FreeVPS.us provides an expensive service, but we also expect something from you - good, helpful posts. Make good posts, get good service. Make awful posts, get awful service (if you will even receive a server during giveaway). This guide is intended to help you making good, quality posts.
This post may look long and scary, but it only contains things you need. Don't ignore this post, or you may get banned because of awful posts, which is probably something you don't want.
Step 1. Introduce yourself to the community
You may feel lost in this big community. No problem, this is what this guide intended to help with, after all. Visit the Introductions forum, and press "New thread" button. It's a great point to start with the website.
Next, try to say something about yourself. What's your name, what are you interested with, why you registered here. You don't need to say much, but it would be nice to say at least what I mentioned. You don't need good English, but try to at least avoid typical chat speak - use "you" instead of "u", start sentences with uppercase letters, and end sentences with dots. This will make your post easier to read. This an example of good introduction post.
(2014-02-26, 8:25:30 am)rawalbaig Wrote: My name is Rawal, and I'm a newbie on the FreeVPS.us forum. I think it's better to introduce myself before I become active on the forum. I'm a professional designer and programmer working mostly off-line and targeting local businesses. I work with CMS systems such as Wordpress, Joomla, Drupal. I'm creating business websites using those, and I love working with them.
I never have used any VPS before, and I think FreeVPS.us is offering me a good opportunity to work with servers.
After finishing the post, put anything in topic name (many people put "Hello" here), as the topic doesn't have much of importance in Introductions forum. Finally, press "Post Thread".
Step 2. Write posts
You probably don't have VPS right now, unless you applied for a VPS somewhere else. No problem with that, you can still make posts without having a server. Look at the "Other" category on the main page, as the posts here usually don't require you to know anything about managing servers. Read the threads, try to reply to posts when you can. Don't look into pages below the first one, usually those contain discussions nobody cares about.
Thinking where to make post can be difficult, but there is no rush. After that, the process will be easier and easier, and you will get used to posting here. For example, let's assume you want to reply to the topic called "Must have APPS (Android)". Contribute to the discussion somehow, even if it's a small contribution. In this case, try to write the applications you like, and something about them, like there.
(2014-04-13, 9:25:30 pm)xfix Wrote: In my opinion, the following applications are great.
- AirDroid - it makes moving files between computer and phone easier. You don't have to connect the cable anymore, and you can use the SD card on the phone while accessing the files.
- AndChat - Android doesn't have too many good IRC clients available, however AndChat does mostly everything I need.
- ES File Explorer - the file manager that is way better than built-in file managers (assuming your phone has a file manager).
- Opera Mobile Classic - even when outdated, it's quite fast, and can open lots of tabs. Definitely more stable than other options.
Feel free to also reply to other posts by pressing "Reply" button, if you disagree on certain point, or want to answer some inaccuracy. Remove the parts that aren't relevant to your post in quote, and write your helpful response. This is an example of a good reply, where I removed most of the original message, aside of "try w3schools.com ", which is relevant for the reply.
(2014-04-13, 9:39:47 pm)xfix Wrote:
I would avoid w3schools for reasons mentioned at http://www.w3fools.com/. If you are a beginner, I would recommend Web development guide for beginners at WebPlatform.org instead.
There are lots of good posts to reply to, feel free to contribute to discussion. It's even recommended.
However, don't post anything like "thank you, it's really helpful", as this doesn't contribute to the discussion. If you ever will want to thank someone, press in bottom left corner of the post, and press "Add Rating" - writing thank you posts only annoys others, and they will be removed.
Feel free to post a lot. 30 posts and 55 score (note that points aren't score) is minimum to get a VPS, but it's easily possible to write more. Don't concern yourself too much about points, if you make good posts, you should easily get 55 score before you will even reach 30 posts. However, don't stop posting when you reach 30 posts - the bigger your score is, the bigger the chance of receiving the server is. Besides, posting is fun.
3. The giveaway
On 12th of each month, the giveaways start, and last 4 days. If you made 30 posts and at least 55 score (not points) by then, you are free to apply. Enter the VPS Giveaways forum, and enter the newest thread. This will have the list of available servers which are available. If you want, you can compare them using my VPS comparator. When you decided which servers interest you, you are free to apply. You can apply for multiple servers in order, so if you won't receive one, you may receive another.
After deciding what to get, enter the VPS Request. Don't panic when you notice that the forum is empty - this is normal, as this forum is configured to only let thread owners and administrators read threads here. Press "New Thread", and specify the title in the following format.
For example, if you are interested in VPS2, VPS5, VPS7, or VPS18, your username is santaclaus, and you have 232.11 score (again, please note that score is different from points), you can write the following thread title.
Next, the post content. Please use the following template, and fill it with the actual data. Don't lie, or the staff will detect it, and you will get banned. We really need your address just in case you would abuse your server (to protect ourselves), but please don't abuse our free servers, as it's both problematic to us and you.
Quote:Planned usage of the VPS:
Full home address:
For example, if your name is John Smith, you live at 114 Willits Street in Birmingham, your e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org, your phone number is +1 248-593-4000, and you want to make analytics services, you can fill the post like this.
Quote:Planned usage of the VPS: I would like to start analytics services for webmasters who don't trust huge analytics companies such as Google with data, but run static webpages (such as GitHub Pages).
Full name: John Smith
Full home address: North America, United States, MI 48009, Birmingham, 114 Willits Street
Email address: email@example.com
Phone number: +1 248 593 4000
If the thread wasn't closed, that means the giveaway wasn't finished, and you may still get your server. At end, the thread will be either closed (better luck next time), or the new post with server information will be given.
4. The server
Have you received the server. That's great. Login into web panel using the information given in the post. If this is OpenVZ server, you can reinstall the operating system, change root password using option in management panel, and login using SSH. With KVM follow the tutorials at http://freevps.us/thread-11960.html.
After you managed to install the operating system, follow the security advice at http://freevps.us/thread-4125.html. Your server being hacked is the last thing you and FreeVPS.us wants. Enjoy your stay, and remember to write posts, threads, and replies. You have to make 20 posts monthly, but don't let this stop you from posting more than 20 posts monthly. If you will be good enough member, you may be given a permission to run a game server if you ask, a permission that is not given to new people.
Also, if you used your server for a while, feel free to make a review of your server. You can do it in Free VPS Reviews. The sponsors here want reviews, and writing good reviews may improve the servers for every user. However, if you don't think to make a good review, don't write an awful review - it's better to not post a review than to post an awful review. Benchmarks aren't a review, write a few words about a server, what you like on it, what you dislike, and so on, instead of just posting benchmarks. Providers, staff and users here will be happy if you make a good review.
To read an example of good review, please see http://freevps.us/thread-13201.html.
That's probably everything. If you read everything here, I'm sure you will be a good user of FreeVPS. Having a server is a responsibility, but you have a great community to help you if you have any issues with a server.
tl;dr (why you won't read this, honestly) - don't be dumb, be nice, post useful stuff, use your VPS