Reseller hosting is a form of web hosting in which the account owner has the ability to sell web space on another party’s shared server to a third party. The only difference between reseller hosting and shared hosting is that in reseller hosting several accounts can be created on a shared server for the owner’s use or to be sold to someone else.

In Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting, a physical server is partitioned so each party has their own individual space. This alternative benefits clients who would like a dedicated server not shared with anyone, but are unable to afford the price. Partitioning a single physical server into a few separate spaces in this manner can provide the same features as a stand-alone server.

Which type of hosting, then, is the best choice for you – reseller hosting or VPS hosting? There are several factors to consider before choosing one or the other. To aid you in choosing the type of hosting that will best meet your requirements, let us consider some characteristics of each system, reseller and VPS hosting.

First, let us look at reseller hosting.

Reseller hosting would be right for you if you prefer to have everything arranged beforehand for you. The hosting provider has already set up everything necessary. The provider supplies a Web Host Manager with which you can design the accounts you offer in regards to allocating web space, bandwidth, and other items. Your resell account functions much like a shared hosting account with a control panel on a Linux platform. You will determine the cost of the accounts you resell. Some hosting companies permit you to use your own name to label your reseller accounts. Then your clients will not know that you are not the real hosting provider, but are peddling another party’s web space and service. A limitation of reseller hosting is that only the software and applications provided by the hosting provider are available. These will include the basic and frequently used applications. If this limitation is not a problem for you or your clients, then reseller hosting can be right for your needs.

Now let us consider VPS hosting.

Although VPS hosting consists of sharing space on a server, it offers elements much like those of a dedicated server. A single server is shared among only a few clients. The significance of that is that there are not as many clients sharing the server as in the case of shared hosting. A conscientious VPS hosting provider puts a cutoff number on how many clients will share the physical server, to ensure the adequate provision of the minimum resources allocated per client. The bottom line of VPS hosting is root access. This means that every user is able to install any application, software, or operating platform which is legal and properly licensed. This hosting is the best choice for someone desiring an isolated server not affected by the traffic of other websites hosted on the server.

Each client is apportioned a set amount of CPU, RAM, and bandwidth usage. Your bandwidth, then, will not be affected by the amount of traffic on their sites. It is, however, necessary to be knowledgeable about server maintenance and software configuration if you are to be successful at VPS hosting.

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