By registering a Domain name with us you will also be bound by the terms and conditions of the domain registry
Who this affectsIf you order services from cthosting.co.uk or any of its brands you are bound by these terms and conditions. If you are reselling our services then these terms and conditions also apply to your customers so you should make them aware of them.
How to agree to these terms and conditons by the customerDuring the ordering process you were asked to read and agree to these terms and conditions. By submitting your order to cthosting.co.uk or its associated brands, you signify your agreement to them.
If you do not agree to these Terms
Then please don’t submit an order.
Why we need terms and conditions
cthosting.co.uk provides services to many customers. We have a responsibility to protect our services from the adverse effects of other peoples activites. We also have a responsibility to ensure that our customers web sites and email services are available for them to use. This means that we need to limit customers activities to those which are compatible with running a reliable and safe service.
The following terms and conditions were designed to ensure these obligations are met.
cthosting.co.uk will be the sole arbiter as to what constitutes a violation of the provisions described in this document.
Length of contract
If you pay your web hosting account monthly then your contract runs for one month and is renewed for another month when you make your next months payments. If you pay annually then your contract runs for 12 month from the date you first ordered. Details of how to cancel the contract can be found below.
Any attempt to undermine or cause harm to a server, or customer, of cthosting.co.uk is strictly prohibited. Offenders will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Moving of your account to another server
It may become necessary to move your account to another server to enable us to maintain or replace the server your account is hosted on.
We will normally take care of moving the account but you may be required to change nameservers on your domain name if we are not in control of it
The content of your web site
All services provided by cthosting.co.uk may be used for lawful purposes only. Transmission, storage, or presentation of any information, data or material in violation of any United Kingdom, or any International laws are prohibited.
The following list is not exhaustive, but it will indicate the sort of material you are not permitted to host:
MP3 files containing copyright music, unless you created the music yourself and own the copyright.
material we judge to be threatening or obscene.
material protected by trade secret and other statute.
pornography and sex-related merchandising, including sites that links to such content.
pirated software, also known as warez.
hacker programs or archives, including sites that links to such content.
products designed to defraud others, e.g. satellite hacking equipment.
promotion of illegal activities.
content that may be damaging to our servers or any other server on the internet.
Web sites promoted by spam or involved in spamming or selling spam related software or bulk email lists.
IRC or IRC bots.
If you are unsure whether or not your site falls into these categories feel free to contact us with a description before you sign up for an account or publish material as an existing customer.
The content of your emails
Spam is “Unsolicited junk e-mail sent to large numbers of people to promote products or services”.
We have a zero tollerance policy towards spam and we monitor our mail servers to ensure they are not being used for spamming. If we allowed customers to spam then our mail servers would be blacklisted and none of our customers would be able to send and receive mail reliably. It is in all customers interests that we stop spam.
We do not permit:
The sending of spam through our servers.
Sending out spam through another providers mail server which includes links to web pages or email addresses hosted on our servers.
Web sites promoted by spam or involved in spamming or selling spam related software or bulk email lists.
As delegated by our upstream providers, any sites using spam or selling of spam related software or bulk email content will be closed.
If you spam, we will see you doing it, your account will be terminated and you will not get a refund.
If you run a mailing list all the people you mail must have opted into the list. The list must not have been obtained from a third party. Your list server must use a system where an email is sent to the user when they sign up and they have to reply or click on a link to confirm their email address. This is known as “double opt in”. The mailman program we provide with some hosting packages matches these requirements, as do many other mailing list systems. You must honour all unsubscribe requests within 24 hours.
If we receive a spam complaint about your account we will.
Suspend your account to prevent any further violations.
Contact you to ensure you will not do it again.
Either reactivate the account or terminate it.
Protecting server resources
Each server has a limited amount of processing power and memory. We have found most of our customers to stay within “reasonable limits”, but sometimes people do cause problems for other users by using too many resources.
if you are a shared hosting customer you may not:
Provide hosting for third parties, unless you have a proper reseller account.
ie: Host another website or part of another website not linked to your account.
Link to cgi scripts running on your account from other domains (e.g. banner exchanges).
Use more than 10% of system resources on the server.
We do not allow clients to install their own cgi or php chat rooms. These tend to be a large drain on system resources and we cannot allow it as an account option. However, we provide chat systems with some hosting accounts which you may use free of charge.
Bulletin boards are permitted, provided they stay within the 10% server usage limit explained above.
We allow you (subject to a suitable hosting plan) to run programs to run continually in the background (cron jobs). However, these must not overload the server or affect other users sites.
If you go over any of the limits described above we will suspend your account and contact you to resolve the situation. We may offer dedicated server hosting for an additional charge. If you do not move to a dedicated server or reduce your system usage we will terminate your account to protect other customers.
Specific programs/scripts not permitted.
We do not permit the use of :
The webmail part of PHP nuke or any of its derivatives as this allows anyone to send out email and will be abused by spammers.
Formmail.pl from Matts Script archive. We have a secure version already installed on our servers, use it instead.
Formmail.php. Use the secure formmail.cgi which we have already installed on the server
Telnet / SSH / shell access
cthosting.co.uk provides SSH (secure telnet) access on some accounts on request. SSH access is provided for the purpose of testing scripts and carrying out site maintenace. It is not provided for any other purpose and there is no warranty of any kind should SSH fail to function for off server connections or activities. We reserve the right to withdraw SSH access at any time without notification. Customers are not permitted to run CGI or PHP shell emulation programs.
Each hosting plan we provide has a set amount of bandwidth available per month. We monitor this usage and if your site goes over the limit it will be suspended until the second day of the next month. If you do not wish to wait until the next month you can upgrade your hosting plan to one with more bandwidth. If you are concerned about going over your limit you should check your bandwidth usage in the control panel in the middle of the month and contact us if you think you will go over.
IP Addresses and DNS delegation
We provide IP address information in your welcome email. This is provided to allow access to the web site and control panel until the domain name has been transferred to our DNS servers. Customers are not permitted to link to their site or address via an IP address based link once the transfer is complete. This is for your own safety as it prevents links becoming out dated if we change your IP address.
All customers must change their domain names’ DNS servers to those specified on their welcome email. We do not permit customers to use external DNS management tools because of the likelihood of failure if we change an IP address. If you decide to use an external DNS service then you agree to absolve cthosting of all liability should your site fail due to DNS errors or the IP address changing at a later date.
All IP addresses remain the property of cthosting.co.uk or its upstream providers and are provided according to ARIN and RIPE rules and only when required for technical reasons.
We do not provide DNS management services. If you require changes to DNS records (A, MX etc) we will do our best to carry them out but we cannot provide a warranty that the changes will continue to work in the future.
Monthly Billing: We DO NOT send out invoices. All credit cards are billed automatically on the anniversary of the date the account was ordered. So if a customer orders hosting on the 15th of the month they would be billed on the 15th every month. We believe this is sufficient advance notification of payment due. It is the clients responsibility to ensure that they have sufficient credit to cover this transaction. In the event that a card is declined for any reason we will send an e-mail with instructions for submitting a new credit card. If new card details are not supplied within 24 hours we will suspend the account. If new card details are still not received within 7 days we will delete the account. If your web site is important, you are strongly recommended to pay annually
It is the customers responsibility to notify cthosting of any card number changes made by their card operator as soon as the new card is received.
Annual Billing: If you pay annually we will not bill your card automatically. We will send a renewal notice to the email address you provided us with when you signed up approximately one month before the renewal date. However, because 40% of our customers do not tell us when they change email addresses and because many ISP’s spam filters remove emails which mention web hosting services we cannot guarantee delivery of these emails. We recommend that you make a note in your diary one year from the date you ordered the hosting originally. If we do not receive the renewal payment by the due date then we will suspend the account. If payment is still not received within 7 days we will assume the accout is no longer required and delete it.
By ordering services from us you agree to abide by these cancellation procedures. Before we cancel an account we need to make sure it really is the site owner requesting the cancellation.
To cancel an account please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Accounts will be closed the same day, we do not schedule closures for the end of the current months hosting. Accounts are only considered cancelled once we have conformed by e-mail that we have cancelled it for you. If you have not received confimation from us it means your account is still open and you will be billed for all services provided until we have given such confirmation.
cthosting.co.uk will not be held liable for the non arrival of your request to cancel an account. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have received confirmation of the account closure from us.
If your account is cancelled by us for any of the unpermitted reasons above then that termination will be effective immediately and no refunds will be given for any periods unused.
When an account is cancelled, all of its files are deleted and are not recoverable.
Data integrity and backups
We will endeavour to keep backups of your data in order to restore the server if we have a disk failure. However, we provide no guarantee that we will be able to do so. It is in your own interests to keep a copy of your web site backed up on your own computer. You can do this by simply uploading changes from a copy you hold or by using the backup tool provided with most of our web hosting accounts.
If you have an accident with your site we will do our best to help, but we may not be able to restore your files for you.
It is impossible to have too many backups. Keeping a local copy at your location is the best way to protect your data.
If you are a dedicated server customer then we do not keep any backups of your files. If you have paid us for a bachup drive then you have the hardware and software necessary for making backups, but it is your responsibility to make sure you have it turned on. Again, we can make no guarantees about the integrity of backups.
Some of our hosting plans include virus scanning. If you have ordered a service that includes this feature we will scan your incoming mail for viruses and reject any email which appears to contain one. We will update our virus definitions on a daily basis.
However, we cannot guarantee to remove all viruses all of the time. For example, viruses hidden within certain types of attachment may not be detected. Viruses in emails forwarded from other domains may not trigger the virus scan as it goes through our mail transport agent. You should still have an anti virus program running on your own computer because it can check your whole system, not just your emails.
If the virus checker rejects a legitimate email because of any suspicious content then cthosting are not liable to either sender or receiver for its non delivery.
cthosting.co.uk will not be held liable for any damage caused by viruses received through emails received via our servers.
We will provide you with a username and password for accessing your account. This will be sent to the email address you entered into our order form. If you lose your password we can resend it to the same email address. If your email address has changed you will need to supply proof of your identity before we will provide the password. The reason for this is that a large percentage of password requests we receive are from people trying to gain unauthorised access to customers accounts. It is in your interests that we verify your identity before issuing a password.
Accounts terminated and confirmed by letter post will be sent by cthosting within 2 working days if this is not received by the account holder within a further 5 working days then it is the account holders responsibility to ask cthosting for a copy of the letter,which will be effective from the original date of the letter.
Domain name registration
Where a domain name has been registered as part of the service provided by cthosting the customer is bound by additional terms and conditions which were displayed during the registration process. Some of these are enforced by the different domain name registries and you should be aware that you may have a contract with them as well as with us. We register all domains with the customer as registrant. cthosting may be listed as technical, admin (and sometimes billing) contact for some domain names but normally we enter the customers details into all of these fields as well.
Domain name registration fees are not refundable because the registries will not refund us. It is the customers responsibility to ensure that all names are spelled correctly prior to ordering domain names.
Change of domain names
Domain names cannot be changed once they are registered. This is because the domain registries will not refund us once a domain name is registered.
We can change the domain name associated with your hosting account but you will need to register the new domain name first. Changing the domain name may require your account to be deleted and it may cause disruption to your web site. The old domain name will stop working. We reserve the right not to allow domain changes.
Limits of support
cthosting provides support with server side problems only. These include, non functioning of facilities provided with your hosting account and any faults which exist on the server your site is hosted on.
Customers are responsible for designing and maintaining their own web sites. We cannot provide advice or support for any programming or web design issues like frontpage, cgi, php or asp or any content manegment software such as E107 or PHPnuke
Support for your web design software should be provided by the company which supplied the software.
Refusal of Service
cthosting reserves the right to refuse, cancel, or suspend services at our sole discretion.
If you have a web site without a domain name of your own which has a subdomain based on a domain name we own, you have no rights to transfer that domain name to another provider. cthosting reserves the right to transfer any sub domain in domains of its possession to an alternative domain.
By ordering services from us you agree to indemnify and hold harmless cthosting from any claims resulting from the use of the service which damages the subscriber or any other party.
Limitation of liability
Your use of cthosting’s services are at your sole risk. All cthosting services are provided on an “AS IS” basis WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED ,IMPLIED, CONSTRUCTIVE, OR STATUTORY, INCLUDING,WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, NON INFRINGEMENT OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of implied warranties, so this exclusion may not apply to you in full.
cthosting makes no guarantee of availability of service and reserves the right to change, withdraw, suspend, or discontinue any functionality or feature of the cthosting.co.uk service
IN NO EVENT WILL ‘cthosting’ BE LIABLE FOR ANY
DAMAGES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DIRECT,
INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR
PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF OR
INABILITY TO USE cthostings’s SERVICES OR ANY
CONTENT THEREON. THIS DISCLAIMER APPLIES, WITHOUT
LIMITATION, TO ANY DAMAGES OR INJURY, WHETHER FOR
BREACH OF CONTRACT, TORT, OR OTHERWISE, CAUSED BY
ANY FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE; ERROR; OMISSION;
INTERRUPTION; DELETION; DEFECT; DELAY IN OPERATION OR
TRANSMISSION; COMPUTER VIRUS; FILE CORRUPTION;
COMMUNICATION-LINE FAILURE; NETWORK OR SYSTEM
OUTAGE; OR THEFT, DESTRUCTION, UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS
TO, ALTERATION OF, OR USE OF ANY RECORD.
The formation, construction and interpretation of this agreement shall be controlled by the laws of England. The U.N. Convention of Contracts for the International Sale of Goods is expressly excluded from any interpretation of this Agreement.
These terms and conditions are exclusively governed by English law and by ordering services from cthosting you submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the english courts.
If you intimate that you are entering into legal action against us we will suspend your account until the legal dispute has been resolved.
Explanation of the above
We will do our best to keep the service running reliably but we will not be held responsible for any losses you incur through your use of it. If you are in business you should ensure you have adequate business insurance and we recommend you contact an insurance broker.
Changes to these terms and conditions
cthosting reserves the right to change or amend these Terms of Service at any time without prior notice.
Violations of these Terms of Service should be referred by email to email@example.com . All complaints will be investigated promptly. Violations of these terms and conditions can be grounds for immediate account deactivation without refund.
Some files held by cthosting are covered by the UK Data Protection Act. You can find out more about your rights in relation to these files here www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
Fees are applicable for any requests for personal information under this act, for details please contact cthosting.