One time pay hosts, usually are those fly-by-night host who just wanted to take the money, and close down at the 2nd month.Yep, Sander nailed this one. You can't stay in business as a one time pay host. Doesn't make financial sense.
It is still consider as "OK" if the server is still up.Yeah, one time hosts are generally bad. Large upfront and the no service afterwards.
I think this is related to the theme that if a junk host is gonna run, "at least" if it's a free host you can grumble about no money being lost. However I consider the security angle more dangerous, in that if I gave credit card info out to a 1-time-fee host, and they ran, then you'd have to watch the bank angle. In my project I already saw one operation deliberately disguising "hosting" as a spam-email collector. Something didn't sit right so I only supplied one of my Third Tier emails, so when it eventually tanked I wasn't in too bad shape.I think you're all missing something here. How is this any different than a free host, but with a one time sign-up fee? If somebody can develop a successful free hosting business model, then why wouldn't a one time fee just sweeten the deal?