Free Hosting Solution Is Offered to Channel Partners
Seeking to capitalize on current perceived weaknesses in the web-hosting model, new entrant Fasthosts tries to build loyalty in the channel with a free-and-easy hosting plan.
A leading English web hosting provider is spearheading its aggressive U.S. launch with a unique carrot to resellers: one year free, unlimited web hosting.
For resellers that bite the carrot, Fasthosts Internet Inc. delivers a few enticing benefits designed to make it easy and profitable to resell and create own-brand web solutions such as hosting and domain names.
Those benefits include unlimited web space and bandwidth for resellers, enabling them to create their own packages and set their own prices. Perhaps an even bigger benefit is Fasthosts provision of a free hosting plan that will yield 100 percent profit for channel partners.
The free hosting solution consists 10GB of web space, 5 FTP accounts, unlimited email accounts and is ASP / PHP5 / Perl compatible. The package is permanently available for resellers to sell on an unlimited basis, providing recurring revenue.
The recurring fees and low cost of doing business make reseller hosting a highly profitable market, said Steve Holford, chief marketing officer, Fasthosts, Chesterbrook, Penn. However, many resellers dont find it easy to do business with U.S. hosting providers because they are restricted to selling off-the-shelf products. Obviously, we see tremendous opportunities to thrive in the U.S.
Holford also noted that Fasthosts would not burden resellers with problems typically imposed by U.S. reseller hosting providers such as limits on web space per end customer and expensive charges for bandwidth used. He said end-user customers of Fasthosts will never face being cut-off or receiving unexpected charges.
Fasthosts reseller package, free for 12 months (and $50/month subsequently), enables resellers to create a customized package for each end customer, design and create their own range of packages or simply resell Fasthosts off-the-shelf packages.
The vendor provides both Linux and MS web hosting, a range of domain name registrations and MS Exchange email packages for resale.
Unlike other vendors, the company offers instant activation and requires no time-consuming or intrusive qualification details, Holford said.
The reseller package includes an intuitive dashboard that reduces administration for resellers, and branding tools that enable resellers to customize their customers control panels, webmail and SiteBuilders. A reseller calculator provides instant cost transparency, while a customer management area gives resellers an overview of their hosting business.
Fasthosts will provide U.S. channel partners with 24/7 service through U.S.-based technical support.