Web Hosting - Terms Of Service & Service Level Agreement
This Terms of Service Agreement is an agreement between you (the "user") and NetworkPanda ("NetworkPanda", "we", or "us"). We provide users with access to certain Materials (as defined below) to help them host their web sites, web applications and email accounts. By proceeding with your order, you verify that you accept the Terms Of Service displayed below.
These Terms of Service apply to shared web hosting services only. For other services, you must read the Terms of Service displayed while ordering them.
We provide a system of automatic account activations for the accounts you order. As soon as you complete your payment, our billing system automatically verifies your payment and begins the process of creating your account. This verification and activation is complete 2 minutes after your payment. Your account details are emailed to the address you specified in your order. You can also view these details by clicking the "Return to Network Panda" link, as soon as you complete your payment, or by logging in to the client area and checking the "Services" section. Web hosting accounts are activated on shared IP addresses and servers, using HTTP protocol for serving web pages. We do not provide SSL (HTTPS) certificates, if you need your web site to work over SSL, you can obtain an SSL certificate from providers like NameCheap, or GoDaddy etc. and then install it into your hosting account on our servers.
Support and response times:
Support can be requested by opening tickets in the client area and is provided in English language. An extensive knowledge base and troubleshooting wizard is also available, which will attempt to help you resolve potential issues, using functionality already available in the client area and cPanel.
Our support department provides responses to support tickets opened by our customers, during Monday - Friday, 7:00 - 15:00 GMT, with average response time 10 minutes. Beyond these days and hours, response time is provided on a best-effort support basis, with response time which could vary between 30 minutes and 8 hours. Weekend ticket support is available only for critical and general server or network issues.
The reaction time to critical and emergency server issues (general server or network issues) is always 5 minutes, 24/7/365.
The technical support system is available for server maintenance, security hardening, and resolution of server issues, and not debugging of web applications and scripts that you install and use, or fixing issues that can be fixed by you from your cPanel or client area. Support for scripts that you install either yourself, or via an automatic installer, such as Softaculous, is provided by the developers of the scripts. We are not responsible for malfunctions that are caused by cPanel bugs, but we will try to contact the developers of cPanel and ask for fixes whenever such bugs occur.
By using our services, you accept that you have the ability to manage the applications, scripts and content that you upload, to configure them properly and that you are solely responsible for the content of your web site. Also, you accept that you are responsible for resolving the bugs and errors of your scripts, either by fixing their code yourself, or by requesting support from the developers of the applications or scripts. We do not provide support for the following, as they are your responsibility, can be corrected by you, or the developers of the scripts, and they are not a server problem:
1. Bugs in your PHP scripts
2. Wrong directives in the .htaccess files that are created by you, or your scripts (for example, some plugin scripts break the .htaccess files so badly, that they cause "Internal Server Error", or other messages)
3. Forgotten passwords for the administrator or user dashboard of your scripts, such as WordPress, Joomla etc. The script developers provide instructions on how to reset your password
4. Wrong syntax in your MySQL queries
5. Wrong permissions set for your files, or folders (folders should have permissions 755 and files should have permissions 644)
Submitting multiple tickets for problems with bugs in your scripts, misconfigured .htaccess rules in your folders, or other issues that a result of poor management of your content, scripts and applications, is not allowed.
Usage of accounts:
The web hosting accounts you ordered and services included with them, should be used only by you, or individuals you know and absolutely trust, such as relatives, or close friends. You should not use shared hosting accounts to provide hosting or mail or FTP services to your clients or unknown people. Only a reseller account should be used to resell services to your clients.
You are not allowed to:
- Give FTP access to your account, to people you do not trust 100%
- Give cPanel access to your account, to people you do not trust 100%
- Create email accounts for people you do not trust 100%
- Create additional FTP accounts for people you do not trust 100%
- Create addon domains, or subdomains to host sites for people you do not trust 100%
Providing these to people you do not trust, could lead to uploads of vulnerable or malicious content, or spamming through our servers. In this case, you will be responsible for giving access to them, as well as for their actions, and your hosting account will be permanently terminated, including all addon domains and email accounts in it. If you plan to resell services to others, you must get a reseller account which will allow you to create separate cPanel accounts for each user, and one user's actions will not affect the others.
We guarantee 99.9% uptime of services monthly. This equals to 0.1% maximum downtime per month.
As a downtime are considered the periods when our services are unavailable to all visitors of your sites, due to hardware, software or network failures on our servers and inside our network.
In the maximum 0.1% downtime of this Service Level Agreement are not included:
1) Downtimes or data loss caused by physical disasters
2) Downtimes or data loss caused by network issues or attacks against areas outside our datacenters and core network, where we do not have the right to interfere and apply any fixes
3) Downtimes or data loss caused by your mistakes with your site management. These include cases where your site is offline because:
a) You accidentally deleted your files
b) You have configured incorrectly your applications and databases
c) You accidentally deleted any of your databases
d) You have not correctly configured the nameservers, or private nameserver IP addresses, or DNS settings for your domains, according to our instructions. You have to use the nameservers, or nameserver IP addresses, listed in your activation email and our knowledge base articles. If you need to setup CloudFlare for your domain(s), you need first to setup the nameservers listed in your activation message, and then use the "CloudFlare" icon in your cPanel area.
e) Your site is offline due to poorly written scripts and applications with errors or security vulnerabilities in their code, MySQL queries, or .htaccess files.
We do not accept any responsibility and we do not provide any type of support, if you did not use the nameservers, or private nameserver IP addresses given with our instructions for your domains that you want to host with us. In our knowledge base you can find a list of IP address which you can use for your own private nameservers or valid CNAME records to use with CloudFlare or 3rd party nameservers.
SLA Credits and Compensations:
For every 1 hour of downtime which exceeds the maximum 0.1% downtime per month and is not covered by the cases 1-3 of section "Uptime:", we provide 1 additional day of free service or you can request the cancellation and refund for your account.
We do not allow accounts which monopolize all of the available server resources, such as CPU, RAM, or disk I/O. You know very well that the servers are shared, this is why the service is called "shared hosting". If your site needs dedicated server resources, then shared hosting is not for you. Other customers need access to the servers and their resources too. For this reason, your account is allowed to use a maximum of 30% CPU power, 30% of RAM, and 30% disk I/O. These limits are in place in order to ensure that all customers on our servers are able to use the server resources equally, without disruptions of their service. These limits are sufficient for all well written applications and scripts. Note that we host customers with high traffic WordPress/Joomla/e-commerce or forum sites, never exceeding these limits, so if you do, there is definitely something wrong with your scripts, plugins, or databases. If your account exceeds these limits, you will be notified and if this happens too frequently, you will be refunded, provided with a backup of your files and given 24 hours to transfer your data to another service. This termination will take effect in order to ensure that no performance issues and downtimes will be caused to other customers. It is your responsibility to optimize your scripts and applications to reduce the CPU and RAM usage. If you need more CPU power or RAM, you will need to consider using a VPS or dedicated server with exclusive resources.
Account transfers and migrations:
You can open a ticket to request a free migration of your hosting account from another hosting provider using cPanel. Migrations from other hosts which do not run cPanel, are not provided. Also, we perform only 1:1 transfers of your entire cPanel account from the old host to us, using the automatic cPanel account restore functionality. Standalone cPanel accounts are migrated as standalone cPanel accounts. We do not do partial migrations from/to addon domains only, cPanel does not support this.
The transfer of your cPanel account from another hosting company to our server is free, if you request it within 5 days after ordering your service from us.
Account migrations/transfers is a courtesy service without guaranteed results. It could fail if there are problems with your old hosting provider, such as lack of disk space required to create a cPanel account backup, faulty network, creation of corrupted backups on their servers, slow CPU on their servers, or expired cPanel licenses on their servers.
We perform a virus scan on the files transferred from the other host, and if malware is found in these files, we will deny to restore the backup. An infected account means that there are vulnerable scripts which will allow your account to be infected again in the future.
Content and Traffic:
All services provided by “NetworkPanda” may be used for lawful purposes only. Transmission, storage, or presentation of any information, data or material in violation of any United States Federal, State or City law is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material, material we judge to be threatening, or material protected by trade secret and other statute.
Also prohibited are sites that promote any illegal activity or present content that may be damaging to our servers or any other server on the internet. Links to such materials are also prohibited.
Examples of unacceptable content are sites with the following content or linking to the following content:
· Pirated (cracked) software
· Software which performs any type of network attack or hack attempts against our, or remote networks and servers
· Hacker programs or archives
· Phishing material
· Child pornography
· Illegal pharmacy sites
· Sites selling replica products under registered trademarks
· "Warez" sites
· Gambling related sites (casino, poker etc.)
· Sites listed in SpamHaus, or cleantalk.org, or MalwareBytes (hosts-file.net) for hosting malware, warez, or sending spam
· Proxy scripts and proxy software
· Game servers and game server software
· Copyrighted material, or links to such material, for which you are not the copyright owner, or don't have the rights to distribute
· Commercial books, movies or movie subtitles without permission from the holders of their copyright
· Software which leaks system information about our servers
· Benchmark scripts and applications stressing the CPU or other resources of our servers
· IRC bots
· Sites running outdated scripts with security vulnerabilities (you need to keep your PHP scripts always updated to their latest versions)
Adult content and nudity are allowed only if these conditions are fulfilled:
1. The individuals displayed in the content are 18+ years old
2. The individuals are captured with their consent given for the content to be uploaded to your web site. We will terminate sites with photos taken with hidden cams, or sites with ex girlfriend/boyfriend revenge photos or videos.
3. You are the copyright owner, or authorized distributor of the content. We will instantly suspend or terminate accounts hosting photos or videos copied from other adult web sites without permission from the site or copyright owner.
Child pornography is strictly forbidden and punishable by international laws, if such content is found in your account, your account information will be reported to the responsible law enforcement authorities.
For security reasons and protection from vulnerabilities and hacks, scripts on our servers are automatically updated to their latest versions, by Softaculous scripts installer. For this reason you need to ensure that all your installed plugins are always compatible with newest versions of the scripts they are created for.
List of disallowed WordPress plugins
The following WordPress plugins are known for causing server or MySQL overloads under certain conditions, due to poor coding by their developers, and are not allowed on our servers:
- Spyder Spanker (causes false alerts by uptime monitors, it blocks legitimate traffic, search engine robots, and its spider logging system overloads the CPU and MySQL service)
- StatPress and all plugins based on StatPress (poorly written code which overloads the CPU and MySQL service even with very low traffic)
- W3 Total Cache (while caching content, it creates millions of small files on the disk, increasing the disk I/O to almost 100% and slowing down the daily backups and other important daily server operations)
List of disallowed WordPress themes
The following WordPress themes/templates are not allowed to be used on our servers, because they contain vulnerabilities which allowed the hacking of web sites, and infection with malware and phishing content:
- "Mainstream" theme: http://www.wordpress3themes.net/mainstream/
List of disallowed PHP scripts
The following PHP scripts are not allowed to be used on our servers:
- PHPVibe (bug with the cron.php causing thousands concurrent processes and extremely high CPU and MySQL load under certain circumstances)
If these scripts and plugins are installed, they could be removed any time from our servers without prior notification.
All account plans come with a predetermined amount of traffic allowance (bandwidth), efficient for millions of pageviews per month. Thus, it is very unlikely that a site with legal content could exceed these limits. However, if a web site exceeds this limit, it will be temporarily suspended till the end of the current month.
Commercial Advertising - Email:
Spamming, or sending unsolicited email from our servers, or using an email address or domain that is maintained on our servers as the sender of spam or unsolicited email, is STRICTLY prohibited. Selling software or services related to email advertising is prohibited, too. NetworkPanda will be the sole arbiter as to what constitutes a violation of this provision.
Server and Service Abuse:
Any attempt to undermine or cause harm to a server, or customer, of our services, or our company reputation, is strictly prohibited.
Cancellation and Refund Policy:
Shared web hosting accounts will be fully refunded if you decide to cancel your web hosting service within 60 days after your order. If you cancel after 60 days, you will be refunded for the remaining unused days of service.
Refunds are given under the following conditions:
· You have not received another refund, for another service from us in the past
· Your account was not hosting malware, phishing, or spam tools and pages
· Your account (all e-mail accounts in it) did not send or receive more than 100 e-mail messages
· You did not occupy the support department with more than 2 hours with support tickets
· Your account didn't violate any of the terms of service displayed in this page
· Your account did not violate copyright laws, by hosting copyrighted material for which you are not the owner or you do not have the rights to distribute
Please note that accounts which abused our servers, caused technical issues to our network, or other customers, damaged our company reputation, or were hosting illegal content, or violated the terms of service displayed in this page, may not get any refunds. Their payment could be kept so that we cover the damage, or legal trouble caused by their actions.
If you request a cancellation and refund, you will not be able to use any new services from us again in the future. This is done to prevent issues which occurred in the past, with customers ordering a service, cancelling the 59th day getting a refund, ordering again cancelling again the 59th day and so on, using this way our services free for ever.
To prevent fraud, malicious activities and abuse (users opening an account, performing malicious activities, requesting refunds the same day, then opening new accounts with different email addresses, or going to other hosting companies to continue the fraud) the refunds are delayed and sent 10 business days after they are requested. Opening PayPal disputes or chargebacks will significantly extend this timeframe or may result to the refund being completely rejected. In a few words, if you are not satisfied and need a refund (highly unlikely, considering that you will not experience any issues if you use your account properly and services are not abused), please request it and you will receive it in a few days.
Resolution of Issues
If you have any technical or billing issues, you should discuss them directly with our support department, by opening a ticket from the client area and waiting for our response. We respond to all tickets within a few minutes during business days between 7:00 and 15:00 GMT, or a few hours all remaining hours and days.
In the unlikely case you are not satisfied with our service, you can request a cancellation and you will be refunded. Bashing our company and attempting to damage its reputation on public forums, blogs, social media or any other public media, is not an accepted method to resolve issues. Such actions of defamation are punishable by law and may lead to legal actions and lawsuits.
We will be sending to you reminders 15, 7 and 2 days before your account expires. You can renew your account any time, to prevent account expiration. If the account is not renewed till the day of its expiration, our billing system suspends it. During this suspension, your files and databases are still stored on our servers, but your sites display a "suspended" message. If 12 days after its expiration your account is still not renewed, the account is considered as abandoned, then it is terminated and all your data and files are removed from our servers and from our backups. For privacy reasons we don't keep any data and backups of terminated accounts. You should always care to renew your account before its expiration date. In order to have it reactivated and unsuspended after its expiration and suspension date, an administrative fee of $2.00 may be added to the renewal amount. This fee is applied because while suspended, your account still occupies hard disk space and other resources on our servers, and because suspensions/unsuspensions of accounts are done manually by our billing department and require additional work. To avoid paying this reactivation fee, please take care to renew your account before its expiration.
All prices are in US-Dollar currency. We are not responsible for any currency exchange fees of your credit card company, PayPal, or your bank.
You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless “Network Panda” from any and all liability, penalties, losses, damages, costs, expenses, attorneys' fees, causes of action or claims caused by or resulting indirectly from your use of the service which damages either you, NetworkPanda, or any other party or parties without limitation or exception. This indemnification and hold harmless agreement extends to all issues associated with your account, including but not limited to domain name selection and Web site content.
Violations of these Acceptable Usage Policies should be referred to
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
We create daily backups as a courtesy service, but you should always keep frequent backups of your data downloaded to your computer. Backups can be created and downloaded from cPanel, using your web browser. You are responsible for downloading these backups frequently to your local disk and keeping a local copy of your data.
Accepting the terms of service:
By activating your account with NetworkPanda, you agree to the above policies and disclaimer. Upon requesting an account activation, you are required to accept these policies, guidelines, and disclaimer and a copy of your acceptance is forwarded along with your activation request to be maintained within your account information. If one or more of these terms are violated, we reserve the right to suspend or cancel your account. In this case, a full backup of your account will be given to you, allowing you to restore your data elsewhere.
Unless specified - none of the web hosting accounts includes the domain name registration fees. The customer is responsible for registering his/her domain name at the registrar of his/her own choice. We recommend http://www.godaddy.com - ourself. This will allow you one-stop support for everything in regards to your web hosting needs.