Disadvantages of Reseller Hosting

While there are many advantages to having a reseller hosting plan for your website, there are also some disadvantages that you will need to be aware of before making your decision.

Cost ’ If you are planning on running a small site that does not require a lot of features or resources, purchasing a reseller plan may be overkill for your business. While it is nice to know that you have the extra space available to you, if you don’t plan to sell this space or use most of it, you will be spending extra money that could go to other areas of your business.

Responsibility ’ This area is of particular concern for business that don’t necessarily want to run a hosting company, but need to sell space to pay for their server. If you are selling hosting packages, you will need to be able to provide support for your new customers. Reseller plans do not typically include customer support for your clients, only for you. If you don’t have the time or resources to devote to providing necessary support, both technical and customer service, you would not be well served by purchasing a reseller plan and selling the additional space.

In addition to worrying about providing service for other customers, you will have the added responsibility of administering your own site. Being a reseller means that most hosting companies expect you to be able to take care of yourself and they may not offer a level of customer service that you need.

If you don’t have the time to spend answering customer service questions from both your web hosting clients and your regular clients, this can create a problem that will quickly snowball out of control. It’s much too easy to create a bad name for yourself by getting in over your head than it is to play it safe if you have never tried running a web hosting business.

Too Many Features ’ If you are only planning on running a basic website, you most likely will not need all of the extra features that are offered with reseller plans. If you don’t plan to use an application or a feature within the next year on your website, than this is a feature that you should not have to pay extra to have, “just in case.” Don’t fall into the trap of might needing, when you may not ever use a feature.

Difficulty ’ If you are not well versed in running your own site, chances are, having to deal with more features and control panels may not be a good option for you. It can be difficult to learn how to administer a site at a reseller level and many site owners do not have the time to learn how to do this quickly.

The most important thing to remember is to first plan your site thoroughly to see what you will need now and in the future, and then find a plan that will suit these needs without going overboard.

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Posted on 12/14/05 3:08 PM

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