Shared vs Reseller Hosting

Host smarter with reseller hosting.

Most people only ever think of shared hosting when it comes to websites. For each new site, they get a new hosting plan. While this might be a good idea in the short term, it can be an expensive way to do things if you have a lot of websites.

A much smarter way to do things is to use a reseller hosting plan. It enables you to host multiple sites under the one account, reducing costs and keeping all your sites under one control panel.

Even smarter, you could sell some of your unused website spaces to someone else you know, maybe even making enough money to pay for your own account!

What is a Reseller Account?
Many of you may have heard of them, but what exactly is a reseller account, and how does it work? When you buy hosting for just one site, which is usually simply called Shared Hosting, you manage it via a control panel. Normally this panel is called cPanel, which is the industry standard.

For each new hosting plan you order, you get another cPanel. If you have 10 websites, you would have 10 separate cPanels. They may even be hosted with different hosting companies. With Reseller Hosting, those 10 cPanels are hosted on one account and managed through a central panel called WHM (Web Host Manager).

While each cPanel has its own username and password for logging in, you can also log into your WHM panel and simply click on the particular cPanel you want to work on. Either method will work, but by managing your sites through the WHM panel, you only have to remember one set of login details.

Pooling Resources
Another benefit of using a reseller account is, each cPanel can be allocated its own disk space and monthly bandwidth. You get a fixed amount for your reseller account, but how you divide it up is your choice.

With my Bronze plan for example, you get 20GB of disk space, 200GB of monthly bandwidth and 10 cPanels. That means each of your sites could be allocated 2GB of space and 20GB of bandwidth. If you read my last post, you would know that is more than enough to run WordPress on each one. The plan costs $6/m so each site is only costing you 60 cents/m which is peanuts.

Using what is called Overselling though, you can actually allocate more than you’re allowed. You could give each one 5GB of disk space, which means you would theoretically need 50GB of total space. The trick is, you need to monitor what each one is actually using. If most are only in fact utilizing 1GB, then you could have one that uses 10GB and still stay within your reseller limit.

You can upgrade or downgrade any of your cPanels at any time. You have total control over which site gets what. This is much smarter than buying 10 large shared hosting plans, just in case you may need extra space for one or two.

Selling cPanels
Another feature of reselling accounts, and where the name comes from, is apart from your primary domain which is for your WHM panel, you could sell one or even all of your other cPanels to someone else. This may be a friend, relative, co-worker, etc. You could make enough money to cover your own cost and maybe even make a profit. However, you would be responsible for what they’re hosting and would need to ensure they don’t break any of my Terms of Service.

But not everyone wants to get involved with selling cPanels, which is why most people don’t think of using reseller accounts. But hopefully, you can now see how powerful they are and how they can save you both money and headaches in juggling lots of separate hosting accounts.

Summing Up
Using one account to host multiple websites is a much smarter way to do things. It not only saves you money, but gives you the ability to decide for yourself what resources each of your sites gets. If you change your mind, you can upgrade or downgrade individual sites as needed. If you want to, you can even sell some spaces and make enough money to cover your own costs.

So, don’t be put off by the name. You don’t have to sell anything to use them. While that’s what they were designed for, a lot of people only ever use them for their own sites. Once you get used to them, you will wonder how you ever got by without them.

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