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    Is Reselling considered running your own web host?

    Are these two things synonomous? And if not what things should you do differently if you are reselling?

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    They're both in the same industry, but have different aspects to them. If you're an actual WebHost with your own servers etc, then you're responsible for the software on the server, whereas if you're a reseller, you don't have to worry about anything other than maintaining your client-base, sales & support.
    This is easier for those with less time/experience, and is also a good stepping stone for starting companies!

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    I started out as a reseller ages ago...but I still had to file taxes every year. So, the government considers it a real business!

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    If you are a reseller you are a host to your clients. So yes...

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    I agree.

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    Is Reselling considered running your own web host?
    IMO, yes. You are a host who sources your supply from a reseller provider, and you inturn service your hosting clients etc. HTTPme started out that way, and quickly moved up to dedicated servers and colocating in their own rack/s etc. I see Reseller accounts as a cost effective way to start a hosting business, then as your business revenue increases, you look at other methods of supply for your clients.

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    I agree if you supply hosting to others in exchange for money you're a web hosting company.
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    Definitely, if you are a business who supplies hosting to others you are a webhosting company.

    Where you buy your space to sell is the only factor, you may buy space on a server and resell that space or you may buy a server and resell space on it, either way you're reselling - just on different levels!

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    If you would 'sell' hosting through an affiliate program, you would not be a web host though. You just refer the clients to the actual web host and he pays you a referral fee in return. It depends on how much you want to get involved, when choosing from the options.
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    It is kind of like the cell phone company down the street. They are authorized resellers/dealers of say Nextel, etc. They are still considered a communications company.
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    How should you present your service to potential customers? Should you say you are a reseller?

    Also what things should you do from a customer service end and what not?

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    Yes, a reseller is still a "web hosting company."

    Don't tell customers that you are a reseller, because than they might go to somewhere with real servers.

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    Reseller servers aren't "real" servers? I would say they are
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    what exactly is the definition of a reseller?

    am I a reseller if i'm buying servers from ServerMatrix and reselling the bandwidth and diskspace?

    Isn't almost everyone in the hosting industry a "reseller"? Even if you host your own servers, your still buying bandwidth and reselling it..

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    True...

    Most people consider a reseller a company that either:

    A) Does not own a full server/VPS and uses a "reseller account"
    B) Takes the services of another company, modifies the price and maybe a few features, and sell them.

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    IMHO if you're a reseller, then you're a reseller, no you are not running your own Web Host - you're selling the features of someother Web Host.

    You *are* in the business of web hosting but you are not the host.

    Resellers *dont* have control, they dont own the servers, they dont manage the servers, and basically they are at the mercy of the *real* host - some hosts offering reseller accounts are simply resellers.

    It's fine as a starting point, but do you *really* want your business dependant long term on a system you have no way of fixing *when* it breaks ?
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    We all resell to a degree, and don't have full control over the upstream etc. Even running your own DC, with your own equipment, you're still at the mercy of your bandwidth providers, and everything else that goes into supplying your business.

    Hosts who source supply from a Reseller account, are taking their first steps, and will eventually [if all goes well] move up to source their supply from leased dedicated servers >> colo their own server/s >> have their own rack with their own servers and networking equipment >> etc . . . etc.

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