Astral Meta is a network, a portal, a community, and a web development service provider. We also provide free blogging service to trusted members of the community as well as directory inclusions. We expect our community to be clean and that none of the prohibited items including spam, viruses, or serious threats of violence appear on any of our community forums, and blogs.
If you find an Astral Meta hosted website that you believe violates these Terms of Service, please don’t hesitate to report it to us using our Dispute Resolutions and Reporting forum or our Contact Us form.
Before using our website(s) or any of our services, please read our Terms of Service below. By using our site(s) or any of our services, you are automatically agreeing to these Terms. If you find anything in our Terms that you strongly disagree to, you may either dispute it or refrain from using our website(s) or any of our services.
Terms of Service
Please read this Agreement carefully before accessing or using our Services. By accessing or using any part of our services, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this agreement. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access or use any of our services. If these terms and conditions are considered an offer by Astral Meta, acceptance is expressly limited to these terms.
Our Services are not directed to children younger than 13, and access and use of our Services are only offered to users 13 years of age or older. If you are under 13 years old, please do not register to use our Services. Any person who registers as a user or provides their personal information to our Services represents that they are 13 years of age or older.
Use of some of our Services requires an Astral Meta account. You agree to provide us with complete and accurate information when you register for an account. You will be solely responsible and liable for any activity that occurs under your username. You are responsible for keeping your password secure.
1. Astral Meta Account and Blog
Your Astral Meta Account and Website. If you create a blog or website on Astral Meta, you are responsible for maintaining the security of your account and blog, and you are fully responsible for all activities that occur under the account and any other actions taken in connection with the blog. You must immediately notify Astral Meta of any unauthorized uses of your blog, your account, or any other breaches of security. Astral Meta will not be liable for any acts or omissions by you, including any damages of any kind incurred as a result of such acts or omissions.
Responsibility of Contributors. If you operate a blog, comment on a blog, post material to Astral Meta, post links on Astral Meta, or otherwise make (or allow any third party to make) material available (any such material, “Content”), you are entirely responsible for the content of, and any harm resulting from, that Content or your conduct. That is the case regardless of what form the Content takes, which includes, but is not limited to text, photo, video, audio, or code. By using Astral Meta, you represent and warrant that your Content and conduct do not violate these terms or the User Guidelines. By submitting Content to Astral Meta for inclusion on your website, you grant Astral Meta a world-wide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, modify, adapt and publish the Content solely for the purpose of displaying, distributing, and promoting your blog. This license allows Astral Meta to make publicly-posted content available to third parties selected by Astral Meta so that these third parties can analyze and distribute (but not publicly display) your content through their services. You also give other Astral Meta users permission to share your Content on other Astral Meta websites and add their own Content to it (aka to reblog your Content), so long as they use only a portion of your post and they give you credit as the original author by linking back to your website. If you delete Content, Astral Meta will use reasonable efforts to remove it from Astral Meta’s website, but you acknowledge that caching or references to the Content may not be made immediately unavailable. Without limiting any of those representations or warranties, Astral Meta has the right (though not the obligation) to, in Astral Meta’s sole discretion, (i) refuse or remove any content that, in Astral Meta’s reasonable opinion, violates any Astral Meta policy or is in any way harmful or objectionable, or (ii) terminate or deny access to and use of Astral Meta to any individual or entity for any reason. Astral Meta will have no obligation to provide a refund of any amounts previously paid.
Web Traffic. By hosting your site on Astral Meta, you agree to assign the traffic relating to your website to Astral Meta and authorize us to sign a Traffic Assignment Letter on your behalf for third party measurement reports. Your website’s traffic will be included under Astral Meta. You understand that your website will not receive credit for traffic in these reports, and you must not assign your website’s traffic to any other party. If we require additional documentation to verify ownership of your website or domain name, you agree to make reasonable efforts to accommodate such requests.
Advertisements. Astral Meta reserves the right to display advertisements on your blog unless you have purchased an Ad-free Upgrade or a VIP Service account.
Attribution. Astral Meta reserves the right to display attribution links such as ‘Powered by Astral Meta,’ theme author, and font attribution in your blog footer or toolbar. Footer credits and the Astral Meta toolbar may not be altered or removed regardless of upgrades purchased.
Other Themes. By activating a non-Astral Meta developed theme from our themes directory, you agree to that partner’s terms of service. You can opt out of their terms of service at any time by de-activating the theme.
Payment and Renewal
- General Terms
Optional paid services such as extra features or domain purchases are available (any such services, an “Upgrade”). By selecting an Upgrade you agree to pay Astral Meta the fees indicated for that service. Payments will be charged on a pre-pay basis on the day you sign up for an Upgrade and will cover the use of that service for a period as indicated. You can read about our refund policy here.
- Automatic Renewal
You can opt for automatic renewal of payment for an Upgrade or VIP service and unless you notify Astral Meta before the end of the applicable subscription period that you want to cancel an Upgrade, your Upgrade subscription will automatically renew and you authorize us to collect the then-applicable subscription fee for such Upgrade (as well as any taxes) using any credit card or other payment mechanisms we have on record for you. Upgrades can be canceled at any time but you have to notify us ahead of time.
- VIP Service
While an upgrade provides for specially requested features to be added on your blog, a VIP service entails additional services such as managing your blog, setting up a web host, fixing problems for you, and any other services which are not covered by ordinary services. By opting for such services, we cannot guarantee that we can solve all the problems for you. If we fail to provide such services, you will be refunded for your payment. Refer here for more information on Blog VIP service.
2. Backups and Restoration
We conduct backups from time to time, but we cannot guarantee that we can always restore lost contents. Sometimes, we may also restore our system to a previous version without prior warning, and it may result to loss of contents or any saved data. We will try to do our best to restore as much information as possible. However, Astral Meta is under no obligation to restore such contents. We expect that you’re fully responsible for the backups or saving of your own files/content. It’s also your responsibility to ensure that your website’s Content abides by applicable laws and by these Terms. We don’t actively review contents.
3. Responsibility of Visitors
Astral Meta has not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, posted to our Services, and cannot, therefore, be responsible for that material’s content, use or effects. By operating our Services, Astral Meta does not represent or imply that it endorses the material there posted, or that it believes such material to be accurate, useful, or non-harmful. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. Our Services may contain content that is offensive, indecent, or otherwise objectionable, as well as content containing technical inaccuracies, typographical mistakes, and other errors. Our Services may also contain material that violates the privacy or publicity rights, or infringes the intellectual property and other proprietary rights, of third parties, or the downloading, copying or use of which is subject to additional terms and conditions, stated or unstated. Astral Meta disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from the use by visitors of our Services, or from any downloading by those visitors of content there posted.
4. Content Posted on Other Websites
We have not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, made available through the websites and webpages to which Astral Meta links, and that link to Astral Meta. Astral Meta does not have any control over those non-Astral Meta websites, and is not responsible for their contents or their use. By linking to a non-Astral Meta website, Astral Meta does not represent or imply that it endorses such website. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. Astral Meta disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from your use of non-Astral Meta websites and webpages.
5. Copyright Infringement and DMCA Policy
As Astral Meta asks others to respect its intellectual property rights, it respects the intellectual property rights of others. If you believe that material located on or linked to by Astral Meta violates your copyright, you are encouraged to notify Astral Meta in accordance with Astral Meta’s Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) Policy. Astral Meta will respond to all such notices, including as required or appropriate by removing the infringing material or disabling all links to the infringing material. Astral Meta will terminate a visitor’s access to and use of the Website if, under appropriate circumstances, the visitor is determined to be a repeat infringer of the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of Astral Meta or others. In the case of such termination, Astral Meta will have no obligation to provide a refund of any amounts previously paid to Astral Meta.
6. Intellectual Property
This Agreement does not transfer from Astral Meta to you any Astral Meta or third party intellectual property, and all rights, title, and interest in and to such property will remain (as between the parties) solely with Astral Meta. Astral Meta logo, and all other trademarks, service marks, graphics and logos used in connection with Astral Meta or our Services, are trademarks or registered trademarks of Astral Meta or Astral Meta’s licensors. Other trademarks, service marks, graphics, and logos used in connection with our Services may be the trademarks of other third parties. Your use of our Services grants you no right or license to reproduce or otherwise use any Astral Meta or third-party trademarks.
7. Domain Names
We work with third-party registrars in order to provide our users with domain name services. When you register a domain name on Astral Meta, or when you renew or transfer an existing domain name on Astral Meta, you become bound by those registrar’s terms and conditions in addition to our Terms.
Further, your use of the domain name is also subject to the policies of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”). A summary of your rights and responsibilities as a domain name registrant under ICANN’s 2009 Registrar Accreditation Agreement can be found on ICANN’s website.
We are constantly updating our Services, and that means sometimes we have to change the legal terms under which our Services are offered. If we make changes that are material, we will let you know by posting on our blog, or by sending you an email or other communication before the changes take effect. The notice will designate a reasonable period of time after which the new terms will take effect. If you disagree with our changes, then you should stop using our Services within the designated notice period. Your continued use of our Services will be subject to the new terms. However, any dispute that arose before the changes shall be governed by the Terms (including the binding individual arbitration clause) that were in place when the dispute arose.
Astral Meta may terminate your access to all or any part of our Services at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately. If you wish to terminate this Agreement or your Astral Meta account (if you have one), you may simply discontinue using our Services. All provisions of this Agreement which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity and limitations of liability.
10. Disclaimer of Warranties
Our Services are provided “as is.” Astral Meta and its suppliers and licensors hereby disclaim all warranties of any kind, express or implied, including, without limitation, the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. Neither Astral Meta nor its suppliers and licensors, makes any warranty that our Services will be error free or that access thereto will be continuous or uninterrupted.
11. Limitation of Liability
In no event will Astral Meta, or its suppliers or licensors, be liable with respect to any subject matter of this Agreement under any contract, negligence, strict liability or other legal or equitable theory for: (i) any special, incidental or consequential damages; (ii) the cost of procurement for substitute products or services; (iii) for interruption of use or loss or corruption of data; or (iv) for any amounts that exceed the fees paid by you to Astral Meta under this agreement during the twelve (12) month period prior to the cause of action. Astral Meta shall have no liability for any failure or delay due to matters beyond their reasonable control. The foregoing shall not apply to the extent prohibited by applicable law.
12. General Representation and Warranty
13. US Economic Sanctions
You expressly represent and warrant that your use of our Services and or associated services and products is not contrary to applicable U.S. Sanctions. Such use is prohibited, and Astral Meta reserves the right to terminate accounts or access of those in the event of a breach of this condition.
You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Astral Meta, its contractors, and its licensors, and their respective directors, officers, employees, and agents from and against any and all claims and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, arising out of your use of our Services, including but not limited to your violation of this Agreement.
These Terms of Service were originally written in English (US). We may translate these terms into other languages. In the event of a conflict between a translated version of these Terms of Service and the English version, the English version will control.
This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between Astral Meta and you concerning the subject matter hereof, and they may only be modified by a written amendment signed by an authorized executive of Astral Meta, or by the posting by Astral Meta of a revised version. Except to the extent applicable law, if any, provides otherwise, this Agreement, any access to or use of our Services will be governed by the laws of the state of New Jersey, U.S.A., excluding its conflict of law provisions. Claims for injunctive or equitable relief or claims regarding intellectual property rights (which may be brought in any competent court without the posting of a bond), any dispute arising under this Agreement shall be finally settled in accordance with the Comprehensive Arbitration Rules of the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Service, Inc. (“JAMS”) by three arbitrators appointed in accordance with such Rules. The arbitral decision may be enforced in any court. The prevailing party in any action or proceeding to enforce this Agreement shall be entitled to costs and attorneys’ fees. If any part of this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, that part will be construed to reflect the parties’ original intent, and the remaining portions will remain in full force and effect. A waiver by either party of any term or condition of this Agreement or any breach thereof, in any one instance, will not waive such term or condition or any subsequent breach thereof. You may assign your rights under this Agreement to any party that consents to, and agrees to be bound by, its terms and conditions; Astral Meta may assign its rights under this Agreement without condition. This Agreement will be binding upon and will inure to the benefit of the parties, their successors and permitted assigns.