How to Start a Domain and Web Hosting Company

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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.

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
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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
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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 came up with the domain name BustADomain.com.

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
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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
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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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A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

97 thoughts on “How to Start a Domain and Web Hosting Company”

  1. mr singh ms350

    Hi Harsh I am not any computer programmer or develpor.I am just b.a student .Do you think I can succeed in this buisness.

  2. Hi Harsh,

    I am looking for this kind of business to make some extra money and your article clear many of my doubts.

    can you please tell me if currently I have no website. So should I create first then I have to go for reseller or I can signup and they provide me space to create my new domain where I can provide hosting to n users.

    1. Reselling is the process of distributing the resources you purchase from your upstream provider to your clients.

      For example, if you purchase a reseller account for $10/month which gives you 10 GB of disk space and you sold 10 hosting accounts to your clients. Each of the resold accounts holds 1 GB disk space each for and you sold it for $5/month. This will get you 50/month and all you have to pay to your upstream provider is $10 which will leave you with a profit of $40/month.

      I hope the above example is good enough to clear your query.

  3. Hi Bro,
    Do you have any other website or reference because both website pricing is high it means if i bought from reseller club or godaddy it will cost .com for 500/- INR and godaddy and Bigrock already selling .com domain at just 99/-INR how we can beat the market is there any middle party give us cheap pricing.?
    Thanks
    Sagar Ganatra

    1. @Sagar
      Companies which offer domain name for 99 are actually paying from their pocket for customer acquisition. This technique helps them to market more & get more customers on board. When you signup for any domain reseller program, you can’t get that lower price. Based on volume of your selling your domain buying price would go down up to an extent.

  4. Are there any plans to start with small investment as I think that re-seller hosting requires huge investment.

  5. Maybe I’ve missed the point of this whole thing… I am a web designer, I have a domain and a website where I advertise my services. I was interested in resellers club because I want to offer my clients a package deal = a website I design, a hosting services, their own domain. But I don’t want to redirect clients to a whole other website, I want my website to be the one stop shop with my branding. I thought this was possible with resellers club, in that I could intergrate the domain and hosting services resellers offers within my website….

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      @Scott
      It’s possible with Resellerclub but I believe you need to customize everything which is doable.

    2. You can always go the “Domain Reseller+Reseller Hosting+WHMCS” route and scale as you get more clients.

      That would allow for you to offer a “one stop solution” to your clients.

      You can also use your solution to bill WHMCSbill web design clients. The ease of having all your clients on one CMS will also help you increment your bottom line with . upsells

  6. Great post to read ! I have started following your blogs for a last couple of months. Blogs are amazing. This blog; particularly is very helpful for me as we are thinking to start service in Web Hosting !

  7. Hi Harsh,

    Thank you so much for spending the time to teach us. I really want to start this business but in arabic language. How much did this business cost you to start? How much do you pay each month for this business? Do reseller club offer arabic language?
    And thank you so much

    1. @MOhammad
      Starting cost is almost nil as all your deposit is usable for buying domain & hosting. I’m not sure about the language part, why don’t you contact them & see if they support Arabic language or not. Do share your learning with us

  8. ResellerClub works On Slab Bases and we need to deposite ₹4500 on starting ? What if i purchase a domain and hosting and value becomes zero deposite , do one needs to add money every time customers purchases domain & hosting ? How much it actually costs? What’s WHMCS ? GoDaddy provides it at only48₹/month , there’s no deposit or money involved there ?

    1. Once the deposit runs out, you’ll need to add more money. You don’t have to add money everytime someone makes a purchase. Just add more money. See, you’ll come to know when you need to add more money. ResellerClub will call you.

      And, WHMCS is basically a system that automates the whole process of handelling a webshosting business.

      WHMCS license is more than Rs. 48/ month. So, don’t expect anything much. Its a business, you need to invest to make good money.

      1. Hi Harsh

        Which reseller company between Godaddy and Reseller club offers cheapest prices on domains if i want to be a reseller?

        I also want a reseller with easy to use cpanel for my members to be able to manage tasks like pointing domain to dns

  9. Hi Harsh..

    You really gave such a superb blog to start own web hosting business but my question is If one is willing to run dedicated or vps type of servers business than how it is possible or how its functionality in re-seller varies in compared to normal hosting

    In brief what all things I need to do to start Dedicated or VP type of servers hosting business…..

    Plz Do reply…

    1. If you want to sell Dedicated server. Become a reseller for Dedicated servers.
      Just call ResellerClub and they’ll guide you through everything. They are quite helpful.

  10. Hi Harsh

    Thanks for the powerful and informative post.

    Your blog is Brilliant and looks very professional.

    I am looking for Webhosting & Domains Reseller and I definately will join Reseller Club through your LINK.

    My Qsn is How Expandable is Reseller Club and Can I Get Unlimited Hosting Capacity With them

    I already have an Affiliate Subscription Membership Site with Over 100,000 Members and I want to ADD Web Hosting tobthe Service/Product I offer them.

    EXAMPLE:- If I give each member a Cpanel of 500MB × 100,000 members it means I Need VERY VERY BIG Servers with Over 50TB of Disk Space and Lots of RAM amd Bandwidth.

    Simply it Shows I need UNLIMITED EXPANDABLE Servers because the 100,000 Members Will Also Keep Growing

    Can Reseller Club handle this Kind Of Demand?

    Please ADVICE ME Best Option for me Please.

    Kind Regards.

    If you want to Email me Direct its OK.

    Kim

  11. Hi Harsh,

    Thanks for the great post.

    I’ve almost 100 domain names and I like to make a website for it too sell. (started 6 years ago as a hobby)

    Do you have any thoughts how I should advertise and what kind of theme shall I use for the website?

    Would you guide me with some niche details of your magic.

    Cheers
    Amin

  12. About 2 years ago I also started business with ResellerClub. They are really awesome with their easiest reseller system.

  13. Selvaraj Duraisamy

    I read your posts to start reseller hosting and recommending Reseller Club. I signed up 2 weeks ago. Primary domain and other websites within migrated… I am from Graphic communication industry have experience designing and developing websites for nearly 15 years. IN FACT the point is have no knowledge of coding but manage cPanel minimal extent. Previous host support was very good. They do whatever ticket raised. Reseelerclub do not support do not.

    WHMCS provisioned. They are not installing it in my website. They said I must do… Installed; but warning Licence invalid… Ultimately they provide WRONG/INVALID LICENCE; Tried again; cannot go – ERROR = A/c. Suspended. I came to Reseeler club for WHMCS. Next point is Comodo SSL gone while migrating. Now Purchased Comodo Positive SSL. Again I was asked to install. Without any prior knowledge attempted; CSR not saved… So, no Private Key – cannot instal SSL. This also gone.

    FRUSTRATED, feel I HAVE LANDED IN QUAKS hands.

    1. @Servaraj
      Sounds like their service is deteriorating. Thanks for your feedback. Do keep us updated with your latest experience. It’s very useful & informative for me & others.

    2. I have been having lots of trouble with support. Installation of positive SSL is not going well. So far, I’ve spent days trying to figure out what’s wrong. They have been no help.

  14. Hi,
    I have created account on reseller few days ago as per ur reseller link. but can you tell that how you integrate payumoney payment gateway on reseller club.

  15. Hello;

    What if you want to resell domains and hosting from different providers is it possible to merge them?

  16. Thanks for this great post. My question is do I need to develop my own website for the hosting of domains from scratch?

    1. @Amos
      They give you a panel & you can use it if you like. Usually people like me use it until a point when there is no budget. If you have enough budget, you can hire a developer to develop a site from scratch with custom UI.

    1. @Linda
      If you are planning to buy over 20+ domain then reseller account would make sense. Else, you can take advantage of domain discounts offered by popular registrar such as Godaddy or Namecheap.

  17. Priyashree Shetty

    I have signed for reseller hosting with Godaddy but I am unable to get customers. Could you please provide me some suggestions on how do I promote my reseller business

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