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    A 'paid once for a lifetime' hosting plan.

    Hello,

    I wish to get a review on this offer i get in my e-mail. It offers an ultimate hosting plan where you're only pay once and there will be no monthly fees. The features are unlimited. Here the website of the hosting company. I hope to hear from you guys soon.

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    Honestly, I don't think we could trust that.

    Lifetime hosting is a great purchase, but only if the company is:

    1) Reputable
    2) Has been in business for several years
    3) Good support
    4) Good management

    The only 'trustable' lifetime hosting plan I'd recommend is from TextDrive. They occassionally offer that: http://textdrive.com/

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    Have you look onto the website?

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    The day when all ISPs decide to give free network connectivity and domain name registrars renew domains for FOC, we, hosting providers will be able to offer such package.

    1. Do you see what is missing in their web page? They do not have a contact page with valid mailing address.
    2. Take a look at their WHOIS information:
    Domain Name: YOURLIFETIMEHOST.COM
    Registrar: ENOM, INC.
    Whois Server: whois.enom.com
    Referral URL: http://www.enom.com
    Name Server: DNS2.BIZGOLDHOSTING.COM
    Name Server: DNS1.BIZGOLDHOSTING.COM
    Status: REGISTRAR-LOCK
    EPP Status: clientDeleteProhibited
    EPP Status: clientUpdateProhibited
    EPP Status: clientTransferProhibited
    Updated Date: 21-Sep-2006
    Creation Date: 21-Sep-2006
    Expiration Date: 21-Sep-2007
    3. Check their payment page. They use a non-verified Paypal account.
    4. Here's the owner's web page, http://www.garymccaffrey.com/blog/. Look at the site motto and I hope you get an idea on how's the owner.
    5. His provider is http://www.bizgoldhosting.com/. Check the package. He pays his provider monthly fee and he charges you ONE TIME FEE?

    For your information, they just started their business few days ago, yes, 21st September 2006.

    If they are interested to provide perpetual hosting at one time fee, they would have renewed their domain for at least 10 years.

    Try it at your own risk, my advice. IMO, it's a scam.

    Thanks.
    Last edited by michaelfoo; 22-09-2006 at 05:01 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by limcs
    Honestly, I don't think we could trust that.

    Lifetime hosting is a great purchase, but only if the company is:

    1) Reputable
    2) Has been in business for several years
    3) Good support
    4) Good management

    The only 'trustable' lifetime hosting plan I'd recommend is from TextDrive. They occassionally offer that: http://textdrive.com/
    I wouldn't agree with this totally.

    1. Lifetime hosting is totally NOT VIABLE.
    2. Even reputable companies dies (eg. Barrings Bank, ENRON and etc)
    3. There's no such thing as pay once and you get free for LIFE, do you ever see such things happening anywhere? Even club memberships, you'll still have to pay monthly dues. I've not seen any clubs or anything else which gives you FREE FOR LIFE thing.

    So, all in all I TOTALLY AGREE with michaelfoo about what he says.

    The most important thing to remember is... there's NO SUCH THING called as a "Unlimited Bandwidth", trust me if you use about 500GB a month, you'll see them say GOODBYE to you faster than you can think.
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    The famous saying "If it's too good to be true, it probably is"
    Let's face it, nothing is cheap/free in this world and cheap is not necessarily good

    Great work, michaelfoo

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    Look at this
    http://system.freepgs.com/plans.php
    they offer one time payment plans too and it just start from $3 which is much more cheaper than anything else.
    I got a free plan from them and have been using it for more than one year. my experience is that, you pay cheap, then expect cheap service !
    there is once that they claim that their data center was on fire and all the data is destroyed do u believe that?
    somehow they did revive my account but i'm not relying on their hosting anymore.
    psst... how many account you think they will cramp into their server? ask yourself.
    my 2 cent, if you're serious about your website, get a reputable hosting provider. good hosting is not very expensive nowdays and it ensure you get all the support you need whenever there is problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robot
    there is once that they claim that their data center was on fire and all the data is destroyed do u believe that?
    That's quite a creative answer. Imagine a world class datacenter without fire extinguisher.

    I bet even my house is safer than that IDC.

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    Michael: good work on providing various ways and guidelines to check if a web hosting company is a scam. There are too many scams nowadays

    Aodat: Yeah. I got your point completely. That's why I said if given me a choice, I would only purchase a lifetime hosting company from TextDrive.

    Basically, it is not just some form of 'bet' (that their company won't go out of business for the next 10 years) but also a sign of 'trust', which is similar to the sign of 'trust' when you buy a share of a public company that you want to invest in. I have no affiliate or whatsoever with Textdrive, but I love their company. I love the way they run this hosting company. I love their community. And they are the first hosting company that contributed much to the open source community (and the open source community paid back, karma). Their founder is the main developer of Textpattern (which is another open source software that I love).

    They are offering a lifetime hosting at $499 and their cheapest hosting plan is $99 per year. Hence, buying their lifetime hosting would means, you simply 'trust' their company won't go 'bust' for 5 more years, then the rest is bonus .

    The bottom line is, lifetime hosting is not totally not viable. Textdrive has been providing that for years and their loyal clients have nothing to complain. Those who has bought it simply means they buy a 'trust' that the company will stay for at least 5 more years. If you don't trust them, just don't buy it.

    I remembered years ago in webhosting industry, there is always some web host screaming "Overselling can kills". Well, look at the web hosting industry now, if you don't oversell, you are basically out of the competition.

    Anyway, since some Malaysia web hosts involved in this thread, this can be a great opportunity to be potentially a 'market leader' in Malaysia hosting scene ( *hint hint ), here's my question to the web hosts:

    " Would you think your most loyal client would accept the lifetime hosting offer if you provide it? "

    And another question to the fellow webmasters:

    " Would you buy a lifetime hosting plan (that is 5 times more expensive than the current annual plan) if your most favourite web host provides it? "

    (apologise for the long post)

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