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#1 by rlutia66 » Fri Mar 09, 2012 15:14

Hi Guys,

Yes, my site I used for promoting my referral link was just removed and my account suspended.
Beware, who else of you are using them, as they don't notify you in advance.
I was in luck as I didn't waste too much credits on displaying it , thanks to Sharath.

So i need to start it over and move somewhere else.

What do you recommend? Another "weebly stilye" site, like Yola for example?
Or a web hosting ?

I'm not very familiar with these, so please, take me easy :D
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#2 by jeff120 » Fri Mar 09, 2012 15:43

rlutia66 wrote: Hi Guys,

Yes, my site I used for promoting my referral link was just removed and my account suspended.
Beware, who else of you are using them, as they don't notify you in advance.
I was in luck as I didn't waste too much credits on displaying it , thanks to Sharath.

So i need to start it over and move somewhere else.

What do you recommend? Another "weebly stilye" site, like Yola for example?
Or a web hosting ?

I'm not very familiar with these, so please, take me easy :D

If you have advanced SEO knowledge, than definitely go for a domain and a web hosting. I would recommend you some providers but it isn't allowed.

However, you shouldn't start investing in web hostings and domains if you are "not familiar with these", so go for another service like weebly. Again, if you had good results with that weebly site, apply the same strategy, because it doesn't matter the provider of the subdomain, what matters is the quality of your site content. At least I think so. Some experienced old member could explain it a lot better, huh! (:
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#3 by valerie » Fri Mar 09, 2012 15:46

Yes, seems ole weebly pulled a fast one on us. They closed mine too.

That's why it's important to save your content. I did save the home page content on mine.
You never know when a place, free or paid, is going to shut you off or have errors so it's best
to save any content you won't want to spend time doing over.

In my opinion, it's always best to have hosting.

A lot of the free stuff, even blogger, can shut you down if they want to.

I had no idea weebly did that because some years ago, many of us created weebly accounts and
promoted all sorts of mlm, paid programs, free programs, etc. I guess now they only want people
that yak yak about cooking or making the bed or what their hair looks like, etc. :mrgreen:
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#4 by casey86 » Fri Mar 09, 2012 15:55

I wonder why Weebly shut your site down? I would hate to think they saw the wrong in a member who monetizes their free site when that member is doing them good by also promoting their service. Doesn't it say at the bottom "site hosted by Weebly" or something to the like? Besides, if I stick around with a free website service for awhile and have no problems with them then I would really consider upgrading to one of their paid services for more website perks.

I'm using Yola right now. I thought about using Webs first but they have such a limited bandwidth for free members. Yola supposedly has unlimited or as I have read that all sites will be online for as long as their servers can handle them. With that being said its good to know that your site won't be taken down until the next month for too much traffic. They have a really good and cheap upgrade option too which gives you a lot of extras. There are a lot of sites out there for free hosting. You really have to read the fine print and know what you're getting into before signing up. Yea, you never know when they will randomly decide to shut down certain sites but hey, that is just bad publicity for them unless it is really legitimate reasons. I personally think they should cover all that in the Terms of Service before waking up one day and deciding to target certain websites.
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#5 by valerie » Fri Mar 09, 2012 16:03

I don't have anyone to blame for it but myself in regards to them shutting us down or at least me down.
If any of you did the walk thrus and got the idea of creating the weebly site, then yep, my fault. I should
have read their terms and I honestly did NOT read them. Their terms say no mlm, etc etc etc. And I
suppose they consider CS mlm.

I did ask them to send me my content and I was sure they wouldn't. But I had to ask anyway because
I do plan on dogging them. The very least they could do, is send out a notif letting you know why they
are removing your site and that way, the person could go over and get their content if need be. That is
my gripe with them. They own it so they can do what they want and it was my own fault for not reading
their terms. The flip side is, I consider them thieves now because in my opinion, they stole my work without
telling me.
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#6 by rlutia66 » Fri Mar 09, 2012 16:40

@jeff
as long as you don't spam and not provide specific external links, it is ok

@valerie
Right, I've made that weebly site two months ago (long before your walk thrus) and just completed here and there from time to time.. I'm not that sad because this happen - I treat it like an exercise from the very beginning, that's why now I'm ready to go over it and opened to any advice .

I was also thinking about hosting ( HostGator is a candidate), specially because I want to make one site for my own business, too and in that case, well , I don't want to get embarrassed when one customer tells me my site is down.

@casey : believe it or not, I was just about to pay for my pro membership, cause I was very happy with their service


I still hope I get some hints, tips & tricks from people using themselves such hosting services.
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#7 by Kreacher » Fri Mar 09, 2012 18:30

GoDaddy offer free hosting if you purchase a domain name. I'm not sure how they deal with PTC advertising or other such things, but you can ask. I host my domains there with a paid hosting account.

Get a domain and a hosting account. Not that expensive. Then sell the extra bandwidth to friends and family. :)
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#8 by valerie » Fri Mar 09, 2012 22:50

Naw don't go with hostgator and don't go with go daddy.

Hostgator is in my opinion horrible and go daddy is worse.
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#9 by Kreacher » Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:31

GoDaddy has been great with me. Everyone has their own experiences. I've never used Hostgator, but have heard stories both ways on it.
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#10 by ptcscrutiny » Sat Mar 10, 2012 11:04

Read TOS #6 on Weebly - Weebly - Create a free website and a free blog

These types of sites are not allowed on Weebly: Scams: get rich quick, pyramid/MLM, or other dubious schemes
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#11 by mutchy126 » Sat Mar 10, 2012 11:46

Thanks for that ptcscrutiny. I don't have a :clixsense: Weebly site but thats nice to know!

Here are all the Things Weebly don't allow!

Quote:These types of sites are not allowed on Weebly:

Adult: involving nudity in a sexual context, exposed genitalia or adult themes

Copyrighted Content: music, movies or games that you do not own the rights to

Spam/SEO: a site whose sole purpose is to gain Google ranking, Facebook "likes", etc

Phishing: a site meant to trick users into providing their username and password

Illegal Content: content which may be illegal in the United States

Scams: get rich quick, pyramid/MLM, or other dubious schemes

Excessive Advertising: placing excessive advertising on your site, including more than three ad units per page

File Hosting: including sites that are not created with the Weebly editor

Injurious Experience: sites using the "Custom HTML" element that provide a horrible user experience, such as extreme flashing banners, excessive animated movement, or content that could provoke seizures in unsuspecting visitors
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#12 by valerie » Sat Mar 10, 2012 13:24

Kreacher wrote: GoDaddy has been great with me. Everyone has their own experiences. I've never used Hostgator, but have heard stories both ways on it.

I've never used either of those.

I do use godaddy for the domain services but have never used their hosting.

It's just all the horror stories over the years. Even recently a friend of mine was shut down by hostgator
by one spam complaint. And it truly wasn't spam but they did not care, they just shut her down and that
was that.

I have dedicated servers and I only use LiquidWeb. That is the hosting service I strongly suggest.
I think the least cost tho, is about $15 per month but they do give you two free domain names with that option.
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#13 by Isfaqur » Sat Mar 10, 2012 13:36

Wish u come back early. Thanks for warning us.
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#14 by rlutia66 » Sat Mar 10, 2012 15:04

Now I've got my homework :lol:

Two valuable opinions from Frank and Valerie.
I'll compare both, GoDaddy and LiquidWeb and look for things like if there is anything else beside hosting, like easy web design tools, blog , forum, POP email, included or not.
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#15 by valerie » Sat Mar 10, 2012 17:10

Liquid web servers never go down. And their support is second to none. They go way above and
beyond to help you with anything. They've even installed scripts for me and they did not have to
do that. Their support replies are about as close to immediate as it gets. They also have an affiliate/partner
program so you can even place your affiliate link on your site, perhaps pick up some extra money. Also,
you can take cash payouts on the affiliate end OR you can apply it to your hosting fee.

I've used a lot of hosting over the years but liquid web is the best.
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#16 by rlutia66 » Sat Mar 10, 2012 18:21

Thanks, I really appreciate your help.
For now I go with GoDaddy, it looks more friendly for beginners.
I've already got my Clixsense promoting domain name and quick started that site.

My own business site will need to provide a place for customers to place and track status of their helpdesk support requests and a sort of forum where my customers will be able to communicate under real or anonymous identities.
But this takes more time.

As soon as GoDaddy will make me troubles I'll go to LiquidWeb.

Here in Romania we use to say that a kick in your ass is one jump ahead (hope my translation is ok)
I wouldn't have started this project if weebly wouldn't have closed my account. :lol:
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#17 by Kreacher » Sun Mar 11, 2012 22:44

Good luck to you, rlutia66.

Some words of help:

Godaddy has many apps available. Go to Hosting & Servers > Hosting Management then click the Launch button on your domain. You should find on the right side a link for Applications. It seems that each click opens a new tab or window. :(

Once you get there, you should find a list of apps like Wordpress, Simple Machine Forum and such that can be installed in sub folders on your domain. (IE: yourdomain.com/forum/)

I suggest bookmarking the Hosting Connection page since it is a pain to find. Also, I don't know if this is available on the free hosting. Once you get your domain and some form of regular hosting package, it should be available.

BE SURE TO BACK UP YOUR PAGES/SITE(S)!!

Whatever you create, install or other such, be sure to make a backup copy. This is not just for emergencies. This can help if you change hosting companies as well. Be sure to make backups of any data bases created by apps you install. (IE: Wordpress)

I imaging Valerie can offer more advice.
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#18 by jjohnson777 » Sun Mar 11, 2012 23:00

There ptc forums that offer free pages for you to use.

Also there traffic exchanges do this too.

Best option is own domain & hosting.

Can usually get dirt cheap word press hosting.
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#19 by valerie » Mon Mar 12, 2012 00:57

Naw, can't really be of help with go daddy hosting.

I have automatic back ups so I don't have to do anything in regards to that. It auto backups per every 24 hours.
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#20 by rlutia66 » Mon Mar 12, 2012 01:46

For now just one domain and webdesign tool that seems to be owned by Google.
The very nice surprise was that in less than 24h when I've try google clixsenseworld I found myself in the top of the list. :clap:

So now I'm a little bit pushed to give a nice face asap instead of an "underconstruction" page I was able to choose instead.

I had an option to backup my site before publishing but I don't know where that backup files were stored. For sure not on my computer. :D keep digging
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