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Problem with free hosting...

perhaps, they stealed my site. What to do?



1:06 pm on Aug 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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About a year one mine site is hosted at a free hosting provider. They leave from selling 404 error traffic and do not put any ad on hosted sites (that's why I joined them).
Since beginning of this week I can't access any of my sites hosted there. When I'm trying to visit site it redirects me to the hosting home page. I'm loosing money because of that and I have emailed support team. Yesterday I get a reply that "their hosting is visible only for USA" but after reading FAQ found this :

"Although we often permit web surfers from elsewhere to access sites, from time to time requests other than those in U.S. English will generate 404 errors and possible page redirection."

I tried to e-mail them again and again but they don't reply at all. I am not against if they time to time would redirect visitors to advertisers but not ALWAYS as it is now...
Maybe somebody was in the same situation and know what to do.

[edited by: oilman at 4:17 pm (utc) on Aug. 19, 2004]
[edit reason] specific host name removed [/edit]


1:29 pm on Aug 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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It all sounds very fishy.

If you're making a little money on your site, if you can, just go with a some cheap hosting provider, like Godaddy, that is well established and doesn't have so shaky a business model (frankly, I don't know the fiscal health of Godaddy, but at least they have a lot of customers and charge money, so it's inherently unstable).


2:27 pm on Aug 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Is it possible to transfer domain e.g. name.example.com to paid hosting provider?
I never have done it and sure is it possible do it or not..
How do you think?

[edited by: oilman at 4:51 pm (utc) on Aug. 19, 2004]
[edit reason] specific host name removed [/edit]


4:13 pm on Aug 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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you cannot transfer a domain like that because you don't own it. You have


tld = top-level domain (.com, .net, .uk). These are overseen by... well lets just say nobody can really buy these.

domain = this is the part you can register, like yahoo or google, and in this case is owned by the free host.

name = a "subdomain", which is created by the person who owns the domain one level up.

So let's say you have "allek.domain.com", you could try to register "allek.com" or "allek.org" or "allek.cc" or whatever, and transfer your stuff. This is very easy, but all incoming links will break and will need some sort of redirect. If your free host allows you to put .htaccess files on their server, you're set. It can be set so that visitors automatically get redirected and search engines are told to update the urls.



8:25 pm on Aug 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Bottom line on free hosts: no matter how good they seem to start, they will all jack you over in some way in the end. They'll steal your traffic, they'll up and disappear off the net without warning, they'll have a 'service glitch' that erases all their servers and backups, they'll change their TOS or they'll delete your site for no reason and try to blame you for it. Or not respond to you at all.

Never host a commercial site on a free host. You're just asking to lose money.


6:32 am on Aug 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Finally problem has been resolved, hosting support team founded technical difficulties and succesfuly solved them.
Thank you guys for all help.

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