Somerset Web Hosting Order Terms and Conditions
Any references to "we", "us" and "our" refer to Somerset Web Hosting - a service provided to customers via Smart Cloud Hosting UK Ltd.
All services provided by Somerset Web Hosting may be used for lawful purposes only. Transmission, storage or presentation of any information, data or material in violation of any United Kingdom laws or international treaties. This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material, material we judge to be threatening or obscene, or material protected by trade secret and other statute. The subscriber agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Somerset Web Hosting and Smart Cloud Hosting UK Ltd from any claims resulting from the use of service which damages the subscriber or any other party.
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 or links:
hacker programs or archives
NOTICE: IF YOUR ACCOUNT IS FOUND TO CONTAIN ILLEGAL ACTIVITY, ILLEGAL MP3 FILES, PIRATED SOFTWARE, HACKER PROGRAMS, WAREZ PROGRAMS, OR ANY OTHER ILLEGAL FILES, YOUR ACCOUNT WILL BE SUSPENDED IMMEDIATELY. FAILURE TO REMOVE THE OFFENDING CONTENT WILL RESULT IN YOUR ACCOUNT BEING TERMINATED - NO REFUNDS WILL APPLY. ADDITIONALLY, SOMERSET WEB HOSTING / SMART CLOUD HOSTING UK LTD WILL NOTIFY THE RELEVANT AUTHORITIES OF YOUR ACTIONS.
Smart Cloud Hosting UK Ltd are a Nominet Registrar and as such may provide you with a domain name via Nominet. Please be aware that by registering a .uk domain name, you are bound by Nominet's Terms and Conditions http://www.nominet.org.uk/uk-domain-names/registering-uk-domain/legal-details/terms-and-conditions-domain-name-registration
All non-UK domains are provisioned through our registrar partner OpenSRS / Tucows Domains. As such we cannot guarantee the availability of a particular domain, however any charges incurred in the registration of a domain which is subsequently found to be unavailable will be refunded in full.
All domains are renewed on an annual basis, we will send out reminder emails in advance of their expiry. We will send the emails to the email address on the account, it is your responsibility to make sure the contact details are up to date. We take no responsibility if your domain renewal fails due to your contact details being incorrect. If you do not wish to renew a domain please make sure you contact us a minimum of 14 days before your domain expires by emailing us at email@example.com. All domains will be billed in advance of expiry and renewed once payment is received.
If you do not renew your domain before its expiry date it will have all services we provide suspended and you will have up to 30 days (protected period) after to renew the domain name at the original renewal fee. Please see our domain checker for renewal fees. After 30 days your domain will be suspended and will go into a 60 day grace period which you can still renew your domain name but with an additional redemption fee of £80 + VAT. This must be requested by email before the 80th day after your domain has expired, after 80 days you will be charged £120 + VAT, or after 90 days your domain will be cancelled and deleted from the register and made available for resale through a third party registrar. We will not guarantee the renewal of a domain name.
Bandwidth/Disk Space Usage
We operate an 'unlimited' service, meaning we do not actively limit your account on disk space or bandwidth of which you can upgrade too. However, this is subject to fair use and any customer using an amount of monthly bandwidth or disk space deemed excessive in comparison to the average usage by other customers on our platform may, at our discretion, be advised to upgrade to a bespoke solution and billed accordingly.
We provision very large disks for our shared platforms, but no physical or virtual server can have an "unlimited" disk size due to limitations in both hardware and software. We will not let this hinder your usage, but it will mean that if you are operating a large account we may require that your account is moved to a server where it can be more easily accommodated without affecting other customers, or that your account is split over several shared servers. We would not charge for doing so and would always provide the information and tools necessary for you to operate your service. However, refusal to co-operate with an account move request will result in account suspension and/or termination as we must ultimately ensure platform stability and service delivery at all times.
We do not allow bots to be operated on our shared hosting servers.
Any attempt to undermine or cause harm to a server or customer of Somerset Web Hosting or Smart Cloud Hosting UK Ltd is strictly prohibited. As our customer you are responsible for all your accounts. Should you violate the Terms of Services outlined within, your account will be cancelled without chance of refund.
Refusal of Service
We reserve the right to refuse, cancel or suspend service, at our sole discretion.
All sub-networks, distributive hosting sites and dedicated servers of Smart Cloud Hosting UK Ltd must adhere to the above policies, with the exception of system resources in respect to dedicated servers.
By the Account Activation Date of each month, we shall deliver, via e-mail or post, an invoice in accordance with the applicable Service Fees for services to be rendered in the forthcoming month. When an invoice is delivered to the client, payment shall be remitted to us by no later than the specified payment due date. We shall be entitled to immediately terminate this agreement for client's failure to make timely payments. We do not record or store customer credit/debit card data. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have sufficient funds to cover any transactions. Failure to make payment will result in up to three overdue notices being submitted to you before your account is suspended and/or terminated. Accounts suspended for non-payment are liable for termination without notice.
Please note that any customer cancelling their account within the first 6 months of service may, at our discretion be charged for fees we may have incurred in the registration of this domain name. Any such charges will not exceed the registration costs we incur. For a full list of charges please see our domain price list - we buy our domains from Best Web Hosting Ltd as a registered Nominet provider.
Web Hosting Expiry
Web Hosting Storage Space and any attached services such as certificates, are billed annually. You will be sent an email with an invoice to pay before these services expire. If you wish to cancel your hosting, you must notify us at least 14 days in advance. If you are transferring to another host, you will need to contact us with your new providers details - they will give you the details needed to transfer. Please note that hosting does not get 'stored' - just your own files. If your hosting expires, you have 1 month after the expiry date to ask us for your files at the cost of £25 if you do not have your own backup.
If you do not pay before expiry date of your hosting or attached services, you will be charged £25 to restore your website files and services, plus any invoice charges overdue. If you do not pay within 1 month of expiry, we will delete your account and your data as we are charged to store it for you. You may also incur extra costs as per the invoice overdue payments and court proceedings may be put in place to recover your debt. We feel it should be made clear that if you do not contact us to arrange a payment plan, or take any action to explain non-payment, any court judgement will appear on file for you or your business as bad debt.
If you renew your services then wish to cancel, the standard refund policy below applies.
If you have purchased services up-front for the year, refunds will be issued for any unused full month of the services, at your request, minus 1 month to cover administration costs, providing you have given notice by the 25th day of the first month. If you wish to cancel beyond the first month, transfer out is free however a refund for the rest of the year will not be possible due to costs incurred.
Please note that we reserve the right not to refund any fees incurred by us in the registration of 'free' domains we have provided as part of the account. Any fees not refunded or billed to you by us will not exceed the registration costs we incur. For a full list of charges please ask for our price list for domains and hosting services.
Cancellation and Refunds
If you no longer wish to continue with your hosting, please submit a cancellation at least 14 days before your services are due to be renewed. Your account will only be deemed as terminated once all outstanding balances have been paid in full. Domains will only be considered for transfer once all balances have been settled, we will not charge you for transferring a domain(s) away to another registrar's tag. The customer acknowledges that, termination of the agreement for any reason will result in us ceasing to provide the applicable services, with the consequences that flow from such cessation, including (but not limited to), deletion of data e.g. hosting account(s) and mailboxes. You will be responsible to make your own back ups of accounts, or we can package your website files for you. Please ask us for a quote.
We DO NOT refund partial monthly fees to accounts.
We do not fund fees incurred in the purchase of domain names where the grace period has expired. This is 5 days for non-UK domains and 10 days for UK domains.
Limitation of Liability
We shall not be responsible for any claimed damages, including incidental and consequential damages, which may arise from our servers going offline or being unavailable for any reason whatsoever. Furthermore, we shall not be responsible for any claimed damages, including incidental or consequential damages, resulting from the corruption or deletion of any web site from one of our servers. All damages shall be limited to the immediate termination of service.
We take backups of all data related to your hosting account. However, it is your responsibility to ensure that your own data is backed-up regularly to your own computer or another service via appropriate methods. We will not be held responsible or liable for any data that cannot be retrieved in the event of deletion, failed software installations, account termination, hardware failures and other events which may cause data loss.
If you are moving to us from another cPanel provider, we can assist with the migration by restoring any cPanel backups you upload to us via FTP. It is your responsibility to supply these backups. We can log in to your old provider's platform and perform the backups on your behalf with your permission, and it may be charged. Any migrations from other platforms will incur a fixed charge for the amount of time to transfer. We provide a full guide on how to accomplish transfer and can assist if you have issues.
All support requests must be raised through email. We can also provide support via telephone and e-mail if required but all requests must first be initiated through an email to record your request. This helps us deal with your query more effectively and provides a clear history of all correspondence.
Please note that we provide support to our direct customers only. We will not provide support via any means to your resold clients or any third-party not holding a direct account with us under any circumstances. It is your responsibility to cater for the support needs of your customers. In the event there is a hosting-related issue that you are unable to resolve, you are required to communicate this to us in detail via a support email and we will investigate and respond to you accordingly so you can inform your customer.
Violations of these policies should be referred to firstname.lastname@example.org. All complaints will be investigated promptly. Failure to follow any term or condition will be grounds for immediate account deactivation.
We cannot be held liable for system downtime, crashes or data loss. We cannot be held liable for any predicted estimate of profits which a client would have gained if their site was functioning. While we own and operate our own enterprise-grade equipment, certain services and software provided by us are resold. Thus, certain equipment, routing, software and programming used by us are not directly owned or written by Somerset Web Hosting or Smart Cloud Hosting UK Ltd (examples include cPanel management and WHMCS billing software). Moreover, we hold no responsibility for the use of our clients' accounts. Failure to comply with any terms or conditions will result in the automatic deactivation of the account in question. We reserve the right to remove any account, without advance notice for any reason without restitution, at our discretion.
By activating your account with us, you agree to the above policies and disclaimer. Upon requesting activation of an account, you are required to accept these policies, guidelines and disclaimer.
NOTICE: If you sign up for an account and fail to comply with these terms, no refunds will be given. We will, however, advise you by e-mail or phone prior to taking any action to provide you with an opportunity to correct the problem.
Server Uptime Guarantee
We offer a 99.99% service uptime guarantee, which is based on a 12-month rolling average across our entire platform and multiple clouds. In the unlikely event that we fail to meet our obligations we will provide full and thorough explanations for any downtime.
Please note that from time to time, it will be necessary for us to perform essential maintenance or upgrades to our infrastructure. In the event of such planned maintenance, we will provide advance notice so you can make necessary arrangements to contact your customers or suspend any service monitoring you may have in place for the period of the planned outage. Where possible, such upgrades will be carried out overnight in the UK to minimise impact on customers. Downtime incurred as a result of planned and notified maintenance will not be included in our downtime statistics.
Acceptable Use Policy
As a provider of web site hosting and other Internet-related services, we offer our customers (also known as "Subscribers") and your customers and users the means to acquire and disseminate a wealth of public, private, commercial and non-commercial information. We respect that the Internet provides a forum for free and open discussion and dissemination of information. However, when there are competing interests at issue, we reserve the right to take certain preventive or corrective actions. In order to protect these competing interests, we have developed an Acceptable Use Policy ("AUP"), which supplements and explains certain terms of each customer's respective service agreement, and is intended as a guide to the customer's rights and obligations when using our services. This AUP will be revised from time to time.
One important aspect of the Internet is that no one party owns or controls it. This fact accounts for much of the Internet's openness and value, but it also places a high premium on the judgment and responsibility of those who use it, both in the information they acquire and in the information they disseminate to others. When subscribers obtain information through the Internet, they must keep in mind that we cannot monitor, verify, warrant or vouch for the accuracy and quality of the information they acquire. For this reason, the subscriber must exercise his or her best judgment in relying on information obtained from the Internet, and also should be aware that some material posted to the Internet may be sexually explicit or otherwise offensive. Because we cannot monitor or censor the Internet, and will not attempt to do so, we cannot accept any responsibility for injury to its subscribers resulting from inaccurate, unsuitable, offensive or illegal Internet communications.
When subscribers disseminate information from the Internet, they must keep in mind that we do not review, edit, censor or take responsibility for any information its subscribers may create. When users place information on the Internet, they have the same liability as other authors for copyright infringement, defamation and other harmful speech. Also, because the information created is carried over our network and may reach a large number of people, including both our subscribers and non-subscribers, subscribers' postings to the Internet may affect other subscribers and may affect our goodwill, business, reputation or operations. For these reasons, subscribers violate our policy and these terms when they, their customers, affiliates or subsidiaries engage in the following prohibited activities:
Sending unsolicited bulk and/or commercial information over the Internet. It is not only harmful because of its negative impact on consumer attitudes toward Somerset Web Hosting, but also because it can overload our network and disrupt service to our subscribers. Also, maintaining an open SMTP relay is prohibited. When a complaint is received, we will investigate and suspend the account that is sending spam and reserve the right to keep the account suspended until such time that the account no longer sends spam.
Audio/Video Streaming is not hosting friendly. As such, we do not allow any streaming of audio or video content where the core files are hosted on our platform - the file must be hosted with an external streaming service, such as YouTube or equivalent. Offending accounts will be suspended without noticed or terminated.
File Storage / Online Backups
We do not permit the use of our shared hosting platforms for the storage of backup or archival data, mirror sites, personal multimedia content such as movies, music, photos or other media. Your account and any sub-accounts may be used for genuine web hosting purposes only. Any such content is not permitted and will be removed and any offending accounts suspended.
Services such as OwnCloud are not permitted on our shared hosting and accounts found to be utilising web space for such services will have their data removed and services suspended.
We don't limit your disk space providing the majority of your space is used for web hosting. We do not permit the use of our shared hosting as an e-mail archival system and you may be asked to remove e-mail, archive e-mail to your computer or upgrade to a VPS solution if it is determined your account is being used as such.
We do not permit the use of our platform to provide free hosting to your customers. Providing free hosting encourages spamming and other abuses of the platform and as such this is explicitly disallowed.
File Sharing Websites or Peer-to-peer media (including files) sharing or streaming
We do not permit the use of our platform for file sharing of any kind. This includes but is not limited to peer-to-peer file or media sharing, BitTorrent, Tor or other such forms of data transmission.
Obscene Speech or Materials
Using our network to advertise, transmit, store, post, display, or otherwise make available child pornography or obscene speech or material is prohibited. We are required by law to notify law enforcement agencies if we become aware of the presence of child pornography on or being transmitted through our network.
Defamatory or Abusive Language
Using our network as a means to transmit or post negative, defamatory, harassing, abusive or threatening language.
Forging of Headers
Forging or misrepresenting message headers, whether in whole or in part, to mask the originator of the message.
Illegal or Unauthorised Access to Other Computers or Networks
Accessing, illegally or without authorisation, computers, accounts or networks belonging to another party, or attempting to penetrate security measures of another individual's system (often known as "hacking"). Also, any activity that may be used as a precursor to an attempted system penetration (i.e., port scan, stealth scan or other information-gathering activity).
Distribution of Internet Viruses, Worms, Trojan Horses or Engaging in Other Destructive Activities
Distributing information regarding the creation of and sending Internet viruses, worms, Trojan horses, pinging, flooding, mail bombing or denial of service (DDOS) attacks. Also, activities that disrupt the use of or interfere with the ability of others to effectively use the network or any connected network, system, service or equipment.
Destructive activities include inviting, either directly or indirectly, an attack (such as a DDOS) against our platform. Such invitations include inviting third parties to attempt to compromise the security of our platform or knowingly participating in an external attack (such as a DDOS) which results in retaliatory action from a third-party.
Facilitation a Violation of this AUP
Advertising, transmitting or otherwise making available any software, program, product or service that is designed to violate this AUP, which includes the facilitation of the means to spam, initiation of pinging, flooding, mail bombing, denial of service attacks and piracy of software.
We reserve the right not to accept postings from newsgroups where we have actual knowledge that the content of the newsgroup violates the AUP.
We do not permit the hosting of any sites engaging in phishing, impersonating public institutions or private companies in an attempt to defraud members of the public. Any sites found in breach of this will be suspended or terminated without notice.
Other Illegal Activities
Engaging in activities that are determined to be illegal, including, but not limited to, advertising, transmitting or otherwise making available ponzi schemes, pyramid schemes, fraudulently charging credit cards, publishing or threatening to publish private data and pirating software.
Engaging in activities, whether lawful or unlawful, that we determine to be harmful to our subscribers, operations, reputation, goodwill or customer relations.
As we have pointed out, the responsibility for avoiding harmful activities just described rests primarily with the subscriber. We will not, as an ordinary practice, monitor the communications of our subscribers to ensure that they comply with our policy or applicable law. However, when we become aware of harmful activities, it may take any action to stop the harmful activity, including, but not limited to, suspension or termination of hosting services, removal of information, shutting down a web site, implementing screening software designed to block offending transmissions, denying access to the Internet, or any other action we deem appropriate.
We are also aware that many of our subscribers are themselves providers of Internet services, and that information reaching our facilities from those subscribers may have originated from a customer of the subscriber or from another third party. We do not require our subscribers who offer Internet services to monitor or censor transmissions or web sites created by customers of our subscribers. We reserve the right to directly take action against a customer of our subscribers. Also, we may take action against the our subscriber because of activities of a customer of the subscriber, even though the action may affect other customers of the subscriber. Similarly, we anticipate that subscribers who offer Internet services will cooperate with us in any corrective or preventive action that we deem necessary. Failure to cooperate with such corrective or preventive measures is a violation of our policy.
We will not intentionally monitor private electronic mail messages sent or received by our subscribers, unless required to do so by law, governmental authority or when public safety is at stake. We may, however, monitor its service electronically to determine that its facilities are operating satisfactorily. Also, we may disclose information, including, but not limited to, information concerning a subscriber, a transmission made using our network, or a web site, in order to comply with a court order, subpoena, summons, discovery request, warrant, statute, regulation or governmental request subject to Data Protection and other UK legislation. We assume no obligation to inform the subscriber that subscriber information has been provided and, in some cases, may be prohibited by law from giving such notice. Finally, we may disclose subscriber information or information transmitted over our network where necessary to protect us and others from harm, or where such disclosure is necessary to the proper operation of the system. However, we will never sell information to other services or outside companies.
We expect that our subscribers who provide Internet services to others will comply fully with all applicable laws concerning the privacy of online communications. A subscriber's failure to comply with those laws will violate our policy. Finally, we wish to emphasise that, in accepting these terms and placing an order, subscribers indemnify Somerset Web Hosting and Smart Cloud Hosting UK Ltd for any violation of the Service Agreement, law or Smart Cloud Hosting UK Ltd policy resulting in loss to Smart Cloud Hosting UK Ltd or the bringing of any claim against Somerset Web Hosting and Smart Cloud Hosting UK Ltd by any third party. This means that, if we are sued because of a subscriber's or customer of a subscriber's activity, the subscriber will be responsible for payment of any damages awarded against us, plus costs and reasonable legal and solicitors' fees.
We hope this AUP is helpful in clarifying the obligations of Internet users, including Smart Cloud Hosting UK Ltd and its subscribers, as responsible members of the Internet. Any complaints about a subscriber's violation of this AUP should be sent to email@example.com.
We like to think we get it right all the time, every time but the truth of it is everyone gets it wrong from time to time. We can only improve on our services with valid feedback from you, our customers. If you wish to make a complaint about a service you have received, please submit an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, including as much detail from the issue you have. We will acknowledge your complaint within 1 business day and aim to resolve any issues within 5 business days.
If you're not happy with the initial outcome of your complaint, than please feel free to escalate your issue to Nominet (the .uk registry) by visiting http://www.nominet.org.uk/disputes/complaining-about-registrar/complaints-procedure
Notification of Changes
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These Terms and Conditions were most recently updated on 15th April 2016.