Thinking of getting into webspace reselling?

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  1. Sshadow

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    This is something I have been considering for a while now. Through GoDaddy they have pretty cheap beginners packages so if it didn't take off I would not lose much. I am just wondering if many of you have experience here or have tried it? If so I would love your input or even opinion.
     
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    ok
    i don't think godadddy ..... allows to resell web space
    to find good wen hosting proved ...who offer reselling web space
    try using this term "reseller web hosting "
    to search on search engine
    becarefull and be selective ....in find the best one
     
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    The hosting market is very competitive and new entrants have to compete with large companies, like HostGator for example. This is not meant to discourage you in any way, there are lots of smaller hosting companies that are doing well and you could do the same. However, you need to take the challenge seriously and find a niche in the market, if you are to succeed.

    Have you thought about who your target customers will be? Will you target first time webmasters setting up their first site, or more established webmasters?

    What can offer that will make you stand out from the competition?

    How will you promote your hosting services?

    You don't have to answer these questions here, but they are areas that you will need to think seriously about. Also the more info you share with us the more we will be able to help you.

    We have some members who have more experience of this business than me, so hopefully they will share the benefit of their experience.



    [Moving thread to Online Business forum!]
     
  4. Sshadow

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    Actually GoDaddy does offer this http://www.godaddy.com/gdshop/wwd_landing.asp?ci=9057

    Thanks for moving this to the appropriate section. I enter into this venture knowing its a chance. I also am going to shop around a bit more before I decide. Regardless tho the yearly pricing of GoDaddy is very reasonable on its own. I have the money set aside already and considering the possibilities its worth it.

    I would also probably try to target the niche from my site/forum since that is where I am focusing my energy atm. More or less I am just wondering what kind of experience others here may have had with this. No matter who the host.
     
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    @Sshadow

    if i am not wrong i think u are new to field right

    godaddy.com sister website provide it

    http://www.wildwestdomains.com/

    this reseller planes are good for domain name reselling ...!

    if u want to start a web hosting ( selling web space )

    u need to choose the best

    There many web hosting provider who provide reseller webhosting...!
    for example
    www.HostGator.com
    www.MochaHost.com
    www.HostDime.com etc

    and if u want tension free ...u can choose resellerclub.com

    who offer web hosting + domain name reseller

    if u have question u can ask use freely
     
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    Webspace reselling is a very good business actually. When you're building your own site and trying to provide cheap hosting than you're hit with alot of customers. Make sure your site is upto date.

    However, as said the market is competitive but it's possible to make extra income when you can make your site reputed for web hosting.
     
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    Ok thanks, I guess it confused me that the plans were listed on a GoDaddy page. After looking closer I see your right. I will check out those links you gave me now and I may come back with more questions haha
     
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    Ok I have taken a look. Am I at all right that http://www.wildwestdomains.com/ while it seems focused on domains it does have hosting as well? From looking at the packages it looks like it does if I understand it right. It would be great if someone here had experience with them?
     
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    @Sshadow

    http://www.wildwestdomains.com/
    http://www.enom.com/
    http://www.resellerclub.com/
    are the most popular domain name reseller

    they even have web hosting reseller
    they are not up to mark except
    http://www.resellerclub.com/

    web hosting pricing per account is 3.15 $ upward for wildwest and enom

    but reseller club has 2.49$ which is pity good pricing

    and wildwest u have pay $199 every year ( 99$ for basic ....but the pricing is high )
    in enom and resellerclub no yearly payment (that is plus point of enom and reseller club)

    they all have there own plus pint and minus points

    like in resellerclub to get domain names cheaper price (7.89$ for .com ) u have Initial Funding of $2,999 ( which u can use )
    this is the same case for enom too u have pay ( 7.95$ for .com ) $6,995 or setup fee of $1,595 ( which u cant use )

    in wildwest ...every year u have pay 199$ ...to keep ur account active

    they cheap domain name pricing ( $7.29 for .com ) but there webhosting is costly compair to resellerclub

    for example if u sell .com for 8$ ...u need to sell at lest 1 domain name per day ....to just make profit of 60.15$ ( 8$ for .com because many domain name seller are selling it 8$ or below it )

    and hosting of wildwest ...3.15$ ....many popular web hosting providers are unlimited webhosting for 3.49$ onwards ....! if u want compete with them

    u need to sell @lest 2 hosting package perday ...! for not being in loss

    http://www.wildwestdomains.com/
    http://www.enom.com/
    http://www.resellerclub.com/

    all the 3 above have there own plus and minus point ...!

    and most important thing
    like fergal said
    The hosting market is very competitive and new entrants have to compete with large companies

    u need to have very solid knowledge of marketing and knowledge of market
    to get success in this market

    i have many friends ... had or havening webhosting company
    couple of my friend were not able to sell 1 hosting account per month

    if u want tension free
    then u can choose
    http://www.resellerspanel.com/

    or the best thing is to become a affiliated webhosting

    hostgator pays 125$ per account ( if u send 21 or more user to them ....if less u will get lesser commission payout )
     
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    Forgive me if I have scanned through too quickly but are you wanting to set up a reseller account to pay to host people's websites?
    If so be careful that you have adequate support from your host to cover security, backup, trouble shooting and support tickets.
    I do some hosting but mainly of my own sites as I don't want the time or responsibility of others. My reseller account is with hostgator and their support has been great. CHeck out what people are offering for webhosting and the prices and see whether you can establish it sustainably, whether you can offer added value such as cheap, simple websites and the like.
    You can make it work if you know who you are targeting.
    Another beware is what domains you are hosting. For example I am almost exclusively .com at present .com.au (in australia where I live) is just too much like hard work, too expensive and never as user friendly or easily supported as my hostgator account -in my experience.
     
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    Ok I think I have a better understanding now. Thank you guys. I think I will go with HostGator's beginner plan. It seems less complicated and I can get my feet wet for just $24.95 a month.
     
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    Many people use Godady.
     
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    Well I signed up for them and am beginning to read up and play around with it. I have a question. It would be especially nice if anyone who does use HostGator/Enom could reply. I signed up for the free Enom account that comes with the Hostgator reseller package. Now I went to read up on it and saw its only a retailers account and not a resellers. Does this mean that I will not be able to offer domains in anyway?
     
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    Congratulations and good luck with it. Please do let us know when you have started offering hosting services.

    Have you had a look through the http://www.enom.com/resellers/ web page? You could also try asking your question through HostGator's Live Chat facility. I've used them before and they are very helpful. Please do post back to update us, when you've got an answer.
     
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    Ok so here is a summary of my experience so far. I went with Hostgators beginners package for 24.95 a month. Now they offer a free account with Enom but it is NOT a resellers its a retailers. However in a few sentences you can find out how to get a resellers. Now there are 2 programs(for customer interface/shopping carts) that come with free licenses when you sign up with Hostgator WHMAutoPilot and WHMCS. I suggest WHMCS its more advanced and it DOES come with a free Enom AND Resellers Club Reseller account. I decided to go with Enom but you CAN do both. To actually start selling domains you do have to deposit a minimum of $100 but signing up this route is overall cheaper than if you just signed up with Enom in the beginning.

    So anyway its been a fun experience so far and I am almost ready to open to the public. Just finishing up my home page. Any comments on it are welcome. It has been kind of complicated because I wanted it to follow the theme of my forum. Anyway hope this helps someone out. Here is my page http://empireofshadows.com/home.html

    Edit - btw Enom support is very friendly and helpful.
     
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    Thanks for the update Sshadow and for sharing your experience with us. Sounds like you have learned a lot, since you first started with your plans to sell hosting. Please see a couple of comments on your site below;


    • The text / font size is a little too small to be comfortable for me, however that may not be true for many of your visitors.
    • The header image does not link back to your hosting home page. Linking it back would make navigation easier, e.g. from your features pages.
    Overall it looks great and I wish you the very best of luck with it.
     
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    Thanks Fergal I fixed the Banner link. The text you speak of is it the whole page? Or just the text in the Welcome area? The text in the actual package lists are supposed to be a bit bigger. Oh and the feature lists to they are linked to the same size as the welcome area.

    Edit - Also for Search Engine reasons I decided to keep my Hosting pages on http://empirehostings.com then when ready to go to our shop it will take them over to http://empireofshadows.com/shop. I have heard search engines don't like redirects so I figured I could get a better listing that way.
     
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    You know Hostgator customers sites already down start! I red that on some forums! You should Search on google with : "Hostgator SCAM" or "Hostgator down" -You will get maximum results....!
     
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    I understood less than half of that. Regardless of what people "hear" I know from experience that Hostgator has quality hosting. Not to mention I have already paid.
     
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    All of the text looks a little small to me. It's not tiny or anything, I just feel that it would be more comfortable to read if it was one or two points larger.


    Are you concerned that some people might remember the site name as "empirehosting", i.e. without the "s" on the end, and look for that?
     

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