Reliable web space hosts are highly sought after in an industry fraught with unscrupulous characters. Reseller web hosting plans are designed to offer customers a variety of options beginning with low bandwidth options to high end plans tailor made for high traffic and data usage packages.
Small scale clients signing up for the cheapest packages typically encounter many restrictions to their accounts.
In such cases, files can be uploaded using File Transfer Protocol (FTP), with limited processing by the web-space provider. High end users are usually large corporations with big budgets and complex data handling needs. The service providers host various types of files on their servers and these include hosts’ files (not web pages), images, videos, blogs, shopping cart software and e-mail.
Most providers run their systems under the Linux operating system with an Apache Web server, a MySQL database and PHP scripting language. This combination is called LAMP, and is particularly popular because there are no software license fees involved. Some web applications such as Active Server Pages (ASP or ASP.NET) which link to the Microsoft Access database are more suitable for a Microsoft Windows server, however, more licensing entails. Nowadays there are also opportunities to use ASP on a Linux server.
Resellers of web-space services tap into the technical skills of the data center operator, thus allowing non-technical individuals and firms to enter into this business. The maintenance work of the server infrastructure is the responsibility of server operators. Resellers focus on formulating attractive packages for their customer base, although any technical glitches on the host infrastructure equally affects the resellers.
Firms keen on reselling web-space packages must therefore select reliable server providers to avoid problems with their customers. The reliability of a server provider is usually measured by the system up-time percentages annually. The downtime information for scheduled system maintenance is normally provided upfront by server operators. Downtime which results in the unavailability of customers’ websites is a major issue and resellers demand reliability in this regard to keep their customers happy.
The greatest expense for these agents entails huge advertising bills in a bid to secure customers. Some resellers lure individuals to their offers by providing them with free websites with the hope of signing them for the paid packages later on. Reseller web hosting accounts tend to vary in their resources and capabilities, some boast of their very own virtual dedicated server to a colocated server. But the majority of agents offer plans that are largely similar to their provider’s.