We did have a minor server issue causing timeouts for some requests, but this has now been addressed.
AxCrypt will never tell you that you *need* to upgrade to Premium! It will suggest you do, but you’re fine to run AxCrypt for free as long as you like.
What do you mean when you say “axcrypt.net” will not let you log in? http://www.axcrypt.net does not require any sign in, account.axcrypt.net does – but for the forums here for example you don’t need to.
Do try again!