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Reseller hosting is a form of web hosting wherein the account owner has the ability to use his/her allotted hard drive space and bandwidth to host websites on behalf of third parties. The reseller purchases the host's services wholesale and then sells them to customers for a profit. A certain portion of hard drive and bandwidth is allocated to the reseller account.

A reseller is responsible for interfacing with his/her own customer base, but any hardware, software and connectivity problems are typically forwarded to the server provider from whom the reseller plan was purchased. It should be noted that being a profitable reseller firm usually involves extensive advertising to get customers. While the monthly fees with major hosts are only a few dollars a month, it's a low margin business, and resellers must devote large advertising budgets to compete with established competitors.

Resellers can set up and manage customer accounts via a web interface, usually point and click "Control Panels."

Well-known Control Panels List:

  • Cortex Provisioning System (Windows)
  • WHM/cPanel (Unix)(Windows version coming soon)
  • Reseller Hosting (Unix)
  • Plesk (Windows/Unix)
  • DirectAdmin
  • Webmin (Unix)
  • Ensim Pro (Windows/Unix)
  • Helm (Windows)
  • Hsphere (A Complete single Control Panel for Linux & Windows)
Multi Tiered Reselling Hosting

The idea of leveraging a reseller stragegy from the bulleted list of hosting control panels was limited in the sense that it only provided server owners or server renters the ability to resell at one level. This meant that the server owner could sell reseller hosting to many resellers or business owners but that particular business reseller client could only provide hosting to end users.

Commercial software products such as ZamFoo became available, which added two extra tiers of reselling have emerged to address problems of scalability and introduce multiple tiers of reseller hosting. Two extra tiers of reseller capabilities were created by ZamFoo the ZamFoo software suite. These two extra tiers allow server owners or root users to provide reseller capabilities to other businesses which allow further businesses to services to end users.These tiered hosting reseller software applications, such as ZamFoo, are plugins that can be added to all of the hosting automation software applications mentioned in the bulleted list.

Terms such as 'Master Reseller' and 'Alpha Master Reseller' were born to describe the tier/level of the business reseller hosting the service provider offers and where they fit into the account chain ownership order.

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