What is the difference between shared and reseller hosting?

shared hosting vs reseller hosting

We are often asked what is the difference between shared and reseller hosting.  Here we explain the main benefits of each option.

Shared Hosting – perfect for home users and small businesses – reseller hosting for multiple websites, etc..

Most people will be familiar with the shared option. This is where you purchase some space on one of our servers which is located in a secure datacentre and which has a permanent internet connection. Normally shared is for home users and small businesses who need space for hosting one website and who want to set up emails based on their domain name.

You get a control panel where you can manage all aspects of your account.

Listen to the following audio where we explain the main advantages.

You can set up email addresses, create a website using a website builder and loads more things such as creating databases.

You can also set up other websites using Addon domains. With addon domains you might have 2 websites for example & you want to manage them so you would do this all through one single cPanel control panel.

The advantage for you is that you have everything in one place.

The Advantages of Reseller Hosting – perfect for Web Designers

Listen to the following audio where we explain the advantages of being a reseller.

But now let’s imagine that you are a web designer & you have several customers who you have built websites for & you would like to generate some additional income by offering them the hosting.

Rather than having one cPanel control panel to manage all of your customers email addresses etc. (as you would if you used shared hosting and addon domains) you may want to give each customer access to their own control panel. This way you give them more control and they can manage their own email addresses. This would not be desireable with a shared plan as you would have to make all of the changes yourself for security purposes as your cPanel control panel would show all of the other clients that you have.

This is the beauty of a reseller service. You have a type of control panel that allows you to create accounts with their own individual cPanel accounts for each client. In effect you are becoming a hosting provider in a way because you get a bulk amount of disk space and bandwidth that you can then resell as you see fit.

The Reseller Control Panel allows you to create hosting plans (Bronze, Silver, gold, platinum, etc.) and allocate your disk space and bandwidth to your customers in each plan.

It is actually really easy to do. You don’t need to be really technical to use it once you have familiarised yourself with the control panel interface.

With reseller plans you need to provide first line support to your clients but if you need second line support we are here to support you as a reseller.

Summary of the main differences between shared and reseller

So, to summarise, shared account is perfect if you only have one website or you have more than one that you want to manage yourself whereas reseller hosting is perfect for people (like web designers) who manage multiple accounts and they want each one to have their own control panel.

Thanks for reading and leave your questions below to keep the conversation going.

One comment

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    Reseller hosting is great way to start off offering web hosting services. The real advantage is that you get a control panel to manage your accounts WHM and you can give each of your customers their own control panel Cpanel.

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