You MUST read and understand this agreement as you will be asked in your VPS account application to accept the terms and conditions of use of the VPS.
Gigarank reserves the right to suspend, restrict or terminate any account where the account holder is in breach of this agreement.
Our VPSs are given on a post to host principle. You have to make 25 quality posts in order to get a VPS. You also need to make a further 20 maintenance posts per month for continued use of the VPS. All of these should be non-spam posts - refer our Guidelines for Quality Posts and Forum Rules. In addition you need to create a shared hosting account first before you apply for a VPS hosting account.
Shared Hosting Account
Forum members are allowed a free shared hosting account in addition to a free VPS. You need to make 10 QUALITY posts in order to apply for a shared hosting account and 25 QUALITY posts for a VPS.
Should you have a shared hosting account in addition to a VPS account, any breach of the VPS agreement will also be considered a breach of your shared hosting agreement and vice versa. Therefore disciplinary action of any of the two will affect both accounts simultaneously. By accepting Gigarank VPS Terms Of Service, you also affirm that you accept Free Web Hosting Terms & Conditions.
Posts for VPS Hosting
Gigarank is a post for host Website. Members need to make 25 quality posts in our community forums before they may apply for a VPS. Once members have been provided with a VPS account we require our members to make a further 20 maintenance posts per month for continued use of the VPS account.
VPS hosting not suitable for beginners
Our Gigarank VPS servers are Linux based, which means that users will require some basic knowledge of Linux commands. They also will need knowledge and experience of building and maintaining Websites. The VPS servers are therefore unsuitable for beginners who do not have a working knowledge of Linux commands. When our members apply for a VPS account we would like to see some maturity and experience of managing a hosting account. Hence why a shared hosting account is a prerequisite for a VPS.
Kindly note that there will be no support services provided for VPS hosting other than the technical installation and setup of the VPS.
Gigarank has a limited stock of VPS servers available. So may not be able to provide a VPS server immediately on demand. Provision of the VPS server is solely at discretion of the owner.
Dependent on which node your free vps is allocated on you may receive an IPv4 / IPv6 IP address or even both.
VPS account must be active - implementation of 20 maintenance posts rule
As with shared hosting, the VPS account has to be active and used for the purpose of Website building. If there is any reason to believe the VPS is not actively used, then the service will be suspended. Failure to make the required 20 maintenance posts per month will be deemed to be a breach of this agreement and lead to immediate suspension of the account.
Only one VPS account is allowed
Each applicant is only allowed one free VPS 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.
VPS Control Panels
The VPS hosting account comes with a Virtualizor Control panel for basic operation of the VPS server including installation of a choice of Linux operating software. You are able to install any supported Linux based hosting based open source controls and applications. Paid premium control panels such as cPanel or DirectAdmin are not included, and if needed, will have to be acquired by the applicant independently. Management of these control panels are at the VPS user’s own risk and there will be no support services provided.
Use of VPS Hosting Accounts and Backup of Files
Use of the VPS service is at your sole risk. Gigarank is not responsible for files and/or data residing on your account. You agree to take full responsibility for files and data transferred and to maintain all appropriate backup of files and data stored on Gigarank servers. 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.
Gigarank prohibits the use of its VPS servers for:
* Game servers.
* Running public IRCd’s or malicious bots.
* Running any type of BitTorrent client or tracker that links to or downloads illegal content
* Use an Open/Public proxy/VPN or utilize a proxy/VPN to access illegal/malicious content
* Use I/O intensive applications which adversely affect other node server operations.
* Web proxies of any kind, php, CGI etc.
* Hosting illegal scripts like vBulletin or Invision Power Board (IPB).
* 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/US 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' staff team determines that an account holder is utilizing an unacceptable amount of system resources, other than allocated. 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.
Unsolicited Email (SPAM)
SPAMing, or the sending of unsolicited email, from a Gigarank VPS server or using a return email address that is maintained on a Gigarank VPS server is STRICTLY prohibited. 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.
Any attempts to undermine or cause harm to a Gigarank VPS server or account holder of Gigarank 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!
Data Transfer (Bandwidth) and System Resources
All VPS hosting accounts should remain within the agreed data transfer (bandwidth) allowance for the account. 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 VPS accounts hosted by Gigarank must comply to the above policies.
We reserve the right to remove any account without prior notice!
Gigarank will not be responsible for any loss or damage to your Websites. 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.