Hosting: What are Multi-Domain and Reseller Plans?

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Many web developers and agencies choose to handle hosting for their clients. This provides a number of benefits to both parties:
  • Few clients understand the implications of hosting — that’s why they hired you!
  • Clients are less likely to break their systems if you have control of DNS, databases and email.
  • Charging fees above the actual hosting cost provides a regular income.
  • The client has less reason to go elsewhere.
  • You have more leverage in the event a client fails to pay bills.
  • You could consider offering hosting services to anyone — not just your own clients.
Of course, it may not be as practical or lucrative as you expect…
  • Hosting can become a full-time job. Few developers want to spend their days configuring systems.
  • The service becomes your responsibility. Be prepared for 3am support calls when someone can’t access their email.
  • Any profits can be wiped out if you encounter hosting or support issues.
Presuming you’re willing to live with the potential risks, hosts such as SiteGround provide useful facilities to manage multiple client accounts on shared, dedicated and cloud-based hosting plans.

Multi-Domain Plans

Most hosting plans allow you to point more than one domain at a single account. This could be as basic as the www and non-www URLs or a range of different domains used for the same site. This is often referred to as “domain parking”. You can also purchase plans which allow you to run multiple websites from the same hosting account. For example, resolves to a folder while resolves to Each folder contains separate sites or applications. This type of set-up can be useful when you have a handful of smaller sites which require basic hosting. You would not want to grant a client access to that area but it may be more cost-effective than multiple accounts.

Reseller Plans

Reseller plans are designed to help developers maintain their customers websites. They can also be used by:
  • larger organisations with a range of websites and applications
  • smaller hosting companies who white-label and resell the hosting plans of another.
  • freelancers and creative professionals who run their own projects
Services vary but you are typically allocated a large chunk of disk space. Systems such as WHM then allow you to distribute this space among a number of separate accounts which are given their own separate cPanel configuration system. You have full control over each account and the cost per site will inevitably reduce as further accounts are added.

Is a Reseller Plan Right For You?

The majority of hosts offer some level of multi-domain management. If you run a single website or application, a standard account should provide facilities to manage multiple primary domains and sub-domains. Reseller plans are likely to appeal to SitePoint readers because we’re normally working on multiple projects. It’s a practical option since the cost rarely exceeds the total for a handful of individual hosting accounts. Whether you choose to offer hosting to clients on a permanent basis is another matter. The temptation of a little extra profit can be quickly offset by the burden of additional support. You may find it preferable to recommend a host such as SiteGround but leave day-to-day operations to the experts!

Frequently Asked Questions about Multi-Domain Reseller Hosting Plans

What is a multi-domain reseller hosting plan?

A multi-domain reseller hosting plan is a type of web hosting service that allows you to host multiple domains under one single account. This is particularly beneficial for businesses that manage multiple websites or for individuals who want to start their own web hosting company. With this plan, you can allocate different resources to each domain, manage all domains from a single dashboard, and provide each client with their own access to their website.

How does multi-domain hosting differ from regular hosting?

Unlike regular hosting where you can only host a single domain, multi-domain hosting allows you to host multiple websites under one account. This means you can manage all your websites from a single control panel, making it easier and more efficient. Additionally, multi-domain hosting is often more cost-effective as you only pay for one hosting plan instead of multiple ones.

What are the benefits of using a multi-domain reseller hosting plan?

Multi-domain reseller hosting plans offer several benefits. Firstly, they provide a cost-effective solution for managing multiple websites. Secondly, they allow for easy management of all your websites from a single control panel. Thirdly, they offer scalability, allowing you to easily add more domains as your business grows. Lastly, they provide each of your clients with their own access to their website, giving them the freedom to manage their own content.

How can I choose the best multi-domain reseller hosting plan?

When choosing a multi-domain reseller hosting plan, consider factors such as the number of domains you can host, the amount of storage and bandwidth provided, the level of customer support, and the price. Also, look for features like email accounts, SSL certificates, and website builders. Reading reviews and comparing different hosting providers can also help you make an informed decision.

Can I upgrade my multi-domain reseller hosting plan as my business grows?

Yes, most hosting providers offer scalable plans that allow you to upgrade your hosting package as your business grows. This means you can start with a basic plan and move to a more advanced one as you add more domains and need more resources.

Is technical knowledge required to use a multi-domain reseller hosting plan?

While some technical knowledge can be beneficial, most multi-domain reseller hosting plans come with a user-friendly control panel that makes it easy to manage your websites. Additionally, many hosting providers offer 24/7 customer support to assist you with any technical issues.

What is the difference between shared hosting and reseller hosting?

Shared hosting is a type of web hosting where multiple websites share the same server resources. On the other hand, reseller hosting allows you to sell hosting services to other people, essentially allowing you to run your own web hosting company. With reseller hosting, you can create individual hosting accounts for each of your clients.

Can I provide my clients with their own control panel access?

Yes, with a multi-domain reseller hosting plan, you can provide each of your clients with their own control panel access. This allows them to manage their own website content, while you maintain overall control of the hosting account.

Is a multi-domain reseller hosting plan suitable for a small business?

Yes, a multi-domain reseller hosting plan can be an excellent choice for a small business, especially if you manage multiple websites. It provides a cost-effective solution and allows for easy management of all your websites from a single control panel.

What kind of support can I expect from my hosting provider?

The level of support can vary between different hosting providers. However, most providers offer 24/7 customer support via phone, email, or live chat. Some providers also offer a knowledge base or FAQ section on their website where you can find answers to common questions.

Craig BucklerCraig Buckler
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Craig is a freelance UK web consultant who built his first page for IE2.0 in 1995. Since that time he's been advocating standards, accessibility, and best-practice HTML5 techniques. He's created enterprise specifications, websites and online applications for companies and organisations including the UK Parliament, the European Parliament, the Department of Energy & Climate Change, Microsoft, and more. He's written more than 1,000 articles for SitePoint and you can find him @craigbuckler.

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