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SimGames.net Hosting Agreement

Thank you for your interest in SimGames.net's Free Web Hosting. Before your hosting services can be activated, you must agree to the terms set below. These terms were last revised on March 23, 2013.

It has come to our attention that a number of sites are linking to SimGames.net as an unlimited free host. These sites do not make it adequately clear that SimGames.net is for English gaming web sites only. If you are not here applying for hosting for an English gaming web site, your application will be discarded (as you have obviously not read this page), and you will receive no reply. Please do not apply for hosting unless you have read this entire page and understand the terms.

What You Get

SimGames.net has three classifications of hosting, subdomain hosting and two levels of domain hosting. Each "plan" is advertising-supported and free, however domain hosting requires that you first acquire the domain name through a registrar. The Level 2 domain hosting is not available immediately upon signup unless your site already meets the establishment requirements. Users with established web sites may request an upgrade to Level 2 to begin offering hosting services to other people.

An established site is defined as a web site that is updated at least 2-3 times per week over the course of a month with new information and demonstrable content. A site which merely posts news every few days about the site or has an active forum is not considered established. The site must regularly add content of the type appropriate for its topic. For example, a The Sims site should be continuing to add new downloadable content, screenshots, or articles. A gaming network might be expected to regularly post new reviews and previews of games. Sites for gaming clans are unlikely to be allowed to upgrade to Domain Level 2 unless they can justify the need to be able to offer hosting services to other people. The idea behind this policy is to force sites to prove that they are dedicated to providing quality gaming content for their visitors, and that they are not merely trying to gain access to SimGames.net so that they can run a "hosting network" or use the site for personal projects and free hosting for friends.

Sudomain Plan

  • URL: yoursite.simgames.net
  • 4 Subdomains
  • 6 Additional FTP Accounts
  • 4 MySQL 5.x Databases
  • 4 PostgreSQL 7.3.x Databases

Domain Level 1

  • Your own URL (not provided by us)
  • Unlimited Domain Aliases
  • 4 Subdomains
  • 6 Additional FTP Accounts
  • 4 MySQL 5.x Databases
  • 4 PostgreSQL 7.3.x Databases

Domain Level 2

  • Your own URL (not provided by us)
  • Unlimited Additional Domains
  • Unlimited Domain Aliases
  • Unlimited Subdomains
  • Unlimited FTP Accounts
  • Unlimited MySQL 5.x Databases
  • Unlimited PostgreSQL 7.3.x Databases

All hosting plans include the following:

  • Server Resources
    • Unlimited Premium Bandwidth (Transfer Traffic)
    • Unlimited Disk Space
    • Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Protection
  • Scripting & Database Support
    • CGI & Perl 5.8
    • PHP5
    • SSI (Server Side Includes)
    • MySQL 5.x Databases
    • PostgreSQL 7.4.x Databases
  • Email Features
    • Unlimited POP3/IMAP Email Accounts
    • Unlimited Email Forwarding
    • Unlimited Email Autoresponders
    • Optional SpamAssassin Filtering
    • Optional Clam AntiVirus Filtering
    • Email Catch All Support
    • IMP Webmail
  • Account Features
    • phpBB
    • mnoGoSearch
    • FrontPage Extensions
    • SiteStudio 1.6RC3
    • Optional Webalizer Traffic Statistics
    • Optional AWStats Traffic Statistics
    • Optional Transfer & Error Logging
    • Optional Cron Job (crontab) Support
  • Site & Account Management
    • H-Sphere Control Panel
    • Trouble Ticket System
    • WebShell File Manager
    • Secure FTP
    • PHPMyAdmin
    • POP3 Password Change Utility

Prerequisites for Hosting

Sites that apply for hosting with SimGames.net must meet the following conditions at the time of their application:

Terms and Conditions of Hosting

Sites that are hosted by SimGames.net are expected to abide by all the terms and conditions set forth below. Under rare conditions, certain exceptions may be made for individual sites with special concerns.

Consequences of Violations

Failure to comply with the terms and conditions may jeopardize your hosting account.

For most minor violations, such as missing advertising banners, the member will be issued a warning, by email or instant message. The user will be given two weeks to correct the issue, unless circumstances prevent this. If no action is taken by the member in this time, the site will be suspended until the issue can be resolved.

If SimGames.net is contacted by a script or software publisher alleging the unlicensed or illegal use of scripts or software the member will be notified and given five days to either remove the software or produce proof of a valid license to the software. If no action is taken after five days, SimGames.net administrators reserve the right to manually remove the software from the server.

Any indication that a Level 2 domain site has changed its focus from gaming to hosting will result in a warning, followed by eventual reduction to the Level 1 plan. Any indication the any member site's focus has changed to a topic outside those allowed by SimGames.net will result in a warning, followed by eventual account termination.

In the case of repeated disregard for guidelines by sites hosted by a SimGames.net member, the member will be given no fewer than two warnings. If the member disregards the warnings, Level 2 domain plan access will be revoked and all content related to the member's hosted sites will be removed.

Repeat offenders of any guidelines will be dealt increasingly harsh consequences, up to and including eventual account termination.

For more severe issues, such as the uploading of small amounts of illegal content, the issue will be manually corrected by the server administrator and the site will be issued a warning. If the member intentionally violates the given term again, the site will be permanently deleted.

If a site is found to be using excessive bandwidth or causing interference with normal server operations, the site will be immediately suspended, and the member will be issued a notice. We will make our best efforts to work out these issues to avoid having to permanently revoke hosting from the member.

In the case of excessive disk usage that causes immediate adverse effects to the server, the member's site will be immediately deleted.

Apply For Hosting Now!

If you believe your site meets our guidelines and complies with the terms and conditions for hosting with SimGames.net, please contact our hosting manager, by clicking the link below. If possible, have a site preview ready for review, as we'll look more favorably on sites with a well-designed preview, than sites with no preview.

You will be taken to an application site to fill out information regarding your site. This application site does NOT automatically create a hosting account for you. It merely is a tool for evaluating your candidacy with us at SimGames.net. Applications that meet our criteria are created by us, AFTER we've determined your eligibility. Due to the services we offer, we require mandatory evaluations of all candidates. Just because you fill out an application does not automatically guarantee you will be accepted by our network.

Important Note: Due to our guidelines and the volume of email received, applications that request hosting without providing any details will be ignored. Be sure to include a description of your site and/or screenshots, samples, or links to your existing site for reference. We want to know what your site is about, what you plan to offer, and why you need us to host you.

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