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KHN
07-13-2000, 02:56 PM
Hi,

I was thinking a lot about being a reseller, because I found a host that I could probably make a lot of money from their reseller program. But, is it worth it?? Since they don't provide tech support, will it be a nightmare trying to answer all the questions yourself??

Is anybody a reseller or had tried it before??

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parplex
07-13-2000, 04:09 PM
All I gotta say is that I hate resellers. I bet its for communitech right. Some people dedicated themselves to reselling. Basicly, I think at one point or another the smart ones, will relize it and go for the better deal. ie better support and cheaper prices. Plus the tech support u have to do might make it not so worth it.

KHN
07-13-2000, 04:16 PM
Nope, it's not communitech, a much better host.


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hobbnet
07-13-2000, 04:50 PM
I think it is to much of a headache for one man/woman to tackle. You say you could "make a lot of money" being a reseller. That may be true, I dont doubt it one bit, but the fact is that if you are reselling someone elses space then you are an extra middleman in services and your services could be found cheaper somewhere else. Granted finding these "cheaper services" may take more time but any knowledgeable webmaster would take this time to find the cheaper host. Now, this leaves YOU with the less knowledgeable webmasters. Probably new webmasters who are diving in to the .com scene. This means they are mostly likely going to be throwing money at you but have no clue as to what they are doing. This would ultimately leave a huge burden on your shoulders. See my point? I have tried reselling space to clients I have designed pages for and it has turned into a long term investment of my time and just a huge hassle. Of course, I am not a very experienced webmaster myself and I may have not tackled reselling webspace in an efficient way but these are just my opinions.

Good luck, whatever you do! http://geekvillage.com/ubb/wink.gif
-Wade
(I just read over my post. Please excuse the hard to follow structure of my sentences...I just don't feel like taking the time to make what I said sound more fluid.)

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KHN
07-13-2000, 05:18 PM
You might find a deal better elsewhere by finding the actually host. But most host won't beat this offer.

350 megs
50 gigs of bandwidth
cgi-bin
25 sub domain names

Plus much more for only $29.95.

This host offer 17 gigs of bandwidth per DAY (Yes per day, not month). So I could say 100 gigs per month for $30 is still unbeatable. Not many host with their own server could offer that.


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mlbs2000
07-13-2000, 09:28 PM
Well, I think you should try out there hosting yourself at first. If the place has got a 30 money back try it, they may let you try it out for free, or well if you expect to make a lot of money 29.95 isn't much to start it off. Anyway, half the time, the money you spend at first depends on how good your companys gonna be, like, if I were to put all my money into my computer, I could get programs and make things for people etc, and if I hadnn't have spent any money at all, well I wouldn't make any money etc. And upgrading your pc makes it better for you. THats just an example, I've been going on enough right??? Well..... http://geekvillage.com/ubb/confused.gif

KHN
07-13-2000, 09:32 PM
My totalclipart.com site is being hosted by them.

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hobbnet
07-14-2000, 02:46 AM
17gigs a day sounds great, but I'd still be catious. Remember, some companies offer "unlimited bandwidth" and we all know that is a joke. This may be the hosting companies way of trying to slip this joke by us, undetected.

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cyburrr
07-14-2000, 04:20 AM
Can you post the name of the host KHN? I've been looking for a good one, and several have been mentioned. I was glad to hear all the negative comments about one I'd been considering - and decided not to use them. Will the sites you plan to host have FTP access? Or will you be the only one editing etc?

KHN
07-14-2000, 07:13 AM
It's www.canaca.com (http://www.canaca.com)

They personally told me it's 17 gigs per day and they also mention it in their policy. They also claim that many sites had used up 100 gigs per month without any problem.

Click here to lern more about their policy http://www.canaca.com/Bandwidth.htm

If you really want to read the fine print then you have to download their term and condition. That's where they said 17 gigs per day.

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Edwin
07-14-2000, 04:12 PM
I agree that's what their policy says, but a little math shows how unlikely this would be in practice.

They are connected via a DS3 line, which I believe is 45Mbps.

This makes 5.625MB/s or 486GB per day.

This is if their network was operating at a theoretical maximum capacity, with a sustained load every single second.

This means that one customer hitting their 17GB/day limit or close to it would use 3.5% of their entire network connectivity for their whole hosting business.

This seems so unlikely that I bet they would invoke their right to cancel (with appropriate notice period) if anyone got near those traffic levels.

I bet the conversation went something like this:-

Lawyer: "If you say unlimited, you still have to have *something* to protect your backs."

Host: "Oh erm ok, well [pulls number out of thin air] gosh 17GB a day sounds like a pretty impressively high number"

Lawyer: "Is that with a small "G" or a large "G"?"

Of course, all of this is conjecture, and my math may be flaky (try it yourself!)

Edwin

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