Important Considerations for Reseller Hosting

Now that you are familiar with both the advantages and disadvantages of purchasing a reseller hosting package, it’s time to put everything together before making your decision. By taking this extra time now to make sure this type of hosting plan is right for you, you can save a lot of time and expense in the future.

Do I Want to Sell Extra Space on My Server? If you are purchasing a reseller plan just to make sure that you have enough space on your site, you may find that you need to sell this extra space to help cover the monthly fees. If you don’t plan to sell this space, you may be better served by purchasing a dedicated server or dedicated hosting plan to get the space you need.

Do I Really Need This Much Space? While the amount of space and data transfer limits make reselling plans very attractive to many site owners, it is important to make sure that this is something that is truly necessary to justify the extra expense.

Do you really need 5000 megs of disk space? If you plan on running a simple site, or you don’t plan to host a lot of data on your server, the obvious answer is no. Many people feel that they need to purchase a lot of space, without realizing that their site many not really need quite that much additional disk space.

If you currently have a website, you can use your current disk space usage to calculate how much space you really need and how quickly your site grew in this area. If you are completely new to hosting, it can be more difficult to judge just how much space you really need. A general disk space guideline for a business or informational site is around 250 to 500 megs, depending on the amount of data you will need to have on your server. Keep in mind that customer databases can quickly grow, so you don’t want to underbuy either.

Can I Provide Customer Service if I do Resell Space? This is something that will need to be considered in depth before making your decision. If you plan on reselling space on your account, you simply must provide customer service and technical support for these customers. This can quickly eat up the majority of your time, especially if you are not intending on starting your own hosting company, so make sure that you are fully aware of all of the implications that come with selling space before you get in too deep with your customers.

These are just some of the more important considerations you will need to make before actually purchasing any server space. Each company and site owner will have different needs and different areas of concern. Take the time now to plan out what you plan to do with your site now and in the future, and you will be able to rest easy knowing that you have made a well educated and well planned decision.

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