1. Check resellerspanel
No WHMCS. Bu they have custom billing options and cover all expenses for billing, support etc. Recommended service.
2. Resellercluster- I don't know much about them
3. Byethost-I don't know much about them
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Thanks Unfortunately none of them are suitable as they all require to use their templates and stuff. I think I will be forced to go for ResellerClub with the WHMCS addon. Or get a standard reseller package.
Is there any reason in particular why you are looking for pay as you go web hosting? I think in the long run you are going to be selling your-self short, not to mention the only types of companies I see offering those types of services are usually overselling (which means you are going to be selling web hosting on an overcrowded server). Just my two cents
Oh I know, Vinayak, but in the same way pre-paying is totally different to having a set monthly cost. Putting $XXX into an 'escrow' is fine, it still leaves me with no monthly overheads. Paying per month means I have to sell X amount to make a return, paying for what I sell is way less risky.
If you are getting into a business, overheads are going to be there. As I previously said reselling domains and reselling hosting are quite different.
Since you will be running it as your own business, with your own plans, pricing and billing. Search for a reputed low cost provider, get the smallest account that you can afford for few months and upgrade as and when required.
I am not sure how much of homework have you done and if you have created a business plan or not. In your OP you mentioned WHMCS, now either you are going to buy an owned license or you are going to lease it monthly. If leasing monthly then you definitely have a monthly overhead of USD 13 to 16 depending on from where you get it. Instead have a look at reseller offers section where you can get a reseller account for that much with free WHMCS, end user support, domain reseller account and various other goodies. This way you can start your venture around the cost of monthly WHMCS lease and that also covers end user support.
Think about it and you will find there are many options that are doable.
Thanks for the information, I do have a business plan of sorts. All sorts of information on a bunch of sources and options. I look at the WHMCS licences and I would probably just purchase a one-off $250 license.
I have found resellers that offer it as standard with a monthly package so that's also a nice option, but like I said no monthly overheads is the target. That way there is no rush as you only have an initial cost and no costs over time (apart from topping up the reseller account which is used to sell domains etc).
In a perfect world there is no overhead. Unfortunately, this is not a perfect world and there is overhead, although the hosting industry has less overhead when starting out then most other businesses. If your serious about your business you will not put it in the hands of a shady, fly by night, pay as you go host that is here today and gone tomorrow. The worst though, would probably be purchasing a cheap yearly reseller package.
Just looked into Value Reseller pay as you go cloud reseller hosting provider and talked to a support rep live. (Clicked on Cloud Services > Reseller Hosting Plans and Pay-As-You-Go runs $9.95/month.) But they do not really support WHMCS - just H-Sphere.
If you're not willing to invest money up front, I'd recommend becoming an affiliate instead of being a reseller. Then you won't have to worry about billing, support etc. you can just concentrate on marketing your website.
Otherwise, if you're wanting to get into the hosting business, I recommend starting with a small VPS and then scaling it as and when you need it. Most reseller accounts tend to be very unreliable, but if you get a VPS, you've got dedicated resources and your services will be more reliable, therefore you will build up a positive reputation which will separate you from the rest of the little guys out there with reseller accounts.