Reseller hosting is a hosting account that is used to sell web space using a shared server belonging to someone else. In reseller hosting a number of accounts can be established for your use, or these could be sold to others, using a shared server.
In VPS or Virtual Private Server hosting, a separate space is made on the physical server. This is suitable for those who require a dedicated server and are unable to obtain it due to the high price that needs to be incurred. One physical server with a few partitions provides the same level of benefits as a stand-alone server.
Therefore, in choosing the type of hosting between reseller and VPS, a number of factors need to be considered. Let us examine the features of VPS and reseller to assist you in formulating your decision between the two according to your needs.
If you are one of those who prefer others to organize things for you, reseller hosting is probably suitable for you. The hosting provider will set up all the things for you. A Web Host Manager will be allocated to you, who will customize all the hosting accounts that you sell, allocating band width, web space and others. A Linux platform is used and through a control panel, you can commence selling the reseller accounts at prices you choose, which is similar in working to a shared hosting account. Certain hosting companies will even allow you to use your own brand name for these reseller accounts. Consequently, the customers will not know that you are using someone else's service for hosting, unless you choose to disclose this fact. With reseller hosting you can only use the software and applications allowed by your hosting service provider. This can only be suitable if you or your customers' needs are fulfilled through the most basic and common applications offered by the service provider.
Some of the features of VPS are similar to those offered in dedicated servers and can be compared to sharing the service on a dedicated server. A small number of customers share the server, unlike shared hosting, where a large number of customers share the service. In order to achieve maximum efficiency in allocating resources the VPS hosting provider usually restricts the number of customers who can share the physical server. VPS hosting has Root access as its most crucial feature. This allows any customer to install software, applications and operating platforms that are legal and properly licensed. It is most suitable for those who wish to have an isolated server, which will remain efficient irrespective of the amount of web traffic on the other sites it hosts. Each customer is allocated a specific bandwidth, RAM and CPU disk space. Consequently, traffic levels on other customers' sites will not alter your bandwidth. If you wish to use VPS hosting you will be required to possess a certain degree of knowledge about software configuration and server maintenance.