Jun 19 2008

Be Careful With Adult Images

Sexy Megan Fox ImageWhen dealing with the hosting of your website, make sure you know the rules. Many webhosts don’t allow adult images. My host, Hostmonster, has very particular rules. What you may think is okay, they may consider adult.

What is Adult?

Hostmonster has very strict rules when it comes to what is adult or not. There can be no nudity (including photography and art) as well as escort services, adult toy sites, and other adult materials.

What Happens?

Today I spent my entire morning working with my host. I was trying to get all 9 of my websites that is hosted at Hostmonster restored. My entire account had been suspended for hosting an adult blog on their service. Instead of shutting down that particular site, my entire network was suspended.

I was never given a warning or anything. When I had asked if they could restore that site for another week so I could find another appropriate host, they declined. Instead I spent the next two hours trying to figure out what to do and download the needed files so I could remove it from the host.

Not only did the two hours cost me traffic, it also essentially cost me money. The website that I had to take down now is without a host and is losing traffic and money as long as it’s down.

The problem could of been resolved easily if I had only a few images that were deemed inappropriate, but that wasn’t the case. It was a little tough removing the entire site of images, which would of been near impossible.

The silly thing is though, the same thing would of happened with just ONE image. An entire suspension of the network.

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  1. Can You Be Too Honest On Your Blog? | Blog About Your Blog wrote:

    [...] led to writing an article about being careful with adult images. I thought it was an eye opener to anyone really with hosting. Your hosting company could deem one [...]

    June 24th, 2008 at 12:48 pm
  1. Thomas said:

    Next time, read the fine print.

    June 19th, 2008 at 1:42 pm
  2. Matthew Henrickson said:

    Thats pretty much the message I’m sending.

    June 19th, 2008 at 1:44 pm
  3. sir jorge said:

    that’s why i don’t use them for hosting ;) I’m sure there’s adult hosting, in fact I know there is…and it’s not expensive.

    Good luck dude.

    June 19th, 2008 at 2:17 pm
  4. Matthew Henrickson said:

    Hostgator allows adult, but I dont have 100+ for hosting right now

    Unlimited Domain Hosting Only $9.95 a Month

    June 19th, 2008 at 2:18 pm
  5. Mark at MeAndMyDrum.com said:

    What troubles me is that no warning was given. Whatever the transgression, they should have allowed you to make amends before shutting you down. Now, that stipulation may be in their terms, but even so, give you a chance at least.

    June 19th, 2008 at 9:40 pm
  6. Matthew Henrickson said:

    that was something I definitely didnt want to wake up to and waste 2 hours trying to fix it. I have several projects that were put on hold due to that.

    Like I said I had asked if they could give me another week to move it and they said no flat out.

    June 20th, 2008 at 10:34 am
  7. Delores said:

    Wow. I really wish you hadn’t have admitted that you had a site like this on BAYB.

    June 20th, 2008 at 8:27 pm
  8. Matthew Henrickson said:

    Whats the difference?

    June 20th, 2008 at 10:41 pm
  9. Dennis Edell said:

    Do you really need a dedicated server?

    June 25th, 2008 at 3:36 am
  10. AdultHosting said:

    Going with hostgator is a graet choise if your unsure if shared web hosting is eough. Theyll let you monitor your shared servers resources so youre certain not to screw things up! Just issua a refund within 45 days if your not happy with the solution!

    January 10th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

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