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People question, “Why do we have to purchase a reseller plan instead of having our own web hosting company brand?”. As I once wrote in the previous article, the reason is simple, LESS budget, MORE profit. You don’t need hundreds or thousands of dollars when you first start as reseller. Just for couple of bucks to pay the reseller plan, you’ll get a lot more revenues than you start your own from zero.

Choose the Right Reseller Web Hosting Plan

To make the right step as reseller, the first thing you need to do is choose the right plan for your need and decide what kind of web hosting reseller you’d like to be. Sometimes, it’s hard to decide the best plan for you. However, you can consider how much you need and what you require.

For example, our company, Host Department, offers a reseller start up plan called Premium Reseller, with which you can have 50 GB storage, 150 GB bandwidth, 50 Control Panel accounts, and unlimited domains to be hosted at only very minimum price for reseller, $24.95 per month.

And it is totally inexpensive at that range of price. Why? Because with that amount of budget or with that range of reseller plan, you can rake instant revenues at least from hundreds to thousands of dollars a month as a reseller. How is it so? If it’s your next question, let’s discuss it below!

Calculation Estimation of Reseller Revenue with a Reseller Plan

You must be now questioning how you can possibly earn hundreds to thousands of dollars with only few bucks. Well, it is now time for me to share the general idea. Let’s say that with that $24.95/ month, you’ve got 50 GB storage, 150 GB bandwidth, and 50 CP accounts to sell and you can manage to sell them in few plans. For instance, you offer 3 plans, you can then sell them like this.

PLAN A

PLAN B

PLAN C

250 MB Storage

500 MB Storage

1 GB Storage

1 GB Bandwidth

2.5 GB Bandwidth

5 GB Bandwidth

15 accounts

20 accounts

15 accounts

$5 per month

$10 per month

$15 per month

15 accounts x $5 → $75

20 accounts x $10 → $200

15 accounts x $15 → $225

Storage: 250MB x 15 = 3.75 GB

Storage: 500MB x 20 = 10 GB

Storage: 1 GB x 15 = 15 GB

Bandwidth: 1 GB x 15 = 15 GB

Bandwidth: 2.5GB x 20 = 50 GB

Bandwidth: 5GB x 15 = 75 GB

From the table above, I try to give you a general calculation if you’d like to have 3 plans to sell in that way. So from Plan A, you offer 250 MB Storage with 1 GB bandwidth at $5 per month, and you set into 15 accounts; you’ll be able to get $5 times 15 accounts and you already get $75 per month. And if you can sell 15 accounts, the total storage used will be 250MB multiplied by 15, which equals to 3.75 GB. For bandwidth in plan A, if you can sell 15 accounts, that means you’ll spend bandwidth amount of 1 GB multiplied by 15, which equals to 15 GB use every month.

From Plan B, you give 500 MB Storage with 2.5 GB bandwidth at $10 per month, and you set into 20 accounts; you’ll be able to get $10 multiplied with 20 accounts and you get $200 per month. And if you can sell 20 accounts, the total storage used will be 500 MB multiplied by 20, equals to 10 GB. For bandwidth in plan B, if you can sell 20 accounts, that means you’ll spend bandwidth amount of 2.5 GB multiplied by 20, which equals to 50 GB use every month.

And in Plan C, you provide 1 GB Storage with 5 GB bandwidth at $15 per month, and you set into 15 accounts; you’ll be able to get $15 times 15 accounts and you’ll get $225 per month. And if you can sell 15 accounts, the total storage used will be 1 GB multiplied by 15, equals to 15 GB. For bandwidth in plan C, if you can sell 15 accounts, that means you’ll spend bandwidth amount of 5 GB multiplied by 15, which equals to 75 GB use every month.

So, from the general calculation from a start up reseller plan in which you have 50 Control Panels at only $24.95/month, you can earn at least $75 (Plan A) + $200 (Plan B) + $ 225 (Plan C) → $500 totally per month.

Even, it actually not really $500 per month but better, it can be $500++ per month, including the additional profit like domain name registration or additional domains add on fee, and the left storage and bandwidth to be sold when your customers need more.

Usually, resellers’ prices for domains are around $9 per domain name (regular ones like .com, org, net, biz, us, info). If you check out the market domain prices, those domain extensions can be sold at $12.95 per domain per year.

This will be your additional profits as a reseller. Also, if you set up numbers of domains to be hosted maximumly in each of your plan, you can set additional fee per domain when your customers want to add more domains than it is provided.

And why do I say you can sell your bandwidth and storage? It is because if you arranged your hosting service like that, you just get to use 3.75 GB+ 10 GB + 15 GB or a total of 28.75 GB for three plans, meaning that you still have 22.25 GB left out of 50 GB to sell to your customers when they need more storage for their web hosting needs.

The same way also happens to your bandwidth. When you arranged your 3 reseller plans that way, you will just use 15 GB + 50 GB + 75 GB or a total of 140 GB out of 150 GB for 3 plans, meaning that you still have 10 GB per month to sell whenever your customers need more bandwidth for their websites. This means the profit calculation is not yet at the dead end.

What to Do Now?

Of course this might be not the real exact calculation as this is just in general. You can arrange and manage your reseller plans as however as you’d like to. This amount of revenue is not settled yet. It can vary, depending on your management and number of clients. Nothing is written in stone yet anyway.

Everybody must need income. And the more we can get, the better we can survive living, especially, in this crisis happening. So it is time for you now to decide your future, whether you just want to be the way you are now, or you want to be more. Great amount of instant revenue will be in your hand soon! Make the right decision, make the right future for you now.

~ G4br13lle~

Wow, it is already April now! Time does fly. This month, I will provide you with not only our usual uptime fact but we’ll give you a bonus of our outstanding Premium Hosting performance fact too. Released in November 2008, our premium hosting offer all you desperately desire in a web hosting experience, latest technological features of UNIX and Windows, quick fix customer support, and what is the most important is that, PERFECT uptime fact (performance)! And here is the proof.

Premium Hosting Performance

Service % OK % Critical
ftp 99.989% 0.011%
http 100.000% 0.000%
mysql 100.000% 0.000%
smtp 100.000% 0.000%
pop 100.000% 0.000%

Starting from this month, we will provide you with our outstanding uptime fact for our all new Premium Hosting product. As you can see in the table, our Premium Hosting even performs far beyond expectation. You really get above 99.99% uptime averagely for all services.

Our premium hosting HTTP, MySQL, and e-mail services (POP and SMTP) reached 100% uptime performance last March 2009, meaning that there was no critical time at all. And the premium hosting FTP service reached 99.989% uptime, rounded to 99.99%. It just had 0.011% critical time for the regular server maintenance.

Regular Web Hosting Performance

Service % OK % Critical
FTP 99.989% 0.011%
HTTP 99.989% 0.011%
MySQL 99.989% 0.011%
SMTP 99.989% 0.011%
POP 99.989% 0.011%

As it has been for the last months, our uptime fact has shown great improvement in all services. And it did too in March 2009. Last month, we had averagely 99.99% for the whole types of services (FTP, HTTP, MySQL, SMTP, and POP).

We dare to say that FTP, HTTP, MySQL, and e-mail services like SMTP and POP were all being 99.989% ok in March, meaning that it is rounded up into 99.99% (from 99.989%) as we guarantee! There was only 0.011% critical time or 0.01% reported for the regular scheduled maintenance which update you can always check at http://www.hostdepartment.com/netstat/index.html for reference.

So, from the two comparison tables, surely you can see which performs better in the services. For now, that’s all I can report for the performance fact. See you again guys next month for the uptime fact report.

Regards,

G4br13lle

April the 1st – Happy april Fools Day for you! It’s time to fool and spread the hoax as only on this day you can possibly do this without being slapped, kicked, hit, yet, or blamed. Hoaxes and other jokes with various types can be done to friends, families, enemies, or neighbors, which is to embarrass the gullible people on purpose. Just choose your hoax or joke and do! But wait, since when did we start to fool people on this day?

The Origin of April Fool’s Day

Very long time ago, ancient culture like the Romans and the Hindus celebrated New Year on April 1. And in medieval times, most of the Europe parts celebrated March 25 as the beginning of a new year  (New Year’s Day) with the Feast of Annunciation.

However, in 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new Gregorian Calendar to replace the old Julian Calendar. And in this new calendar, New Year’s Day is celebrated on January the 1st. Since then, The European countries started to adopt and shift New Year to January 1.

There had been so many rumors about the date replacement. For examples; many people refused to accept the new date or even did not know about that, and still celebrated New Year on April 1. And, there is even more.

Others began to make fun of these traditional people by sending them tricks to make them believe something false. And this habit to fool people on this day began to spread throughout Europe and then to other countries as it is greatly known nowadays.

What Kind of Jokes or Hoaxes Do People Spread?

ANYTHING! Yes, as you can see and as far as I am sure, any kind of hoaxes can flow like water everywhere on this day to everybody and everybody can do it – radio stations, TV stations, magazines, books, newspapers, gameshows, online websites, or even people on the streets.

From anyone, there have been so many famous hoaxes ever. For example, one famous hoax was Spaghetti trees, informed by The BBC television programme (Panorama) in 1957, showing the Swiss harvesting spaghetti from trees. This caused a large number of people contacted the BBC to know how to plant and take care of their own spaghetti trees.

There was also another famous hoax about Tower of Pisa in Italy. What was it about? Well, the Dutch television news reported once in the 1950s that the Tower had fallen over. This hoax did cause a great shock. Many people had contacted the station just to know if it was true. So, you notice right? Anything can be made into false news on April 1st to joke with people who can easily trust.

As this day only falls once a year, we should enjoy it and have no negative feeling towards the jokes and hoaxes. Just have a great time cause after all, they are just jokes and fun tradition to do.

~Gabrielle~

Last time I once wrote about domain scamming trick last August 2008, which was famous for trying to trick you by threathening you that someone would steal your trademark out of your domain name. But it is already an old news to tell.

Today, I would let you know another very dangerous strategy done by scammers to steal your money and vital information online – Clickjacking. Maybe some of you have heard, maybe some have not. Anyway, Clickjacking is sly and cunning scamming techniques used by scammers to make you reveal  and  send your confidential information to them.

It can be your account passwords in websites, bank accounts, or even they can steal the control of your computer when you seem to just click harmless web pages without you knowing it. Even worse, the button clicked is hidden or invisible and covered by other visible function of the button. So, you never have the idea that you have been clickjacked until you really get the effect.

Fraud By Clicking Link Buttons

As I mentioned a little above, this is how clickjackers do their jobs, by providing invisible button covered by  a seeming to be safe button to click. You click the buttons that looks totally normal and is even on a very legitimate site. For example, when you are browsing your bank’s website but still, you have the possibility of getting clickjacked.

What is worse is that you cannot even see the malicious button hidden behind the normal one. There is still a button that you see to click. But unfortunately, the button you always see when you click on the site has the hidden button that can get you clickjacked.

So, Clickjacking performs as the second invisible button, which has been covered by the real button. This means when you think you click the button you want to click, you’re also clicking the button behind it. Everything looks normal, but actually it is not. And that is how your information got revealed and stolen.

What’s the Effect?
What is it after you click on the hidden link buttons? Don’t ever think that it just stops until that step only. Just right after you click on the button, they are able to track and get your vital information, passwords, and use them for things that can make you thrilly scared.

It can send your banking information to other parties, operate application in the background so you won’t know, or even, when you are on your computer online, it can use your camera or microphone to monitor what you are doing there. Even worse, it also can download virus that can damage your computer.

Imagine! You must be very often in clicking anything and anytime online whenever you are browsing the internet. You click the submit button for any online form you fill out or open your e-mail, or many other things you do when being online. There are so many great possibilities you get clickjacked.

How to Solve This?
As this is really quite terrifying issue for your online, you should do some precaution and action for this. But for sure, you cannot just turn off the javascripts as it won’t help at all. However, some prevention techniques have been provided such as installing NoScript add-on with ClearClick feature, to prevent users from clicking on invisible buttons. This will help you to protect yourselves from all the types of Clickjacking that uses frame based or plugin based.

Or, you can also include a Framekiller JavaScript. What is this? It is a piece of JavaScript code that doesn’t allow webpages to be displayed within a frame. With framekiller, you can avoid to have inside frames by other pages from different sources to be included so that you can make sure that your browsing experience is safer.

So, for sure, don’t let yourselves clickjacked by those cunning and sly clickjackers. They might be clever and intelligent in finding their way to do online fraud and crimes. However, we can be even smarter in dealing with them.

~Gabrielle~

Easter 2009, it’s time to re-joy as it is always each year! Feasting, family and friends gathering will be awesome for this holy occasion. Hunting easter eggs is also exciting and fun to do. Plus, remember to attend church to  celebrate this great day to really feel the important meaning behind this special day.

What Is It behind Easter Day?
Is it all about feasting and gathering? Well, of course not only that! Easter is appreciated as the time to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, celebrated on the third day after Christ died (Good Friday). Christians believe that after Christ was executed and He saved humans with the sacrifice of His blood, He resurrected on the third day after His death.

And the resurrection day of Him is commemorated as the Easter day, which falls on Sunday. This has become one of the important days of the Christian’s days and is celebrated every year.  This means you can’t say you are Christian if you do not celebrate this important day to memorize the greatness of Jesus Christ.

How Can We Celebrate Easter more besides Feasting, Gathering, and Egg Hunting?

There are always more stuffs to do. For example, what a special day is without gifts, especially on Easter? Use this special day to excite your beloved ones – friends, families, or co-workers – with amazing easter gifts and send your best mates gift baskets filled with Easter sweets, toys, games, and delicious chocolates (everybody loves it). When these baskets reach their doorsteps with your best sincere wishes to them, your friendship will be even more strengthened.

You can even complete Easter more terrificly by creating and writing beautiful and attractive Easter Cards to send to your friends, families, or lover. Yes! Easter Cards sound like just an old tradition but it is still lovely to send to show that we care. So, don’t miss out the cards.

If you feel you cannot write or create ones, these cards are available to purchase in the markets. Or, if you might want something practical, electronic cards are also a good option to send through email messages. With either of these cards, you can send best wishes of cheers, joys and happiness.

So, Welcome Easter!
Say no to skipping to celebrate Easter Day. Even we, Host Department, celebrates this very holy-day by giving out the gift for you. How? Currently, we are sharing discounts in all of our Shared Hosting plans as our Easter special gift for you.

Yep! Just by using our coupon code “EASTER09” (all should be written in CAPS), you can subscribe  either our outstanding and all new Premium Hosting or our unlimited growth No Limit hosting plans with 20% off. No other requirement!

With our Premium Hosting, you will get all you’ve been dreaming of an ideal web hosting – the latest web hosting technologies for both UNIX and Windows (PHP5, MySQL5, .NET 3.5, Ruby on Rails, MS-SQL 2005, AJAX Support, and many more), all new IBM Xseries Blade Servers with very high-speed performance, and quick fix customer support.

As there are so many ways to celebrate this very special day, let’s have our great and meaningful moment on Easter day.

~Gabrielle~