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Running an adult content website is often a highly profitable endeavor, but only if you do your homework properly. You need a host and server that can handle the sizable media and constant streaming, while at the same time allowing hosting of adult content and maintaining a legal and secure status.
Using your existing hosting plan or a free plan
If you already have a hosting account, your first order of business will be to find out whether or not your provider even allows adult content.
It's never a good idea to simply upload this kind of material and hope it will fly under the radar. You run the risk of your site being shut down and kicked off the server. Be honest from the start, and adhere to your hosting contract. Plain and simple - if you violate the terms and conditions, you are putting yourself at risk.
If you are reluctant and do now wish to spend a fortune on a new hosting plan for a new adult site, you may consider free adult web hosting services. However, while they can be useful in some stages of development or testing, these services are anything but ideal. They offer limited bandwidth, which may result in poor streaming quality or even something a bit worse – having your service overwhelmed and getting a lot of downtime. In addition, data transfer capacity and storage may be limited, which means the amount of content will also have to be limited, or downgraded – i.e. images and video may have to be uploaded in lower resolution, with higher compression.
Free adult web hosting plans also come with a number of limitations aside from technical ones. Many of them lack proper customer support, which may lead to a lot of problems. Since their business model revolves around serving ads, you will not have control over what sort of ads are displayed. The ads can be tasteless, distracting or both. These accounts may also bar you from monetising your content in different ways, e.g. they may prevent you from setting up features like shopping carts.
All these limitations can compromise the user experience, reducing your competitiveness. Therefore free adult hosting is primarily reserved for hobbyists or niche sites, while more ambitious projects need paid adult hosting packages. More often than not, good plans do not come cheap.
Choose premium plans for premium services
Paid adult hosting offers greater flexibility in terms of storage, bandwidth, support, features, and services. In addition, your visitors have a smaller chance of being bombarded by advertisements that take away from your content and degrade the user experience.
Hosting companies offering adult plans always take a number of potential issues into consideration. Adult sites usually offer a lot of video content and high resolution 1080p streaming is quite demanding. 4K or UHD adult content is coming, too, so it’s worth keeping in mind. If you want to offer cutting edge high-resolution content in the future, you will need a flexible plan.
Security is another big concern for premium adult sites. If you plan on setting up a paid service with a subscription model or a different monetisation model, you must be very mindful of security – otherwise your content could easily end up on torrent sites or any of a number of free ‘adult tube’ services. If you accept payments and require user registration, this also means that a lot of sensitive data could be lost, including credit card numbers or data that allows attackers to identify your users, which can be especially damaging in the adult content business.
Legislation governing the distribution of adult content in various jurisdictions varies and you may need legal advice before your proceed with your project, especially if you are new to the industry.
This may involve setting up disclaimers that warn visitors that they can proceed to view the content only if they are of a certain age (18, 21 etc.). Many sites also prompt users to confirm their age before any adult content is displayed. Of course, these measures cannot keep underage viewers away on their own, but at least they can show you are acting in good faith.
Another thing to consider is illegal content. Many adult sites allow user uploads and these may be very problematic indeed. It is vital to ensure that all uploaded content is legal, not only from a copyright aspect, but from another much more serious criminal angle. If your service allows users to upload and share content, you must make sure that sexual predators and pedophiles cannot use it to share illegal content. This is also a big problem for webcam services that allow social interaction between visitors.
Hosting companies offering specialized adult web hosting should be able to assist you in preventing these potentially catastrophic legal issues, as it is in their own best interest, too.