Review: Free speech webhost Crisishost

Crisishost has been in the free speech webhosting business since 2003 and they advertise themselves as a Professional and reliable free speech webhosting, as someone who has been one of his customers I can tell you for sure that their advertising is nothing but a joke.

The Good Stuff

They call themselves a free speech host and they really are, no matter what controversial neonazi or pedophile site you want to host with them, they will host it! As long as it is legal in the USA of course, that is where Crisishost management and servers are based, the last traceroute (2nd November 2008) to their server revealed that their server is located at The Planet datacenter, a well known place for dedicated and colocation servers.

Besides the fact that they will host your controversial site with no questions asked, nor hassle, and their reasonable prices, I couldn’t find anything else good about them.

The Bad Stuff

Keep every single email you receive from Josh! Josh is the guy behind Crisishost, he will be prone to lose your emails and forget things, so you better keep a copy of everything he sends you, that includes Paypal receipts.

1-  I make the payment via Paypal two days later I have to email him to ask to set my account up, Josh quickly replies, sets up my hosting account and apologies about the delay.

2- A few days later I send an email to Josh asking some CPanel (webhosting control panel) related question, he does not reply, I send a second email with the same question, he doesn’t reply neither, so it then becomes pretty obvious he is simply ignoring them.

3- I email Josh to upgrade my plan to get more bandwith, no problem, reply in less than 24 hours and all set up quickly. A few days later I email him asking something else about the hosting, no reply again, “Why bother anymore?” crosses my mind.

4- I visit my website and I see that the server has gone down, the disruption will go on for two whole days, I never get any kind of warning from Crisishost, and knowing Josh email habit of not replying to any email not related to payments I decide not to waste my time asking. Crisishost webpage has no update about any downtime.

5- I get an email from Josh asking for renewal of payment, I email him back with evidence of Paypal payment that already covers that period, the guy even doesn’t reply to apologise for his mistake or anything.

6- I get an email from Josh, three short lines to inform me that they are moving servers and I have four days to back up all my data locally and will possibly have to reupload it all again to the new server.

Conclusion

Crisishost will not bother you about your website content if this is legal in the USA, their prices are reasonable, and they use CPanel for webhosting which is pretty cool, but if you ever need any kind of technical support you will be on your own.

Any email asking questions will not get a reply, your site will be up and running as long as their server doesn’t go down, if it does nobody will warn you. You may also get a short notice one day telling you to back up all your data and reupload.

I think there are better free speech hosting offerings out there and I will review them soon, so stay tuned.

I am hotlinking this review to Crisishost so they will know about it, if anyone wants to reply they are more than welcome to do so in the comments section, I don’t censor anybody on this blog unless it is a spammer.

4 thoughts on “Review: Free speech webhost Crisishost”

  1. Thanks for this review.
    I’m also looking for free speech hosting, especially providers that will not be shy when lawyers call them about some political stuff on my website.

  2. You are welcome Bulma.

    I reccomend you have a look at Nearlyfreespeech.net which I have been using for a while and I will be reviewing sometime next year.

    As long as you do not need CPanel and your site is legal in the USA where Nearlyfreespeech servers are based, it should work.

  3. this is Josh, I apologize for the troubles in the past, which site are we talking about that you had?

    take care and thanks for reminding me to improve.

  4. I would preffer not to go into specifics as this post is not a complaint to solve my personal issues, it is meant to be a review based on my own experience of two years ago.

    I am sure everyone can improve, and what was good/bad before may not be valid now or it may still be.

    People need to make their own conclusions based on more than a single factor, not just reading a single review.

    It is perfectly possible someone else had a different experience, but I am not going to change the post as nothing there is made up.

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