Virtual servers vs reseller hostingWhilst there are several key differences between Reseller Hosting and a VPS (Virtual Private Server) it’s easy to understand why there is confusion between the two so we shall look to clarify the differences to help you better decide if it is appropriate for your needs.

Reseller plans are intended for any web designer, web developer or other web professional who want to sell hosting and act as their own hosting company. See our reseller guide.

A Reseller Plan is a low cost option which allows you to create separate hosting accounts for your clients and give them each a hosting control panel so that they can manage their own account and do everyday things like setup email accounts.

However, as the reseller is responsible for providing first line support to their clients. Also, with a Reseller account this is intended for websites that do not require a great deal of power. You also need to bear in mind that there is less flexibility in terms of the hosting configuration. Now for most people this won’t be an issue, but if you are running a particular application that requires non standard software or configuration then you may need to upgrade.

That’s where a VPS comes in.

See: What is a VPS? Explained

If you need more power or flexibility then a virtual server is the clear upgrade path. A VPS offers you far more control in terms of the software configuration but also in terms of power and upgrading.

With a VPS hosting you are assigned dedicated resources such as CPU and RAM so any websites hosted on the VPS will perform much better than in the Reseller plan where key resources are shared across hundreds of other sites.

So in a nutshell, Resller Hosting is for people who want to resell hosting to their clients and do not have too many demanding applications whereas VPS solutions are perfect for businesses looking for more flexibility, control and performance.

We hope you have found this tutorial useful on the differences between a VPS virtual server and a reseller hosting package.

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