Reseller hosting with unlimited domains - impossible to provide this...
I have seen companies selling reseller hosting for $30 a month with unlimited domains. Now what if I set up 10.000 domains (assuming they could share the traffic and space you get for $30). They would need at least 20 servers to handle this amount of domains. With one server the whole thing would get pretty slow even if these domains didn't use any CGI because the domain table would be too large. Its not fair. I think they should charge a per domain fee. That would be more serious and realisitic. I am having problems selling my multi domain hosting because I charge a DNS fee. That's fair towards the customer because hosting unlimited domains on a single server is not possible.
Ok I am one of the bad guys with small prices and many of you think I ruin your businesses but these guys do even ruin my business so they must be apocalypse for yours.
Originally posted by DanX I personally think it's marketing, and somewhere in the TOS, the limit will be outlined.
Yes of course. They have a performance utilization thingy and if you use more than 20 domains they tell you your usage is making the server slow. After all I think that`s not fair neither towards the customer nor the competition.
Unlimited domains means there is no limit other than resource and the terms of service already cover that. I find resellers like it since they don't have to bug the host every time they wish to add a new client/domain. Sure they'll use as much of the resources allotted to them as possible, but with log growth and email needs they'd be hard pressed to even squeeze 10,000 domains onto a box.
Hosts should be making the resellers aware of the limits imposed by the hardware, network and ongoing needs of the accounts they do have. Let resellers know in advance that they should leave plenty of room in their bandwidth and hard drive resources for monthly logs and traffic for the sites they have, of course they'll always have the option of upgrading or getting a dedicated box of their own.
It probably comes down to having good resellers who aren't just out to squeeze 10,000 domains/clients into a $30/month account, then again the chances of them keeping much of those clients being that cheap are quite slim.
As for resource usage for just the DNS, BIND doesn't eat up that much and you could just throw more RAM at it to keep it happy, plus external DNS boxes are an option.
That is the beauty of H-Sphere. Resellers are billed on actual usage, not allotted usage. They also have access to multiple servers within the H-Sphere cluster, so one reseller might have sub accounts spread across 3, 5, 15 servers... And they will only be billed for the space they use combined.
So if a reseller has a 1Gb disk space account, and separates that into 100 10MB accounts, that are spread across 4 servers, and each account is using only 3MB disk space, they would still be in the clear as long as they aren't going over their bandwidth limits.