Reseller Hosting Explained

Written by Ashish Jain

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If you haverepparttar money andrepparttar 134339 experience then you can go as far as buying allrepparttar 134340 server equipment required, in which case you will also be responsible for allrepparttar 134341 server maintenance costs.

The other option could be leasing a server as this will be cheaper than buyingrepparttar 134342 server, but here as well you are responsible for allrepparttar 134343 maintenance and running costs ofrepparttar 134344 server.

Inrepparttar 134345 above two cases you also need to make sure that you have multiple connections withrepparttar 134346 hosting company so there are no complications in case a connection goes down.


The best thing about being a reseller is that you do not require a lot of upfront investment.

There is no need to have a lot of technical knowledge. Account management and Internet skills are all that is required. However, it would be really handy if you have some sales and marketing experience so you can interact with your customers better.

The hosting company generally provides and maintains allrepparttar 134347 hardware and software.

You do not need to hire a lot of IT staff to provide support. Providing basic support and leavingrepparttar 134348 more technical issues torepparttar 134349 parent company support staff can be easily achieved. Downside

Support can sometimes be delayed, as you are dependent onrepparttar 134350 parent company to handlerepparttar 134351 technical aspects. If there is a delay from their side then you along with your customer are affected.

Sometimes customers leave you if they find out that you are a reseller and not a real hosting company.

Tips for marketing yourself

If you are starting out on a small scale then visiting message boards and posting your services there is a good idea. A lot of potential clientele with relatively small hosting needs also frequent message boards and outline their desired services.

Having contests is a great idea for bringing awareness and interest about your services.

Online ad campaigns, signatures, and text links are very helpful techniques.

Once you have gotten a bigger budget then you can go for Google ad words or PPC search engines.

The best strategy is to try out various combinations of these approaches and work outrepparttar 134352 best one for your needs.

Ashish Jain M6.Net

Clustering Solutions and Zero Downtime Hosting Pitfalls

Written by Godfrey Heron

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One ofrepparttar inherent difficulties with failover for Web Hosting companies operating on different networks isrepparttar 134338 limitations imposed byrepparttar 134339 DNS caching system.

As DNS records are passed fromrepparttar 134340 original DNS servers (i.e., ns1/, they are cached or stored at several different ISP’s alongrepparttar 134341 way. Which is why it takes a while for a newly registered domain name to resolve to its IP address.

Each DNS record has a TTL (time to live) setting assigned. By manipulating this value, it is possible to alter how long that particular IP address/ DNS record combo is stored. If your site is on 2 different servers with 2 different IP addresses, you could setrepparttar 134342 ‘time to live’ with a value of, say, 2 minutes.

The failover software would check server availability by “pinging”repparttar 134343 web server every few minutes to determine whether it’s IP address is responding appropriately. (perhaps by looking for a particular text string in a web page).

If a failure is detected, thenrepparttar 134344 software would pull repparttar 134345 non-working web server IP address out ofrepparttar 134346 list of IP addresses assigned torepparttar 134347 your web site’s domain name. If/when your web server IP comes back online it would be restored torepparttar 134348 list.

With a TTL setting of 2 minutes, theoretically, your web site should be down for just 2 minutes, while switching DNS information torepparttar 134349 other web server.

The problem with this scenario, is that, while some ISP’s caching might respond to such low figures, other ISP’s may decide to ignore,(to save on bandwidth utilization), any TTL’s below a certain value, say, 60 minutes. So it is entirely possible that some of your visitors would see your websites and for others, your site would be down for 1 hour or more, even though one of your servers was operating perfectly.

Static non interactive web sites are great candidates for server clustering, butrepparttar 134350 wicket becomes a bit sticky for dynamically generated sites. Most database application software in general, although having some replication capabilities, are not happy with multiple server master/slave relationships and real time updating between servers. The issue can become very problematic if your site requires frequent updates.

Then there isrepparttar 134351 problem of how to keep your websites synchronized. Unix/Linux servers have a built in synchronizing software tool called rsync. You can also automaterepparttar 134352 synchronizing process by setting up a cron job to run periodically. DNS caching and synchronizing issues can be so problematic so as to nullifyrepparttar 134353 advantages of server clustering. For example, a cron job to synchronize your servers every few minutes might very well use up your server capacity.

Your customers will also have to contend with their desktop email client software having dual email addresses for each email account on each web server. e.g.,

It is important to realize that DNS operates by default in a round robin manner, so that, if you have repparttar 134354 same web site on 2 separate servers, it is very likely that server 1 will get 50% of allrepparttar 134355 web traffic.

Now, this is important for a number of reasons, but one ofrepparttar 134356 principal reasons to keep this in mind, is that, you will not be able to effectively keep a ”back-up” site (as some providers would have you believe) which will only be used whenrepparttar 134357 primary server goes down. For e.g. a site saying” we’re sorry our main server is down but you may contact us at:

On a final note, hardware based load balancing solutions tend to be quite expensive and also introduce a potential single point of failure intorepparttar 134358 system,repparttar 134359 load balancer itself. There is a very prominent Data Center that began offering load balanced hosting solutions, whererepparttar 134360 load balancer itself failed on several occasions, althoughrepparttar 134361 web servers were operating perfectly. The net effect torepparttar 134362 public however, was thatrepparttar 134363 sites were unavailable.

Reasonable cost effective software based solutions may be obtained as a service model or by purchasing repparttar 134364 software yourself. Zoneedit is an example of a service model, and Simplefailover is an example of a software based model which maybe purchased on a server license basis.

In conclusion, at this point in time, there are several limiting factors to successfully implementing a “true” high availability multiple server web hosting system. Depending on your clientele andrepparttar 134365 nature of their web sites,this may indeed be a very viable alternative. For others, simply setting up a server with high quality components, redundant RAID hard drives and a good supply of server spare parts may berepparttar 134366 best way to ensure high availability.

Godfrey Heron is the Website Manager of the Irieisle Multiple Domain Hosting Services company. Signup for your free trial, and host multi domains and web sites on one account:

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