Terms Of Service
Last Updated: February 25th, 2018
Terms and Conditions
This policy represents the HostUpon Terms of Service ("TOS") in its entirety and supersedes any other written or oral policy. This policy defines the terms of service all customers agree to when they sign-up for hosting services with HostUpon. HostUpon reserves the exclusive right to revise, change or amend any portion of this Policy at any time, without advance notification to customers.
Customers using any services offered by HostUpon consent to be bound by and must comply with all policies in this TOS. At the sole discretion of HostUpon. any violators of this TOS may have their services canceled without refund and/or, if deemed appropriate, be legally prosecuted.
In consideration for HostUpon maintaining one or more accounts (each "Account"), you agree to the following terms of service.
- "We" "Us" or "Provider" HostUpon.
- HostUpon - An Ontario Business
- "You" "Your" "Client" "Customer" or "Member."
Each person or entity who applies for Internet service or is a designate of any one who applies for Internet service.
Disclaimer of Warranty
The )nternet is a complex network of equipment, services and providers of information, thus the Service may not be available to you at all times. However, HostUpon offers a 99.9% uptime guarantee. This is valid for only the connection. HostUpon will pursue all resources and channels available to maintain maximum uptime, however, HostUpon is not responsible for any down time caused by client's error. HostUpon MAKES NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO WARRANTIES OF NON-INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTIBILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR USE) WITH RESPECT TO THE SERVICES IT PROVIDES. Neither HostUpon nor any one else involved in the provision of Service is liable to you or any third-party for direct or indirect damages resulting from the use, non-use of services provided herein, whether or not such damages resulted from the negligence of HostUpon, even if HostUpon has been advised to the possibility of such damages.
Services provided by HostUpon
HostUpon will provide )nternet server rental ("the Service") to its members for the express purpose of allowing customers to provide http )nternet content to the general public. The Service allows HostUpon members to maintain )nternet websites, receive and maintain e-mail accounts and access web space via FTP to upload files for their websites. HostUpon members will use the provided services in a manner consistent with any and all applicable laws of the Province of Ontario and the Canadian Federal Law. HostUpon provides the Services exclusively and makes no effort to edit, control, monitor or restrict the content of data other than as necessary to provide such Services. HostUpon reserves the right to refuse customers from utilization of its services, without notification. If any of the below activities are committed, HostUpon can terminate client's account without notification.
- Client Content: Client agrees that webpages and files uploaded to servers will not violate any province, federal or foreign laws or regulations; infringe on any intellectual property rights of HostUpon or any third party; be defamatory, slanderous or trade libelous; be threatening or harassing; be discriminatory based on gender, race, age; promote hate; or contain viruses or other computer programming defects which result in damage to HostUpon or any third party. Customers may not run IRC, bots or clients. Unacceptable uses also include: Bulk unsolicited emailing, unsolicited emailings, newsgroup spamming, child porn or links to such sites, cgi/php proxy scripts, copyrighted MP3, storing personal backups and/or cPanel backup files, illegal content, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, warez, cracks, software serial numbers. HostUpon will be the sole and final arbiter as to what constitutes a violation of this policy.
- Bandwidth Usage: HostUpon offers a generous amount of data transfer per month. This rule only comes into play when you use excess server processing power that negatively impacts the performance of the server and provides a bad customer experience in that server community. Minimizing the impact on an individual servers processing power is key to the overall performance of that server. In the vast majority of cases, if you use the web hosting service appropriately, visitors to your website will be able to view, download, and add as much content from your site as they wish. However, in certain circumstances, our server processing power, server memory, or anti-abuse controls could limit downloads or access from your site. Violators to the above rule will not be tolerated. You can upload all the content that you require each month subject to the rules as outlined above.
- Excessive Resource User Policy: Resources are defined as bandwidth, memory and/or processor utilization. A website is considered using "Excessive amounts of resources" when it monopolies the resources available using 10% or more of system resources for longer than 60 seconds. There are numerous problems that could cause such problems, this includes but not limited to: cgi scripts, FTP, HTTP, etc. A site that consumes over the account limit of bandwidth is also considered "excessive resources". This policy is only implemented in extreme circumstances and is intended to prevent the misuse of our servers. The client whom is using "excessive resources" will be asked to upgrade his/her package to one of our semi-dedicated or dedicated server packages. HostUpon will be the sole and final arbiter as to what constitutes a violation of this policy. Suspensions will only occur if client violates above restrictions.
- No "Spam": UCE/UBE or "Spam" originating from a server located on our network or associated with a HostUpon server is not tolerated. This includes any e-mail that promotes web sites hosted on a server located on the HostUpon network but is sent from an e-mail address not associated with that HostUpon account. Client shall not use their HostUpon services for chain letters, junk mail, bulk-email, or any use of distribution lists to any person who has not given specific permission to be included in such a process. HostUpon reserves the right to deactivate or terminate any account(s) upon any indication of such activity without notice.
- False Information: Client agrees not to post false or inaccurate information to news groups in violation of the news groups’ rules and regulations. If any news groups or service provider contact HostUpon concerning unethical, false or unlawful activities by you, HostUpon reserve the right to terminate your service without notice.
- Licensed Software Only: Client agrees to use only properly licensed third party software in connection with Client's use of the Services. We do NOT allow any type of NULLED software. Customers using any nulled scripts/plugins/themes or related software will have their account suspended immediately. The accounts will not be reinstated unless fully destroyed and re-created with the customer consenting to only use legitimate software with appropriate licenses.
- Back-Up Files: HostUpon offers a Premium Backup Service to all of our customers. The backup service can be purchased as an addon service to any active hosting account. It is the responsibility of the customer to keep up-to-date archives of their backed up data. Customers can use FTP, cPanel and PHPMyAdmin to make their own backups at any given time. HostUpon is not responsible for any lost data.
- Domain Names: When you first register a new domain, ICANN requires all registrars to verify your contact details. You will receive an email from us requesting you to review and verify these details. Failure to do so will eventually lead to the suspension of your domain. This suspension is enforced by ICANN and is not the responsibility of the hosting provider. Should your domain be suspended, your website and email account will be taken offline until the issue is resolved. Once a domain has been suspended you will need to click the link in the original email they sent in order for the domain to come back online. If you need the email to be resent please open a support ticket and we will be happy to resend it.
- SSL Certificates: HostUpon sells RapidSSL DV Certificates for either 1 or 2 years. These SSL certificates cover ONE domain. For example, if you purchase an SSL certificate for yourdomain.com the certificate will also cover www.yourdomain.com however it will not cover any sub-domains or additional domain names. This is not a Wildcard SSL certificate. For each domain name you wish to have SSL secured you would need to purchase additional SSL certificates. Our Premium Unlimited plan includes one free SSL certificate. This free certificate covers one domain and it must match your primary domain.
- Shared Hosting: Shared hosting plans cannot act as a reseller, which means that clients may not host any websites in their Addon Domains that are not domains owned by the client on file at HostUpon. You will need to have a Reseller Hosting plan. Content on a shared hosting plan should be under the administrative authority of the account holder.
- Payment Obligations: Full payment is required in advance before hosting service is established. HostUpon sends out invoices that are due every pay period. You are given fifteen (15) days to fully pay the invoice. You warrant and represent that the information you supply in the Order Form (or other information that HostUpon may require) is accurate and truthful. All payment-due notices will be sent by e-mail. No bills or invoices will be sent by postal mail or fax. If payment was not received by the due-date, your account will be suspended and possibly sent to collections. To have your account re-established, you will need to pay the monthly fees, plus any late fee's. All fees mentioned are in U.S (usd) funds.
- Renewals: Your account will be automatically renewed under the same billing cycle unless you give written notice to HostUpon thirty (30) days before the renewal date that you do not wish to renew or make changes to such account. Once a renewal payment has been processed and paid there are absolutely no refunds issued. Coupons and promotions are available to New Customers only and apply to the 'Initial Term'. All web hosting plans renew at our regular rates.
Shared Hosting plan renewals are processed up to 15 days in advance.
SSL Certificates are renewed up to 15 days in advance to avoid service interruption.
VPS and Dedicated Server renewals are processed up to 14 days in advance. This is to ensure licenses and related network capacity is uninterrupted. There are no refunds once service is renewed.
- Cancellation & Refunds: Should you become unsatisfied with our services within the first 30 days of your account activation (new customers only), HostUpon will refund your hosting fee subject to the money back guarantee terms listed in this agreement. Refunds are not available for shared/reseller pre-paid accounts and after the 30 days of account activation which includes renewing your services. You may however cancel your account at any time but no refunds will be issued. You will need to contact customer service 30 days before your renewal date and verify information before cancellation takes place. You will be charged in full for the entire month in which you canceled your account. Accounts which have negative balances will be sent to collections and all services will be terminated, including domain registrations. Customers wishing to switch their FREE domain to another registrar or cancel their service are subject to a $20 domain release fee. Refunds are never available for domain registrations, control panel licenses (cPanel, Plesk, etc) setup fees, account addons, renewals of any services or dedicated servers.
- Overage Fees: Email storage is capped at 25GB on all shared hosting plans. Accounts will be assesed an overage fee billed in 25GB increments and prorated to their billign cycle. Disk space overage is billed in 25GB increments at $12.50/month.
Refunds are NOT given for any account upgrades or add-ons, only the hosting portion is refunded in full. There are no exceptions and no refund(s) will be awarded for upgrades at any point after your first 30 days of initial signup.
If you've purchased web hosting services from HostUpon in the past and signed up again you are not eligible for the 30 day money back guarantee. The 30 day money back guarantee is strictly for new customers purchasing services for the first time. Existing customers who purchase additional hosting plans are NOT eligible for the 30 day money back guarantee. The 30 day money back is only for new customers that have never used our services.
99.9% Service Level Agreement "SLA"
HostUpon offers its clients a 99.9% network uptime guarantee for customer satisfaction purposes and also to ensure that your business is running problem free. HostUpon will try to maintain maximum uptime. HostUpon is not responsible for any downtime caused by the client.
HostUpon retains the right not to assist clients with third party applications. This includes any script uploaded by the client, installed using cPanel, it's scripts library or any installer within. Any assistance, support, or troubleshooting provided by HostUpon for ANY third party script or application will be subject to a $25/$45 service fee.
30-Day Money Back Guarantee and Domain Registrations
HostUpon offers an unconditional 30-day money back guarantee that covers cancellations of a shared web hosting account made during the first 30 days of service, due to the inability to deliver satisfactory services. As a part of our strive to achieve industry leading customer satisfaction, the customer will be refunded all hosting charges made to their credit card minus any setup fees which are non-refundable. The guarantee does not apply to accounts with non-use, misuse, and/or abuse of this agreement. Domain name registrations, setup fees & dedicated server fees are also non-refundable. Refunds are NOT given for upgrades at any point in time after the first 30 days of being an active client.
Qualifying Services for 30-Day Money Back Guarantee
Shared web hosting plans, WordPress shared hosting plans and reseller hosting plans.
Non-Qualifying Services for 30-Day Money Back Guarantee
VPS Hosting, Cloud Hosting and Dedicated Servers. These three hosting services are not eligible for any refunds.
Any questions regarding the 30-day money back guarantee should be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org. HostUpon offers one free domain registration or transfer which means you can choose to register a new domain name OR transfer a domain to HostUpon free of charge for the first year. After the first year, the domain name will renew at the regular rate listed on our website. The free domain must be the primary domain on the account and must be chosen during the initial order process. If no new domain is registered or transferred the free domain offer is void. Credits will not be provided if the client chooses to use an existing domain and update their name servers.
Effective Feb 27, 2018, Due to the continued rise in domain costs, HostUpon will no longer provide a Free Domain. Domains will be included for the first year at no additional cost. Subsequent years will renew at standard domain rates.
Customers who purchased before Feb 27, 2018 will not be affected by the new pricing structure until December 30th of 2022. However, existing Customers who sign up for a New Hosting Account will not be eligible for the ‘Free Domain’ as part of their Hosting Package. Also, Customers who Upgrade/Downgrade their Hosting Account will not be eligible for ‘Free Domain offer’! Transferring an existing account to a 3rd party or to a New Client will cease the Offer for ‘Free Domain’!
Fast Track Support: Client agrees to pay a non refundable fee of $5.00, plus applicable taxes for a ticket to be escalated to the top of the queue with a guaranteed response time of under 60 minutes. Purchasable as an upgrade on a per ticket basis, either at the time of opening a ticket, or at any time throughout the life of that ticket. A response is not necessarily a resolution. Resolution will depend upon the nature and complexity of an issue. This service is available Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm, EST. If a Fast-Track ticket upgrade is purchased outside of Fast-Track support hours it will be placed first in the queue for the following day to ensure priority.