How to Start a Domain and Web Hosting Company

When it comes to making money online, there are ample opportunities available to you. You simply need to choose one that suits your skills and take it from there.

Start Domain And Hosting Company

Here at ShoutMeLoud I have shared various techniques to help you earn money working online.

In today’s post I will add to these techniques a method that I have been using for the past five years, which will help you to start a serious online business, your own domain and web hosting business.

In particular, if you are a web developer or a company that offers services such as web development, you should consider selling domains and hosting under your own brand. If you are looking for a new online business option, the web hosting and domain business is an excellent way to go. You can set your own price for the product, and earn money from it.

Three years ago I started my own domain selling business under the brand ShoutMyDomain, and it was particularly targeted for Indian users who had issues making payments via PayPal or any other method. My reason for starting my domain business was to ensure better services for my clients, as I could easily manage their domains and hosting, and help them to get things done.

The easiest way to start a web hosting business is by becoming a white label reseller. There are many services like ResellerClub and GoDaddy which allow you to create your own white label hosting business, and in the back-end you get all the support from the main reseller company.

In my research I found ResellerClub to be the cheapest, as I could start with no investment at all. They do require you to invest 4500 INR ($99), but all the money can be used to buy domains and hosting packages later.

In this article I will provide you with a step-by-step guide to starting your own domain and web hosting reseller business. In upcoming tutorials, I will explain how you can promote that business. For me it was just a side-business, so I have done very limited marketing, but one could easily make this his full-time work.

Let’s have a look!

Features of the reseller club:

Following is a list of some of the features of the reseller club, which will help you to understand more about their program, and what options you will be getting with your membership:

  • Sell domains under your brand
  • Sell hosting under your brand ( U.S. servers, U.K. servers, India servers)
  • Set your own pricing
  • Add sub-resellers
  • Access to special promotions (example: $1.99 .in domain names)
  • No setup fees
  • Their pricing works on a “slab” basis. So the more domains you sell, the more money you have the opportunity to earn. You can learn about their pricing model here.
  • Complete white label branding
  • Easy to use interface, along with documentation.

There are many more features as well.

Since they have their pages optimized for all countries, you don’t have to worry about your geo location. Their support is excellent, and after using them for three years myself, this is a service I feel comfortable recommending to you.

This guide will help you to setup your reseller account, use your domain name as your hosting business, and offer other suggestions which will help you to get started.

Step-by-step guide to setting up your own web hosting reseller business:

I will add a video below which will help you to understand how to use your domain name for white label branding, and the rest of the images will help you to understand the procedure.

They have a landing page for every country, so you don’t have to worry about localized language or payment options. To get started with your own web hosting company, click on this link and on the reseller club home page, then click on “sign up”.

Sign up for Reseller account

Once you are on the sign-up page, simply fill in the form.

Here are a couple of things which you will need to keep in mind:

  • Selling currency: Set this according to your target audience. If you’re targeting a global audience, you could set US dollars as the selling currency. If you are targeting any specific country, for example India, you could set INR as your selling currency.
  • Accounting currency: This one you can set according to your own location. For example, if you are in Europe, you could select EURO as your accounting currency.

Hosting Form

After filling in the form, click on “sign up”, and the next page will be the payment page. All you need to do is add funds to your account to activate your reseller account. The minimum amount that needs to be added is $99, and you can use this money later to sell domains and web hosting. So – this money is simply added to start your web hosting company, and is money that you will ultimately be using for your own benefit.

They offer various payment options such as:

  • Pay.pw: INR credit card payments via Visa/MasterCard
  • WebMoney
  • Skrill (formerly MoneyBookers)
  • PayPal [Amex/Discover credit cards/ Paypal account]
  • ALiPay
  • WebMoney

On this page you can see the payment options based on your country. Since I’m in India, I used the bank transfer method in an effort to avoid any kind of transaction fees.

Once the money is added to your account, you will be able to log in to your reseller control panel (super site control panel).

The first thing you will be doing is branding your reseller account. This includes adding your logo, and adding the domain name which you will be using to sell web hosting and domains. For example, ShoutMyDomain.com.

Branding your reseller hosting account:

At this point you have purchased your reseller hosting account, and now it’s time to do the branding.

Looking at the panel in the image above, you can see that from this panel you can do many things such as changing the look, adding your logo and configuring the rest of the options.

Let’s have a look now at the process of setting up your reseller account on your white label domain name:

Once you are inside your reseller panel,  Click on Products > Domain registration > Check availability. From here you can search for the domain name you want to use. I used BustAName to brainstorm domain names, and I came up with the domain name BustADomain.com.

Note: I used this domain name for the purpose of this tutorial.  If you wish to see how the final product looks, head over to ShoutMyDomain.

So — check for the availability of the domain name, and buy it.

You now need to create a customer account in your name from the same page. This will require about ten seconds of your time.

At the point of final payment, you will see a page like the one in the image below. Select “Execute the request(s), but cancel the invoice(s)”. Next click on “Execute the above requests without receiving a payment”.

White label domain name

You have now also purchased the domain name which you will be using for your web hosting business.

All that is left to do is to make the changes under settings > Branding settings > Super site and partner site > Fully branded name.

You will also need to update the A record of the domain name, which is quite easy. I have explained this process in the video below:

Once you have added the A record, it will take 1-24 hours for the propagation.

Along with this, all you need to do is update the name server for the domain. Go to Settings > Branded settings > Name servers, and here you will find the name servers that you need to use for your domain.

Go to domain settings, and change the name servers to one listed in name servers page.

Name server settings

Once done, you will be able to access your domain and web hosting reseller account under your branded domain name.

In between, you can again go back to settings > Branding settings and add various other things.  For instance, you can change your logo, add tracking and stats scripts like Google Analytics and so on.

Even if you have no technical knowledge, with the easy-to-use control panel, you will be able to do everything you need to do. If you have skills like CSS or you have a designer on your team, you can change the complete default look, and brand it according to your needs. You could also consider hiring people from Freelancer.com to do the customization work for you if you so desire.

You can integrate any payment gateway, including PayPal. I prefer Paypal for taking payments from foreign clients. For Indian users, I take payment directly into my bank account. They have a knowledgebase which will help you to learn everything you need to know. I highly recommend making SEO changes, adding separate meta-titles and descriptions for your selling pages.

Start your own web hosting business

When I started, my initial purpose was to manage my own 20+ domain names under my own brand. Later on, I expanded this idea by selling domains to my clients. Since this is not my main business, I never bothered with selling web hosting, but I still have one blog cydiaguide.com running on the reseller club hosting, and performance is good. So I can say that you can sell web hosting without worrying about the quality.

Over all, this offers  good business potential, and with a solid plan you could use it to earn a handsome income for yourself.

I will be writing more about promotional techniques for your domain and hosting business in upcoming articles. Should you have any questions before then, feel free to ask via the comments section below.

If you find this tutorial informative, do consider sharing it on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus. It could help your friend or colleague to start an online business of his own!

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a professional blogger. He loves to read & write about Blogging, SEO, WordPress, Make money online & technology. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives more than half a million PV in a month, and is an award winning blog.

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COMMENTs ( 55 )

  1. James says

    Hi Harsh,

    Just a quick question,

    I had already registered a domain name via GoDaddy with the intention of setting up a web hosting business. I registered with the reseller club, but realized that my domain name needs to be connected somehow. Should I have registered my domain name while signing up with reseller club or can I still connect my GoDaddy domain name with this reseller business?

    Hope you can help?

  2. Himanshu Rai says

    here i am new in this field and i want to start this business.
    so i want ask you how get customers who can buy domains from me on my decided price?

    • says

      @Himanshu
      The important key is getting the targeted customer. Not all customers are same, and not everyone is going to compare the price. As long as you are driving traffic of interested users, and your landing page looks good, you can easily sale at any price you want.

  3. Topy says

    nice post, but do you have to pay tax? Rahul Nair already said that Indian should not pay for this type selling business. i just want to verify it from you.

  4. Hubin Jiang says

    If I resell domain registration, if I later decide not to do under the resellerclub for example I decide to go with GOdaddy, will all my customers go with me?

    • says

      @Hubin
      Nope that would be an issue. You can move all your customer & domains to Godaddy reseller, but for that you need to pay to Godaddy. It’s not recommended. A good idea would be, get in touch with Godaddy reseller & see how much they are willing to help you to get a new reseller.

  5. says

    Thanks so much Harsh, this was really useful.

    I’m in the midst of making a choice between Reseller Club and Godaddy in India. Could you please list out pros and cons of these two providers. One factor I noticed with Godaddy is that, we don’t have to create payment gateway merchant account. What’s your view?

    Regards,
    Shekhar

  6. Arjun Hunurkar says

    Hiii Harsh,
    Thank you very much, that really impressive abt you.
    what i want to know is, with this can we start a reselling business as well under resellerclub or is this something different?
    from where this company does get all this resource to start reselling business. Thank you.

  7. sam says

    hi nice article. i saw the pricing you are providing is same as them for hosting and domain. what is the profit margin in this? for example if one user registers through your reseller platform for domain and hosting, how much do we get ?

  8. Greg says

    Hi Harsh,

    Thanks for the article. Is your hosting business doing well now? Roughly how much are you making after 6 months? How much can one reasonably expect after 30 days? Considering on average in your opinion…

  9. Shailendra says

    Hello Harsh, Is 4500 INR ($99) one time fee or yearly fees. Are they giving unlimited bandwidth and space for hosting. I just want to clear my doubts. I am thinking to start my own Domain and Web-hosting reseller business. Can u tell me how to host my own web-host server at my premises. I have whole lot of Live IP addresses and a server class machine, but don’t know how to set-up a web-host mainly on software concerns. I want to host my 20+ customer’s website on my own web-host server.

  10. Ashok says

    Nice Guide. But if you post about how much we can earn or maximum earning statistics like that, through this program, so that in business angle we can boost many to start this service.

    Thanks
    Ashok

    • Harsh Agrawal says

      @Ashok
      Earning depends upon kind of promotion you are doing. Domain business is booming in India, and this is the right time to ride the wave.

    • says

      @Arup
      There is always good and bad review about every product on internet. What I would suggest is, pick the one that you can start using and looks potential. So far I have found them to be great in terms of quality and support.

  11. Rohit Agarwal says

    Hi harsh, I’m now selling web hosting with my server. but problem is for domain I have buy from 3rd party sites for clients. This post will help me lot.

  12. vijaykumar says

    hi harsh good guide about own domain registration business but tell me we should add it to the word press or the reseller will provide the theme i dont understand about the theme.

  13. Thangaraju says

    Hi harsh, Thanks for sharing your experience at ResellerClub. Since 2011, i am looking to start hosting company like your shoutmydomain.

  14. Luis says

    Sounds interesting. I am also planning to start my own web hosting service but they say that the competition is very fierce. I don’t know if I’ll be able to make a profit knowing that so many providers cut their prices so low. Maybe I’ll start with the local market first.

  15. Shyam Sundar Roy says

    Hello Harsh Nice Post

    One Quarry … Suppose I start business with Reseller Club what about TAX
    or I can just start business without worry on Tax.
    Please help

    Thanks

    • Rahul Nair says

      Hey Shyam,

      Since I am a ResellerClub Reseller myself let me try helping you with your query.

      As per Indian Tax Rules, an end customer purchasing Web Services from an Indian Web Service Provider is liable to pay service tax on his purchase. In this case, since ResellerClub is registered outside India, as a Reseller you wouldn’t have to bear any additional charge. However, if your customer is from India, he/she will have to also pay an additional charge (service tax) on the purchase which in the end you need to declare to the government

    • Rahul Nair says

      That’s an annual recurring deposit Punit. The amount is unusable. Post the annual deposit, you need to invest a separate amount inorder to start buying/selling web products & services

  16. Stephen Malan says

    Harsh,

    Went to your ShoutMyDomain.com and saw on support pages you list some phone numbers. Do you or your company provide the phone support for your reseller customers or does your reseller handle that? Same for the submit a ticket, does that go to the support desk of the outfit your reselling from?

    Thanks!

    • Rahul Nair says

      As a reseller with the same company, let me try helping you with this Stephen. Your Customers don’t get to connect with the upstream provider, in this case ResellerClub. You provide support to the Customer directly. However, if you’re facing an issue, you can raise a ticket or go on chat with these guys and they work towards resolution.

      These guys follow a wholesale based business model, which is why they only speak with the Reseller

  17. says

    This…is totally fascinating. It made me realize that…I think I actually am a reseller’s customer and didn’t even realize it! I believe I clicked on someone’s affiliate link and they got me to be a customer underneath them. I should do the same!!

  18. Nizam Khan says

    Awesome and yet another great way for earning opportunities. This is really a detailed and clear guide on setting up hosting reseller business using resellerclub. Thanks for sharing and tweeted :)

  19. says

    Thanks for the very detailed article Harsh. I was looking for similar info. I am planning to consider other options along with ResellerClub before taking the final call. Will look fwd for the next article in this series for further information.

    • says

      @Prasanna
      I will surely come up with next article in this series..Meanwhile what are the other alternatives you are considering?
      Your answer will be helpful in my research…

  20. says

    Nice post.. I was searching for few options go into this business. Resellerclub could be one of my option. Few questions
    How is thier customer support?
    Who will support resller’s customer?

  21. Sumeet Gupta says

    Harsh its a good idea to start a web hosting company but its really difficult to manage a reseller plan , you can earn a good amount but you have to face many problems in starting or in middle level like server issues, customer requirement and many other , If you have some tips how to solve this problems easily then let me know i will definitely try this.

    • says

      @Sumeet
      Customer services would be a little issue, but if you making it a full-time business, it will not be. Resellerclub support is very fast and responsive, and as a reseller you can always get in touch via phone support.
      When you start running the business, in a while, you will be able to solve majority of common issues yourself.

  22. Sangitha says

    Hey Harsh , really an excellent article . One year ago , i also tried to start my own Hosting Business using Reseller Club but due to lack of knowledge regarding the same i could`nt start.

    But many thanks to this article as it explains everything regarding how to start working with them.

    Thanks A Lot Dear and hope to see articles regarding the same in future from you.

  23. Prem says

    Lovely article. Such articles help to change my mind, to move from job life to opening-a-company-life. Hope some day, I’ll reach my goal. Thank you. :)

  24. says

    Hi Harsh,
    I really like your efforts, and I also want to start a web hosting company soon, this post helped me a lot for my own web hosting company.

    thanks man for sharing this.

  25. Sasikumar Krishnan says

    hi harsh,
    thanks for your article. I tried signing up in resellerclub.com, but netbanking payment method is not there. well,i don’t have credit card, is there any other way i can make payment using cards !!.

  26. Harsh says

    Can’t we simply do affiliate marketing for Godaddy or Hostgator or Reseller for that matter? I mean doing all this makes economically a great difference? I haven’t done it so curious. Would be glad if you could share the percentage increase in revenue as compared to affiliate marketing.

  27. says

    It is one of the best way to earn good money online without worrying anything. Thanks Harsh for providing best tips to earn good money from Web Hosting as well as Domain names.

  28. Karan says

    Hey Harsh,

    Well…I was just planning to launch website-setup services for people from different professions, I went through your shoutmydomain service and I liked how it worked.

    This tutorial was just what I wanted, now I just need to automate the wordpress installation process for em and I’m good to go. :)

  29. sukhdeep singh says

    Thank u very much Harsh for this post, but i have a question about ‘Do the costumers have the option for SEO while purchasing hosting package through my reseller club hosting website ‘, and other widgets to use in there control panel? otherwise godaddy consumers have many options to make there website fully working.

    • says

      @Kaxil
      They do have an option for coupons, which you can use to market your hosting business. They don’t have an affiliate program for resellers…but you can always have a sub-reseller under you. Let me know if you have any other queries.

  30. Ayush Jain says

    Great to Know that You’re also using Reseller Club’s Services I am using their Hosting from almost an year and I should must say their services and server’s uptime is much better than other reseller hosting providers .. Thanks for sharing this valuable article !!

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