The Terms and Conditions of SLU Hosting

In exchange for the fees you pay in advance, we will host your website on one or more of our servers, so long as you abide by the terms and  conditions that are set out on this page, and in any other agreements that relate to the services we may provide to you. We will provide the  services according to the specifications listed for the hosting package you select during the signup process. For clarity, on this page, the term  "Services" refers to the web hosting and other services that we will provide to. The terms “You” , “customer” or “User” means you, the  customer and any other user of our services; the terms "SLU Hosting" or "us" or "we" refers to SLU Hosting. 

Permission to Host Your Content 

For us to host your website, it is necessary for you to upload a copy of your content to our servers (while always one or more back-up copies  for yourself). When you do this uploading, you are creating one or more copies of your content, Web site, web files and other data on our  system (your “User Content”). By purchasing hosting or other services from us, you acknowledge that these copies are being made, and give  us the permission (a license) to maintain these copies and make them available to users of the Internet. You are solely responsible for  providing all of the content and other data that make up your website, and for keeping back-up copies of those items. Please note that even  though you upload a copy of your content to our servers, you must always retain a back-up copy of your content, data bases and other web- files, as in effect from time to time, so you can reload them in the event of any technical issues, such as server problems, technical or system  related issues, loss of that content from our servers, etc 

Personal Information 

When you place an order for our services, your personal information, including your credit card information, is transmitted via the use of  Secure Socket Layer technology, the industry standard for encrypting sensitive information. We take your privacy very seriously, and as such,  will not sell your personal information to third party, and will take reasonable steps to keep it from being disclosed to any third party. Read  more in our Privacy Policy. 

You consent to be contacted by a representative of www.SLUHosting.com by email for important information about SLU Hosting products and  services. 

Backups 

We will make every attempt to retain nightly backups, which are available only for a short period in event of server failure. However, as with  any data storage systems, backups can fail. We encourage you to perform your own backups on a periodic basis or sign up for our daily  backup service. 

Because the Services permit Users to electronically transmit or upload content directly to the User Web site, User shall be fully responsible for  uploading all content to the User Web site and supplementing, modifying and updating the User Web site, including all back-ups. 

Any site over 2GB in size will not be backed up onto our backup servers and in the event of server failure, will not be recoverable. 

SLU Hosting shall not be responsible for any damages to the User Content, the User Web site or other damages or any malfunctions or service  interruptions caused by any failure of the User Content or any aspect of the User Web site. 

User is solely responsible for making back-up copies of the User Web site and User Content. 

SLU Hosting does not maintain backup copies of any user content or materials, including without limitation any User Web sites, data bases,  web files, or e-mail or other user data or information, or other content or materials. SLU Hosting cannot guarantee that the contents of a Web  site will never be deleted or corrupted, or that a back-up of a Web site will always be available. Users should always keep up-to-date copies of  all such materials and content to a local computer and SLU Hosting strongly suggest that Users regularly make additional copies (on tape, CD,  multiple floppies, another desktop, or elsewhere) to ensure the availability of such files, content or materials. 

Acceptable Use/Illegal Activity 

SLU Hosting strives to maintain a high-level of service, and a lot of customers depend on our high standards of quality. As such, we will not  provide services to those that are using our services for: 

Hacking, which includes, for example penetrating or attempting to access, without authorization, another computer or network. Port scans,  stealth scans, and fraudulent credit card "phishing" techniques are also prohibited. 

Hosting of files or other data that infringes on another's copyright or other intellectual property rights. 

Spamming, or sending of bulk unsolicited email. We maintain a strict policy on spamming, which includes the sending of unauthorized  commercial messages by use of our services, or by maintaining an open SMTP connection. We reserve the right to refuse or terminate service  based on reasonable indications that you are engaged in spamming of any sort. 

Uploading or linking to any content that violates another's right of publicity or privacy. 

Distributing hate speech, or any other content that is obscene, abusing, which could be considered libelous and defamatory. Hosting, storing, or distributing child pornography. 

If any such content is found and brought to our attention, the proper law enforcement  agencies will be notified. 

Hosting large amounts of data not specifically tied ("linked") to your hosting account. SLU Hosting encourages users looking for file  storage/backup solutions to seek other services that specialize in this. 

Hosting any material that, in our judgment, could be considered adult content, threatening, illegal, or violates our terms of service in any  manner. 

Content 

All services provided by SLU Hosting may only be used for lawful purposes. 

The customer agrees to indemnify and hold harmless SLU Hosting from any claims resulting from the use of our services. 

Use of our services to infringe upon any copyright or trademark is prohibited. This includes but is not limited to unauthorized copying of  music, books, photographs, or any other copyrighted work. The offer of sale of any counterfeit merchandise of a trademark holder will result  in the immediate termination of your account. If you believe that your copyright or trademark is being infringed upon, please email info [at]  sluhosting.com with the information required. 

Examples of unacceptable material on all Shared servers include: 

IRC Bots, Proxy Scripts / Anonymizers, Pirated Software / Warez, image, filedump, mirror, or banner-ad services (similar to rapidshare,  photobucket, or commercial banner ad rotation), affiliate servers, topsites, commercial audio streaming (more than one or two streams),  Escrow, High-Yield Interest Programs (HYIP) or related sites, Investment sites (FOREX, egold exchange), sale of any controlled substance  without prior proof of appropriate permit(s), AutoSurf sites, Bank Debentures, Bank Debenture Trading Programs, Prime Banks Programs,  lottery sites, muds / rpg's, hate sites, hacker focused sites/archives/programs, or sites promoting illegal activities, IP Scanners, Brute Force  Programs, Mail Bombers and Spam Scripts. Forums and or websites that distribute or link to warez content are prohibited. 

Offering video and/or audio streaming or downloads, MP3 Files, Games and shareware is also not permitted on any SLU Hosting server. 

Using a shared account as a backup/storage device is not permitted, with the exception of one cPanel backup of the same account. SLU Hosting, including all related equipment, networks and network devices are provided only for authorized customer use. SLU Hosting does  not monitor or prescreen content that customers post on their websites. Further, SLU Hosting does not systematically monitor the content  that is submitted to, stored on or distributed or disseminated by User via the Service (the "User Content"). However, at our discretion from  time to time, systems usage may be monitored for all lawful purposes, including ensuring that use is authorized and in compliance with our  terms and conditions and standards, for management of the system, to facilitate protection against unauthorized access, and to verify  security procedures, survivability and operational security. During usage monitoring, information may be examined, recorded, copied and used  for authorized purposes. Use of SLU Hosting system(s) constitutes consent to such system monitoring for these purposes. 

However, any material that, in our judgment, could be considered adult content, threatening, illegal, or violates our terms of service in any  manner may be removed from our servers (or otherwise disabled), with or without notice. 

Failure to respond to email from our abuse department within 48 hours may result in the suspension or termination of your services. All abuse  issues must be dealt with via support ticket/email and will have a response within 48 hours. If in doubt regarding the acceptability of your site or service, please contact us at info [at] sluhosting.com and we will be happy to assist you.  Potential harm to minors is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to child pornography or content perceived to be child pornography  (Lolita): Any site found to host child pornography or linking to child pornography will be suspended immediately without notice. 

Violations will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency. It is your responsibility to ensure that scripts/programs installed under  your account are secure and permissions of directories are set properly, regardless of installation method. When at all possible, set  permissions on most directories to 644 or as restrictive as possible. Users are ultimately responsible for all actions taken under their account.  This includes the compromise of credentials such as username and password. It is required that you use a secure password. If a weak  password is used, your account may be suspended until you agree to use a more secure password. Audits may be done to prevent weak  passwords from being used. If an audit is performed, and your password is found to be weak, we will notify you and allow time for you to  change/update your password. All files over 10MB must be linked from files within the same account and also publically available through any  domain name attached to your account. Large files (files over 10MB) should not take up more than 40% of the data on your hosting account. 

Zero Tolerance Spam Policy 

We take a zero tolerance stance against sending of unsolicited e-mail, bulk emailing, and spam. "Safe lists" and "double opt-in" will be treated  as spam. Any user who sends out spam will have their account terminated with or without notice. Sites advertised via SPAM (Spamvertised)  may not be hosted on our servers. This provision includes, but is not limited to SPAM sent via fax, email, instant messaging, or  usenet/newsgroups. No organization or entity listed in the ROKSO may be hosted on our servers. Any account which results in our IP space  being blacklisted will be immediately suspended and/or terminated. SLU Hosting reserves the right to require changes or disable as necessary  any web site, account, database, or other component that does not comply with its established policies, or to make any such modifications in  an emergency at its sole discretion. SLU Hosting reserves the right in its discretion to charge the holder of the account used to send any  unsolicited e-mail a clean up fee. 

Unlimited Bandwidth, Disk Usage, Email and FTP accounts and other Unlimited Resources. 

SLU Hosting provides Users with bandwidth, disk space and other resources, such as e-mail, mysql databases, and/or file-transfer-protocol  ("FTP") accounts, the amount of which is defined in SLU Hosting's web pages describing the package of Services purchased at the time of  purchase. In some cases, SLU Hosting may not establish a specific amount of bandwidth, disk space and other resources, and refer to that as  "Unlimited". In all cases, the Services are intended for normal use only, and any activity that results in excessive usage that is inconsistent  with normal usage patterns is strictly prohibited. SLU Hosting reserves the right to suspend, discontinue or delete the accounts of Users  whose use of disk space, bandwidth or other resources results in or presents the risk of degradation of service to other customers, regardless  of the amount of disk space, bandwidth or other resources included in the User's plan. User agrees that such usage shall not exceed the  amounts set by SLU Hosting for the Services purchased (the "Agreed Usage") and is additionally subject to normal usage guidelines  established by SLU Hosting as in effect from time to time. These allotments are optimized and dedicated towards serving the Content and  User's active electronic mail services related solely to User's web hosting account(s) with SLU Hosting. 

Hosting space is intended for normal use only, and is limited to Web files, active e-mail and content of the hosted Web sites, not for storage  (whether of media, e-mails, or other data). Hosting space further may not be used as offsite storage of electronic files, electronic mail or FTP  hosts. You are responsible for removing any files, e-mails or other data which do not meet these requirements, and for adhering to any usage  requirements or limits allocated to your account(s). Failure to do so may result in removal and deletion of such materials (including without  limitation files and e-mails), and/or in discontinuation of your services or account, which actions we may take in our sole discretion. 

SLU Hosting may monitor User's use of bandwidth, disk usage and other resources. SLU Hosting, in its sole discretion, shall have the right to  take any corrective action if User's utilization of bandwidth, disk usage or other resources exceeds the Agreed Usage, or normal usage by our  typical shared hosting customer, resource usage, or is used for other improper storage or usage. Such corrective action may include the  assessment of additional charges, disconnection or discontinuance of any and all Services, removal or deletion of User's Web site, User  Content, User's electronic mail and e-mail services and/or other materials and services or termination the User's account and of this  Agreement, which actions may be taken in SLU Hosting's sole and absolute discretion. 

Unlimited Domains 

Unlimited domains refers to subdomains, parked domains and add-on domains. In all cases (even those described as “unlimited”), the  Services are intended for normal use only, and any activity that results in excessive usage that is inconsistent with normal usage patterns is  strictly prohibited. SLU Hosting reserves the right to suspend, discontinue or delete the accounts of Users whose use of unlimited subdomains,  parked domains and add-on domains results in or presents the risk of degradation of service to other customers, regardless of the amount of  domains included in the User's plan. User agrees that such usage shall not exceed the amounts set by SLU Hosting for the Services purchased  (the "Agreed Usage") and is additionally subject to normal usage guidelines established by SLU Hosting as in effect from time to time. These  allotments are optimized and dedicated towards serving the Content and User's active electronic mail services related solely to User's web  hosting account(s) with SLU Hosting. 

If SLU Hosting takes any such corrective action under this section, User shall not be entitled to a refund or credit of any fees paid prior to such  action. User will comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations regarding User's Web site, User Content and/or User's electronic mail  services, including use of bandwidth, disk usage and other resources and will use such services and resources only for lawful purposes. User  may not utilize: the Services to copy material from third parties (including text, graphics, music, videos or other copyrightable material)  without proper authorization; the Services to misappropriate or infringe the patents, copyrights, trademarks or other intellectual property  rights of any third party; the Services to traffic in illegal drugs, gambling, adult content, obscene materials or any other products or services  that are prohibited under applicable law; the Services to export encryption software to points outside the United States in violation of  applicable export control laws; the Services to forge or misrepresent message headers, whether in whole or in part, to mask the originator of  the message. If SLU Hosting learns or discovers that User is violating any law related to User's Web site, User Content and/or User's electronic  mail services, use of bandwidth, disk usage or other resources or Agreed Usage, SLU Hosting may be obligated to or may in its discretion  inform the necessary law enforcement and/or any related agency(ies) of such conduct and may provide such agency(ies) with information  related to User, User's Web site, User Content and/or User's electronic mail. 

User is responsible for complying with any usage requirements or limits for bandwidth, disk space or other resources, and monitoring such  usage to ensure the Web site does not violate such requirements or exceed normal usage limits, Agreed Usage, or other limits allocated for  the account(s) and otherwise complies with this Agreement. SLU Hosting will use commercially reasonable efforts to e-mail Users who are at  or near their utilization limits, but SLU Hosting does not take responsibility if e-mail notification(s) is not received by the User. SLU Hosting  reserves the right to discontinue service through the beginning of the next month for your account in the event that it exceeds the any such  allotment. 

Resource Usage 

User may not: 

Use 25% or more of system resources for longer than 90 seconds. There are numerous activities that could cause such problems; these  include: CGI scripts, FTP, PHP, HTTP, etc. 

Run stand-alone, unattended server-side processes at any point in time on the server. This includes any and all daemons, such as IRCD. 

Run any type of web spider or indexer (including Google Cash / AdSpy) on shared servers. Run any software that interfaces with an IRC (Internet Relay Chat) network. 

Run any bit torrent application, tracker, or client. You may link to legal torrents off-site, but may not host or store them on our shared servers. 

Participate in any file-sharing/peer-to-peer activities 

Run any gaming servers such as counter-strike, half-life, battlefield1942, etc 

Run cron entries with intervals of less than 15 minutes 

When using PHP include functions for including a local file, include the local file rather than the URL. Instead of  include("http://yourdomain.com/include.php") use include("include.php") 

While our shared services are suitable for the bulk of our customers, there comes a time for some websites when they are better suited for a  larger plan, which allows for more dedicated CPU and memory resources. We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to discontinue service to  any customer with a website or other hosted data that takes up more than 10% of the server resources and/or 10% of the server's CPU. This  means that if your website is found to be utilizing more than 10% of the CPU and memory of the service, we reserve the right to take your  site offline. If this becomes necessary, you can either upgrade your hosting package, or request a pro-rated refund of the amounts you have  paid in advance for the services. Due to the severity of this, and our ability to act quickly to correct these situations to avoid server issues, we  will do everything reasonably feasible to provide you with a warning prior to taking your site offline, but we accept no obligation to do so. 

INODES 

The use of more than 50,000 inodes on any shared account may potentially result in suspension. Accounts found to be exceeding the 50,000  inode limit will automatically be removed from our backup system to avoid overusage. Every file (a webpage, image file, email, etc) on your  account uses up 1 inode. Sites that slightly exceed our inode limits are unlikely to be suspended; however, accounts that constantly create  and delete large numbers of files on a regular basis, have hundreds of thousands of files, or cause file system damage may be flagged for  review and/or suspension. Over time, tens of thousands of messages (or more) build up, eventually pushing the account past our inode limit.  To disable your default mailbox, login to cPanel and choose "Mail", then "Default Address", "Set Default Address", and then type in: :fail: No  such user here 

When the Services Will be Available 

We will attempt to provide the services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for as long as you have paid for them. Sometimes, however, for a  number of reasons, the services may be unavailable to you. You must recognize and acknowledge that due to the nature of web hosting  technology, occasional unavailability of the services cannot be avoided. Sometimes there are equipment malfunctions. At other times we  undertake periodic maintenance procedures or repairs. Still other times, there are causes beyond our control like power failures, interruption  or failure of telecommunication or digital transmission links, hostile network attacks, network traffic and other occurrences. We have not  promised to provide you with uninterrupted service. 

Guarantee 

As we explain in this paragraph, we offer you an 30 Day Money-Back Guarantee on all shared hosting plans. Upon cancellation of your  account, you may request a refund for the remainder (un-used portion) of your term, excluding any setup fees that were charged when you  signed up, and excluding domain registration fees. (Even if you received your domain for free through one of our promotional plans). 

All refunds are subject to a $12.95 domain registration fee charge; however upon payment of such charge you will have the opportunity to  continue to register and renew registration of your domain name after cancellation of your account. NOTE: If you sign up in GBP pounds  sterling then the domain registration fee is £14.95 and will not be refunded. To cancel your account and then request a refund, email our  billing team at billing [at] sluhosting.com 

Please note: Any account upgrades to hosting services such as additional domain registration, Priority Support, Daily Backup, Dedicated IP,  Domain Privacy, Private SSL certificates and Shell Access are non-refundable. SLU Hosting also reserves the right to cancel your account with  72 hours notice should an event occur in which proper evidence exists that a customer was exceptionally rude or vulgar in communications  with our staff. 

Joining SLU Hosting 

When you sign up, your SLU Hosting account will be enabled with autorenewal, which means that when your renewal date arrives, your  hosting plan and domain will be renewed. When it is time for renewal, the credit card you have on file with us will also be charged. If you wish  to not have this happen, and you would not like to renew your account, you must cancel 14 days prior to your renewal date. If you have any  questions as to when your renewal date is, simply login to your account at http://www.SLUHosting.com/whmcs/clientarea.php. If you fail to  cancel 14 days prior to renewal, your account will be renewed for a new term, so please be sure to fill out the cancellation form located above  if you do not want to renew. 

Please note that special offers are limited-time promotional prices that are available only to new customers and are valid for the initial term  only. 

By renewing or using your services and products you further agree to all of SLU Hosting's Terms of Services and any renewal prices. 

If more than 30 days pass from the date on which any invoice for the hosting services is issued to you and we have not received payment in  full, we will suspend your account, which means that your data, files and website will become in-active and cannot be accessed. 

If in the  following 30 days you pay all amounts due, bringing your account up to date, we will take your account out of suspension and the data will be  available again immediately. You must have an active method of payment upon you account for your autorenewal at all times, failure to do so  can result in you account being suspended or cancelled automatically. 

If, however, 30 days pass from the date on which your account is suspended and you have not made payment in full, SLU Hosting shall have  the right to delete all data you have uploaded to the servers. To summarize, if you get 60 days behind in making payments, your data will be  deleted. You hereby acknowledge that this is SLU Hosting's policy when it comes to data retention, and waive all rights in and to your data in  these situations. 

Invoices for renewals will be issued and may be charged up to 7 days in advance to ensure the we receive cleared funds for the continued hosting  service and domain renewal. 

SLU Hosting is unable to process orders placed using virtual/pre-paid/gift cards as we are unable to accurately verify them. In such cases it is  advised that you pay through a PayPal account if you have no other valid credit card to make the payment from. 

DMCA Copyright Infringement Information 

In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have adopted a policy to suspend or terminate the accounts of website owners found to be in violation of copyright. We respect the intellectual property of others, and we ask you to do the same. We may, in appropriate circumstances and at our discretion, disable and/or terminate the accounts of users who may be repeat infringers. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please provide our Copyright Agent (identified below) the following information:

an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other intellectual property interest;

a description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed;

a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the site;

your address, telephone number, and email address;

a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;

a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your Notice is accurate and that you are the copyright or intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner's behalf.

Our agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement can be reached as follows:

By email: support [at] sluhosting.com

Indemnification

If SLU Hosting is sued or threatened with a lawsuit from a third party because of something you do with the services, or as an affiliate you agree to pick up the tab if SLU Hosting is found liable or pays to settle the dispute. In legal terms, this is called "indemnification." Not only do you agree to reimburse SLU Hosting for what it pays to satisfy a judgment or settle a case, you also agree to pay SLU Hosting‘s reasonable attorney's fees and all other costs SLU Hosting incurs in defending itself.

Disclaimer of Warranties

You may have noticed that up to this point these terms of service have been kind of easy to read and understand. But our lawyers tell us that this section, dealing in the disclaimer of warranties, has to retain its legalese style. Sorry about that. SLU Hosting EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. SERVICES ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. SLU Hosting MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT ITS SERVICES WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, OR THAT THE SERVICES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR FREE, OR THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED. SLU Hosting DOES NOT WARRANT, NOR MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS REGARDING THE USE, OR RESULTS OF, ANY OF THE SERVICES IT PROVIDES, IN TERMS OF THEIR CORRECTNESS, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE. Some jurisdictions do not allow the disclaimer of implied warranties, in which event that foregoing disclaimer may not apply to you.

Limitation of Liability

Here is another section that has to retain its legalese. Simply stated, what this section is saying is that if something goes wrong, SLU Hosting cannot be held liable for it. IN NO EVENT SHALL SLU Hosting BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY OTHER PERSON FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, INCLUDING LOSS OF PROFIT OR GOODWILL, FOR ANY MATTER, WHETHER SUCH LIABILITY IS ASSERTED ON THE BASIS OF CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), BREACH OF WARRANTIES, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, ANY BREACH OF THIS AGREEMENT OR ITS INCORPORATED AGREEMENTS AND POLICIES, YOUR INABILITY TO USE THE SOFTWARE OR SERVICES, YOUR LOSS OF DATA OR FILES OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF SLU Hosting HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. Some states may not allow such a broad exclusion or limitation on liability for damages as contained in these terms of services. In those states, our liability is limited to the full extent permitted by law. You agree that in no event shall our maximum aggregate liability exceed the total amount paid by you for a 3-month period for the services in dispute purchased from us, or, in the event of liability of SLU Hosting due to your enrollment in the affiliate program (if instituted).

Governing Law and Choice of Form

The laws of United States, the State of Florida will govern this Agreement, without reference to rules governing choice of laws. Any action relating to this Agreement must be brought in the federal or state courts located in Miami, Florida.

When These Terms Take Effect

This agreement becomes effective once you submit your order with us or open an account with us for web hosting services of any kind (shared, etc.). If you are an existing customer, and you do not agree with the terms herein, please cancel your account. Otherwise, if you sign up for or continue to use the services, you agree to what is written here. If you have any questions regarding these terms of service, feel free to email us for clarification.

By using SLU Hosting you agree to the above terms of service as in effect from time to time.