I’m so glad I got out from flaunt.nu when I did! My leaving them was brought on by them adding a second ad to galleries without any notice to webmasters that they are doing so, or even a notice that they have updated the rules. Currently a lot of fansites hosted by flaunt are facing problems because two weeks ago they updated rules… and apparently again without notice to their webmasters. That’s just bad communication – they can’t expect their webmasters haunting the rules page literally all the time just in case they change them! One of the new rules is crazy:
#19. Users may use their domain (their own or the one provided for free by Flaunt Network) given that the traffic exceeds 600 unique visitors daily (according to cPanel > Awstats). If the traffic is lower than 600 unique visitors daily, users may only use a subdomain for their websites (name.flaunt.nu).
Really? 600 unique visitors a day to be able to use my own domain? The one I bought and paid for? That’s been the site’s URL in many cases for over ten years? And there’s no transition time? Yeah, no. A lot of fansites never come close to 600 daily visitors! It really, really depends on the subject of your fansite, and unless it’s someone or something super popular, you won’t consistently get that many visitors a day. I have only two sites that have ever had that many visitors a day, The Vampire Diaries and Jeri Ryan, and then only on a few peak days. I’ve owned the Jeri Ryan site for over ten years and have had 600 daily visitors about twice when it’s peaked when Jeri herself has mentioned the URL or some big news broke. I didn’t own The Vampire Diaries site when the show was at its height, but the years I have owned it, the daily visitors exceeded 600 maybe, four times. And changing URLs is really bad – visitors will get confused when the URL is first a domain, then it’s automatically directed to a sub-domain and then again if/when if I move away to another host, a new URL again. Every URL change loses visitors!
There are no good sides for a website in this requirement.
flaunt was an okay host when I moved there, but I can’t recommend it anymore. If you’re considering them for your host, be sure to study the rules well and keep in mind that they might change on you at any time without any notice or transition time. I didn’t require a lot of support when I was there, and what I required, they answered to me usually withing 24 hours and often a lot faster. But there’s been a lot of people saying on the fansite forums that they haven’t heard back from flaunt when they contact them, or that it took a long time. So support might not be that great.
I really miss Gertie and The Fansites Network. Gertie was a great host – sure, there were rules, and ad requirements and update requirements, but the support was great and she always communicated any changes and other important things. And often we’d have input on them to make them work for both her business and our fansites.