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    Hello All.
    From reading several fourms, there is quite a bit of confusion on the definitions used in the hosting business. I am creating this thread to help explain the terms. This is a working thread so it will be updated as needed.

    Root Access
    Root Access is the Master Admin User on a Unix system. This is the highest level a user can have.
    Overselling
    This basically means selling more resources then you actually own. Most hosts practice overselling and if it is done properly, it can help you maximize your potential earnings
    Control Panel
    In the hosting business, there are several control panels. The most comon is called cPanel, but there are many more. Plesk, Helm, WebMin, ServerCP, etc.
    Operating System
    Much like home computers, hosting servers also need an operating system. Most hosts will use CentOS (Linux) or RedHat (Linux). Several hosts also choose to use Windows as the server Operating System.

    PLEASE NOTE : The System of the server has nothing to do with what you run on your personal computer. If you choose a Linux Host, you do not need a Linux Desktop.
    Alpha Master Reseller (Alpha Reseller)
    Alpha Resellers can sell Master Reseller, Reseller and Shared Hosting Accounts. This can only currently be done in cPanel, however requires a 3rd party plugin (such as ZamFoo, Deasoft or WHMReseller).
    Most Web Hosts who offer Alpha Reseller Accounts often oversell their servers. If you choose to go with an Alpha Reseller Account, please ensure that it is not an "Unlimited" hosting account. These typically dont survive more then a year or two.
    Master Reseller
    Master Resellers can sell Reseller and Shared Hosting accounts. This can only currently be done in cPanel, however requires a 3rd party plugin (such as ZamFoo, Deasoft or WHMReseller).
    Reseller Hosting
    Reseller Accounts can sell Shared Hosting to their customers. Most control panels have this ability. Reseller Hosting is typically the starting point or most start-up hosting providers.
    Virtual Dedicated Servers (Semi-Dedicated Servers)
    These accounts are normally Reseller or Master Reseller Accounts that are placed on a less populated server. Most hosts who provide Semi-Dedicated only place 2-10 customers per server. Because of this, the price is often higher but you will be able to use more resources then a standard account. Think of it as a First Class icket verses one in Coach.
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    Cool

    As, far as I know VPS and resellers are two different concepts. VPS has far more better options when compared to reseller hosting.You can setup a reseller in a VPS, but you cannot setup a VPS in a reseller :P. VPS is more stable and you get a root access to the server. You can reboot it. If we go technically, there are a thousand things which differentiate VPS from a reseller or a Master Reseller. If you are looking for a reseller - I always recommend buying a VPS or a Dedicated server and then setting up a reseller on it, instead of buying a reseller account from some other webhost. It is a bit expensive but risk free. Slicehost.com offers good VPS hosting starting from $20 PM. Hope it helps

    Correct me if I am wrong.
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    [/INDENT]Virtual Dedicated Servers (Semi-Dedicated Servers)
    These accounts are normally Reseller or Master Reseller Accounts that are placed on a less populated server. Most hosts who provide Semi-Dedicated only place 2-10 customers per server. Because of this, the price is often higher but you will be able to use more resources then a standard account. Think of it as a First Class icket verses one in Coach.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shardul View Post
    As, far as I know VPS and resellers are two different concepts. VPS has far more better options when compared to reseller hosting.You can setup a reseller in a VPS, but you cannot setup a VPS in a reseller :P. VPS is more stable and you get a root access to the server. You can reboot it. If we go technically, there are a thousand things which differentiate VPS from a reseller or a Master Reseller. If you are looking for a reseller - I always recommend buying a VPS or a Dedicated server and then setting up a reseller on it, instead of buying a reseller account from some other webhost. It is a bit expensive but risk free. Slicehost.com offers good VPS hosting starting from $20 PM. Hope it helps

    Correct me if I am wrong.
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    I cant Disagree, a VPS is not a bad option IF you have a firm understanding of Linux. If not a Virtual Dedicated Server is the best option. (Contact me if you want to see one in action)
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    Yes I agree that you need to be technically advanced if you are into VPS, else you may end up saying that xxyyhost.com vps hosting sucks

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    I cant Disagree, a VPS is not a bad option IF you have a firm understanding of Linux. If not a Virtual Dedicated Server is the best option. (Contact me if you want to see one in action)
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    Exactly, To those that dont want to manage a VPS or Dedicated Server, a Semi-Dedicated server is the best option. These are called VDS Accounts. They are the best mid level option
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