree above. You should give them their own cPanel so they can see what they are paying for. And it is cheaper when you grow your business
     
  10. imogen

    imogen Newbie

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    I definitely agree with reseller for what you're doing. I have a VPS with Host For Web and a reseller account with Host Gator. I've never had any trouble at all with HG and would actually recommend them for price and stability. Host For Web are extremely cost effective with excellent support. Both hosts provide WHM, cPanel and Fantastico or similar.