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FREE HOSTING ENDED - Gigarocket Forum and Website continues

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This is to confirm that Gigarocket hosting has officially come to an end. Not sure what the plans of the owner are, but for now all of our hosting accounts have been removed and are no longer available.

In the meanwhile Chris (DJB) has moved the Website and Forum to a new hosting address in the UK. We are no longer in Germany. The Forum will continue until more certainty has been obtained regarding the future of Gigarocket. We hope that our members will stay in touch with us as who knows what the future may bring.

Our appreciation goes to Chris ( @DJB ) and to @un4saken for supporting and donating freely and generously of their time and for sponsoring quality cpanel hosting to the members of Gigarocket (2013 to 2020), FreeFTPSpace (2011-2012) and Stonerocket (2005 to 2012). We hope that this is not the end yet, however regardless of what happens wish them both everything of the best with their careers and growing families.

If any of you know of really good quality cpanel hosting that can be obtained either free or very cheap, please let us know in this discussion.
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#2
Thanks to everyone at giga for the years of free hosting and great service!
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I'm truly grateful to all the admins and fellow moderators of this site for keeping the free hosting running for so long. Gigarocket's hosting was truly the best free hosting experience I've ever had. Hopefully COVID-19 will go away eventually and open up the possibility of restarting hosting.

I looked around for another quality free host, and couldn't find one which fit my needs. However, there are a lot of hosting promo codes and ads for cheap hosting on the WebhostingTalk forums Shared Hosting Offers sub-forum. I found a good deal for HawkHost on there, and they had high reviews, so that's where I've moved my sites to for now. They seem fine so far, and I don't have any complaints, but there are lots of other hosts too, so I suggest really researching whichever host you're considering moving to.

There's also a thread here about paid hosts that people might find useful.

Just beware of any paid webhosts owned by EIG, since they seem to have poor service. EIG buys smaller web hosts with great reviews, and then the quality of the hosting service (speed, uptime, customer service, etc) goes way down.

EDIT: Regarding free hosting options, I posted some suggestions and tips in this thread earlier.
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Shitttttttt. Please please I lost all my data on the server?

Is there any chance I could connect to the server and backup my data for last time?
Sorry but I really don't have any backup and I'm really desperate for the data on your servers Sad
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(12-08-2020, 04:33 AM)bijanbina Wrote: Shitttttttt. Please please I lost all my data on the server?

Is there any chance I could connect to the server and backup my data for last time?
Sorry but I really don't have any backup and I'm really desperate for the data on your servers Sad

Unfortunately not. The server doesn't exist any longer.
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I can't believe you didn't suspend account before this HUGE removal. This is so sad because my site was alive 48 hours ago and now its dead gone :/

F***.... I can't believe this is what happened. I didn't even receive any email Sad . please genesis don't do this. isn't any chance to get access to the lost servers.

please!!!! I'm begging you man
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(12-08-2020, 04:53 AM)bijanbina Wrote: I can't believe you didn't suspend account before this HUGE removal. This is so sad because my site was alive 48 hours ago and now its dead gone :/

F***.... I can't believe this is what happened. I didn't even receive any email Sad . please genesis don't do this. isn't any chance to get access to the lost servers.

please!!!! I'm begging you man

@bijanbina Although I can relate to your pain, you need to take responsibility for what happened. First of all there is the common sense rule to always make regular backups of that which is of value to you. I cannot believe in this day and age that you wouldn't have done that. No one does it for you. Also they may say they will do it for you, but things can go wrong with backups too, disks can melt down, hosting can be closed down.

Then, in the Gigarocket rules, which you said you had read and accepted at the time when you applied for your hosting account it says you're supposed to check in at the Forum regularly for announcements that may effect your hosting account. The rules also say that you are responsible for making your own backups.

I also went to the trouble of sending an e-mail to all of the hosted members, at the e-mail addresses they supplied when they applied for the hosting account.
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@Genesis You are right by all means. Still no chance right? Sad
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(12-08-2020, 05:32 AM)bijanbina Wrote: @Genesis You are right by all means. Still no chance right? Sad

I've tried to contact the owner, but to be honest I haven't been able to get in touch with him for a while now. I submitted your case to him this morning so let's see. I've seen miracles happening at Gigarocket before. But please don't put your hopes up.

I still can't believe you didn't make backups. That was so super easy to do in cpanel! Just two clicks.
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WoW, Thank you genesis! Thank you sooooo much.

Unfortunately from two years ago i got acute Rheumatoid Arthritis and from there i couldn't use my hand anymore and as the pain engaged I couldn't do much more include backing up my little blog. And that blog means so much to me.

I really appreciate your help and thank you again for contacting  the owner  :Heart Genesis :Heart
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(12-08-2020, 05:44 AM)Genesis Wrote:
(12-08-2020, 05:32 AM)bijanbina Wrote: @Genesis You are right by all means. Still no chance right? :(

I've tried to contact the owner, but to be honest I haven't been able to get in touch with him for a while now. I submitted your case to him this morning so let's see. I've seen miracles happening at Gigarocket before. But please don't put your hopes up.

I still can't believe you didn't make backups. That was so super easy to do in cpanel! Just two clicks.
Having no backup is a kind of pain,but having a backup but not importable is another kind of pain.....

Recently tried to migrate my backup on a directadmin host but it kept saying".htaccess not readable",and on a cpanel host(heliohoat) it says can not find files(the username differs,and the serendipity blog system seemed to use absolute path - this seems to be a database issue)

Finally I reinstalled my blog system and reposted my posts.....

BTW:Do wordpress migration as painful as my blog system?I might should use wp instead of s9y.....
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(12-08-2020, 09:12 AM)mazl Wrote:
(12-08-2020, 05:44 AM)Genesis Wrote:
(12-08-2020, 05:32 AM)bijanbina Wrote: @Genesis You are right by all means. Still no chance right? Sad

I've tried to contact the owner, but to be honest I haven't been able to get in touch with him for a while now. I submitted your case to him this morning so let's see. I've seen miracles happening at Gigarocket before. But please don't put your hopes up.

I still can't believe you didn't make backups. That was so super easy to do in cpanel! Just two clicks.
Having no backup is a kind of pain,but having a backup but not importable is another kind of pain.....

Recently tried to migrate my backup on a directadmin host but it kept saying".htaccess not readable",and on a cpanel host(heliohoat) it says can not find files(the username differs,and the serendipity blog system seemed to use absolute path - this seems to be a database issue)

Finally I reinstalled my blog system and reposted my posts.....

BTWBiggrino wordpress migration as painful as my blog system?I might should use wp instead of s9y.....
I played around with HelioHost a couple of weeks ago and what a pain that was. Like playing games with getting space in Tommy or Johnny or Ricky Server. And Tommy being the only one worthwhile, and then to wait for a 10 minute window to get into Tommy. I ended up with space on Johnny and it was a pain with it timing out at times. It's obviously not worth it and the whole game is to get you to donate a dollar or more with the donate tool that is just about rubbed under your nose in all of the windows of HelioHost. Once you've made a donation you miraculously get space on Tommy. For me it's dishonest with the equivalent of playing charades. So as a matter of principle I've written HelioHost off.

Regarding migration of WordPress sites, nothing could be easier than the plugin All in One WP Migration Tool. For example with my Website at Gigarocket, it must have taken a few minutes to install it in my new hosting. The time that was taken up was to wait for the name servers of my domain to propagate after I had changed them. You just install WordPress and then import the backup file. It used to take ages to move a WordPress site. Now it takes almost no time. I tried many backup plugins. This one works best for me.
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(12-08-2020, 09:12 AM)mazl Wrote: BTW: Do wordpress migration as painful as my blog system?I might should use wp instead of s9y.....

There are a lot of WordPress backup plugins which make it easier... I've had mixed results with them though, so I usually just backup everything manually. As in, backup the WordPress site directory (via the files manager or FTP) and the database (via PHPMyAdmin or cPanel backup), restore those on a new server, add a user to the database, and then update any changed details like database names in the wp-config.php file. There are extra steps if the domain name changes, but that's basically it. There might be some good backup plugins out there though. I've just had so many issues with them that I do everything manually now.

(12-08-2020, 12:37 PM)Genesis Wrote: I played around with HelioHost a couple of weeks ago and what a pain that was. Like playing games with getting space in Tommy or Johnny or Ricky Server. And Tommy being the only one worthwhile, and then to wait for a 10 minute window to get into Tommy. I ended up with space on Johnny and it was a pain with it timing out at times. It's obviously not worth it and the whole game is to get you to donate a dollar or more with the donate tool that is just about rubbed under your nose in all of the windows of HelioHost. Once you've made a donation you miraculously get space on Tommy. For me it's dishonest with the equivalent of playing charades. So as a matter of principle I've written HelioHost off.
Wow, I'm surprised that it sounds like Heliohost and Johnny server haven't changed much since I used them, back before I found GigaRocket. Shock I didn't have to deal with a waiting window back then, but Johnny was still frustratingly slow.
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(12-08-2020, 12:42 PM)Yozora Wrote:
(12-08-2020, 09:12 AM)mazl Wrote: BTW: Do wordpress migration as painful as my blog system?I might should use wp instead of s9y.....

There are a lot of WordPress backup plugins which make it easier... I've had mixed results with them though, so I usually just backup everything manually. As in, backup the WordPress site directory (via the files manager or FTP) and the database (via PHPMyAdmin or cPanel backup), restore those on a new server, add a user to the database, and then update any changed details like database names in the wp-config.php file. There are extra steps if the domain name changes, but that's basically it. There might be some good backup plugins out there though. I've just had so many issues with them that I do everything manually now.

(12-08-2020, 12:37 PM)Genesis Wrote: I played around with HelioHost a couple of weeks ago and what a pain that was. Like playing games with getting space in Tommy or Johnny or Ricky Server. And Tommy being the only one worthwhile, and then to wait for a 10 minute window to get into Tommy. I ended up with space on Johnny and it was a pain with it timing out at times. It's obviously not worth it and the whole game is to get you to donate a dollar or more with the donate tool that is just about rubbed under your nose in all of the windows of HelioHost. Once you've made a donation you miraculously get space on Tommy. For me it's dishonest with the equivalent of playing charades. So as a matter of principle I've written HelioHost off.
Wow, I'm surprised that it sounds like Heliohost and Johnny server haven't changed much since I used them, back before I found GigaRocket. Shock I didn't have to deal with a waiting window back then, but Johnny was still frustratingly slow.

Thanks for the reply as well as @Genesis .
Finally when I refer to the documention I found I can migrate using RSS feed as it provides functionality to import/export from/to RSS feed (https://ibb.co/hgsrL7B)

Personally I prefer these not-popular-but-still-maintained systems as popular systems are often got targeted by attackers.Okay,one big reason is that I didn't familiar with markdown syntax.I prefer BBcode and simple html though sometimes I miss markdown for its simple code(like *Bold*).

For Heliohost as yozara has mentioned,I could say the average load is ~8 for ricky(hikes can be 10+,Johnny might be worse),which I have mentioned in Post4VPS(though apparently I'm not posting for a vps - I have little linux knowledge)

Finally did anyone tried FreeHosting.com? They require a good domain(not free ones,but .xyz is ok),but no subdomains and no ssl,no outgoing connection and no php sendmail.
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(12-09-2020, 02:51 AM)mazl Wrote: Finally did anyone tried FreeHosting.com? They require a good domain(not free ones,but .xyz is ok),but no subdomains and no ssl,no outgoing connection and no php sendmail.

I'm checking them out - so far - this is what they say you will get when you sign up with a free account:

Quote:Free Hosting

10 GB of disk space
Unlimited bandwidth
1 hosted website
1 e-mail account
1 MySQL database
No subdomains
No domain aliases

Hosting on free servers.
PHP mail() and SSL are not included.
Source: https://www.freehosting.com/

After you put in the domain name you are going to use they give you the above specs you get, and then plenty of options with how you can expand this - just look at the prices Tongue I think it's already a giveaway there's something up with this as they are beyond unrealistic:

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Someone else may want to take it further, but I stopped when they wanted me to sign up with my personal info. I guess one can fake it, but I have a feeling this may be a fishing expedition. I rather go with something that is more familiar to me like Binil's genuine attempt to get us a cpanel account like we used to have it:
https://www.gigarocket.net/forum/thread-...90827.html
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BTW I've just received my cpanel hosting from our member @binil and it's a 5-star cpanel. I'm really excited. It looks exactly like the cpanel we had at Gigarocket. I'm now about to start with creating my first Website.

For those who may have missed his invitation to members of Gigarocket, please check his invitation here:
https://www.gigarocket.net/forum/thread-...90827.html

Good heavens .... it's much more improved than the one we had at Gigarocket .... I've never seen this in cpanel before wow!!! It's a Panel for optimizing WordPress. Cool

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Oh Wow Binil. I've gone from almost despair to absolute cpanel happiness! Thanks very much to @binil for offering us this opportunity. Drinks Drinks Drinks
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(12-09-2020, 11:21 AM)Genesis Wrote: BTW I've just received my cpanel hosting from our member @binil and it's a 5-star cpanel. I'm really excited. It looks exactly like the cpanel we had at Gigarocket. I'm now about to start with creating my first Website.

For those who may have missed his invitation to members of Gigarocket, please check his invitation here:
https://www.gigarocket.net/forum/thread-...90827.html

Good heavens .... it's much more improved than the one we had at Gigarocket .... I've never seen this in cpanel before wow!!! It's a Panel for optimizing WordPress. Cool

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Oh Wow Binil. I've gone from almost despair to absolute cpanel happiness! Thanks very much to @binil for offering us this opportunity. Drinks Drinks Drinks
I just searched the web and it seemed to be a plugin:
https://www.xsofthost.com/seo-tools

For @binil 's hosting I'd like to watch for some time as I currently have no TLD yet and I currently I don't think the earnings will cover the spendings.Currently he is using Arc.io + Google ads for revenue.If he just need to pay the vps expenses only that is good,but as a single-user cpanel license costs $15/m,that's a good amount of money for freelancers.

BTW:
Okay.Though heliohost is blamed for its ads and more,but this host is a verified non-profit organization.That means $30 per cpanel license.And many other discounts are available in other services and platforms.
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I needed SSL since my main websites hosted here had them, been pampered by gigarocket, so can't use anything less now. I tried heliohost before setting up my cpanel hosting. I was getting high usage alerts there since I was using wordpress in all my sites. My webspace requirements was around 2gb with around 10gb bandwidth to host all my websites. I consulted several webhosts and initially thought of using just a shared host for my websites. Then I thought why not help some of the others and went with the reseller hosting. I have paid for 100 cpanel accounts for one year.

The cpanel provided is as from my hosting provider, even I haven't got the time to check it out entirely. Some of it seems may not be helpful as we might think. 
I spend some sleepless nights to move the websites from here to there, so didn't much time to check out the Cpanel - but the things that we normally use are working. 

Yes, the revenue is mainly based on Google ads. I have put the arc.io both as a cdn and a revenue backup. If enough users click the Google ads regularly (thats why I asked for a visit to the main site once per week), then it should be smooth sailing. 

I know its a difficult game that I am playing, I hope to come out with at least a draw from this. If I can get the money from Google ads and arc.io just to run this hosting and not make any profit, I would still take it as a win.

As I said before its paid for one year. So I have one year to make this work and continue to the next year.
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(12-09-2020, 03:05 PM)binil Wrote: As I said before its paid for one year. So I have one year to make this work and continue to the next year.
Hope it works out Binil. I'll post something at post4vps as well.

I've got a blog up and running now. Everything works perfect. I installed the WordPress blog the long way round manually just to have a richer experience with cPanel like creating the database and database user, using File Manager to upload a zipped file, etc. The installer worked immediately. Next test was to see whether plugins can be updated and loaded fast, and indeed they can. I loaded the All in One WP Migration Plugin, and then imported an old WP Backup which I modified for Gigagenesis. So it gave me a chance to work with almost all features of WordPress and everything works OK, many thanks.
  




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