Terms of Services
TERMS OF SERVICE (TOS)
1. Account Setup / Email on file
We will setup your account after we have received payment and we and/or our payment partner(s) have screened the order(s) in the case of fraud. It is your responsibility to provide us with an email address which is not on the domain(s) you are signing up under. If there is ever an abuse issue or we need to contact you, the primary email address on file will be used for this purpose. It is your responsibility to ensure the email address on file is current or up to date at all times. Providing false contact information of any kind may result in the termination of your account. If you fail to meet these requirements, the order may be considered fraudulent in nature and be denied.
Our transfers team will make every effort to help you move your site to us. However, transfers are provided as a courtesy service, and we can not make guarantees regarding the availability, possibility, or time required to complete an account transfer. Each hosting company is configured differently, and some hosting platforms save data in an incompatible or proprietary format, which may make it extremely difficult if not impossible to migrate some or all account data. We will try our best, but in some cases, we may be unable to assist you in a transfer of data from an old host.
The free transfer services are available for 30 days from your sign up date. Transfers outside of the 30-day free period will incur a charge; please contact our transfers department with specific details to receive a price quote.
All services provided by eKaya WEB Services may only be used for lawful purposes. The laws of the Republic of South Africa apply. The customer agrees to indemnify and hold harmless eKaya WEB Services from any claims resulting from the use of our services.
Use of our services to infringe upon any copyright or trademark is prohibited. This includes but is not limited to unauthorised copying of music, books, photographs, or any other copyrighted work. The offer of sale of any counterfeit merchandise of a trademark holder will result in the immediate termination of your account. Any account found to be in violation of another's copyright will be expeditiously removed, or access to the material disabled. Any account found to be in repeated violation of copyright laws will be suspended and/or terminated from our hosting. If you believe that your copyright or trademark is being infringed upon, please email .
Using a shared account as a backup/storage device is not permitted, with the exception of one cPanel backup of the same account. Please do not take backups of your backups.
Examples of unacceptable material on our servers include:
- IRC Scripts/Bots
- Proxy Scripts/Anonymizers
- Pirated Software/Warez
- Image Hosting Scripts (similar to Photobucket or Tinypic)
- AutoSurf/PTC/PTS/PPC sites
- IP Scanners
- Bruteforce Programs/Scripts/Applications
- Mail Bombers/Spam Scripts
- Banner-Ad services (commercial banner ad rotation)
- File Dump/Mirror Scripts (similar to Rapidshare)
- Commercial Audio Streaming (more than one or two streams)
- Escrow/Bank Debentures
- High-Yield Interest Programs (HYIP) or Related Sites
- Investment Sites (FOREX, E-Gold Exchange, Second Life/Linden Exchange, Ponzi, MLM/Pyramid Scheme)
- Sale of any controlled substance without prior proof of appropriate permit(s)
- Prime Banks Programs
- Lottery Sites
- Hateful/Racist/Harassment oriented sites
- Hacker focused sites/archives/programs
- Sites promoting illegal activities
- Forums and/or websites that distribute or link to warez/pirated/illegal content
- Bank Debentures/Bank Debenture Trading Programs
- Fraudulent Sites (Including, but not limited to sites listed at aa419.org & escrow-fraud.com)
- Mailer Pro
eKaya WEB Services, including all related equipment, networks and network devices are provided only for authorised customer use. eKaya WEB Services systems may be monitored for all lawful purposes, including to ensure that use is authorised, for the management of the system, to facilitate protection against unauthorised access, and to verify security procedures, survivability, and operational security. During monitoring, information may be examined, recorded, copied and used for authorised purposes. Use of eKaya WEB Services system(s) constitutes consent to monitoring for these purposes.
We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. Any material that, in our judgment, is obscene, threatening, illegal, or violates our terms of service in any manner may be removed from our servers (or otherwise disabled), with or without notice.
Failure to respond to email from our abuse department within 48 hours may result in the suspension or termination of your services. All abuse issues must be dealt with via email and will have a response within 48 hours.
If in doubt regarding the acceptability of your site or service, please contact us at and we will be happy to assist you.
Potential harm to minors is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to child pornography or content perceived to be child pornography (Lolita). Any site found to host child pornography or linking to child pornography will be suspended immediately without notice:
- Resellers: we will suspend the site in question and will notify you so you may terminate the account. We will further monitor your activity; more than one infraction of this type may result in the immediate termination of your account.
- Direct customers: Your services will be terminated with or without notice. Violations will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
It is the clients' responsibility to ensure that scripts/programs installed under your account are secure and permissions of directories are set properly, regardless of installation method. When at all possible, set permissions on most directories to 755 or as restrictive as possible. Users are ultimately responsible for all actions taken under their account. This includes the compromise of credentials such as username and password. It is required that you use a secure password. If a weak password is used, your account may be suspended until you agree to use a more secure password. Audits may be done to prevent weak passwords from being used. If an audit is performed, and your password is found to be weak, we will notify you and allow time for you to change/update your password.
3. Zero Tolerance Spam Policy
We take a zero tolerance stance against sending of unsolicited e-mail, bulk emailing, and spam. "Safe lists" and purchased lists will be treated as spam. Any user who sends out spam will have their account terminated with or without notice.
Please read our generalised mail policy here.
Sites advertised via SPAM (Spamvertised) may not be hosted on our servers. This provision includes, but is not limited to SPAM sent via fax, email, instant messaging, or Usenet/newsgroups. No organisation or entity listed in the ROKSO may be hosted on our servers. Any account which results in our IP space being blacklisted will be immediately suspended and/or terminated.
eKaya WEB Services reserves the right to require changes or disable as necessary any web site, account, database, or other components that do not comply with its established policies or to make any such modifications in an emergency at its sole discretion.
eKaya WEB Services reserves the right to charge the holder of the account used to send any unsolicited e-mail a clean up fee or any charges incurred for blacklist removal. This cost of the clean up fee is entirely at the discretion of eKaya WEB Services.
4. Payment Information
You agree to supply appropriate payment for the services received from eKaya WEB Services, in advance of the time period during which such services are provided. You agree that until and unless you notify eKaya WEB Services of your desire to cancel any or all services received, those services will be billed on a recurring basis. This includes when accounts are suspended. When an account is suspended, invoices will not automatically be generated. However, after the customer notifies eKaya WEB Services of his or intent to resume service, invoices will be manually generated and payment expected for the time the account was suspended.
Cancellations must be done in writing via email and sent to . Once we receive your cancellation and have confirmed all necessary information with you via e-mail, we will inform you in writing (typically email) that your account has been cancelled. An employee will confirm your request (and process your cancellation) shortly thereafter.
As a customer of eKaya WEB Services, it is your responsibility to ensure that your payment information is up to date and that all invoices are paid on time. eKaya WEB Services provides a 10 day grace period from the time the invoice is generated and when it must be paid. Any invoice that is outstanding for 10 days and not paid will result in an R50.00 late fee and/or an account suspension until account balance has been paid in full. The R50.00 late fee is applied in addition to whatever else is owed to eKaya WEB Services for services rendered. Access to the account will not be restored until payment has been received.
It is the customer's responsibility to notify our sales team via email at after paying for a domain renewal and to ensure the email is received and acted upon. Domain renewal notices and invoices are provided as a courtesy reminder and eKaya WEB Services cannot be held responsible for failure to renew a domain or failure to notify a customer about a domain's renewal.
Invoices that have been paid by any other means, but bank deposits or direct bank transfer (internet banking) can only be added as credit towards the account and cannot be refunded. If you require assistance with this provision, please contact .
eKaya WEB Services reserves the right to change the monthly payment amount and any other charges at any time.
5. Backups and Data Loss
Your use of this service is at your sole risk. Our backup service is provided to you as a courtesy. eKaya WEB Services is not responsible for files and/or data residing on your account. You agree to take full responsibility for files and data transferred and to maintain all appropriate backup of files and data stored on eKaya WEB Services. Backups will not be provided for accounts that have been suspended or terminated for any reason unless otherwise agreed to in writing by eKaya WEB Services.
6. Cancellations and Refunds
eKaya WEB Services reserves the right to cancel, suspend, or otherwise restrict access to the account at any time with or without notice.
Any abuse of our staff in any medium or format will result in the suspension or termination of your services.
Customers may cancel at any time via email. eKaya WEB Services gives you an unconditional 30-day money back guarantee on Linux hosting solutions for any customer who paid the first invoice.
Only first-time accounts are eligible for a refund. For example, if you've had an account with us before, cancelled and signed up again, you will not be eligible for a refund or if you have opened a second account with us. Violations of the Terms of Service will waive the refund policy.
7. Resource Usage
The user may not:
a) Use 25% or more of system resources for longer than 90 seconds. There are numerous activities that could cause such problems; these include CGI scripts, FTP, PHP, HTTP, etc.
b) Run stand-alone, unattended server-side processes at any point in time on the server. This includes any and all daemons, such as IRCD.
c) Run any type of web spider or indexer (including Google Cash / AdSpy) on shared servers.
d) Run any software that interfaces with an IRC (Internet Relay Chat) network.
e) Run any bit torrent application, tracker, or client. You may link to legal torrents off-site but may not host or store them on our shared servers.
f) Participate in any file-sharing/peer-to-peer activities
g) Run any gaming servers such as counter-strike, half-life, battlefield1942, etc.
h) Run Cron entries with intervals of less than 15 minutes. When using PHP include functions for including a local file, include the local file rather than the URL. Instead of include("http://yourdomain.com/include.php") use include ("include.php")
The use of more than 250,000 inodes on any shared account may potentially result in a warning first, and if no action is taken future suspension. Accounts found to be exceeding the 50,000 inode limit will automatically be removed from our backup system to avoid over-usage. Every file (a webpage, image file, email, etc) on your account uses up 1 inode.
Sites that slightly exceed our inode limits are unlikely to be suspended; however, accounts that constantly create and delete large numbers of files on a regular basis, have hundreds of thousands of files, or cause file system damage may be flagged for review and/or suspension. The primary cause of excessive inodes seems to be due to users leaving their catchall address enabled, but never checking their primary account mailbox. Over time, tens of thousands of messages (or more) build up, eventually pushing the account past our inode limit. To disable your default mailbox, login to cPanel and choose "Mail", then "Default Address", "Set Default Address", and then type in: :fail: No such user here.
7b. Backup Limit
Any shared account using more than 20 gigs of disk space will be removed from our off site weekly backup with the exception of Databases continuing to be backed up. All data will continue to be mirrored to a secondary drive which helps protect against data loss in the event of a drive failure.
8. Bandwidth Usage
You are allocated a monthly bandwidth allowance. This allowance varies depending on the hosting package you purchase. Should your account pass the allocated amount we reserve the right to suspend the account until the start of the next allocation, suspend the account until more bandwidth is purchased at an additional fee, suspend the account until you upgrade to a higher level of package, terminate the account and/or charge you an additional fee for the overages. Unused transfer in one month cannot be carried over to the next month.
9. Money back Guarantee
Each of eKaya WEB Services's managed shared and reseller servers carry a 30-day unconditional money back guarantee on them. If you are not completely satisfied with our services within the first 30 days of your service, you will be given a full refund of the contract amount. Remember, this is only for monthly shared or reseller hosting packages and does not apply to administrative fees, install fees for custom software, or domain name purchases.
9a. Uptime Guarantee
If our servers have a physical downtime that is not within the 99.9% uptime you may receive one month of credit on your account. Approval of the credit is at the discretion of eKaya WEB Services dependant upon justification provided. Third party monitoring service reports may not be used for justification due to a variety of factors including the monitor's network capacity/transit availability. The uptime of the server is defined as the reported uptime from the operating system and the Apache Web Server which may differ from the uptime reported by other individual services. To request a credit, please contact with justification. All requests must be made in writing via email. Uptime guarantees only apply to shared / reseller solutions.
10. Reseller: Client Responsibility
Resellers are responsible for supporting their clients. eKaya WEB Services does not provide support to our Reseller's Clients. If a reseller's client contacts us, we reserve the right to place the client account on hold until the reseller can assume their responsibility for their client. All support requests must be made by the reseller on their clients' behalf for security purposes. Resellers are also responsible for all content stored or transmitted under their reseller account and the actions of their clients'. eKaya WEB Services will hold any reseller responsible for any of their client's actions that violate the law or the terms of service.
11. Shared (non-reseller accounts)
Shared accounts may not resell web hosting to other people. If you wish to resell hosting you must use a reseller account.
12. Dedicated Servers
eKaya WEB Services does not currently offer dedicated servers to clients. Clients will be informed, once eKaya WEB Services does start to offer dedicated products and services.
13. Price Change
We reserve the right to change prices listed on eKaya.co.za, and the right to increase the number of resources given to plans at any time.
Discounts and coupon codes are reserved for first-time accounts *or first-time customers* only and may not be used towards the purchase of a domain registration unless otherwise specified. If you have signed up using a particular domain, you may not resign up for that domain using another coupon at a later date. Any account found in violation of these policies will be reviewed by our sales department and the appropriate invoices will be added to the account. Coupon abuse will not be tolerated and may result in the suspension or termination of the account.
Customer agrees that it shall defend, indemnify, save and hold eKaya WEB Services harmless from any and all demands, liabilities, losses, costs and claims, including reasonable attorney's fees asserted against eKaya WEB Services, its agents, its customers, officers and employees, that may arise or result from any service provided or performed or agreed to be performed or any product sold by customer, its agents, employees or assigns. Customer agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless eKaya WEB Services against liabilities arising out of; (1) any injury to person or property caused by any products sold or otherwise distributed in connection with eKaya WEB Services; (2) any material supplied by customer infringing or allegedly infringing on the proprietary rights of a third party; (3) copyright infringement and (4) any defective products sold to customers from eKaya WEB Services's server.
By using any eKaya WEB Services, you agree to submit to binding arbitration. If any disputes or claims arise against eKaya WEB Services or its subsidiaries, such disputes will be handled by an arbitrator of eKaya WEB Services' choice. An arbitrator from the American Arbitration Association or the National Arbitration Forum will be selected in the state of Texas. Arbitrators shall be attorneys or retired judges and shall be selected pursuant to the applicable rules. All decisions rendered by the arbitrator will be binding and final. The arbitrator's award is final and binding on all parties. The Federal Arbitration Act, and not any state arbitration law, governs all arbitration under this Arbitration Clause. You are also responsible for any and all costs related to such arbitration.
eKaya WEB Services shall not be responsible for any damages your business may suffer. eKaya WEB Services makes no warranties of any kind, expressed or implied for services we provide. eKaya WEB Services disclaims any warranty or merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, no deliveries, wrong delivery, and any and all service interruptions caused by eKaya WEB Services and its employees.
17. Disclosure to law enforcement
eKaya WEB Services may disclose any subscriber information to law enforcement agencies without further consent or notification to the subscriber upon lawful request from such agencies. We will cooperate fully with law enforcement agencies.
18. Changes to the Terms of Serice
eKaya WEB Services reserves the right to revise its policies at any time without notice.