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Postby jasonjkay » Tue Aug 26, 2014 7:25 am

does anybody know of a good dependable and free host accessible everywhere I could upload my rankofics site to? my previous attempts ended with disaster with Americans not being able to access or the site not showing for anyone and I gave up but im willing to give it another shot. My current host is occasionally online but is offline quite often.

Anyways im currently trying this one so could you give it a shot and tell me if it works, and what country you are trying from. Thanks.

Edit: Based on the suggestion of Screaming Dean by email, I reuploaded to members.000webhost.com which I tried last time i was uploading, http://rankofics.comxa.com/ see the past topic but some people had trouble viewing the site. Ill leave both online and hopefully at least one site will work for everyone this time.
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Re: free host?

Postby Spica75 » Tue Aug 26, 2014 8:45 am

Anyways im currently trying this one so could you give it a shot and tell me if it works, and what country you are trying from. Thanks.


Randomly clicked around on the site and it certainly seems to work without problems. Even working quite fast. Though i´ll add that your previous site(not sure which one, if you´ve changed more than once) worked decently for me as well(definitely slower than this one). AH, found the old link i used, it was the 99k.org one(now defunct).

And, location is Sweden.
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Postby Té Rowan » Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:21 am

Worked for me just now (Iceland). Dates are non-standard, though: Date-month-year order in MM/DD/YY format instead of DD-MM-YY or YYYY-MM-DD. Mind, the Site-That-Must-Not-Be-Named used to err the other way: Month-date-year order in DD-MM-YY format.
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Postby jasonjkay » Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:58 am

Spica75 wrote:Though i´ll add that your previous site(not sure which one, if you´ve changed more than once) worked decently for me as well(definitely slower than this one). AH, found the old link i used, it was the 99k.org one(now defunct).

thanks, the 99k.org site is the second location but it's been their for years and then it started going screwy a while ago so my site isnt always online, in fact right now its offline. I did try a few different free hosts before this one im trying now but they either didnt work at all or certain people couldn't access it, mainly Americans i think. If this new server works for everyone then i'll change all the links and try to get google to add the new location then i can start updating iy again.

Té Rowan wrote:Worked for me just now (Iceland). Dates are non-standard, though: Date-month-year order in MM/DD/YY format instead of DD-MM-YY or YYYY-MM-DD. Mind, the Site-That-Must-Not-Be-Named used to err the other way: Month-date-year order in DD-MM-YY format.
thanks, i'll change that.
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Postby Crescent Pulsar S » Tue Aug 26, 2014 12:48 pm

No problems on my end...
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Postby jasonjkay » Tue Aug 26, 2014 2:45 pm

Crescent Pulsar S wrote:No problems on my end...
cool, last time I tried this im pretty sure it wouldnt work for you. So glad this one is working. If I dont get any negative posts then I can try to get google to show this page in searches instead.
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Postby jasonjkay » Thu Aug 28, 2014 7:32 am

OK since their seems to be no problems with the new server, I have finally managed to replace all the pages on the old server with a page explaining the move and the new locations. Hope this site is still useful to others. It still helps me find the specific fic I want to read again which is why I still update every so often.
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Re: free host?

Postby talonhunter » Thu Aug 28, 2014 7:45 am

There is a 502 bad gateway error using mobile devices with both sites. Might want to check the settings on that
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Postby Spica75 » Thu Aug 28, 2014 1:13 pm

jasonjkay wrote:OK since their seems to be no problems with the new server, I have finally managed to replace all the pages on the old server with a page explaining the move and the new locations. Hope this site is still useful to others. It still helps me find the specific fic I want to read again which is why I still update every so often.


While i don´t remember to use it as often as i might, it IS a very useful site.
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Postby jasonjkay » Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:17 am

talonhunter wrote:There is a 502 bad gateway error using mobile devices with both sites. Might want to check the settings on that
Does it work for you using a pc? also what type of mobile device and what browser? I've tried it with the newest android on a nexus tablet with firefox and chrome which both works. Also tried with my phone which is ancient and is android 2.3 using the old android web browser and firefox which also both worked. If it still doesn't work for you then I need your browser, operating system and country. Im running Chrome on windows 8.1 in the UK.

Spica75 wrote:While i don´t remember to use it as often as i might, it IS a very useful site.
Cool, glad people find it useful. I only started it to remind me what each story was about and felt it could be good to have my own website.
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Postby talonhunter » Fri Aug 29, 2014 2:27 pm

jasonjkay wrote:Does it work for you using a pc? also what type of mobile device and what browser? I've tried it with the newest android on a nexus tablet with firefox and chrome which both works. Also tried with my phone which is ancient and is android 2.3 using the old android web browser and firefox which also both worked. If it still doesn't work for you then I need your browser, operating system and country. Im running Chrome on windows 8.1 in the UK.


Using both a iPhone 4S and a iPad Mini both using iOS 7.1.2 and safari browsers in the United States. Haven't tried the laptops lately
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Postby jasonjkay » Fri Aug 29, 2014 3:49 pm

talonhunter wrote:Using both a iPhone 4S and a iPad Mini both using iOS 7.1.2 and safari browsers in the United States. Haven't tried the laptops lately
aww there is no way i can check this out as i dont own any apple products at all and i dont know anyone else with one. I tried safari for windows which worked for me which either means something about apple devices stops the site from working or something to do with your location or internet provider not liking free hosting sites. I have no idea how to fix it to work with your devices so sorry.
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Postby PCHeintz72 » Fri Aug 29, 2014 4:50 pm

jasonjkay wrote:aww there is no way i can check this out as i dont own any apple products at all and i dont know anyone else with one. I tried safari for windows which worked for me which either means something about apple devices stops the site from working or something to do with your location or internet provider not liking free hosting sites. I have no idea how to fix it to work with your devices so sorry.

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Re: free host?

Postby jasonjkay » Sat Aug 30, 2014 4:38 pm

thanks, I think I have found a few things it could be thats stopping it running on ios, mainly the java script and on mouse over actions. I dont really want to take them out as they power the super cool story description popup when you hover the mouse over the fic name in the crossovers page as well as the new fics on the home page. Ios Users could try this link and if it works then I can possibly fix the site but if not then it's going to take a lot of work.
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Re: free host?

Postby Crescent Pulsar S » Sat Aug 30, 2014 4:48 pm

I use CSS for mouse-over popups on my site, instead of Javascript. It's not as browser-friendly as I'd like it to be, but I didn't want to use something where its functionality could be turned off by default. I dunno. I'm just weird about this stuff.
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