Parallels H-Sphere Documentation Administrator Guide

 

Billing Resellers

 
 

Related Docs:   What Are Resellers in H-Sphere Creating and Editing Reseller Plans Getting Started (Reseller Guide)

Last modified: 21 Dec 2007

 

WARNING: This documentation covers Parallels H-Sphere versions up to 3.1. For the latest up-to-date Parallels H-Sphere documentation, please proceed to the official Parallels site.

Questions Considered: Fees Collected From Resellers
Charging Resellers for Traffic

 

Fees Collected From Resellers

Due to the dual nature of resellers in H-Sphere they are charged:

Fees for services provided with reseller account

Fees for services provided with reseller account are calculated based on actual billing period prices and free units set on the fourth or any subsequent steps of reseller plan edit wizard. If prices or free units for actual billing period aren't set, corresponding base prices and free units set on the first step of reseller plan wizard are used instead. In this case the fee is adjusted to respective discount.

  • Setup fee for reseller account: single time fee charged at the moment the reseller account is created.
    = Setup price for a CP account
  • Recurrent fee for reseller account: service fee for maintaining of reseller account during the whole billing period; charged in advance the moment reseller account is created and since then at the beginning of each billing period.
    = Monthly price for a CP account
    * if the base price is used, it is multiplied by billing period duration in months.
  • Recurrent fee for additional traffic or disk space: fee for each GB of traffic or MB of disk space that reseller reserves to distribute between his end users over free units you allocate to resellers; charged inprorated for the whole billing month in advance at the moment of purchase and since then at the beginning of each billing month.
    = Monthly price for Reseller traffic or Summary Disk Usage x units over Free quota / billing period duration in months
    * if the base price is used, it's not divided by billing period duration in months
  • Usage fee for exceeding traffic or disk space quotas: fee for each GB of traffic or MB of disk space consumed by reseller's end users over the quota reserved by reseller; charged at the end of each billing month
    = Extra price for Reseller traffic or Summary Disk Usage x units over Traffic/Summary Disk Usage quota reserved by reseller / billing period duration in months
    * if the base price is used, it's not divided by billing period duration in months  

Fees for services distributed with user accounts

Resellers are charged fees for services distributed with user accounts when their customers acquire resources over free quotas allocated to resellers. The fees are calculated based on prices and free units set on the third step of reseller plan wizard.

  • Setup fee: single time fee for creating a unit of specific resource by reseller's end users over free units you allocate to reseller; charged the day after it is acquired.
    = Setup price for specific resource
  • Recurrent fee: service fee for maintaining of resource acquired by reseller's end users over free units you allocate to reseller; charged in advance for the whole end user's billing period the day after it is acquired and since then at the beginning of each end user's billing period.
    = Monthly price for specific resource x end user's billing period duration in months
    * Mind that if the resource is acquired in the middle of the end user's billing period, the recurrent fee is prorated to the days remaining to the closure of the end user's billing period:
    = recurrent fee x days remaining to the billing period closure / billing period duration in days

 

Charging Resellers for Traffic

The table below explains the difference between two alternative approaches in charging resellers for traffic.

Traffic Usage Traffic Allocation

- charge resellers for the traffic that their end users have run up during a month period (either from the beginning of the billing period or from the time when the traffic limit was changed).
* the traffic run up during the last day of the month is transferred to the next month charges

- charge resellers for traffic that their end users have requested
Configuration of Traffic Charge Billing Schemes through Plan Edit Wizard

On the first step set:

  • Free: GBs of traffic that you allow your reseller to provide to his end customers for month. If traffic run up during the month keeps within this amount, you don't charge reseller anything. Free makes up initial traffic quota.
  • Extra: reseller payment per each GB that is run up over traffic quota*. 'Extra' is charged at the end of each month.
  • Monthly: fee that reseller pays per each GB bought to increase his 'free'. This way reseller increases his traffic quota. This is usual when reseller constantly overpays for exceeding the 'free' limit. Monthly is charged at the beginning of each month.

    * traffic quota = free GBs + additional GBs

On the first step leave all the fields referring to traffic empty.
On the second step set:

  • Free: GBs of traffic for billing period a reseller can provide to all his end customers without being charged.
  • Setup: N/A
  • Recurrent: reseller month payment per each GB reseller's end customers have requested by setting Summary Traffic limit for their accounts in excess to free you set for this reseller's plan.
  • Usage: Money paid by reseller per each GB of traffic his end customers run over traffic limit they set for their accounts.
  • Refund: % of recurrent fee that is refunded to the reseller for the unused GBs of booked traffic when the end user quits hosting or otherwise closes the billing period.
  1. To set traffic usage scheme working, you have to log into each reseller account registered with that kind of plan and change their summary traffic limit (Info-> Account Settings) to either plan's free traffic amount or zero.

  2. If you decide on enabling traffic usage scheme for all your reseller plans, log into the CP server as cpanel and run the following command:

    java psoft.hsphere.converter.ResellerTrafficUpdate


Related Docs:   What Are Resellers in H-Sphere Creating and Editing Reseller Plans Getting Started (Reseller Guide)



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