How to Work with the HostGator Web Hosting Reseller Program
HostGator web hosting has one of the better reselling plans on the market. In addition to the different reselling plans they offer, HostGator reselling is also very easy to use. One word of caution if this is your first venture into reselling, before you begin changing the A records and CNames in the Web Host Manager, you may want to read up a little in the HostGator help files. HostGator gives their resellers significant control over their accounts, and this also includes more responsibility to your clients.
There are five different reseller plans that HostGator offers. Each of these plans varies in the amount of overall bandwidth and storage. This, in turn, will determine how much bandwidth and storage you can sell to your customers. You can divide your allocated server space into how many slices that you wish, and offer as many web hosting plans to your customers that you wish. This is your business.
HostGator provides a marvelous tool to help manage your reselling account. All of the HostGator web hosting plans have a CPanel to administer those accounts, and when you establish a hosting account to your customers, they too will have a CPanel. You administer each of these through the Web Hosting Manager (WHM). This tool consists of many features, and is beyond the scope of this article. I would suggest that you become thoroughly familiar with this tool by reading through the HostGator online help system. Their online help system is extensive, especially with the reselling tools that are available.
The HostGator reseller account also includes a free billing system that you can use to bill your clients. You can install this yourself, or submit a ticket and HostGator will do it for a nominal fee. As a reseller, you will also have the ability to make domain names available to your clients. This is a feature that they offer through Enom, which allows their resellers to purchase domain names at the wholesale rate and then resell them to your clients. HostGator has the full details of this excellent benefit. Just to note that all support for this feature will be directed through HostGator, as Enom does not administer it.
One thing that you may want to be prepared for when you become a HostGator reseller is that you will setup the help system for your clients yourself. The way this works is your clients contact you for assistance, and if it is something that you are not setup to do or if it is an issue with the server etc., you then contact HostGator yourself. In other words, the HostGator reseller is the middle person between your clients and HostGator. Those are your customers and not HostGator’s. They make that point very clear.
This has been but a small discussion about the HostGator reseller plan, and there are so many more details that require much more space to investigate. One of the biggest benefits to remember about their plan is that it is your business. HostGator will not interfere in any way with the way you run your business, provided you do it ethically and responsibly, nor will they try to take your clients away from you. If you are looking for a web hosting reseller program, then HostGator Web Hosting has one worth exploring.
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