Aug 13, 2009

PinoyG4M is down is one of the sites that came about as a result of the demise of Guys4Men. While I think most G4M refugees were contented to continue on at the conquering site PlanetRomeo (aka GayRomeo), there’s a sizable number of people who hated the PlanetRomeo interface. Thus we have (and other new social networking sites, most of which are based on Ning).

It seems that PinoyG4M managed to capture a good amount of the local PLU audience because they recently ran into hosting problems. Their hosting provided complained because the traffic on the site is causing problems on the server (most sites are usually hosted on shared servers). Their host is suggesting that they go with a dedicated hosting solution. Read the message from Bananafish, the current owner of PinoyG4M, below.

I thank you for your continued support of It is because of you that PG4M has become the fastest growing GBT community site in the Philippines with almost fourteen thousand registered members.

However, because of the amount of activity the PG4M website generated, our hosting company was no longer able to accommodate hosting the website. I regret to inform you that the site will be on hiatus until we are able to move to a dedicated hosting service. Rest assured all the data in the site will be kept and all member information, photos, forum posts, and messages will not be lost once we transfer to a better hosting server.

The site relaunch will also feature better features and site upgrades, as well as more activities for the site members.

In the meantime, please add PinoyG4M in Facebook and follow @PinoyG4M on Twitter for updates and news on the relaunch of the site.

Again, I apologize for the temporary closing of The PG4M admins and mods thank you for your continued support for the site and hope to see you again when we open a better PinoyG4M.

—Bananafish, site owner

I got an account at PG4M a few months ago and while it doesn’t fit the particular uses I had with Guys4Men before, I must say that they managed to replicate (in a fashion) most of the features of G4M. The section that I often lurk in is the PG4M forums. :-)

To help raise funds to bring PG4M back up, the admins and owner of PinoyG4M will be holding a fund-raising event this Saturday, August 15 at the Harbour Square at CCP. Check out the event in Facebook. You might also want to read this interview of Retrogod, one of the administrators of PG4M, to learn just a bit more about this fledging PLU social networking site.


rudeboy wrote on August 14, 2009 at 5:17 PM:

Sayang naman. I thought it was a worthy successor to g4m, rather than PlanetRomeo which I found more difficult to navigate than the winding side roads in Little Baguio.

Hope they get back up again real soon!

Vince wrote on August 16, 2009 at 11:38 PM:

rudeboy, it does seem to be a worthy successor. I guess it was too successful because their webhost was overwhelmed! Let's hope it can get back up soon. :-)

Anonymous wrote on September 21, 2009 at 10:43 PM:

pinoyg4m is back!

Rexandre wrote on October 13, 2009 at 10:04 AM:

Uh oh…here we go again…

It was working alright again a few weeks ago, then suddenly i received these messages today… what is happening????

This Account Has Been Suspended
Please contact the billing/support department as soon as possible.

What is wrong with PG4M…? Please enlighten us…


Anonymous wrote on January 11, 2010 at 1:19 AM:

Too much traffic would cause slow performance of the site hence will encounter intermittent issues like site is down, server is down due to too much load on the server. Worst case, the account where the site has been hosted will be blocked by the abuse department of the said hosting provider lols. Hope this may not happen.

They should have run the site on dedicated server so that they can host the site on an unlimited bandwith, whilst the site performance would be much better...

cheers to all...

Anonymous wrote on January 11, 2010 at 1:22 AM:

hosting a site is not that easy to deal with, you have to constantly monitor your daily logs. Especially if you are catering millions of users. Updating, maintenance and other stuff is one of the factors to consider....

been working on a hosting company and ive learned a lot things about hosting a site... troubleshoot when the server went down.... hehe

Anonymous wrote on January 14, 2010 at 12:33 AM:

hosting is not the problem, the problem we had was that dedicated servers are too expensive and no one's really buying premium accounts, we had no direct source of income. we cant host the site on our own money forever. :D

we are still resolving this issue, but the site WILL come back soon.

admin retrogod

Vince (Discreet Manila) wrote on January 18, 2010 at 12:08 AM:

@anon/retrogod, thanks for the update and I'm looking forward to the site's return. :-)

Anonymous wrote on March 9, 2010 at 10:28 PM:

may bago try ninu... bago palang cya pero dami features... im sure pinoy based and site na ito...

Anonymous wrote on March 29, 2010 at 11:07 AM:

Have they ask Planet Romeo/G4 about this replica?