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  Post #1 (permalink)   01-23-2005, 11:06 PM
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Was just curious if anyone was in the market for running a free hosting service or if they are already running one!
 
 
 


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  Post #2 (permalink)   01-23-2005, 11:22 PM
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No, people seem to abuse free hosting all to much because they havent invested anything in it. Not in our plans at this stage.
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  Post #3 (permalink)   01-23-2005, 11:32 PM
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I feel like I do sometimes but nope not here either...
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  Post #4 (permalink)   01-24-2005, 03:46 AM
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I'm currently developing one.
 
 
 


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  Post #5 (permalink)   01-24-2005, 07:22 AM
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I'm currently developing one.
Are you going to automate the free hosting service? If so custom programming or a script that is currently out there?
 
 
 


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  Post #6 (permalink)   01-24-2005, 09:17 AM
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I would never automate a free hosting since that would be trouble. All they have to do is have the account setup and spam as soon as it is automated they will use it and abuse it
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  Post #7 (permalink)   01-24-2005, 09:25 AM
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I'm using an automated script, XPanel. For my free forums, I'm using sebflipper.
 
 
 


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  Post #8 (permalink)   01-24-2005, 01:32 PM
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I'm using an automated script, XPanel. For my free forums, I'm using sebflipper.
Where do you go about getting sebflipper?
 
 
 


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  Post #9 (permalink)   01-24-2005, 03:34 PM
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We currently do free hosting, and have for years.

Each application is ran through manually, checking for obviously false names, addresses, etc. We also require free clients to re-authenticicate their email addresses periodically. Further, we check the content of some sites randomly, looking for warez or other TOS violations.

Its a good bit of work

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  Post #10 (permalink)   01-24-2005, 08:34 PM
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ZiDev, how do you profit from it if you don't mind me asking
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  Post #11 (permalink)   01-25-2005, 06:27 AM
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Where do you go about getting sebflipper?
The script itself is called Multi-Forums and can be found at http://sebflipper.com/.

All accounts for the hosting will be approved manualy and signups from free email accounts will not be allowed.
 
 
 


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  Post #12 (permalink)   01-25-2005, 04:57 PM
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We force a Google AdSense banner on the sites, and oversell the single server which we stuff these accounts on like heck

Of course, that server is a bit up and down, down at the moment.

We also allow people to get "instant" activation for $1, and remove the ads (but remain on that server) for $15 per year.

It is absolutely impossible not to oversell free hosting. Spaceports, I recall, often had to add new HDDs due to space issues.

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  Post #13 (permalink)   02-20-2005, 07:51 AM
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when i get my hosting service, i do plan on adding a free hostiing plan, but I would monitor it very often as well have the membreship viewed before allowing them service. though atm i have the plan of making my free host allowed to user who already have a website and just want a better one. that way i can make sure what kind of site im allowing on my server.

though i heard from people that having a free hosting acct could be a bombshell for my hosting, i can see that in a way, but i plan to monitor and check out the accts often to make sure people are obeying the TOS.
 
 
 


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  Post #14 (permalink)   03-08-2005, 02:53 PM
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I have been heavily involved with several free hosting sites - none have involved instant activation as that just causes trouble.

I am currently working in a free host who has customed coded a script to integrate with WHM.
 
 
 


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  Post #15 (permalink)   03-21-2005, 12:27 PM
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Im running one, But we offer paid hosting too.
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