About Us

Life is too short not to help each other - That's why we offer free web hosting.

My name is Tim (alias Profound), I live in South Australia and as a hobby I enjoy providing reliable, high-performance Australian free web hosting.

Through the course of my paid employment and computer-related hobby activities I have refined the necessary skills to provide a business-grade shared web hosting service. I’m passionate about helping people and volunteering my time to benefit others.

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What's under the hood?

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Profound Hosting is proudly all-Australian and powered by BinaryLane, Crucial, and RansomIT across a small fleet of Intel Xeon servers running 64-bit CentOS Linux.

All servers utilise SSD storage, providing near-instant page load times.

Our network footprint can deliver a total throughput of ~2 gigabit per second!

What's under the hood?

Profound Hosting is proudly all-Australian and powered by BinaryLane, Crucial, and RansomIT across a small fleet of Intel Xeon servers running 64-bit CentOS Linux.

All servers utilise SSD storage, providing near-instant page load times.

Our network footprint can deliver a total throughput of ~2 gigabit per second!

I provide free web hosting to individuals, organisations and businesses alike.

I only host clean and legal content. Sexually explicit, morally distasteful or other questionable content is not permitted. Under no circumstances will Profound Hosting tolerate slanderous or defamatory content, or the unauthorised distribution of copyrighted works. Please refer our Terms Of Service and Privacy Policy documents.

I will fully cooperate with upstream providers and the Australian Federal Police as appropriate to deal swiftly with any abuse of these terms.

I reserve the right to remove content and/or revoke access to our service in extreme cases without notice where the above terms have been blatantly ignored.

I have a personal faith in Jesus Christ and uphold Christian values, and as a result choose not to host any content (for free) that is in conflict with this.

My Christian faith and life experiences have shaped me to be a generous person by nature, and I find joy in helping people. This is one of the reasons I offer free web hosting.

Through the course of my paid employment and my computer-related hobby activities, I have developed the necessary skills to provide a business-grade shared web hosting service.

In 2007, I tragically lost my younger brother to suicide. Though I was providing free web hosting services prior to this significant life event, it hit home to me just how short our lives here on earth really are, and that simply put, life is too short not to help each other.

Why not be generous with your time and all that you have?

I sincerely appreciate regular donations, to help offset the costs associated with providing this service. You’re also able to upgrade to a paid plan, and increase your resource allocation and ultimately improve the performance of your website. Invoices are automatically sent monthly or yearly, according to your preference and we accept payments via PayPal.

I am grateful for the assistance and discounts provided by various Internet Service Providers, who make this arrangement possible. At the end of the day there are still some out of pocket expenses which I cover personally.

The long-term goal is that Profound Hosting is self-funded purely through regular donations, such that there is no financial cost to me personally, other than my volunteered time to maintain and improve the service.

If you are able, please arrange a regular monthly donation. If at any point the funds raised exceed expenses, the funds will be invested directly to the growth and improvement of our free hosting services.

The services here provided are operated in a volunteer, not-for-profit fashion. Support is therefore best-effort and there are no formal guarantees with relation to service availability and support response times. Despite this I do my best to provide timely responses, and to keep the hosting service highly available. Customers on paid plans receive priority support.

I provide support limited to the successful operation of the Linux operating system(s) and web server applications including: lighttpd, nginx, MySQL, PHP, and Varnish Cache.

Other than this, I simply do not have the time of day to provide support for issues relating to content, web site design or analysis of PHP/HTML/CSS code.

If you are unfamiliar with how to upload files to a web server using SFTP, please research a few of the many ‘howto’ resources online.

I rely on upstream providers to power the virtual servers and network our platform is built upon. Some elements are therefore out of my direct control, though to-date the services have been rock-solid and I work hard to keep it that way.

If you are really not tech-savvy at all it may be wise to ask a web developer or friend to help you get started.

Please refer to our pricing schedule to view your list of options, including the free plan.

  • Domain name registration (register one, for example via VentraIP)
  • cPanel
  • Apache (we use nginx)
  • Support for .htaccess files
  • ASP, .net, Ruby, etc
  • E-Mail Services
  • FTP access (we provide SFTP)
  • SSH console access
  • Crontab (available on paid plans)

Yes. Please review our pricing schedule. In order to eligible for the ‘Standard and Performance’ plans, your PHP code must be compatible with PHP7.

All of our services are powered by Intel Xeon servers in Australia.

Crucial & RansomIT: Located in Sydney’s Equinix SY3 datacentre.
BinaryLane: Located in Brisbane’s NEXTDC B1 datacentre.
Our own VMWare ESXi Platform: Located in Adelaide’s Colocity datacentre.

All environments are physically secure, carrier neutral, and redundantly powered.

No, sorry.

This website was lovingly crafted by the kind folks over at Pixel Splash. We highly recommend you ask them instead. They’ll even give you a special ‘Profound Hosting’ discount!

Fast! Each web server is connected at 100Mbps, and our Varnish Cache server at a staggering 1Gbps! Test the speed of our Adelaide or Brisbane servers from your current connection.

Yes. 96% of feedback ratings for the year 2015 resulted in a rating of ‘Awesome’. Check out some of the testimonials on the donate page to hear what people had to say during 2015…

Profound Hosting would not be possible without the kind support of Crucial, BinaryLane and RansomIT. If your hosting or support requirements outgrow that which I am able to provide, please support these fine businesses (let them know we sent you).

Fill in the secure online sign-up form, and wait for my reply. I store your information securely and will not make it available to any third party, except if absolutely necessary at request of law enforcement agencies.

If you’re planning to host a forum or use a content management system such as Joomla, or WordPress, etc please keep it (and all plugins) up to date with the latest release version to minimise the potential risk of any security breaches.

Frequently Asked Questions

Given that I maintain this service in my own time as a hobby, I am unable to provide immediate 24/7 support, though I am able to resolve the vast majority of queries within hours.

If you have a questions about our free web hosting that is not answered on this page, and if Google doesn’t know the answer, then please contact me.

If you would like to make changes to your configuration or add an additional domain or database, etc – Please log a support ticket via your dashboard.

Want more performance? Consider a paid plan.

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