Are you feeling a little confused by the different types of website services and web hosting plans? If so, don’t feel bad, you’re not alone. With hundreds and hundreds of web companies competing for your business with thousands of different web hosting plans, things can get pretty confusing pretty quickly. Add to that all of the “technical geek” terms like bandwidth, GB, and DNS and it’s easy to see how someone who just wants to start an online business and make money online can get easily discouraged.
As your online business grows, your Web hosting needs will increase and become more complex. Free and inexpensive web hosting plans may have been fine in the startup phase of your online business, but if your website is starting to feel sluggish as it continues to grow and you get more website traffic, you may need to start looking at beefing up your Web server. Think of this list as the progression of the type of hosting plans and services a growing online business can consider.
Your website is hosted on a server shared by other websites. The advantage of this setup is the shared cost. You can pay as little as per month for sharing a super server with (probably) hundreds of other websites.
The biggest disadvantage of a shared hosting account is that you’re at the mercy of the other sites on your server. A really popular site may adversely affect the performance of your own site. On the other hand, if you’re the most popular site on the server, you get to use a super server for a very low price. Shared hosting is good for brochure-ware or getting your feet wet.
Reseller hosting packages is basically a shared hosting account with extra tools to help you resell hosting space. Reseller packages come with greater technical control (often via the Web Host Manager (WHM) control panel), billing software to help you invoice clients and other extra perks.
Some of those perks include:
free website templates
white label technical support — that means the hosting company handles your clients’ tech support issues
private name servers — make your company seem even bigger by telling your clients to point their domain name-servers to ns1.yourwebdesignfirm.com
Price range: Reseller packages range depending on features and resource limits. If you’re interested in making money as a web hosting affiliate you’ll want to check out this article on how to make money with affiliate marketing.
Reseller Web Hosting
Cloud Based Web Hosting refers to a fairly new hosting technology that lets hundreds of individual servers work together so that it looks like one giant server. The idea is that as the need grows, the hosting company can just add more commodity hardware to make an ever larger grid or cloud. The advantage of cloud-based web hosting is that if you get an unusually large amount of website traffic the web hosting plan can accommodate the surge of traffic – rather than shutting your website down. Price Range: All grid computing packages use some form of pay-for-what-you-use pricing structure.