Best Reseller Web Hosting Of 2021 – Forbes Advisor – Forbes

Top 5 Best Resellers of 2021

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DreamHost

DreamHost

DreamHost

Why We Picked It

DreamHost is a powerful website hosting service that offers a ton of website building, hosting and cloud storage possibilities. Although it doesn’t offer a tailored reseller program, it allows everyone who has an active account to resell websites if they choose to do so. For this reason, resellers with DreamHost can independently manage their reselling businesses and get paid directly.

In addition to web hosting, DreamHost offers website building and design. If you’re just getting started, this is a great way to learn how to make a website look good and offer well-designed and functional websites to your customers.

Who Should Use It: This is a great service for people just getting started in the reselling game and need a service that’s easy to use with lots of customer support.

Pros & Cons

  • Control over pricing as a reseller
  • Annual plans at lower prices
  • Free domain registration when you sign up for one-year or three-year plans
  • Cloud storage plans
  • Resellers have to handle the administrative needs for clients themselves
  • No panel customization

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HostGator

HostGator

Introductory offer

for Aluminum plan at $19.95/month

HostGator

Introductory offer

for Aluminum plan at $19.95/month

Why We Picked It

HostGator is a great service to use in order to set up a reseller business that makes you passive income. When you sign up as a reseller, you get access to WHMCS—this client management software makes signing up new clients and billing them so much easier. You have control over the business and branding, but HostGator provides all of the administrative support that can be difficult to set up for new business owners.

HostGator has three reseller plans: Aluminum, Copper and Silver. The differences come in the bandwidth and storage available, but all plans provide you with unlimited websites. Starting with the Aluminum plan at $19.95 a month allows you to start small and see where your reseller business goes. Whether you’re an individual or part of an agency that offers web design services, it’s very easy to scale up with HostGator.

Who Should Use It: HostGator is the best for individuals and businesses that provide a lot of different services because HostGator helps with client management and customer service.

Pros & Cons

  • Free WHMCS (for client management and billing) with all reseller plans
  • Technical support to clients
  • Spam prevention for email servers
  • Only 60 GB of disk space for starter plan

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A2 Hosting

A2 Hosting

A2 Hosting

Why We Picked It

A2 Hosting has eight reseller plans available, with some tailored to those just starting out and others targeted to high-level website domain resellers. Plans are broken down into four major categories: Kickstart, Launch, Grow and Scale. All of these are available in standard or turbo plans. A2 Hosting truly serves clients across the spectrum of web hosting businesses. You can be an individual just getting started, or a large company that’s looking to grow its profits through website hosting and reselling.

Customer reviews for A2 Hosting mention the speed at which customer service answers them. When you’re hosting websites and dealing with customers as a reseller, this is absolutely essential. Individuals and companies handling a high volume of clients would benefit from this speed. The majority of A2’s reseller packages include free WHMCS for client management, but you can also choose to purchase a yearly WHMCS license to get more functionality and include your branding as well. Companies and agencies who can pay for the turbo reseller options will get the most out of A2 Hosting because it offers the NVMe interface for storage.

Who Should Use It: Resellers managing a high number of clients will find a lot to love with A2 Hosting.

Pros & Cons

  • NVMe interface (available in turbo plans) has much lower latency
  • Free domain migration
  • Turbo plans promise better SEO rankings and conversion rates
  • Introductory plans for resellers only offer Blesta Billing

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Liquid Web

Liquid Web

Liquid Web

Why We Picked It

Liquid Web’s reseller plans have high-volume clients in mind, so it’s more expensive than the other options on this list. One of the big components is that all plans include a WHMCS license in them. The free version works, but having a license means you can take on more clients and include your branding in the client services and communication. Their servers are currently only available in the U.S. and the EU. Liquid Web offers tailored e-commerce hosting for resellers. In general, there are a lot of options for resellers who want to serve specific industries.

In addition to Dedicated IP and VPS and WordPress hosting, its Enterprise Hosting plans are ideal for companies with high volumes of sensitive or confidential data that they need to store and have access to. If you’re looking to get into reselling in a highly professional, high volume manner, Liquid Web provides all of those tools upfront.

Who Should Use It: Liquid Web is best for individuals and companies who are already familiar with reselling and want to scale up their web hosting business.

Pros & Cons

  • Free WHMCS license, which gives you the ability to customize packages for clients and use your branding
  • DDoS attack protection
  • 5 TB of bandwidth
  • Quick responses from live chat and support
  • Not great for beginners
  • No money-back guarantee
  • Not the cheapest option

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Hostwinds

Hostwinds

Basic plan

starts at $5.24 per month

Hostwinds

Basic plan

starts at $5.24 per month

Why We Picked It

Hostwinds works well for resellers just getting started, but the more clients you sign on, the more you save. Hostwind offers the most affordable plan we found, which is perfect for resellers starting out.

Since all plans include unlimited bandwidth and disk space, a reseller who’s starting small can scale up their business easily. This is also great for agencies that want to find ways to provide more services to their clients: Hostwinds means you can add website hosting and design quickly and easily without breaking the bank.

Hostwinds offers products that make it easy for beginners such as cPanel, so you can manage your clients accounts with no interference, and Softaculous Auto-installer, so your reseller clients can install popular applications on their websites. Finally, you have access to Weebly, which gives you the ability to design websites with no need to have prior coding knowledge.

Who Should Use It: Hostwinds is an affordable reseller service that is great for beginners.

Pros & Cons

  • Unlimited disk space and bandwidth on all plans
  • Complimentary website transferring for client domains
  • Easy upgrades
  • Unlimited domains only offered with Ultimate plan
  • No WHMCS

Methodology

We gathered data on the top reseller services and created a shortlist of 10. We looked at user reviews and feedback from the Better Business Bureau, G2, HostAdvice and TrustPilot. We also compared the bandwidth and storage availability of all for these services.

We also considered affordability, customer service, reseller-specific features, and more. All of these scores were individually weighted based on how important these sub-criteria are for the overall success of a reseller service.

When picking a reseller service, you should think about what it provides with regard to how large you want your reseller business to be and how much website management you want the web hosting company to do for you.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is reseller web hosting?

A reseller buys domains from a web hosting service and sells them to other businesses and people who need to have websites. You provide the websites to people who need them at a price that you determine. You can build a business as a freelancer or use reselling as an agency providing web design services.

What is the difference between reseller web hosting and a referral program?

A reseller business means you are subcontracting web hosting to your own clients. You own the domains through your contract with the web hosting service, and your clients buy the ability to have a website from you. Many companies that offer reseller services also have referral or affiliate programs. This means that you can refer clients to a web hosting service, and you’ll receive a referral bonus when they sign up. This is better for people who don’t have the time to host a reseller business, but the income is a lot less consistent.

How do I manage clients as a reseller?

It depends on which reseller service you choose. Many web hosts let you have access to WHMCS, which provides client services such as onboarding and invoicing. Others manage it themselves, or let you manage it yourself. In general, you will have a central place where you can keep track of clients, payments, websites and domains. However, most resellers let you include your own branding.

How does a reseller add value?

Resellers can provide expert advice from a human perspective. They also can help clients with custom web hosting plans, which web hosters don’t always have the capacity to do.