WP Hosting Terms of Service
Last Updated 2/07/2014
Use of WP Hosting services constitutes acceptance and agreement to the terms and conditions below, they are designed to protect and benefit all clients. The TOS is designed to ensure quality service and performance for our customers and to maintain the integrity our our infrastructure.
All services provided by WP Hosting may be used for lawful purposes only. Transmission, storage, or presentation of any information, data or material in violation of any Australian Federal, State or Local law is prohibited. We reserve the right to refuse sites promoting things that violate the laws of other countries as well.
Note: Pornography and sex related merchandising are prohibited on any WP Hosting servers. This includes sites that may imply sexual content, or link to adult content elsewhere. This is also true for sites that promote any illegal activity or content that may be damaging to WP Hosting servers or any other server on the Internet. Links to such materials are also prohibited.
Examples of prohibited content or links include (but are not limited to): IRC software; pirated software; hacking programs or archives; warez sites; distribution of music files or any other material in which the account holder does not own the copyright; porn spamming software; adult sites; game servers (dedicated game server programs). WP Hosting will be the sole arbiter as to what constitutes a violation of this provision. Content that does not meet these standards will be removed without prior notice to the subscriber.
Upon creating your hosting account, we will install the latest version of a default WordPress installation. As part of the installation, a splash page containing information to assist you in getting started will be displayed. This splash page contains links to your WP login, our knowledgebase and other important links. You are welcome to de-activate or delete this splash page at any time.
Upon registering a gTLD domain, you must also agree to the terms set out in the ICANN Registrants’ Benefits and Responsibilities document. ccTLD domains are governed by their respective domain authorities as follows; AU - www.ausregistry.com.au NZ – www.dnc.org.nz UK – www.nominet.org.uk
Domain name registrations, renewals and transfers are not refundable.
Establishment of this service is dependent upon receipt by WP Hosting of payment of stated charges. If an account is not paid in full then WP Hosting reserves the right to suspend your account (without notice) until all payments have been received. If you exceed your allowable bandwidth and data limit, overage fees may apply on accounts.
All services are automatically invoiced for renewal prior to the start of the new billing period (much like your car insurance), unless you specifically specify that you would like to cancel the service.
Any credit card chargebacks for legitimate invoices attract a $99 administration and chargeback fee.
As we have a number of flexible payment options, the minimum you are required to pay for hosting is the monthly fee for your chosen plan. Should you wish to cancel your hosting account, we will refund the pro-rata amount for any unused whole months only. Refunds do not apply to domain name registrations/renewals, SSL certificates, consultations or accounts in breach of our terms of service.
Any website that uses a high amount of server resources (including but not limited to, CPU, memory usage and network resources) can be suspended without notice, and then may be given an option of either upgrading their service or reducing the resource needed to an acceptable level.
You are responsible for and must provide all telephone, computer, hardware and software equipment and services necessary to access WP Hosting Services. WP Hosting makes no representations, warranties, or assurances that the client’s equipment will be compatible with WP Hosting services.
WP Hosting Australia provides free daily backups for all client accounts within our network, however for added security we advise that you download local copies of critical data. We accept no responsibility for any data loss or corruption.
Full cPanel backups must be downloaded to your computer as any full cPanel backups stored on the server for longer than 14 days may be removed from your account.
We retain a full backup of cancelled or terminated accounts for a maximum of 14 days. Should you require this data, a $99 data recovery fee is payable.
It is your responsibility to maintain secure passwords and keep all software, installations, plugins and themes up to date. Any account which is compromised or contains malware or spam scripts may be taken offline or have infected files sent to quarantine.
In the event of an account taken offline or files sent to quarantine, you may contact us for more information so we can provide recommendations or assistance at our discretion. You may then wish to resolve the issue yourself or employ a third party to do this for you.
WP Hosting reserves the right to suspend or cancel an account holder’s access at our sole discretion. Of your breach of our terms and conditions we reserve the right to deactivate and/or remove your account from our servers immediately.
For security purposes, all service cancellations must be submitted via the client area. If you do not know your login details, you can request a password reset here. Any outstanding invoices must be paid in full before a cancellation will be processed for the requested service.
WP Hosting reserves the right to terminate and delete all data (including backups), for any services which remain unpaid for a period of 3 months or longer.
Hosting accounts will be migrated from your old host free of charge, unless we believe there will be extra steps outside of our normal migration procedure, which may increase the time taken to migrate the account.
Hosting accounts migrated from other hosts containing malware, malicious scripts, viruses, bots, trojans or any file we deem harmful to our network, may be suspended until either the client or ourselves have removed such files.
We shall endeavour to provide continuing availability of services and server stability, but we shall not, in any event, be liable for service delays and interruptions or down time of the server, outside of our Service Level Agreement.
You agree to indemnify and hold harmless WP Hosting, its contractors, and its licensors, and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents from and against any and all claims and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, arising out of your use of WP Hosting services, including but not limited to your violation of this Agreement.
Personal Packages are covered by a 99% (per calendar month) uptime SLA. If availability is below 99%, a full credit is available for that month.
Business, Corporate and Enterprise Packages are covered by a 99.9% (per calendar month) uptime SLA. If availability is below 99.9% and above 99.5%, a 25% credit is available. If availability is below 99.5%, a full credit is available for that month.
The availability guarantee does not apply to the functionality or operation of any software within any supplied servers, and does not apply if the service becomes unavailable due to Customer’s actions or actions of a third party. It also will not apply to IP address blocking at the firewall or FTP and email availability, if the website is still available to other networks.
The availability guarantee also does not apply to any interruptions during our standard scheduled maintenance window which is every week from Thursday at 22:00 to 02:00 Friday AEST, or to any other maintenance periods where we have provided at least 12 hours advance notice. Maintenance periods will never be scheduled within 08:00 to 22:00 Monday to Fridays.
Interruptions are deemed to begin from the time the Customer lodges a fault ticket or phone call. All SLA credits must be requested via a support ticket or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
SLA credit will not be available to clients who have overdue invoices on their account.
Dedicated servers within our network;
Dedicated servers within our data centre environment are covered by our SLA as outlined above. All dedicated servers which include our optional management service are monitored 24/7 for CPU, memory, load, disk space, network traffic and uptime. In the event that we identify an issue, we will rectify and let you know if required.
Server management includes 24×7 monitoring and 1 hour of scheduled or ad-hoc maintenance per month. Maintenance or repairs outside of the included 1 hour are billed at $150/hour.
Dedicated servers outside of our network (ie. on client’s or 3rd party network);
Dedicated servers outside of our data centre environment not covered by our uptime SLA’s.
We require full FTP and SSH access to servers hosted outside of our network in order to manage, maintain and attend to any issues which may arise. If we do not have sufficient access to the server, you agree to provide access upon our request.
Server management includes 24×7 monitoring for CPU, memory, load, disk space, network traffic and uptime, plus 1 hour of scheduled or ad-hoc maintenance per month. Maintenance or repairs outside of the included 1 hour are billed at $250/hour.
WordPress, plugin and theme updates are only provided to clients who opt in and are billed for this service. WordPress maintenance includes updating WP major releases (minor release updates are generally automatic), updating plugins and themes.
We will only apply plugin and theme updates if we feel they will not cause compatibility and/or functionality issues with the website. We rely on release notes provided by plugin and theme vendors to determine the importance and relevance of the required update. We will always make a backup of the site before completing any updates, so that we can roll back in the event of an issue.
We reserve the right to revise, amend and modify the WP Hosting Terms of Service at any time.
If you would like further information or have any questions regarding our terms of service, please do not hesitate to contact us using our contact us form or call 1300 974 678.