Frequently Asked Questions

The NearlyFreeSpeech.NET FAQ (*)

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What is adjunct access?

What is the fine print on the "two cents" free trial?

What is a resource accounting unit?

What is an alternate emergency contact?

How exactly are storage charges calculated?

How do I ssh out from the ssh server?

Will bandwidth charges apply to my ssh usage?

How do I set up HTTPS (TLS) for my web site?

What is resource billing?

What are the default directories created when I set up a new site?

How do I transfer something to another member?

The IP addresses listed for my site have changed since I last looked. Should I be concerned?

To manage services for multiple entities, should I create multiple memberships or accounts?

As long as an account balance is positive, you may create and manage as many assets (web sites, domains, databases, etc) as you like funded by that account.

You should only ever have one active membership (because the membership represents "you" as an individual). Creating or accessing multiple memberships is a violation of our Terms and Conditions of Service. Doing so will cause all sorts of problems, and may result in substantial additional fees if we have to step in. If you've already done this accidentally, and for some reason we haven't detected it, please send us Transfer assistance requests from both memberships to consolidate your accounts onto one membership.

Within your one membership, you may have multiple accounts (each of which represents "a discrete pool of money") if you wish. We do not ever require you to have more than one account.

The ability to create additional accounts does not have any technical effect in our system. It is solely a convenience feature for you that allows you to differentiate ownership of funds and assets, help track/control your spending, and share things when there are multiple people involved in a project.

Often, this is done for tax, business, or legal purposes, such as to keep business and personal sites separate, or to segregate expenses if you need to manage sites or domains for clients, organizations, etc. It can also be useful if you have one site that is very active or given to surges and another site that must remain available at all times. If both sites are on the same account and the account runs out of funds, both sites will be disabled. If they are on separate accounts, the busy site can never cause the other site to become disabled.

Therefore, you never have to create a second account for yourself to host an additional site, but you do have that option if it suits your needs.

For more information about setting up services that will be shared with others, see this related FAQ entry.

How do I cancel my membership?

How did my account get overdrawn?

How can people contribute funds to support my site?

Can I have my member login / member name / site name / MySQL process name changed?

Why was I warned that my PayPal deposit is nonrefundable?

How come I can't ping/traceroute stuff on your network?

How do I set up TLS using my own key and a third-party certificate?

If I want to start my site over, should I delete it and make another with the same name?

How do I sign up my friend for NearlyFreeSpeech.NET?

I tried to change my contact email address but I never got a confirmation email. How do I get another one sent to me?

You forwarded me a DMCA notification affecting my site. Now what?

What is maintenance mode?

How do I transfer something from one account to another on my membership?

Why does my bank's website say you charged my credit card even though your site said the payment(s) failed?

How can multiple people manage services hosted here?

I don't log in to your site all the time. How do I stay up to date on news and announcements?

How do I pay you with a prepaid debit / gift card?

How do I see what users I have granted adjunct access to my site?

How do I transfer funds between accounts on my membership?

How do I hand over control of hosted services to someone else?

What are the IP addresses of your name servers?

How do I change the contact email address I gave you when I created my membership?

Why can't I cancel my membership?

What is unbilled storage?

How do I get a receipt for a deposit I made?

How do I remove TLS?

Is my website non-production, production, or critical?

How can I send funds to another member's account or site?

What is the "Excess Non-Production Sites" charge?

Is penetration testing of sites hosted here allowed?

What is account sharing?

Do you provide refunds for services already rendered?

Since your service is prepaid, how do I know when to add funds?

What do I do if I find a typo or mistake in your documentation?