Getting started with your cPanel Reseller Hosting account

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Written by Dennis Nind

Last published at: February 8th, 2019

If you’ve decided to start your own Web Hosting business or are simply interested in what’s involved in setting up a fully automated hosting service from start to finish then this article is for you! Once set up, you will be able to provide impeccable, enterprise-grade hosting services to your clients, built on our own bespoke product, Reseller Pro - what’s more, it will be fully automated!

This guide is to help you get set up, from start to finish, a walk-through the process of setting up and getting started with Reseller Hosting. Here at Brixly, we offer unrivalled support so if you get stuck at any point just open a ticket and one of our friendly support staff will be happy to guide you.

Here at Brixly, we have provided you with the tools and resources to set up a bespoke package which stands out from the rest.

A fully white labelled service means your clients don’t even know you’re reselling on our platform. To the end user, it will look like your server, your packages and your business.

Some key elements:

  • Custom Nameservers
  • Custom cPanel URL (i.e. https://youtdomain.com:2083 or https://www.yourdomain.com/cpanel)
  • WHM Packages
  • WHMCS (from £6.95 per month)
  • Brixly Domain Reseller API
  • Complete customisable branding in WHM and cPanel

WebHost Manager (WHM)

WebHost Manager, or WHM for short, is the control panel right at the heart of your Reseller account and your hosting service.

WHM allows you to create your own custom hosting packages with your own limits.

All WHM details are provided in your Welcome Email which you received when signing up.

To access WHM you can either use yourdomain.com/whm or HOSTNAME.cloudns.io:2087 (Hostname is the name of the server your account lives on, i.e. alfa.cloudns.io:2087)


WebHost Manager Complete Solution (WHMCS)

WHMCS is the platform which allows your set up to be fully automated, from creating new cPanel accounts to invoicing, billing and suspensions. Your clients can order hosting services, raise tickets and make payments to you through WHMCS.

WHMCS communicates directly with your WHM control panel.

We also provide the Brixly Domain API to you which can be integrated with WHMCS quite easily! This will allow your customer to buy domain names from you, at your prices!

Finally, we provide custom name servers and control panel URL for your account, along with glue records, which your clients can use to setup and point domain names to your hosting service.


So, how does it all fit together?

cPanel accounts – these are the individual hosting accounts that contain a client’s domains, websites and email accounts.

WHM – this is your management system that contains all the individual cPanel accounts. This is where you specify the limits and features provided in each cPanel account via WHM Packages & Features

WHMCS – this is an optional extra for WHM – that provides a billing and client management solution as well as a front-end website that allows your clients to login to their hosting account with you and view their hosting packages, domains and billing. WHMCS can be fully integrated with WHM, so you can add, edit and remove clients here and any changes will be reflected in WHM.