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Date Posted: 01:04:22 08/24/09 Mon
Author: junaid khan
Subject: free web hosting
Choosing Your Web Hosting Reseller Software
As a web host reseller, one of your most important business decisions is your choice of web
hosting control panel software. The web hosting software you use will save or cost you
time, money, and frustration.
What reseller control panel features will reduce your workload? What hosting software
programs are integrated with the reseller control panel or work with it? What website
control panel features will your clients like?
In this article, we’ve compared four quality web hosting reseller software programs:
All of these reseller control panels come with control panels for your clients. They all
have numerous features — advanced email management, web statistics, pre-installed scripts,
multi-language support, and more. They all work on Linux platforms, while H-Sphere and
Plesk also work with Windows. According to the cPanel website, a Windows version of cPanel
is in development.
Other features that set these control panels apart are their degree of automation, the
number of features and ease of use for the end user, and the features and ease of use for
you, the reseller.
When you become an Alabanza reseller, you don’t just have a reseller account — you lease a
dedicated server from Alabanza. Alabanza owns the control panel the server, and you resell
directly for Alabanza. If you lease a dedicated Alabanza server, you can create your own
reseller accounts. However, only you can set up hosting plans; resellers below you will be
limited to hosting plans that you create.
Alabanza offers resellers a high degree of automation with its Domain System Manager (DSM),
which can significantly reduce overhead and time spent on routine tasks:
• Account creation•Billing and invoice management
• Credit card processing
• Domain registration
• Email notifications
• Ordering fraud protection
Even novices can sell hosting with this level of automation.
DSM also integrates with bulkregister.com for domain name registration. It does not easily
integrate with other domain registrars, though.
A key Alabanza feature that resellers can offer their clients is the Xpress Product Suite,
which provides web development and email management tools. The Xpress Product Suite
includes SiteXpress, a website-building program that features over 300 templates and
requires no web design skills.
For resellers and end users, cPanel is known for its ease of use and range of features.
cPanel’s collection of over 50 pre-installed scripts and Fantastico auto installer help
clients set up their sites with little web development knowledge.
A basic cPanel reseller account comes with two separate programs for resellers to manage
• WHM (Web Host Manager) is used to create accounts and packages, add and suspend sites,
modify passwords, view bandwidth usage, park domains, install SSL certificates, and perform
other administrative functions.
• From the reseller’s cPanel control panel, a drop-down menu takes the reseller to the
control panels for each of the sites on the reseller account, including the reseller’s
With the addition of an optional program, WHM AutoPilot, you can automate account creation
and suspension, email notifications, and other tasks. WHM AutoPilot also integrates with
common payment gateways and has a helpdesk, an invoice module, and other tools.
H-Sphere is designed for both Linux and Windows platforms. Moreover, resellers can set up
plans for both Linux and Windows and administer sites on different servers from the same
control panel. The control panel, actually a separate server, also provides administrative
access to the integrated helpdesk.
The H-Sphere control panel server automates account configuration, credit card processing,
domain registration, and email notifications. It also includes a built-in billing module
and supports over 22 payment gateways.
From the reseller’s point of view, H-Sphere has a higher learning curve than most other
control panels because of its numerous features. For example, when setting up a new plan,
the administrator has two pages of features to choose from, including setup and monthly
pricing for optional services.
Beginning webmasters may find H-Sphere too complicated for their needs. More advanced
users, however, appreciate the features and control that H-Sphere offers the end user. A
key feature is the ability to have control over separate domains with multi-domain hosting.
H-Sphere comes with the website builder SiteStudio, which guides users through a variety of
style choices and stores content separately from the layout. No HTML or FTP knowledge is
Plesk is known for its stability and security. Resellers and end users like its simple
navigation, its clean interface, and its professional appearance. It comes in versions for
both Linux and Windows platforms.
With Plesk, all users use the same control panel but with different levels of control:
• Server administrator
• Client / reseller
• Domain owner
• Mail user
Each level of the control panel gives the user control of that level and the level(s) below
it. Email users, for example, can log into their mail user control panel to change their
password, add autoresponders, and change other personal settings without having access to
the domain owner control panel.
Plesk handles SpamAssassin at the mailbox level rather than at the domain level.
This feature enables users to whitelist or blacklist email for each email address, allowing
each email user to have individual settings.
SWsoft, the company behind Plesk, also offers SiteBuilder, a five-step website builder
using pre-built templates. SiteBuilder has over 300+ templates in different categories to
choose from, and users can publish their sites without any HTML or FTP knowledge.
If your Plesk reseller account is with a web host that offers HSPcomplete, you will have
some automation available with your account, such as credit card charges and email
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