Shared hosting and dedicated hosting are simple, understandable hosting types. However, reseller hosting leaves many confused. You will, however, not be able to figure out if your website is being hosted using reseller web hosting or shared hosting. The experience is similar.
What is reseller hosting? When a web host buys a large amount of space and high bandwidth from a hosting company and goes on to host several websites for other people, it I known as reseller web-hosting. The web host here is ‘re-selling’ the hosting services to third party. In conventional web hosting, there are two parties involved, whereas in reseller hosting, there are three: the hosting company selling web space in bulk, the smaller host who further sells the web space in smaller chunks, and the websites being hosted by the smaller host.
Why do website owners go for the smaller host when they can hire the services of the bigger hosting company? Actually, the bigger hosting companies offer web space in bulk which the websites cannot afford. The small host provides the requisite amount of bandwidth and space to the customers. It is important to note that the services are still provided by the bigger company. Thus, the small host provides quality services and advanced features at prices the customers can afford.
Who are the hosts who ‘re-sell’ the hosting services? The ‘middle’ hosts can be any of the following:
- Companies that are starting as web hosts.
- Growing hosting companies whose customer-base is increasing
- Customers who need to run several websites but are not keen on going for a dedicated server.
Reseller hosting seems to work well for websites as it offers services of the highest quality.