Web Host Manager or WHM is cPanel’s web application that allows cPanel customers to take control of multiple cPanel hosting accounts linked to their Virtual Private Server. In this post, we’ll discuss why using Web Host Manager is beneficial for web hosting service providers.
Before we jump into the benefits of cPanel and Web Host Manager, let us quickly understand how reseller hosting works. If you are already familiar with this or if you are a reseller yourself, feel free to skip the following segment.
How does reseller hosting work?
Building an online presence requires storing data on web servers. Web servers require hardware storage capacity or cloud-based storage along with regular maintenance. A hosting company maintains the resources to run web servers. Customers can buy these server resources to run their websites.
A hosting reseller is a person or organization that buys server resources from a fully-fledged hosting company in bulk and then sells those resources in smaller tailor-made packages to other customers along with some services. The Web Host Manager application is primarily designed for hosting resellers.
What are cPanel and Web Hosting Manager?
cPanel is a Linux-based control panel powered by a Graphical User Interface for managing web hosting accounts. It allows you to create email IDs, sub-domains, monitoring resources, and more. WHM is the web application that enables access to cPanel’s backend and increases the flexibility of managing websites. With Web Hosting Manager, a hosting reseller can manage all the hosting accounts sold to his customers.
What are the key benefits of using WHM?
Better security for hosted sites: With the help of WHM, a reseller can assign cPanel accounts to each of his customers. Since each site is connected to a separate cPanel account, even if one domain is hacked the others stay secure.
Superior control over hosted sites: You can manage and monitor all the cPanel accounts linked to your hosting servers. You can jump from one account to another with ease. You can also closely control the bandwidth and storage space occupied by each site.
Monetize your hosting: You can sell your resources to customers by creating new cPanel accounts.
Create your brand image: Even though you are reselling hosting resources built and originally sold by a hosting company, WHM lets you create a unique brand image.
Tools provided by WHM
As a WHM customer, you can reap the benefits of the following tools and capabilities. Each of these capabilities boosts your ability to manage and improve your hosting reselling services.
- Site monitoring and management: You can monitor if a website is abiding by the hosting agreement. You can control the bandwidth and monitor the storage usage.
- Customized hosting package creation: Once you have bought server resources in bulk, you might want to create bite-sized packages customized for a buyer’s needs. WHM allows you to do that.
- Creation, deletion, or suspension of cPanel accounts: If need be, you can create new cPanel accounts to further monetize your hosting resources. Or you can delete outdated accounts.
- Access to server data: It helios you manage the servers.
- Branding and customization: You are allowed to brand your control panel according to your preference. It helps you create a business profile.
- Change domain and user names: This ability allows you to resell cPanel accounts to different customers.
- Toggle between cPanel accounts: Your ability to jump between accounts ensures you can modify each account as needed.
What you can achieve with WHM
WHM allows you to create multiple cPanel accounts along with default pages for each of them. Follow the steps to create accounts.
Go to Account Functions. Fill in all the information – DNS settings, email routing options, etc. Click Create.
If you need to delete or suspend an account, you can do that by going to List Accounts.
You can also track all the processes and services running on any site hosted on your server. And you can do it without leaving the WHM interface.
As a WHM account owner, you have the freedom to decide how much storage would be assigned to which user. You can divide your resources into packages of different sizes for different types of customers.
You can have your own logo, cPanel profile design, links, and documentation on your WHM interface.
The Market Provider Manager lets you showcase your hosting packages to interested customers.
As a reseller, you would need an SSL certificate, and WHM makes it very easy to get that. Just visit the SSL/TLS tab to install it.
You can turn on backups for all the accounts linked to your server. The backup data is stored in remote storage like Google Drive.
Overall, if you want to turn hosting reselling into a profitable business for yourself, the Web Host Manager is an essential component.