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  1. #1
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    unethical hosting provider

    I am a hosting reseller and noticed that the company I am reselling for has placed some search engine optimized html files in a few of my customers root directories (including mine).

    These files are filled with meta data and a meta refresh that directs back to my providers website.

    There is no mention of this in my service agreement with these guys and nothing listed on their site that gives them the right to do this.

    I've just deleted the files for now and haven't decided if I am going to confront them about this yet.

    Has anybody experienced something like this before? If so, what did you do?

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    Wow! that is bad. I would switch hosts, better to be safe than sorry.

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    Straight out confront them. Tell them you will take your business elsewhere if they continue, and you will do everything in your power to get the word out to their other resellers about what they are doing. I don't know if that would work or not, but either way, I would take NetNerds Advice and find a different provider to sell for.

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    I probably will end up dumping them, but I'm only 1/4 way through a 1 year contract I signed on for.

    I only have about 30 customers, but it'd still be a pain to switch them all. I think I'll slowely move them over time and then cancel my reseller account next year when it's up.

    My only fear with confronting them is that weird things will start happening to my sites when I piss them off. Granted that wouldn't be very professional on their part, but after this, I don't trust them at all.

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    I would switch hosts. How much did you pay?

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    well if it's not in the agreement then check the contract to see if it has any open ended language that allows for anything like this.

    If not then call em on it if you haven't already

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    they're pretty cheap so "you get what you pay for" comes to mind...

    There's nothing in any agreement I have about them doing this sort of thing either. I will end up switching over time so when my year comes up, I'll have all my customers migrated off and THEN I'll send them the nasty message otherwise I fear they will do something more drastic and my sites will all of a sudden stop working altogether.

    They also recently did a PHP update and gave me 4 days notice saying "we're upgrading to xxxx so make sure all your apps will still work." The language was a lot more professional than that, but 4 DAYS to make sure every PHP app all my customers use is pretty ridiculous.

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    interesting, appears they have some type of cron setup to automatically distribute these files at the beginning of the month. I deleted all the ones I found and they showed up again on June 1.

    I've contacted them to ask them to stop this, and I'll setup my own cron to delete them on the 2nd of each month for now until I get everyone moved off to another host.

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    You appear to be binded by the contract. If you are not too tight for cash, I would move all your sites over to another reseller, like serverme.com (which I use and they are very cheap and NOT nasty), and then don't continue to use them next year. It is difficult to clarify when you first go to a company that they aren't dodgy: you should get recommendations to prevent this sort of thing happenening.

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