I got this from Orcon this afternoon:
Changes to Orcon Free Hosting
From the 10th of February 2008 we will be making some changes to our great FreeHost product.
Firstly we're changing the platform that FreeHost is on so you will get a better free service. The new platform comprises of multiple load balanced and clustered web servers. That means more reliability, and faster load times for your website.
We will also be changing the URL address of your FreeHost site. Currently it is http://myorconusername.orcon.net.nz, this will change to http://myorconusername.orconhosting.net.nz
If you're thinking wait-a-minute, everyone knows my http://myorconlogin.orcon.net.nz URL, will I just lose all my visitors? No, we will automatically redirect users from your old URL to your new URL for 3 months at no cost (until the 15th of May 2008).
In addition to changing the FreeHost platform and URL we will also be introducing Google AdSense advertisements to your site. This means that at the very top of your webpage there will be advertisements.
The revenue generated from this advertising will go back into ensuring that the FreeHost platform delivers great performance, and most importantly, remains free.
Nothing will happen to your content and all your code will still work the same as it always has.
What ads will be displayed on my site?
The advertisements that are delivered will be tailored to be relevant to your websites content. So if your website has text about USB Wifi then the ads will be relevant to USB Wifi.
I don't like ads and I don't want ads on my site, what can I do?
We know some people don't like ads, so we have a really affordable entry-level hosting plan.
For $12 (excl GST) a month you can get 50MB of space with unlimited traffic, full PHP support and you can run CGI scripts. If you also want to get your own domain e.g. myowndomain.co.nz you can get that through us for an extra $3 (excl GST) a month. All you need to do is call 0800 139 990 and we'll get everything arranged for you.
Has the way I upload/make changes to my site changed?
No, you still use the same username and password.
If you have any other questions that we haven't answered feel free to send us an email (orconhosting [ at ] orcon.net.nz).
The Orcon Team.
I don’t know what I am most annoyed at, either:
* That there is going to be ads at the TOP!! of my site(s)
* That my website address is going to change!!!
* For a fact that one of the best / better free hosting (And the only free NZ hosting) I have every use is going down the toilet even more :(
[Moderator edit (MF): moving this to Broadband forum]