Web hosting is necessary for all types of web sites which want to make a presence on the internet. Hosting of websites is offered by many companies at competent prices. One can opt for any company for having one’s website hosted on the internet by comparing the services and the prices of the different companies. Website hosting can broadly be classified into shared website hosting, reseller hosting and dedicated hosting. All three vary in terms of the services and the price at which web hosting is offered.
Reseller hosting can be defined as that type of website hosting in which a web host buys bulk plan from a hosting company. The web host then sub divides the bulk plan into smaller plans and then resells the smaller plans to individual users. The reseller can sell space and bandwidth from a rented dedicated server. Alternatively, the reseller can get permission to sell space and bandwidth from shared server. This type of hosting is the most inexpensive method by which websites can be hosted on the internet.
The reseller or the reseller host can be classified according to the role played. A reseller host can act as an agent for a company. In this case the customers buy a plan directly from the web hosting company. The plans however have been advertised by the reseller host who gets a commission on the basis of the sales made.
The reseller host in case of reseller hosting can act as a marketer for the web hosting company. He advertises the hosting plans which people buy from him. However, once the hosting plan has been sold, the customers have contact with the web hosting company and not the reseller.
The reseller can work on his own by purchasing large bandwidth and space from the web hosting company. He then sells small spaces and bandwidth to customers and also offers them complete support. In this case the reseller actually acts as a web hosting company.
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are provided by the actual website hosting company. It is the company that manages the network infrastructure and all hardware. The hosting company maintains the servers and updates them whenever necessary. Also all types of customer complaints are actually handled by the web hosting company and not the reseller.
The reseller in case of reseller hosting does not require extensive knowledge about the technical aspects of providing website hosting services to the customers. The basic purpose of the reseller is to interact with the customers using a web interface. The reseller can set up and manage the different customers but cannot do anything beyond that.