If your last search was anywhere near “DDoS protected Offshore Hosting Companies”, this Flaunt7 review is exactly where you should be.
Or maybe you’re new to the whole “Offshore” thing? We’ll walk you through the specialities of an offshore company and then let you decide if that’s what you need.
Difference between Offshore and Native Companies
Offshore Hosting companies aren’t all that different from normal hosting companies. These are just hosting companies which are based in some other, foreign countries than the country you live in.
These countries often have more liberal laws regarding the content and views uploaded by us as users.
Hence, these companies serve as a safe-heaven when you’re trying to upload something which is either considered illegal or just morally/ethically wrong in your own country, even when it’s not practically the case.
For e.g. “Atheism” is considered terrorism in Saudi Arabia. So you can’t ever host content regarding the same with a company whose servers are in Saudi Arabia. This is just one of the cases when you may need an offshore hosting company.
These companies have different policies for dealing with some questionable content too as compared to native companies. For e.g. some offshore companies ignore DMCA (copyright) claims letting you host even copyrighted content on them.
I’ve even been with offshore hosting companies which let users host outright illegal content. Let’s see how liberal, feature-rich and pocket-friendly Flaunt7 is.
Basis of this Flaunt7 Review
How do you know if this review is worth going through and that you aren’t wasting your time?
Well here are the factors we’ve considered for this Flaunt7 review which should let you know if we’ve included what you seek:
- Anonymity: The amount of anonymity provided by Flaunt7 both for Payments, as well as Registration.
- Offshore Location: The country the company is based out of.
- Speed: Real-time speed tests, with verifiable and transparent results from various locations.
- AUP: What content is or isn’t allowed.
- Security Offered: What security measures the company offers to its customers.
- Acceptance or Rejection of Cryptocurrencies for Payments.
I aim to make this Flaunt7 review extremely in-depth and transparent. But before that, here’s an overview of some of its features:
- Primary URL: https://flaunt7.com/
- Servers from : Amsterdam, Netherlands.
- Payment methods: Cryptocurrencies & Fiats.
- Cheapest Plan: USD $0.99/month.
- DMCA: Ignored.
- Servers: Shared / VPS/ Dedicated.
Offshore Country- Amsterdam.
Because these companies are not in your own country, it’s of supreme importance to know which country they are based out of. This helps you understand the freedom and liberty you’ll get with your content.
Simply because, despite being offshore the companies must adhere to the local laws of its native country. Hence, a country with strict cyber-laws probably won’t be the best choice.
As for Flaunt7, it’s based out of Amsterdam, Netherlands. That’s why it openly offers “Freedom of speech”, which is one of the prime requirement for most seeking an offshore hosting solution.
Netherlands is one of the most digitally-liberal countries on the globe! It’s what the Swiss banks are for money!
Acceptable Use Policy
This is the second most important factor when it comes to an offshore hosting company.
The AUP lists all the content you can, or can’t upload on the company’s servers. Most likely you’re trying to upload something that’s not socially, morally, or legally acceptable in some or all countries.
Hence it’s important that we look at the AUP to see if the type of content you’re trying to upload isn’t banned.
As for Flaunt7, note that it can be used only for “lawful” purposes. Anything illegal isn’t allowed. Although a more specific list bans:
- Port scanners
- PTC Site scripts.
- Brute force Programs/scripts.
- Hacking related content.
- Fraud related content.
- Viruses/ Malware.
- Mail bomber etc.
Child Porn too is obviously banned. In fact, if C.P content is found, the site is terminated immediately, with no chances of any refund whatsoever.
It’s being mentioned separately because not many offshore companies provide this, but Flaunt7 does.
Also, most people perceive DMCA Ignored hosting to be different than what it actually is.
DMCA Ignoring Policy simply means the company will “ignore” all and any DMCA complaints made by individuals/groups or any other third-party for any content on their servers.
But, if and when the other party can get a court-order from the Dutch govt. for the removal of the content, the company will abide.
So in other words, DMCA Ignored doesn’t mean you can simply upload copyrighted content. Rather, it only means you won’t face consequences as long as there isn’t a court-order.
Anonymity and Information Sharing.
Anonymity in this case means the level of personal information which is asked for during registration, at a later time, or during payments.
It also means the ability for a company to be able to trace a person’s real-life identity if and when required. In my personal opinion, the less info-demanding a company is, the better it is.
Flaunt7 doesn’t require any personal identity verification during registration, however all information (such as name, address etc). must be true according to its T&C.
Any information found to be misleading or false results in account termination or suspension.
So “Registration” particularly isn’t very anonymous on the platform, as in the company will know who you are.
But then again, as long as you aren’t doing something completely illegal this shouldn’t matter a lot.
The payment however can be made to be completely anonymous as the company accepts Bitcoin as one of its mode of payments. And Bitcoin as we know is largely untraceable, or “un-linkable” to a person’s identity in most cases.
As for information sharing, Flaunt7 doesn’t share any information with third-parties not related to the company, however there are some exceptions.
For e.g. your information may be shared with Domain registries when a new domain is registered. It also will share your personal information with the court and other involved parties in a case if the court warrants it.
In my personal opinion, it’s as anonymous as any “legal” offshore hosting company can be. Which does provide us with a peace of mind knowing the company operates legally without any shady operations or policies.
One of the most important aspects of a hosting company is its “Speed”. Isn’t it? Because no matter what your website is about, there’s a 99.99% chance you want visitors to visit your site and spend some time there.
For the purposes of this Flaunt7 review we will test the speed provided by the company, not just on one but on three different fronts!
We will test:
- Page load-time test.
- Server Response Time Test (SRT)
- SRT when Traffic spikes!
The results of every single test performed here can be verified independently and transparently by you using the provided links! (Honesty and Transparency is how I make sure you trust our reviews, hope it works?).
Page Load-time Test
This is the most commonly understood concept of a hosting company’s speed. In simple words, it’s the average time required by the browser to completely load a webpage.
Note that the results for this test vary for each website. Simply because each website has different set of contents, such as different images, HTML, external plugins and other resources.
The page load-time test only displays the results after the entire page is loaded, hence the more elements on a page, the longer it’ll take to be completely loaded.
Although it sure can be used to get an average idea of a server’s performance.
For this test, we will be using Flaunt7’s homepage as the test-site. Here is the time required to load the site up from various locations across the globe:
- Germany-Frankfurt: 1.33 seconds (Verify)
- UK-London: 1.52 seconds (Verify)
- USA- San Francisco- 2.17 seconds (verify)
- South America- Brazil: 3.10 seconds. (Verify)
- Pacific- Australia- Sydney: 4.22seconds (Verify)
As is evident, it’s fastest for Germany (obviously, due to its close proximity to Netherlands) with a load-time of just 1.33 seconds. And the average from all these results won’t exceed 3 seconds at best.
Even the slower speeds such as for Brazil aren’t depressing and are just over 3 seconds which is more than acceptable.
Server Response Time (SRT)
In my aim to make each of our reviews as unbiased and honest as possible, I always look at things from all the possible angles.
The page load-time test isn’t universal. As mentioned above, it depends largely on a site’s content. A blank site would load much faster than a site with more content, simple.
That’s where the SRT comes in. Server Response Time is basically the time required by the server to respond to the browser’s request to load a site.
Note that a server’s speed isn’t the only thing that determines the SRT, however it sure is probably the largest factor and hence relevant to this speed-test.
Here are the server response time for Flaunt7 from various locations (Verify):
Note that it’s extremely rare for the results to be this fast! Out of the 120+ websites we’ve tested so far, less than 20 have turned up results as impressive as Flaunt7.
The SRT for US, Japan, Germany, Singapore and most other locations is literally non-existent and is only 2milliseconds! Even the highest SRT required was just 129ms for Bangalore!
Real-time Traffic Analysis
This is one of the final speed tests that we’ll be doing in this Flaunt7 review. So we’ve tested the page load-time, and the Server Response Time.
But, will the server still be this fast when there’s a traffic-spike on the website? That’s what we’ll be testing.
So for the purposes of this test, we’ll be sending upto 25 Virtual Visitors to the site. These Virtual bots demand the same resources and attention from the server as a real human being.
And then we will monitor the server’s performance in real-time! Here are the test results (verify):
As is evident, even with the highest number of V.Us active on the site the required response time was only 20milliseconds! This I must say is impressive as compared to some other similar services.
One of the other important factors with a hosting company is the security it offers to its customers, isn’t it?
One of the prime selling points for Flaunt7 is their DDoS protection. It not only mitigates any ongoing/past attacks but also protects sites from future incidents!
Every single plan comes armed with DDoS protection upto 500Gbps. And the best part? It’s absolutely free, unlike some other companies which charge a premium for the protection.
It also has a “daily automatic backup” feature which backs up user sites everyday automatically to prevent any data loss.
They even have a “Repair Hacked Site” service, which not only repairs hacked sites by removing malicious codes but also provides 24/7 future support and 24/7 Website Protection for an additional price.
They have their own firewall, especially made to protect sites even with extremely low security. It makes sure even if you’re not a security-buff your site won’t go down regardless of what attack is thrown its way.
This “Repair Hacked Site” service costs USD $250.00/year and offers Security Hardening along with Blacklist removal in its package as well!
Pricing Plans and Payment Methods
The features seem lucrative, but is it also pocket-friendly? Well that will mostly depend on everyone’s personal budget.
The company provides Shared, VPS as well as Dedicated servers.
The cheapest shared server costs just USD $0.99/month, while the most expensive may go as high as USD $137.99/month.
The cheapest VPS plan starts at USD $3.5/month and goes upto USD $389.99/month. Finally the dedicated servers start at USD $99.99/month and go upto USD $439.99/month.
As for the payment methods, apart from the anonymous Bitcoin mentioned above ,the site can also accepts:
- Credit/Debit Cards.
- And even Instamojo (for Indian customers).
The final feature worth mentioning in this Flaunt7 review is there support. The company can be contacted not just via live-chat on the site, but also via E-mail and/or a professional contact form on the Contact page.
The live-chat is extremely fast considering how before redirecting you to a representative, a Bot tries to help you with basics such as “Placing an Order”.
Final Words on Flaunt7 Review
So let me wrap this Flaunt7 review up folks. The company is based out of Amsterdam Netherlands, Ignores DMCA, has an acceptable AUP for starters.
Then it tops it all up with its impressive speed and security. The pricing plans too are affordable in my personal opinion.
So bottomline, so far I’m happy. But hey that’s just my opinion, why don’t you drop yours about the company as well as this Flaunt7 review? The comment-box is all yours.