Web Hosting Terms
Please read these Web Hosting Terms carefully, as they set out our and your legal rights and obligations in relation to our web hosting services.
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2. The Agreement
3. Implementation and transition
4. Shared Hosting
5. VPS Hosting
6. Domain name registration
7. SSL Certificates
9. Services: general provisions
10. Customer responsibilities
11. Acceptable use
12. Charges and payment
15. Limitations and exclusions of liability
16. Data Protection
17. Confidentiality and publicity
19. Effects of termination
1. Definitions and interpretation
In the Agreement:
"Affiliate" means a company, firm or individual that Controls, is Controlled by, or is under common Control with the relevant company, firm or individual;
"Agreement" means the agreement between the Company and the Customer incorporating these Web Hosting Terms and the Registration Form and any amendments to it from time to time;
"Business Day" means any week day, other than a bank or public holiday in England;
"Business Hours" means between 09:00 and 17:30 on a Business Day;
"Charges" means the amounts payable by the Customer to the Company under or in relation to the Agreement as set out on the Registration Form;
"Company" means ThisWebHost LTD, a limited company incorporated in England and Wales (07227596) having its registered office at 337 Bath Road, Slough, Berkshire, England, SL1 5PR;
"Confidential Information" means:
(a) any information supplied (whether supplied in writing, orally or otherwise) by one party to the other party marked as "confidential", described as "confidential" or reasonably understood to be confidential;
"Control" means the legal power to control (directly or indirectly) the management of an entity (and "Controlled" will be construed accordingly);
"Customer" means the customer for Services under the Agreement specified in the relevant Registration Form;
"Effective Date" means the date when the Agreement comes into force in accordance with Clause [2.3];
"Force Majeure Event" means an event, or a series of related events, that is outside the reasonable control of the party affected (including failures of or problems with the internet or a part of the internet, hacker attacks, virus or other malicious software attacks or infections, power failures, industrial disputes affecting any third party, changes to the law, disasters, explosions, fires, floods, riots, terrorist attacks and wars);
"Hosted Materials" means all websites, web applications, software, information, data, databases and other works and materials stored, transmitted, published or processed using the Services;
"Intellectual Property Rights" means all intellectual property rights wherever in the world, whether registered or unregistered, including any application or right of application for such rights (and the "intellectual property rights" referred to above include copyright and related rights, moral rights, database rights, confidential information, trade secrets, know-how, business names, trade names, domain names, trade marks, service marks, passing off rights, unfair competition rights, patents, petty patents, utility models, semi-conductor topography rights and rights in designs);
"Losing Provider" means the company the Customer is currently hosted with and is moving away from (to the Company);
"Personal Data" has the meaning given to it in the Data Protection Act 1998;
"Prohibited Content" means:
(a) material which breaches any applicable laws, regulations or legally binding codes, or infringes any third party Intellectual Property Rights or other third party rights, or may give rise to any form of legal action against the Company or the Customer or any third party;
(b) messages or communications which are offensive, abusive, indecent or obscene, are likely to cause annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety to another internet user, or constitute spam or bulk unsolicited mail;
(c) material considered unfair or deceptive under the consumer protection laws of any jurisdiction, including but not limited to: chain letters, "pyramid schemes", "ponzi schemes" or "matrix schemes" and similar;
(d) software intended for the purpose of downloading (or uploading) data from other connections, such as "torrent" scripts or scripts used to download files from free file storage sites;
"Registration Form" means the form on the Company's website enabling users to sign up as Customers. For the avoidance of doubt, this is also considered the Order Form;
"Resources" means the resources specified on the Registration Form;
"Services" means the services provided under the Agreement, which may include shared hosting, dedicated hosting, vps hosting, co-location services, email services, domain name services and/or SSL services, as specified on the Registration Form;
"Site Transfer Request Form" means the form on the Company's website enabling users to request a website transfer from an existing host that does not belong to Company;
"Start Date" means the date specified as such on the Registration Form;
"Term" means the term of the Agreement; and
"Year" means a period of 365 days (or 366 days if there is a 29 February during the relevant period) starting on the Effective Date or on any anniversary of the Effective Date.
In the Agreement, a reference to a statute or statutory provision includes a reference to:
(a) that statute or statutory provision as modified, consolidated and/or re-enacted from time to time; and
(b) any subordinate legislation made under that statute or statutory provision.
The Clause headings do not affect the interpretation of the Agreement.
The ejusdem generis rule is not intended to be used in the interpretation of the Agreement; it follows that a general concept or category utilised in the Agreement will not be limited by any specific examples or instances utilised in relation to such a concept or category.
2. The Agreement
In order to apply to become a Customer, the applicant must complete and submit the Registration Form.
If the applicant makes any input errors during the order process, these may be identified and corrected by the applicant before the Registration Form is submitted by re-inputting the details into the Registration Form.
This Agreement will come into force if and when the Company sends to the Customer an acceptance email, following the submission of a completed Registration Form by the Customer.
This Agreement will continue in force indefinitely, unless and until terminated in accordance with Clause 20.
3. Implementation and transition
The Company will make available the Services on or before the Start Date.
At the request of the Customer via the Site Transfer Request Form, the Company will:
(a) where the Company holds any Customer website(s) on its development servers, transfer such website(s) from its development servers; or
(b) use reasonable endeavours to assist with the transition of any Customer website(s) from any third party host
The Customer acknowledges that any transfer services are a free courtesy service intended for new customers only and that the Company reserves the right to refuse to to perform transfers at its own discretion.
The Company cannot guarantee transfers will be successful or even possible. The Customer acknowledges that this is dependant on the features and availability of the Losing Provider.
The Customer will be responsible for testing and diagnosing any possible problems with transfers conducted by the Company within 7 days of the Company completing the transfer. The Company will use reasonable endeavours to assist with any reported post-transfer problems within this time period. After 7 days, and if no problems are reported, the Customer acknowledges that the Company will no longer provide support for any transfers.
The Company will require a minimum period of 7 days, beginning once the Site Transfer Request Form has been successfully submitted, to perform any transfers. The Customer will ensure that the Company are given sufficient time before any of the Customer's previous services may be disconnected at the Losing Provider in order to perform the transfers.
The Customer acknowledges that they have a full working and accessible backup of their website data before submitting a transfer request. The Company will not be responsible for any loss of data as a result of a transfer.
This Clause  applies where the Company agrees to make available to the Customer shared hosting.
The Company will make available to the Customer hosting capacity on a shared server meeting the specification set out in all material respects.
The Company will make available to the Customer the ability to access, update or amend the Hosted Materials by FTP or similar means.
For the avoidance of doubt, the Customer will not have administration rights in relation to any shared server, and the Company may refuse any request to change the configuration of a shared server at its sole discretion.
Charges payable in respect of shared hosting will be as specified on the Registration Form.
For the avoidance of doubt, this clause  also encompasses Reseller and Semi-Dedicated hosting accounts.
5. VPS Hosting
This Clause  applies where the Company agrees to make available to the Customer a VPS (Virtual Private Server).
The Company will make available for the exclusive use of the Customer a VPS meeting the specification set out in all material respects, and will be responsible for administration rights with respect to that server.
The Customer will not configure, or allow any other person to configure, a VPS in any way contrary to the guidelines published on the Company website from time to time.
The Company may from time to time require that the Customer apply software and/or hardware upgrades to the VPS.
For the avoidance of doubt, VPS' made available under the Agreement will remain the property of the Company at all times.
Charges payable in respect of VPS' will be as specified on the Registration Form.
The Customer acknowledges that due to the nature of the product, and the involvement of software licenses, the VPS product is non-refundable.
Company will not provide commission on any VPS' to affiliates.
6. Domain name registration
Subject to the payment of the applicable Charges in advance, the Company will attempt to register domain names that the Customer orders using the interface on the the Company website, but does not warrant that it will be able to do so. Domain name orders will be subject to the provisions of this Clause .
Charges in respect of domain name registrations and transfers are non-refundable.
Domain name registrations will be subject to periodic renewal fees and transfer fees as stated on the the Company website from time to time.
The Customer warrants that the information submitted for the purposes of a domain name registration is current, accurate and complete, that it has the legal right to apply for and use the domain name, and that its use of the domain name will not infringe any person's Intellectual Property Rights or other legal rights.
The Customer undertakes to keep the information required for the purposes of a domain name registration up-to-date (which changes may be subject to additional Charges).
The Customer acknowledges that certain information submitted for the purposes of a domain name registration will be published on the internet via "WHOIS" services, unless necessary (if applicable) "ID Protection" services are purchased.
The Company may reject in its sole discretion any request to register a particular domain name.
The Company will not offer any advice in relation to any actual or potential domain name dispute, and will have no liability in respect of the suspension or loss of a domain name by the Customer as a result of any domain name arbitration procedure or court proceedings.
The Company will have no responsibility for the Customer's use or retention of a domain name once registered, and it will be the Customer's responsibility to ensure that domain names are renewed and that applicable renewal charges are paid.
The Customer acknowledges that domain names will be subject to the rules and policies from time to time of the relevant registry or registration authority, and the Customer agrees to abide by all such rules and policies.
The Customer agrees to the terms of the applicable domain name registration agreement.
Charges payable in respect of domain name services will be as specified on the Registration Form.
7. SSL Certificates
Subject to the payment of the applicable Charges in advance, the Company will attempt to obtain SSL certificates that the Customer orders using the interface on the Company's website. SSL certificate orders will be subject to the provisions of this Clause .
Charges in respect of SSL certificates are non-refundable.
SSL certificates will be subject to periodic fees as stated on the Company website from time to time.
The Customer warrants that the information submitted for the purposes of an SSL certificate is current, accurate and complete.
The Customer undertakes to keep the information required for the purposes of an SSL certificate up-to-date.
The Customer agrees to the terms of the applicable SSL subscription agreement.
Charges payable in respect of SSL certificates will be as specified on the Registration Form.
The Company will make available an online support system for the purpose of providing support to the Customer (and the Company's other customers). The Company will use reasonable endeavours to respond to requests for support within 24 hours.
The Company will provide online support on Business Days between the hours of 9.00 am and 5.30 pm (London time).
The Company will use reasonable endeavours to ensure that a member of its support staff is also available outside Business Hours, but the Customer acknowledges that support outside of Business Hours may incur additional delays.
The Customer must make all requests for support Services through the online support system.
The Company will use reasonable endeavours to resolve issues raised by the Customer promptly.
The Customer acknowledges that requests for support submitted via the online support system are responded to in the order that they are received, and that no priority is given to any Customer. The Customer also acknowledges that no minimum or guaranteed support response time(s) is/are provided. For more details on how our support system works, please see the following KB article.
The Customer acknowledges and agrees that Company provide the Services "as is" and with the expectation that the Customer has reasonable knowledge and experience in managing and looking after their website(s) and account(s). Company cannot be expected to teach, tutor or otherwise train users on how to use the Services.
The Company reserves the right to refuse to provide support in situations where Customer has illustrated they do not posses the necessary experience to manage their Services, and the Customer is consuming a significant amount of support resources as a result.
9. Services: general provisions
The Customer's utilisation of Resources must not exceed the limits set out on the Registration Form. If the Customer's utilisation of Resources exceeds those limits, the parties will endeavour to agree a variation to the Agreement. If the parties cannot agree such a variation within a reasonable period (being not more than 7 days) following notice from the Company to the Customer requesting such variation, and Resource utilisation continues to exceed those limits, the Customer will be deemed to be in material breach of the Agreement for the purposes of Clause.
The Company may suspend, or otherwise make unavailable, some or all of the Services in order to carry out scheduled or emergency maintenance or repairs. Subject to this, the Company will use reasonable endeavours to maintain the Services at the availability level specified (99%).
10. Customer responsibilities
The Customer will provide the Company with all co-operation, information and documentation reasonably required for the provision of the Services, and the Customer will be responsible for procuring any third party co-operation reasonably required for the provision of the Services.
The Customer will be responsible for obtaining suitable licences of third party software (such as email client software) which are required for the full use of the Services.
It is the Customer’s responsibility to keep any passwords relating to the Services confidential, and to change such passwords on a regular basis. The Customer will notify the Company immediately if it becomes aware that a password relating to the Services is or may have been compromised or misused.
The Customer will be responsible for ensuring that they have a local backup of all data uploaded to Company's servers, notwithstanding any agreement by Company to provide back up services.
The Customer acknowledges that they will communicate professionally with Company at all times.
11. Acceptable Use
The Customer must not use any of the Services:
(a) to host, store, send, relay or process any Prohibited Content;
(b) for any purpose which is unlawful, fraudulent, or infringes any third party rights;
(c) in any way which may put the Company in breach of a contractual or other obligation owed by the Company to any internet service provider.
The Customer acknowledges that shared hosting accounts are provided with some limitations that, for the avoidance of doubt, will be outlined;
(a) no account must exceed 500,000 inodes;
(b) no MySQL database must exceed 256MB in total size;
(c) no cron job (or other scheduled task) should be executed more than once every 15 minutes;
The Customer will not utilise their Services to proxy connections or tunnel connections to remote servers.
All IRC (Internet Relay Chat) activity is prohibited on our network.
The Customer acknowledges that the Company does not purport to monitor the content of Hosted Materials or the use of the Services.
Where the Company reasonably suspects that there has been a breach of the provisions of this Clause , the Company may:
(a) delete or amend the relevant Hosted Materials; and/or
(b) suspend any or all of the Services and/or the Customer’s access to any or all Services while it investigates the matter.
Any breach by the Customer of this Clause  will be deemed to be a material breach of this Agreement for the purposes of Clause .
12. Charges and payment
The Company will issue invoices for the Charges to the Customer 7 days in advance during the Term.
The Customer will pay the Charges to the Company within 7 days of the date of receipt of an invoice issued in accordance with Clause [12.1]
All Charges stated in or in relation to this Agreement are stated exclusive of VAT, unless the context requires otherwise.
Charges must be paid by debit or credit card or PayPal (using such payment details as are notified by the Company to the Customer from time to time).
If the Customer does not pay any amount properly due to the Company under or in connection with this Agreement, the Company may:
(a) charge the Customer interest on the overdue amount at the rate of 5% per year above the base rate of HSBC Bank Plc from time to time (which interest will accrue daily until the date of actual payment, be compounded quarterly, and be payable on demand); or
(b) claim interest and statutory compensation from the Customer pursuant to the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 and the Late Payment of Commercial Debts Regulations 2002.
The Company may vary the Charges by giving to the Customer at least 14 days' notice of variation.
In cases where the payment processor has flagged payments for review and the dispute was not opened by the Customer directly, it is the Customers' responsibility to communicate with the payment processor to confirm that the payment(s) were made with the customers authorisation. Failure to do so will result in the continued suspension of relevant service(s) until reversed payments are reapplied to the account and the dispute is closed. During this time Company reserves the right to continue to invoice Customer in accordance with the original billing agreement.
Any reversed payments or chargebacks initiated by the Customer will result in the immediate suspension or termination of all associated services. If the reversed payment concerns a domain name then Company reserves the right to seize the domain name for non-payment. We also reserve the right to submit details of this charge-back and your hashed personal details to FraudRecord, a publicly accessible fraud database. This may affect your ability to obtain hosting or domain services from other providers in the future.
Promotions & Promotional/Discount Codes
The Company may offer promotional codes which are intended to attract and introduce new customers to our service(s).
Introductory promotional codes are only valid one time for a single customer account.
Company reserves the right to refuse to honour promotional codes in cases where it is believed that Customer has signed up additional accounts in order to take advantage of a specific promotion or code.
The Customer warrants to the Company that it has the legal right and authority to enter into and perform its obligations under this Agreement.
The Company warrants to the Customer:
(a) that it has the legal right and authority to enter into and perform its obligations under this Agreement; and
(b) that it will perform its obligations under this Agreement with reasonable care and skill.
All of the parties' liabilities and obligations in respect of the subject matter of this Agreement are expressly set out in the terms of this Agreement. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, no other terms concerning the subject matter of this Agreement will be implied into this Agreement or any related contract.
The Customer hereby indemnifies and undertakes to keep indemnified the Company against all liabilities, losses, costs, expenses (including legal expenses and amounts paid upon advice in settlement of any legal action) arising out of or in connection with:
(a) any breach by the Customer of any term of this Agreement; and
(b) any activity upon, or any breach of security of, the Customer's VPS or dedicated server.
15. Limitations and exclusions of liability
Nothing in the Agreement will:
(a) limit or exclude the liability of a party for death or personal injury resulting from negligence;
(b) limit or exclude the liability of a party for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation by that party;
(c) limit any liability of a party in any way that is not permitted under applicable law; or
(d) exclude any liability of a party that may not be excluded under applicable law.
The limitations and exclusions of liability set out in this Clause  and elsewhere in the Agreement:
(a) are subject to Clause [15.1];
(b) govern all liabilities arising under the Agreement or any collateral contract or in relation to the subject matter of the Agreement or any collateral contract, including liabilities arising in contract, in tort (including negligence) and for breach of statutory duty; and
(c) will limit and exclude the liability of the parties under the express indemnities set out the Agreement.
The Company will not be liable in respect of any loss of profits, income, revenue, use, production or anticipated savings.
The Company will not be liable for any loss of business, contracts or commercial opportunities.
The Company will not be liable for any loss of or damage to goodwill or reputation.
The Company will not be liable in respect of any loss or corruption of any data, database or software.
The Company will not be liable in respect of any special, indirect or consequential loss or damage.
The Company will not be liable for any losses arising out of a Force Majeure Event.
The Company's liability in relation to any event or series of related events will not exceed the greater of:
(a) £500; and
(b) the total amount paid and payable by the Customer to the Company under the Agreement during the 12 month period immediately preceding the event or events giving rise to the claim.
The Company's aggregate liability under the Agreement and any collateral contracts will not exceed the greater of:
(a) £500; and
(b) the total amount paid and payable by the Customer to the Company under the Agreement.
16. Data protection
The Customer warrants that it has the legal right to disclose all Personal Data that it does in fact disclose to the Company under this Agreement, and that the processing of that Personal Data by the Company for the purposes of and in accordance with the terms of this Agreement will not breach any applicable laws (including the Data Protection Act 1998).
The Company warrants that:
(a) it will act only on instructions from the Customer in relation to the processing of any Personal Data performed by the Company on behalf of the Customer; and
(b) it has in place appropriate security measures (both technical and organisational) against unlawful or unauthorised processing of Personal Data and against loss or corruption of Personal Data processed by the Company on behalf of the Customer.
17. Confidentiality and publicity
Each party will keep confidential the Confidential Information of the other party, and will not disclose that Confidential Information except as expressly permitted by this Clause .
Each party will protect the confidentiality of the Confidential Information of the other party using at least reasonable security measures.
The Confidential Information of a party may be disclosed by the other party to its employees and professional advisers, provided that each recipient is legally bound to protect the confidentiality of the Confidential Information.
These obligations of confidentiality will not apply to Confidential Information that:
(a) has been published or is known to the public (other than as a result of a breach of the Agreement);
(b) is known to the receiving party, and can be shown by the receiving party to have been known to it, before disclosure by the other party; or
(c) is required to be disclosed by law, or by an order (binding upon the relevant party) of a competent governmental authority, regulatory body or stock exchange.
Either party may terminate the Agreement at any time by giving at least 14 days' written notice to the other party.
Either party may terminate the Agreement immediately by giving written notice to the other party if the other party:
(a) commits any material breach of any term of the Agreement, and:
(i) the breach is not remediable; or
(ii) the breach is remediable, but the other party fails to remedy the breach within 7 days of receipt of a written notice requiring it to do so; or
(b) fails to pay any amount due under the Agreement in full and on time.
Either party may terminate the Agreement immediately by giving written notice to the other party if:
(a) the other party:
(i) is dissolved;
(ii) ceases to conduct all (or substantially all) of its business;
(iii) is or becomes unable to pay its debts as they fall due;
(iv) is or becomes insolvent or is declared insolvent; or
(v) convenes a meeting or makes or proposes to make any arrangement or composition with its creditors;
(b) an administrator, administrative receiver, liquidator, receiver, trustee, manager or similar is appointed over any of the assets of the other party;
(c) an order is made for the winding up of the other party, or the other party passes a resolution for its winding up; or
(d) (where that other party is an individual) that other party dies, or as a result of illness or incapacity becomes incapable of managing his or her own affairs, or is the subject of a bankruptcy petition or order.
In the event that the Customer no longer wishes to continue their service, Customer may cancel at any time by submitting a cancellation request via our online client area located at https://www.thiswebhost.com/clients/.
19. Effects of termination
Upon termination all the provisions of this Agreement will cease to have effect, save that the following provisions of this Agreement will survive and continue to have effect (in accordance with their terms or otherwise indefinitely): Clauses [1, 12.5, 14, 15, 17.1 to 17.4, 19 and 20.3 to 20.12].
Termination of this Agreement will not affect either party’s accrued rights (including accrued rights to be paid) as at the date of termination.
If this Agreement is terminated under Clause [18.1], or by the Customer under Clause [18.2] or [18.3], the Customer will be entitled to a refund of any Charges paid by the Customer to the Company in respect of any Services which were to be performed after the date of effective termination, and will be released from any obligation to pay such Charges to the Company (such amount to be calculated by the Company using any reasonable methodology).
Any notice given under the Agreement must be in writing (whether or not described as "written notice" in the Agreement) and must be sent via our client area located at https://www.thiswebhost.com/clients/.
A notice will be deemed to have been received at the relevant time set out below (or where such time is not within Business Hours, when Business Hours next begin after the relevant time set out below):
(a) where the notice is sent by email, at the time of the transmission (providing the sending party retains written evidence of the transmission).
No breach of any provision of the Agreement will be waived except with the express written consent of the party not in breach.
If a Clause of the Agreement is determined by any court or other competent authority to be unlawful and/or unenforceable, the other Clauses of the Agreement will continue in effect. If any unlawful and/or unenforceable Clause would be lawful or enforceable if part of it were deleted, that part will be deemed to be deleted, and the rest of the Clause will continue in effect (unless that would contradict the clear intention of the parties, in which case the entirety of the relevant Clause will be deemed to be deleted).
Nothing in the Agreement will constitute a partnership, agency relationship or contract of employment between the parties.
The Agreement may not be varied except by a written document signed by or on behalf of each of the parties.
The Company may freely assign its rights and obligations under the Agreement without the Customer’s consent. Save as expressly provided in this Clause or elsewhere in the Agreement, neither party may without the prior written consent of the other party assign, transfer, charge, license or otherwise dispose of or deal in the Agreement or any rights or obligations under the Agreement.
The Company may subcontract any of its obligations under the Agreement to any third party.
Each party agrees to execute (and arrange for the execution of) any documents and do (and arrange for the doing of) any things reasonably within that party’s power, which are necessary to enable the parties to exercise their rights and fulfil their obligations under the Agreement.
The Agreement is made for the benefit of the parties, and is not intended to benefit any third party or be enforceable by any third party. The rights of the parties to terminate, rescind, or agree any amendment, waiver, variation or settlement under or relating to the Agreement are not subject to the consent of any third party.
The Agreement constitutes the entire agreement and understanding of the parties in relation to the subject matter of the Agreement, and supersedes all previous agreements, arrangements and understandings between the parties relating to the subject matter of the Agreement. Subject to Clause [15.1], each party acknowledges that no representations or promises not expressly contained in the Agreement have been made by or on behalf of the other party.
The Agreement will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales; and the courts of England will have exclusive jurisdiction to adjudicate any dispute arising under or in connection with the Agreement.