Customers using any services offered by Vast Development Method agree to be obligated by and must comply with all policies in this TOS or must otherwise opt out of and cancel their web hosting service with Vast Development Method. Vast Development Method retains the sole discretion to make judgment regarding any violation by any Vast Development Method customer and may take action against any customer deemed to be in violation of these terms including the cancellation of any customer's services without refund and/or, if deemed appropriate, be legally prosecuted.
In consideration for Vast Development Method maintaining one or more accounts (each "Account"), you, as the Vast Development Method customer, agree to the following terms of service.
- "We" "Us" or "Provider" or "Vast Development Method" - Vast Development Method; PO Box 30251; Windhoek; Namibia
- "You" "Your" "Client" "Customer" or "Member" - Each person or entity who applies for internet service or is a designate of anyone who applies for internet service.
Disclaimer of Warranty
The Internet and web site hosting relies on a complex network of hardware, software, network services and providers of information. Due to the need for an aggregate of all of these providers and service companies working properly not all services may be available to you at all times.
Vast Development Method however, offers a 99.9% uptime guarantee. This is valid for only the Vast Development Method servers and our primary co-location internet connection. Vast Development Method shall pursue partnerships with all tier-1 resource and channel available to maintain maximum uptime, however, Vast Development Method is not responsible for any down time caused by any provider's hardware or network malfunction which is outside of Vast Development Method' capability to directly correct. Vast Development Method clients are diverse and their web sites and the function of those web sites are diverse and Vast Development Method cannot be held responsible for any service interruption due to client's error, including but not limited to spamming, the target of a DDOS attack, or any other internet or cyber attack.
Vast Development Method MAKES NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO WARRANTIES OF NON-INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR USE) WITH RESPECT TO THE SERVICES IT PROVIDES. Neither Vast Development Method nor any one else involved in the provision of Service is liable to you or any third-party for direct or indirect damages resulting from the use, non-use of services provided herein, whether or not such damages resulted from the negligence of Vast Development Method, even if Vast Development Method has been advised to the possibility of such damages.
Limitation of Liability
IN NO EVENT SHALL Vast Development Method BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE OR OTHER CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOST PROFITS AND DAMAGES RELATED TO CORRUPTION OR DELETION OF WEBSITE CONTENTS, EMAIL DATA AND OR DATABASE CONTENTS) ARISING OUT OF OR IN RELATION TO THIS AGREEMENT OR YOUR USE OR INABILITY TO USE Vast Development Method' SERVICES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, INOPERABILITY OF Vast Development Method' SERVERS), REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF ACTION, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE) OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF Vast Development Method HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IN NO EVENT SHALL Vast Development Method's MAXIMUM LIABILITY EXCEED THE TOTAL AMOUNT PAID BY YOU TO Vast Development Method FOR THE SERVICES DURING THE PRIOR TWELVE (12) MONTHS. TO THE EXTENT APPLICABLE LOCAL LAW DOES NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, Vast Development Method LIABILITY IS LIMITED TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW
You agree to indemnify, defend and hold Vast Development Method and its affiliates, directors, officers, employees and agents harmless from and against any liabilities, losses, damages or costs, including reasonable attorneys' fees, resulting from any third-party claim, action, dispute or demand related to your use of the Services, your violation of any of the provisions of this Agreement or from your placement or transmission of any materials or content onto Vast Development Method' servers. Such liabilities may include, but are not limited to, those arising from the following: (a) with respect to your business, (i) infringement or misappropriation of any intellectual property rights; (ii) defamation, libel, slander, obscenity, pornography, or violation of the rights of privacy or publicity; or (iii) spamming, or any other offensive, harassing or illegal conduct or violation of the acceptable uses described herein or anti-spam policy; (b) any damage or destruction to Vast Development Method's equipment or to any other accountholder, which damage is caused by or otherwise results from acts or omissions by you, your representative(s) or your designees; (c) any personal injury or property damage arising out of your activities related to the Services, unless such injury or property damage is caused solely by Vast Development Method's gross negligence or willful misconduct; and (d) any other damage arising from your equipment or your business.
CHOICE OF LAW
This Agreement shall be interpreted under the laws of Namibia without regard to any conflict of laws provisions. Any action between the parties to this agreement for the breach of this agreement or any action or claim in any way relating thereto shall be venued in the Superior Court of Namibia. The parties to this agreement hereby consent to jurisdiction in that court and agree to accept service by mail and hereby waive any defense of any kind related to jurisdiction or venue.
Services Provided by Vast Development Method
Vast Development Method will provide Internet server rental ("the Service") to its members for the express purpose of allowing customers to provide http Internet content to the general public. The Service allows Vast Development Method members to maintain Internet websites, receive and maintain e-mail accounts and access web space via FTP to upload files for their websites. Vast Development Method members will use the provided services in a manner consistent with any and all applicable laws. Vast Development Method provides the Services exclusively and makes no effort to edit, control, monitor or restrict the content of data other than as necessary to provide such Services. Vast Development Method reserves the right to refuse service to potential and/or existing customers to protect its existing paying customers. If any of the below violates are committed, Vast Development Method can terminate client's account without notification.
Vast Development Method provides timely web site hosting support to our clients through emails, chat and phones. By accepting your client contract agreement with Vast Development Method You agree not to abuse whether verbally or physically or whether in person, via email, live chat or telephone or otherwise (a) any other customer of Vast Development Method and any employee or contractor of Vast Development Method.
Client agrees that web pages and files uploaded to servers will not violate any state, national or foreign laws or regulations; infringe on any intellectual property rights of Vast Development Method or any third party; be defamatory, slanderous or trade libellous; be threatening or harassing; be discriminatory based on gender, race, age; promote hate; or contain viruses or other computer programming defects which result in damage to Vast Development Method or any third party. Customers may not run IRC, bots or clients. Clients may not use Vast Development Method servers for file storage unrelated to the client's web site, storage Space is for active web site file pages only. Vast Development Method's shared hosting account holders may not act as a reseller, which means that clients may not host any web sites in their addon domains that are not domains owned by the client on record atVast Development Method. Unacceptable uses alsoinclude: Bulk unsolicited emailing, unsolicited e-mailings, newsgroup spamming, child pornography, hardcore pornography or links to such sites, copyrighted MP3, copyrighted music, copyrighted video, illegal content, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, warez, cracks, software serial numbers, proxy(ies) and image/file sharing web sites. Vast Development Method will be the sole and final arbiter as to what constitutes a violation of this policy. Vast Development Method does not normally monitor the contents of clients servers, however if suspicion occurs, Vast Development Method reserves the right to investigate and terminate the clients subscription to the service.
What do you mean by "unlimited disk space and bandwidth/data transfer"
We do not set limits on the disk space and bandwidth (data transfer) that we provide in plans that are marked "Unlimited". We want you to have the resources available to you to build a great online presence.
Even though we want you to succeed, we need to ensure that we're providing all of our customers with optimum service. As such we do require all of our customers to be fully compliant with our Excessive Resource User Policy/Terms of Service and utilize disk space and bandwidth related to normal operation of a personal or small business web site.
If a customer's hosting account is found to have violated the client content, excessive resource user policy and/or is storing files for archiving purposes, the contents will be removed and while we take every effort to contact customers before hand, this can occur without notice.
Excessive Resource User Policy:
Resources are defined as bandwidth, memory and/or processor utilization. Vast Development Method offers a shared web hosting service in which environment customers may share resources with other customers, therefore it is imperative that Vast Development Method control any excessive usage by customers so that they do not disrupt the service quality of other customers using the same resources. A website is considered using "Excessive amounts of resources" when it monopolies the resources available using 8% or more of Vast Development Method system resources for longer than 60 seconds. There are numerous issues that could cause such problems, including but not limited to: cgi scripts, FTP, HTTP, etc. Any site that consumes over the account limit of bandwidth is also considered an "excessive resource" user. In the event of excessive resource usage Vast Development Method may act in the following manner: if the excessive usage may cause a disruption of service to any other customer, Vast Development Method may suspend that customer's account prior to notify that customer, Vast Development Method may also contact the "excessive usage" customer prior to taking any action if Vast Development Method feels that the excessive usage will not interfere with the service of any other customer. Client suspensions prior to notification by Vast Development Method is rare and is only implemented in extreme circumstances and is intended to prevent the misuse of our servers. Vast Development Method's will be the sole and final arbiter as to what constitutes a violation of this policy.
UCE/UBE or "Spam" originating from a server located on our network or associated with a Vast Development Method server is not tolerated. This includes any e-mail that promotes web sites hosted on a server located on the Vast Development Method network but is sent from an e-mail address not associated with that Vast Development Method account. Client shall not use their Vast Development Method services for chain letters, junk mail, bulk-email, or any use of distribution lists to any person who has not given specific permission to be included in such a process. Vast Development Method reserves the right to deactivate or terminate any account(s) upon any indication of such activity without notice.
Vast Development Method allows 3rd party scripts to be uploaded/installed from our auto-installer or manually (those scripts that are/aren't included in the auto-installer) on your web hosting account. It is the responsibility or our web hosting clients to maintain the latest exploit free version of the scripts. If a script that our web hosting clients uploads to our servers is found to have security lapses and allows a third party to "hack", "exploit", "deface" their site(s) it is the responsibility of our clients to either remove that script or Vast Development Method reserves the right to terminate that clients' account and provide them with a prorated refund.
Customer agrees not to post false or inaccurate information to news groups in violation of the news groups rules and regulations. If any news groups or service provider contact Vast Development Method concerning unethical, false or unlawful activities by you, Vast Development Method reserve the right to suspend or terminate your service with or without notice.
Licensed Software Only:
Client agrees to use only properly licensed third party software in connection with Client's use of the Services.
Vast Development Method provides the tools needed to create back ups of account data. Vast Development Method also backs up its servers and retains a copy for 24 hours for disaster recovery purposes only. It is the responsibility of the customer to keep up-to-date archives of their backed up data. Vast Development Method does not provide or keep records or copies of our clients web site files for customer use and is not responsible for any loss of data.
Payment, Renewal, Cancellations
Full payment is required in advance before hosting service is established. Vast Development Method sends out invoices that are due every pay period. You are given fifteen (15) days to fully pay the invoice.
You warrant and represent that the information you supply in the Order Form (or other information that Vast Development Method may require) is accurate and truthful. All payment-due notices will be sent by e-mail. No bills or invoices will be sent by postal mail or fax. If payment was not received by the due-date, your account will be suspended. It is the client's responsibility to ensure that payment is made to Vast Development Method prior to the renewal date and although Vast Development Method sends renewal notices to our customers prior to their renewal date, because of the ability for a customer to change their contact email addresses without notifying Vast Development Method, the customer is ultimately responsible for remembering their renewal date and to make sure payment is made upon the renewal.
It is the obligation of the Vast Development Method customer to know when their account comes up for renewal and if their intention is to non renew their account they must log a cancellation request 5 business days prior to their account's renewal date to ensure that Vast Development Method billing department receives the cancellation request well in advance of the renewal date so that they can stop any renewal charges. Vast Development Method clients receive email notification 15 days prior to the renewal date of their account informing them that their renewal date is approaching. It is the customer's responsibility to ensure that Vast Development Method has a valid email address for which we can send out renewal notices to our clients. If Vast Development Method does not receive a cancellation request prior to the customer's renewal we will renew the clients' account on the renewal date and we will apply the appropriate charges. Accounts will be automatically renewed under the same time and fee structure as the plan that the client signed up for (unless plan changes were made or upgraded between the time when the client signed up & their renewal date). The 30 day money back guarantee applies only to the start date of the clients' service with Vast Development Method and does not apply to renewals of service.
Clients have the option to pay an invoice at any time by logging into their Vast Development Method account and submitting a payment. An invoice that is not paid by the due date is automatically marked overdue in the system. If an invoice is overdue by more than four days (the grace period), the account is automatically suspended and a $15.00 late fee is added to the account. To reactivate an account that is suspended for failure to submit a payment within the grace period, a payment for the original invoiced amount plus $15.00 must be submitted to Vast Development Method.
- Cancellation & Refunds:
Should you become dissatisfied with our services within the first 30 days of your account activation, Vast Development Method will refund your hosting fee subject to the money back guarantee terms listed in this agreement. Refunds are not available for customers after the 30 days of account activation. You may however cancel your account at any time in order to make sure that your account is not renewed. You will need to contact customer service and verify information before cancellation takes place. You will be charged in full for the entire month in which you cancelled your account. Accounts which have negative balances will be sent to collections and all services will be terminated, including domain registrations. Refunds are never available for domain registrations or any of the other products supplied by Vast Development Method. Domain Names transferred to our service incur an additional year of registration and therefore are considered a domain registration. Domain names of customers which leave our hosting service will be refunded the package price total less the domain registration fee if the customer leaves Vast Development Method hosting service within the 30 day money back guarantee.
In addition refunds are not available for additional services which you may purchase at Vast Development Method for instance an additional domain name we may purchase for a client is not refundable and a dedicated IP which we may setup for a client for a charge is not refundable.
Web site files are the responsibility of the Vast Development Method customer and should a Vast Development Method customer decide to cancel their service it is the customer's responsibility to make sure that they have backed up & downloaded the web site files and any emails from the Vast Development Method server prior to requesting that Vast Development Method cancels their account. Once the cancellation request has been submitted to Vast Development Method a cancellation of the web site hosting service may occur anytime after the request is received by Vast Development Method and when a cancellation request is completed the client's hosting account with Vast Development Method and their web site files are permanently removed from the Vast Development Method servers. Therefore again it is the client's obligation to ensure that they have downloaded their web site files and any emails from the server prior to their cancellation request.
99.9% Service Level Agreement " SLA"
Vast Development Method offers its clients a 99.9% network uptime guarantee for customer satisfaction purposes and also to ensure that your business is running problem free. Vast Development Method will try to maintain maximum uptime. Vast Development Method is not responsible for any downtime caused by the client.
30-Day Money Back Guarantee