Rails reseller hosting plans. What’s the point?

Don’t like any Rails hosting options you have come across? Think you could create a better hosting environment in your sleep? Do you have needs that no hosting company seems to be able to meet? Then we may have an option for you. Buying a dedicated server and reselling portions of it may be the solution for you. For many buying a reseller package is a good way for the entrepreneurial developer, with aspirations to begin a hosting company or other web venture, to start out. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about: a reseller hosting package is a type of web hosting where the reseller account or dedicated server owner can partition their allotted drive space and bandwidth to host third party applications. Not only does this allow you to rent out space on the server, but it also gives you more control over you hosting environment.

Buying a reseller package or a dedicated server is a good way to get your foot in the door of web-hosting. If you're worried about not having the technical expertise don't fret. You don’t have to know everything when you start. While you are learning the hosting trade the company you are buying from does most of the technical work. The data center operator is responsible for maintaining the infrastructure and hardware, and the dedicated server owner configures and updates the server, as well as providing security. A reseller is responsible for interfacing with his/her own customer base, but any hardware, software and connection problems are forwarded to the server provider where the reseller plan was purchased. It’s the web version of subletting a house and having someone else that does all the handy work and upkeep.Reseller accounts are also owned by web designers, developers, or system integrators who use hosting as an additional service. It’s a good way to entice customers to use your company as a developer. Not only will you be able to design the app your customer needs but you will be able to deploy and host it as well.

Also consider that many reseller hosting plans allow owners to create their own service plans and choose their own pricing structure. In many cases, resellers are able to establish their own brand through customized control panels and name servers. What does that mean for the aspiring Rails host? It means that with most reseller or Dedicated server plans you can create your own set up with the latest version of Rails (or not if that’s your preference) along with all of the gems you believe your customers will need, and customize a control panel that is easy to work with. All of which should be attractive options if you are looking to set up your own company.

Here are links to some hosting companies that offer great reseller and dedicated server options: