Reseller Hosting

Reseller hosting is exactly what it sounds like—buying and reselling a web hosting provider services to 3rd party clients. The service is very popular among website designers and web developers who, in addition to their direct services of designing websites for their clients, can also provide their clients web hosting services often under their own brand. This helps web designers and developers increase the value-added part of their services and, potentially, improve the loyalty of their client base.

Top-15 Reseller Web Hosting Plan Rankings

To help small business owners better select the best web hosting reseller plans we have analyzed web hosting services offered by 60 web hosting companies in the US and determined that 23 of such web hosting companies do offer reseller [aka “agency”] plans.  We have conducted comprehensive side-by-side comparison of 85 reseller plans offered by these 23 providers and picked Top-15 in three different Groups by size of offered web hosting storage, including:

  • Group #1:  Storage of 20-50GB,
  • Group #2:  Storage of 60-100GB, and
  • Group #3:  Storage of 120GB to Unlimited

The Top-15 plans shown below have been ranked on the basis of 2 key criteria:  (1) reseller plan’s long-term [3-year] cost per month and (2) web hosting provider’s customer review rankings.  These two criteria were given equal weight [50/50] to come up with a relative ranking with 100 the highest and 0 the lowest [shown in the tables below].

#1 Reseller Web Hosting Plans from Groups #1, #2, and #3

Group #Technical Specification
Storage | Bandwidth
Chosen Reseller Hosting ProviderHosting Plan3-Year Avg. Monthly Price ($/mo)Action
Group #120-50GB |
100GB-Unlimited
Freelancer$11.66Visit WebhostingBuzz
Group #260-100GB |
300GB-Unlimited
Gold$28.01Visit NameHero
Group #3120GB-Unlimited | 600GB-UnlimitedBasic$26.69Visit HostWinds
The Top Reseller Web Hosting Providers are chosen by the WebHostingColumns.com staff based on comprehensive analysis of all relevant factors.
Please note, the Chosen Reseller Hosting Providers may change as key factors, included in the side-by-side comparison do change over time.


Top-15 Reseller Web Hosting Provider Plans for Group #1

[Group #1 Technical Specs:  Storage 20-50GB; Bandwidth 100GB-Unlimited]

RankReseller HostHosting Plan3-Year Avg. Monthly Price ($/mo)Our Score1Action
#1Freelance$11.6698Visit WebHostingBuzz
#2Silver$21.2196Visit NameHero
#3Nebula$36.9594Visit NameCheap
#4Linux: Bronze$27.9488Visit AccuWeb
#5Basic$30.5786Visit KnownHost
#6GrowBig$37.8486Visit SiteGround
#7Standard$35.5785Visit KnownHost
#8Windows: Bronze$45.9485Visit AccuWeb
#9GoGeek$49.1784Visit SiteGround
#10Bronze$12.9977Visit HawkHost
#11Silver$25.9975Visit HawkHost
#12Cloud$118.9571Visit SiteGround
#13Bronze$48.9466Visit HostPapa
#14Small$45.5757Visit A Small Orange
#15Medium$56.2255Visit Small Orange
Note (1): WebHostingColumns.com Score is based on two parameters: (a) 3-year average monthly cost and (b) web hosting provider customer reviews from 6 most reputable independent sources with each parameter given an equal weight [i.e. prices and customer reviews are weighed 50/50] to come up with our own Final Score

Top-15 Reseller Web Hosting Provider Plans for Group #2

[Group #2 Technical Specs:  Storage 60-100GB; Bandwidth 300GB-Unlimited]

RankReseller HostHosting Plan3-Year Avg. Monthly Price ($/mo)Our Score1Action
#1Gold$28.0199Visit NameHero
#2Platinum$35.6698Visit NameHero
#3SOHO$21.6696Visit WebHostingBuzz
#4Diamond$56.9295Visit NameHero
#5Agency$31.6694Visit WebHostingBuzz
#6Galaxy Expert$58.0393Visit NameCheap
#7Linux: Silver$38.9489Visit AccuWeb
#8Professional$43.9187Visit KnownHost
#9RH-25$28.6484Visit GreenGeeks
#10RH-50$38.3182Visit GreenGeeks
#11Windows: Silver$86.6381Visit AccuWeb
#12R-1000S$27.1278Visit InMotion
#13Gold$45.9974Visit HawkHosting
#14Silver$58.9467Visit HostPapa
#15Aluminum$29.9561Visit Host Gator
Note (1): WebHostingColumns.com Score is based on two parameters: (a) 3-year average monthly cost and (b) web hosting provider customer reviews from 6 most reputable independent sources with each parameter given an equal weight [i.e. prices and customer reviews are weighed 50/50] to come up with our own Final Score

Top-15 Reseller Web Hosting Provider Plans for Group #3

[Group #3 Technical Specs:  Storage 120GB-Unlimited; Bandwidth 600GB-Unlimited]

RankReseller HostHosting Plan3-Year Avg. Monthly Price ($/mo)Our Score1Action
#1Basic [Caveats]2$26.6999Visit HostWinds
#2Ultimate$27.1998Visit HostWinds
#3Advanced$28.5298Visit HostWinds
#4Enterprise$41.6691Visit WebHostingBuzz
#5Universe Pro$70.6786Visit NameCheap
#6Linux: Gold$60.9481Visit AccuWeb
#7Premium$64.7479Visit KnownHost
#8Plan #4$73.1978Visit AccuWeb
#9Linux: Platinum$74.2777Visit AccuWeb
#10R-2000S$33.7977Visit InMotion
#11RH-80$56.9876Visit GreenGeeks
#12R-3000S$52.4172Visit InMotion
#13Reseller VPS$64.9968Visit InMotion
#14Starter$78.9565Visit MyTrueHost
#15Small Building$126.9062Visit AccuWeb
Note (1): WebHostingColumns.com Score is based on two parameters: (a) 3-year average monthly cost and (b) web hosting provider customer reviews from 6 most reputable independent sources with each parameter given an equal weight [i.e. prices and customer reviews are weighed 50/50] to come up with our own Final Score.
Note (2): A caveat that is important to take into account for this plan is that it allows to host ONLY 1 website / domain—scroll down below to see more “Caveats” about our Top-15 rankings in general.


Top-15 Rankings: Caveats

When selecting which Reseller web hosting plan to pick for your business we must draw your attention to a few important considerations that have not been reflected in the above Top-15 rankings.  Such considerations may have a direct impact on what you will and will not be able to offer to your own customers and the size of potential profits you could generate from the web hosting resale business.

Caveats

Number of hosted domains / websitesThe main purpose for signing up for a web hosting Reseller plan is to, well, be able to resell web hosting services under your own Brand to as many of your own clients as possible. This makes the maximum number of domains / websites you can host under different plans a pretty important consideration. Here are some statistics you should keep in mind: out of the 85 Reseller web hosting plans we have analyzed:

—Only 44 explicitly specified the number of domains / websites you can host,
—Of these 44 hosting plans 28 offer an Unlimited number of websites / domain you can host,
—Another 9 hosting plans offer hosting of 50 to 500 domains, and
—2 hosting plans offer only 1 and 4 domains that can be hosted: HostWinds Basic [1] and HostWinds Advanced [4]. These two Reseller plans are ranked #1 and #3 respectively [see Top-15 for the Group #3 above] because the rankings are based on the overall monthly Cost and web hosting provider’s Customer Reviews. But if re-calculated on a per-domain basis even a relatively low cost may not be the best choice for your business.

For whatever reason 41 Reseller web hosting plans do not specify how many website / domains Resellers can host. Thus it is important that before you make a final selection you should contact Customer Service of the narrowed-down web hosting providers to learn how many domains / websites you can host.

Number of included cPanel / Plesk control panel accountsAs you may know cPanel for Linux and Plesk for Windows are two most popular webhosting control panels out there. Similarly to the number of domains / websites it is also important to understand how many cPanel / Plesk accounts you will get as part of the Reseller hosting plan you choose.

—Some Reseller hosting plans offer the number of cPanel accounts equal to the number of websites / domains you can host. This means that if each one of your clients have only 1 website / domain, they can each have their own cPanel / Plesk control panel.
—Some hosting plans have a lot more domains / websites you can host than the number of cPanel accounts included as part of the overall monthly cost. For example: the #1 and #2 ranked NameHero Gold and Platinum hosting plans [see the Top-15 Rankings for Group #2 above] both offer Unlimited number of domains / websites you can host, but only 60 and 80 cPanel accounts respectively.

In such cases you could grant cPanels to those clients who host multiple websites / domains with you [one cPanel can accommodate tens or hundreds of websites]. Some of your clients may not even need a cPanel. But whatever the situation is you just need to be aware of this caveat and take it into account when picking the plan that is best for your business.

Number of included SSL certificatesMost Reseller hosting plans explicitly specify that Secure Socket Layer [SSL] certificates, which nowadays is a must for any website, are included in the quoted monthly price. However 1/3 of all analyzed hosting plans fail to mention whether SSL certificates are included or not as part of the price.

For those hosting plans that do not include FREE SSL certificates for all websites you will be hosting for your clients, you or your clients will need to pay for certificates separately, which will increase the overall monthly cost and should be included as part of your plan selection consideration.

Cost of the WHMCS or Blesta Billing SystemPart of the Reseller web hosting business is the need to bill your clients for your hosting services, depending on the features and attributes of your own hosting plans that you’ll offer your clients and based on what each of your clients will choose as a hosting plan.

Two most popular Reseller hosting billing systems are WHMCS and Blesta. As many as 46 [or 54%] of the 85 Reseller hosting plans we have analyzed explicitly include WHMCS or Blesta as part of their monthly prices. Considering such Billing Systems represent a pretty significant cost we have included $18.95 per month cost to all Reseller hosting plans that did not explicitly specify that such Billing Systems are part of their pricing.

When making a final selection you may need to verify if some providers do include such Billing Systems into their plans and simply failed to mention this in their plan descriptions. Or, if they are not, if they might have a special discounted rate, lower than the retail price of $18.95/mo that you could take advantage of.

Number of included IP AddressesThe vast majority [or 64 out of 85 analyzed Reseller hosting plans] in their hosting plan descriptions fail to mention how many IP addresses are included as part of the offered plans.

Those who do mention it explicitly either do not include any IP address [4 plans], or include 1-3 IP addresses and three hosting plans offer 10-30 IP addresses.

FREE Website MigrationSimilarly to all other important criteria above FREE support in helping to migrate your existing client website to a new Reseller hosting plan is an important consideration. It could affect the timing and cost of the migration and, critically, the seamlessness of the migration for your existing clients.

Only 27 Reseller hosting plans explicitly mention that FREE migration of your existing websites is included as part of the contract. A couple of providers put a limit to the number of websites they are willing to migrate for FREE at 20 or 30. But the vast majority of the plans [58 out of 85] fail to mention this important consideration in their plan descriptions.

White Label HostingThe final caveat we wanted to highlight is the White Label aspect of the various Reseller plans. White Label is basically an ability to put your own Brand on your hosting plans that you’ll be offering to your clients. If your clients will believe that they are using your business own hosting services they might be more loyal and more appreciative of your business. If they’ll know that the hosting service they are using is provided by another provider, they:

(a) might be less loyal to and appreciative of your business,
(b) might feel that you are taking advantage of them by re-selling them / marking up someone else’s services, and
(c) might be tempted to find out if they can get a better deal on the web hosting services directly from the web hosting provider whose Brand they see in their hosting control panel [or shop around for a lower price elsewhere].

The good news is that 47 Reseller hosting plans explicitly specify that their services are “White Label”, i.e. your clients will see your Brand and not the Brand of the web hosting provider in their control panels. Two more plans explicitly specify that they are not White Label. And 36 Reseller hosting plans fail to mention this important aspect of their offered service one way of the other. This is something you shall find out from their Customer Service when making the final Reseller plan selection depending on how important this aspect is to your hosting services add-on.
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