Free Web Hosting Terms & Conditions
You MUST read and understand this agreement as you will be asked in your account application to accept.
GigaRank reserves the right to suspend, restrict or terminate any account where the account holder is in breach of this agreement.
Posts for Hosting
GigaRank is a post for host Website (one time). We require that our new members make a one time posting of 10 quality posts before they may apply for Free Hosting.
Use of Web Hosting Accounts
Accounts are to be used only by you. Account holders must not resell or give away web space or email accounts to other parties, other than the acceptance of advertisements. All web space and email accounts must remain in total control of the account holder.
Only one account allowed
Each applicant is only allowed one free hosting account. More than one hosting account is strictly prohibited. If you are found to have more than one account you will lose your account and be banned from the free services for life.
GigaRank prohibits the use of its servers for:
* Text based online games that use crons to deliver mass mail.
* Web proxies of any kind, php, CGI etc.
* Hosting illegal scripts like vBulletin or Invision Power Board (IPB). Hosting such scripts without our consent and a legal.txt file in the directory is prohibited.
* Hosting illegal materials such as commercial audio, video or music files or any other copyrighted works, for which the account holder does not have the permission of the copyright holder, or any other material in violation of UK Law.
* Adult material such as pornography, erotic images or otherwise lewd or obscene content.
* Racist, defamatory, obscene, indecent or other unlawful material.
* 'Warez', such as pirated software, ROMS, emulators, instructions or software for phreaking, hacking, password cracking or IP spoofing etc.
* Promoting and/or engaging in pyramid sales, Multi Level Marketing or similar activities.
* Engaging in illegal activities.
Account holders will not post (nor allow to be posted) web pages containing such material or links to such material, nor shall they store such material in their server space, nor shall they transmit such material by email or any other means.
GigaRank reserves the right to determine whether any material or use is prohibited.
GigaRank reserves the right to remove any such material without warning and suspend or terminate accounts without access to a backup or notice.
System Resource Usage
If GigaRank's staff team determines that an account holder is utilizing an unacceptable amount of system resources, GigaRank may temporarily suspend the account until the source of the problem has been resolved.
GigaRank will be the sole arbiter as to what constitutes a violation of this provision. Because of the nature of this provision, each account will be considered and analyzed individually.
Background Running Programs (bots/daemons/monitors)
Account holders are not permitted to run programs in the background on shared hosting servers. This tends to use a lot of system resources, and can impair service to other customers on that server.
We do allow Cron Jobs to be conducted on our servers. You can set up and manage the cron jobs for your account from the cPanel of your account, however if abuse of this service occurs, we have the right to issue an account termination and may also restrict this service.
Unsolicited Email (SPAM)
SPAMing, or the sending of unsolicited email, from GigaRank server or using a return email address that is maintained on GigaRank server is STRICTLY prohibited. Using SPAM to advertise a site hosted on GigaRank also constitutes as a violation of this provision. We will be the sole arbiter as to what constitutes a violation of this provision. Sites found to be in violation of our SPAM policies will be immediately deactivated.
As a prevention to combat spammers each hosting account is set to allow sending of 60 emails per hour (mailnull, php mail, pop, smtp). If you are sending more your emails will be held in a queue pending delivery, the mail queue is checked daily and all emails sent out are recorded.
If you need to send out a mass mail "example - CMS, Forums, mail list`s" on a regular basis then we recommend you export your email list`s and use another service to deliver them.
Any attempts to undermine or cause harm to a GigaRank server or account holder of Gigalicous is strictly prohibited.
We will be the sole arbiter as to what constitutes a violation of this provision. Account holders found in violation of this provision will be subject to account deactivation!
Using your Hosting Account
If you get accepted for free web hosting then we expect you to use your account, we are not a domain parking service nor a file hosting service.
When you get accepted for free web hosting you should have your home page up within 48hrs after acceptance. Failure to do so may lead to your account being flagged as unused and risk being terminated.
If your account uses less than 5mb bandwidth per month it may also lead to your account being flagged as unused and risk being terminated.
You are required to make a minimum of 5 post`s on the forums per month to keep your web hosting account, this is in place so we know that you still require hosting from GigaRank and that your hosting account is in use.
Data Transfer (Bandwidth) and System Resources
All web hosting accounts should remain within the agreed data transfer (bandwidth) allowance for the account. GigaRank accepts that there are times when sites may unexpectedly exceed data transfer allowance for short periods of time. GigaRank will not impose any penalty for such breaches of data transfer allowance providing that these breaches are small, are not frequent, and are not sustained. GigaRank reserves the right to determine what constitutes small, sustained or frequent breaches of data transfer allowance.
Many domains have to share the various resources (processors, memory, etc) available on the servers. GigaRank believes that no single domain should use excessive amounts of resources, as this may jeopardize server performance for the other domains.
In the event that an account is deemed to be using excessive data transfer (bandwidth) or resources, GigaRank may suggest action to reduce bandwidth or resource use, or suggest moving to another hosting provider.
Failure to Follow Policies
Failure to fully comply with these terms is grounds for account suspension and/or deactivation. Any accounts hosted by GigaRank must comply to the above policies.
We reserve the right to remove any account without prior notice!
Backup`s \ Restoration Policy
We strongly recommend that you backup your files and database/s on a regular basis. GigaRank will not be held responsible for data that has been lost. There is a feature in cPanel whereby regular back-ups can be made and saved on your hard disk as well as restored.
GigaRank undertakes periodic clean-ups of the server to get rid of free website space that is no longer used. Clean-up Announcements will be posted in the Announcements Sub-Forum and it is your responsibility to visit the Forum regularly to check on these. If you should fail to respond to a Clean-up Announcement this will be interpreted as your account no longer being active, at which time the account will be terminated. It is therefore also imperative that you make regular back-ups of your Website as well. Once terminated, and provided your membership is in good standing with GigaRank, you may re-apply for a new Website account.
GigaRank will not be responsible for any loss or damage to your Website. GigaRank makes no warranties, expressed or implied, for any services we offer.
Account holders shall indemnify and hold harmless GigaRank from any and all demands, liabilities, losses, costs, and claims, including all legal fees, asserted against GigaRank and its agents, customers, officers and employees, that may arise from any service provided or performed or agreed to be performed, or for any service offered by GigaRank, its agents, customers, officers or employees.
GigaRank will not be responsible for any loss or damage caused by infringement of copyright or proprietary rights, supply of defective goods or services, any loss or damage (personal or business), caused by members of GigaRank.
Changes and Amendments
GigaRank reserves the right to amend and/or to change these Terms and Conditions without notice.