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IDN – International Domain Names

What is IDN?
IDN or Internationalized Domain Name is, as the name suggests, the name of an internet domain. IDNs are written in different alphabets, such as Latin, Chinese, Arabic, and with specific characters, such as diacritics. It’s enough for the domain to have one single letter that isn’t in the normal alphabet (A-Z), isn’t a number (0-9) or a hyphen (-), in order for it to be considered an IDN. By using the Punycode, IDN’s allow internet users to access any internet domain as if it was written in their own alphabet.

Domain Name System
IDNs can be found in the Domain Name System (DNS). The Domain Name System translates network addresses by using ASCII strings.
DNS is a naming system for computers, services, websites, or anything else that has an internet connection. It has a decentralized structure and has the ability to create links between information and domain names. DNS is, at its core, a database, with records such as SOA, IP addresses, MX, name servers, pointers and CNAME.
Internationalizing Domain Names in Applications (IDNA)
Only applications built for such use can support IDNs, as most of them have restrictive network protocols regarding the non-ASCII characters. However, IDNA sets the rules for the conversion of non-ASCII characters into an ASCII form. By doing this, applications such as web browsers learn how to handle IDNs.
The conversion mentioned above is done with the help of a two algorithms, ToASCII and ToUnicode. These algorithms do not alter the entire domain name, they only apply to individual labels. Let’s take www.genericname.com as an example. The individual labels will be www, genericname and com.

How will your browser display IDNs?
During the last few years, most browsers implemented the IDNA 2003 standard. Away from your eyes, yours will convert IDNs using the method described above. In most cases, you won’t even be aware of it. The only browser that supports the IDNA 2008 standard is Opera.

What is Punycode?
Punycode is a branch of Unicode. By using Punycode, you can convert Unicode characters to an ASCII form, by encoding them as strings of numbers.
Top-level domains
In 2009, a new class of top level domains was born. These domains are assigned to countries and regions, just as the country code top level domains. The sole changes this new implemented top level domain brings is the lack of restrictions regarding the characters and the prefix “xn” before the converted code. You can use any kind of alphabet, diacritics, symbols, language specific characters as long as you keep visual uniqueness.

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Hosting resources – what’s best for me?

If you are planning to build your own website, one of the most important aspects is choosing a hosting plan. It is very important to find a hosting provider able to suit your needs, with enough support, speed, security, and, of course, at a decent price given your requirements.

Let me give some tips that might help you with this choice.

1. What kind of hosting do you need?
The hosting industry is a big one. There are incredibly many options for you to choose from. So how do you choose one that suits your needs? There are three important aspect you must consider: speed, support and security. The prices for hosting services vary a lot, you can pay as little as a few dollars or as much as thousands of dollars per month. For most websites, a basic plan that costs a few dollars is more than enough to start with. For this price, you will get a place on a shared server. You can upgrade your plan later, as your website grows. However, if you expect an immediate success and a high traffic, consider a dedicated server from the beginning. There are middle-ranged options too: you can choose to go with a VPS (virtual private server).
An important aspect that weighs in when you choose a hosting provider is their support department. Most of them give you access to e-mail, ticket and phone support. Some of them may provide a 24-hour support line.
Another thing you must consider is the security of your website. Read some reviews and do some research before making a choice. You wouldn’t like malware or hackers to sneak past the security and roam through your info. Be careful who you trust your website with, make sure that the provider is reliable and that it will keep you from worrying.
Speed is also important, users get easily board with slow websites, not to mention that this looks highly unprofessional.
You should also keep in mind that a good website optimization improves the website’s speed and the security of your website is also influenced by the software you are using.

2. What kind of website do you plan to build?
Most hosting providers specialize in certain categories: eCommerce, blogging, personal websites, online portfolio, business website and so on. Make sure the one you choose has specific features that will help you build your website.
If you are a beginner, look for a hosting provider that has a simple control panel. Otherwise, you will either have to spend a lot of time figuring things out, or you will be entirely dependent on the support department.

3.What is the amount of resources you require?
Do not look for a provider or a plan that offers the most perks for the fewest dollars. You need a provider compatible with your needs. Set your priorities regarding disk space, e-mail functionality, bandwidth, security and so on, and make an informed choice.
Make sure that there is nothing on your terms of service that allows the provider to limit your performance or shut down your website if you use too much space or bandwidth.
Don’t forget to compare the signup and the renewal price. A lot of hosting providers let you signup for a lower price as a marketing strategy, and this is not a problem at all, but pay attention not to get ripped off. If the signup price is, for example, 5$, the renewal price shouldn’t be higher than 10$. The same thing applies to free trials – don’t let a free month fool you into choosing a hosting provider you would’t normally choose.

4. What will you need in the future?
Dream big! Think of all the resources you will need when your website gets huge. Some hosting providers only offer shared hosting. This means that you will need to move your website as soon as it starts to get bigger.

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VPS vs. Dedicated server

Over the years, having a web presence has become increasingly simple. With all the technology available today, it is possible to put your company on the web in a matter of days. But before you put your website online, you need to make some decisions. One of the first choices you need to do is to decide if you need a VPS or a dedicated server.

This choice will directly affect the performance of your site, so it’s important to know how these services work. Before understanding the main differences between them, you must answer the following question:

What are the needs of my website?

As you surely noticed, there are many different types of sites. There are portals, blogs, personal websites, institutional, hot sites, social networks, and many other services with specific features. And each one requires an appropriate hosting plan.

When you design your website, you need to observe the type of web hosting it will need. So for example: is it a content portal with thousands of simultaneous accesses? If so, the site will require a lot of processing and server memory. You will need much disk space to store files.

These questions are important for you to define the profile of your website and thus choose the appropriate hosting for it . When building your website, be aware of the size that your site will have and if there are any signs of future growth.

Characteristics of a Dedicated Server:

Dedicated servers are for businesses that require much different hardware configurations. Some types of sites require more processing power from their servers, especially when we talk in terms of simultaneous accesses. The more people are connected to the site at the same time, the more hardware resources will be needed to keep the site running smoothly. In this case, you need a good machine to “hold” such a site.

On the other hand, maintaining a server itself requires a greater investment of the company in its IT department: building infrastructure, hardware, qualified professionals and the list continues with hundreds of essential items. Often this type of investment becomes unviable. Therefore, the best option is to purchase a dedicated server, allocated in a fully structured data center to offer this type of service.

With its own machine, your site will have 100% of the server resources. For services that need stability, this is the ideal solution. Another important aspect of dedicated servers is security. Hosting a website on a dedicated server will allow you to be less vulnerable to the unavailability of hardware and security breaches.

By opting in for a dedicated server, you can still choose whether the server hardware management will be made by the company providing the service or your own team. That’s because some sites require a high level of customization, as well as strict safety requirements that can only be met by professionals dedicated to your business.

So if your site requires a high number of simultaneous accesses and also high levels of availability and security, then a dedicated server is your best option. Despite having a higher cost in relation to the shared server, a dedicated machine can offer a great return on investment.

Characteristics of a VPS

VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. It can be defined as an “isolated” space ( a virtual server) within a physical server.

A virtual server allows customers to enjoy features similar to those of a dedicated server , but with a reduced cost.

This solution uses hardware sharing, bust as opposed to a traditionally shared environment, each client uses a fully isolated partition and independent with respect to processing, disk space and memory, allowing virtual servers to behave as if the hardware was exclusively dedicated to a single client.

So the main difference between a dedicated and VPS is that the dedicated server is one that is entirely yours. All resources and machine capacity will be at your disposal. The VPS is divided into smaller servers. Thus a single computer may serve 5, 6, 7, or smaller capacity servers.

Conclusion

Now that you know the main differences between these servers, figure out what are the most necessary features to your website and the support systems you need. This will allow you to choose the one that suits you best.

So, what type of server will you use?
You can choose from our offers listed on our website.

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Unlimited Disk Space and Hosting Space

What Is Disk Space?

Disk space is the amount of space available on the hosting server for storing your website’s content. This include: pages, images, videos, files, databases, and many other things. It is essential to know how much disk space your site needs in order to choose a suitable hosting plan and identify future upgrade needs.

Web hosting companies usually offer plans with varying disk space. In shared hosting for example, you divide the server space with other customers. This space can range from a certain value all the way up to unlimited space. On a dedicated server, the disk space is fixed and it is limited to the hard drive size installed on your server.

How Much Disk Space Do I Need For My Website?
As previously stated, all of your website’s content is stored on the disk space provided by the type of web hosting plan you have. It includes, but it is not limited to:

* Files
* Databases
* Multimedia (photos, videos and music)
* Scripts
* E-mails (webmail)
* Traffic logs

You see, most websites are small and use little disk space. If this is your case, you do not have to worry about space at all. Unless you have an e-commerce with many products and pictures or a website that allows uploading and downloading files, shared hosting should be fine. If you do need more storage room however, we recommend that you choose a hosting plan that has an appropriate disk space for you. And in these instances, a VPS or dedicated hosting plan is your best bet.

How to Identify the Amount of Disk Space Used on Your Hosting Plan

Disk space is calculated in bytes, just like on your computer’s hard drive.

1 Gigabyte (GB) = 1,000 Megabytes (MB) = 1,000,000 kilobytes (KB).

A web page usually takes up an average of 1.7 MB.

If you’d like to know more about how much disk space you are using, information concerning this is usually available in your web host’s control panel.

What is Unlimited Disk Space?

This issue is very important and raises many questions. Several companies advertise unlimited disk space. Sometimes, due to lack of information, many customers end up getting a bad deal.

What many people don’t know is that there are certain rules that usually apply in web hosting with unlimited disk space.
The first is that the purpose of a web hosting company is to host sites. Thus, there is no limited use of disk space. All of the files in the hosting site must be related to or be linked to your website in some way. Any storage with different purposes, such as repository or file sharing, is prohibited.

In cases where companies identify excessive use of server resources, which undermine the stability or performance of its servers, the support team contacts the customer by proposing a reduction in the use of such resources or offer them a plan to upgrade to a VPS or dedicated server.

As the companies themselves often say, it is very rare for a personal website or a small business to exceed the limits of their personal, unlimited, web hosting plan.

(By the way, shared hosting is the most used by people and businesses worldwide).

Now that you are familiar with unlimited disk space, you can decide on your THCServers hosting plan!

How to choose a TLD

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What Is a TLD?

Before buying a domain, there are many things to take into consideration. After thinking about the name, how it will affect your “brand” and search engine rankings (SEO) comes the time to decide the best suffix for your web address.

The suffix is called a Top Level Domain (TLD). The TLD is the last part of the domain name and, in general, has two to four letters.

For example, www.google.com

The TLD is .com.

When buying a domain with us, you can choose different TLDs. Each TLD has its own unique benefit, so you need to check which one best meets the demands of your business and your site.

How to Choose a TLD?

Many people have doubts as to how to choose the domain name for their web sites. This really is an important decision and will certainly make a difference in the future of your site.

First you need to decide what type of website you want to have and the image you would like to portray to your prospective visitors.

Think about these things for a second:

● It’s it a website for your company / business?
● Do you have a well-defined brand?
● How big is your website?
● What kind of business do you plan on building around the TLD?
● Is your website a personal blog? E-Commerce? Institutional?

These are just some of the many questions that you can ask yourself in order to help you decide what type of TLD you should choose for your website.

Only by answering these questions will you start to develop a better sense of what kind of domain is right for you.

One issue that often appears is the old question of how to choose a domain:

Should I get a short domain to be able to do a better (and easier) job of “branding” my business (both online and offline )? Or, should I opt for an EMD, (Exact Match Domain) to have the benefit of specific keywords within it?

The answer is: it depends.

Branding

If your website is for your business and you plan to grow it, then I definitely recommend that you choose a short name; one that you can easily create a brand around it.

For example:

● Apple
● Google
● Overstock
● Ebay
● Amazon

Here are some tips to help you choose a name for your brand / website:

● Short and easy to remember
● No doubts with pronunciation and writing of the name
● Unique
● If possible, names to recall what you do (example: pizzadelivery.com)

* Note – Another advantage of having a brand name as your domain is that you can focus your link –building around your brand.

EMD – Exact Match Domain Names

This concept is simple.

Basically, if you want to rank for the keyword “easy credit”, your EMD would be easycredit.com

In the past an EMD domain would considerably increase your chances of ranking well on Google and other search engines.

Back then, people developed ranking strategies based solely on the keywords within their domain. Today, this would be deemed as something quite silly. Sure, you still get some quick results, but at the same time, you are missing out on a huge opportunity to develop a brand. SEO algorithms change constantly. And a single alteration may be enough to make your EMD worthless. If that happens, you’ll be stuck with a domain name that’s good for nothing.

Conclusion

Think long-term. SEO changes will come and go, but your brand will last forever. Also be sure to get domain hosting and domain registration from a reputable hosting provider. This will save you tons of headaches in the long run.

About VPS: Getting Familiar

During the life cycle of a website, at one point or another – especially when your audience starts to grow – traditional web hosting may not be sufficient to sustain its development. During this moment, a VPS may be the best way to maintain your website stable. This type of web hosting will provide you with all of the necessary support to sustain the growth, demands, resources and solicitations needed to keep your website up and running.

It is natural that there will be some questions and doubts along the way about which hosting plan to choose. In this article, I am going to help you understand what a VPS server is, what are its advantages and limitations, and how to choose the best VPS for your website.

What is a VPS server?

VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. In order to understand what it means and how it works, first, we need to understand each of the three terms below:

Server – place where files and data stored.
Virtual – not physical; virtual environment created by software.
Private – restricted for your website’s use.

Let’s compare traditional Web hosting (shared) and a Dedicated server.

In shared web hosting, your website will be storing and dividing space and resources with hundreds of other websites that are also hosted on the same server.

On a dedicated server, the physical machine (server) hosts only your website. It is dedicated exclusively to you and your web page.

In this scenario it’s easy to imagine that shared hosting has resource limits when compared to those of a dedicated server.

This difference will also reflect on the price of such services. A dedicated web host costs a lot more on a monthly basis than a traditional web host. That’s because on a shared host, a single server is divided amongst multiple clients and costs are split between them as well, thus allowing this service to be offered to people at a lower price. Meanwhile, with a dedicated host, the cost is exclusively billed to a single client, making the costs significantly higher. With this being said, it would be great if we could have an intermediate option. One with more resources than a shared host, and not as expensive as a dedicated server. That’s where VPS comes in!

Virtual servers (VPS) are “virtualized” within a single physical server and acts as a dedicated server.

It has the resources and capabilities similar to those of a private server, but with a lower threshold. The server that hosts a VPS also shares its resources with other customers, as in a shared host. However, the total number of clients sharing the server resources is much smaller

How Does A VPS Work?

The virtual server runs within a physical server, but its resources and capabilities are well defined and separated into each virtualized environment. This ensures that a site will not affect in any way, another site hosted on the same server. That’s because each site has its own virtual server, with resources dedicated to the site in question.

Another interesting point is that a VPS uses its own operating system, independent of the operating system used by other customers and the physical server that hosts all other VPSs.

As mentioned earlier, the VPS server acts like a dedicated server, but in a shared environment. The big difference compared to a shared server is that the VPS user has root access (administrative) to the server, which means that you can configure and install the applications and programs you want, which would normally not be allowed on a shared server. In addition, each VPS has its own resources, thus ensuring that a virtual server will not interfere with another that is hosted on the same machine.

So, if you are looking to host your growing website, a VPS is exactly what you need; make sure you find one that fits your needs and has a fair price and also opt in for a hosting Company that provides 24h support – you might need it!

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5 Steps to getting the most out of cheap WordPress hosting

Introduction

It may seem unfair, but a well-built WordPress website can be completely damaged if you are hosting it with a low-quality web host provider. Choosing the right company will ensure the success of your business and it will serve an important role throughout its life-span.

How is Cheap WordPress Hosting Possible?

WordPress is a lightweight system that “theoretically” runs on any server that supports PHP and MySQL 5. With this being said, most hosting companies are able to offer extremely low prices to their clients. Knowing this information suddenly makes people’s decisions be based upon “who has the lowest price” and then they choose the cheapest WordPress hosting provider they can.

However, we must not forget about quality. There is a big difference between a website that merely runs and one that runs well. Although most  “shared servers ” (shared hosts) meet their user’s demands, there are many other factors that need to be taken into consideration.

When choosing a web host, you need to make sure that your provider will give you all of the necessary resources to make your page run fast and smoothly. You need a company that can enable you to provide the best user experience for your visitors, and that can aid you in positioning well on Google too. So it is important to choose not only the cheapest WordPress host, but the one which offers the highest-quality as well.

 

Here are some tips to help you pick a high-quality and cheap WordPress web hosting company.

 

  1. Can it handle my needs?

Of course the quality varies from server to server and the complexity of your site is also an issue. A website with various plugins doing several queries to the database consumes more resources and makes your page load slower.  But overall, a shared server can run one or more WordPress sites pretty well. A good one, however, can handle a web page that gets 10,000 and 14,000 pageviews a day, without any problems.

 

  1. Speed

A good performing website loads your pages quickly. Having a fast site will ensure that your users stay longer on your page and do not abandon your website due to its slow load time. This a crucial factor if you are engaged in any activity that involves online sales. A virtual store that takes too long to load is bound to lose sales and revenue. People are impatient these days. Leave them waiting and you’ll lose potential customers who will never return to your site again.

P.S. Search engines like Google also consider the speed of your site as one of its ranking factors. Your position on a Google search may be impaired if your site does not have a good loading speed.

So remember, look out for high-performance servers that will assist in the performance of your site (since its speed also depends on the server that hosts your website).

 

  1. Stability

Besides the issue of loading speed, you need to make sure that your site will stick around as long as possible . There is nothing more frustrating for the user than trying to access your site and it’s suddenly offline. Unfortunately, this can happen frequently with a low quality hosting company.

The best hosting providers have their servers monitored 24 hours a day and offer an uptime of more than 99%.

Your website’s ranking on Google may also be adversely affected if it is not frequently available to the public eye. So when choosing a WordPress hosting provider, ensure that your website will always be available to its users.

 

  1. Security

The hosting company should ensure that your website data is protected against any problems related to the server hosting it. If by any chance the server has an outage, the company must have an information system in place so that no data saved on the server is lost in case of accidents. The company must also have a system of routine backups and / or data protection.

 

  1. Customer Service

Chances are, you will need the company’s support at one point or another. Although, you may never have to fix a serious problem, you’ll need help to do at least some basic configurations. When this time comes, it is important that you have an efficient support channel that can be contacted quickly and counted whenever you need them.

 

Conclusion

We hope you have understood a bit more about WordPress Hosting and have helped you in making the best choice when it comes to taking care of your site.

If you still have any questions on what type of service or hosting company to choose, feel free to contact us at any time. We’ll be glad to help.

Shared hosting accounts – Providing Tons of Benefits

 

Sourcing your information to a hosting provider has proven to be incredibly beneficial. As a reputable host, we understand that you might feel a bit intimidated and overwhelmed from the perspective of having to share sensible information about your enterprise with a third party, and that’s why we have the most comprehensive privacy policy out there. However, let’s see why you might want to strongly consider using the services of web server such as the ones that we have to offer for you.

 

It’s Way Cheaper!

A lot of people are going to try and convince you that there’s nothing better than hosting your own servers but the truth could be a bit different. While having your own system set up for hosting is definitely advantageous – you are going to be in full control over the entire process, there are significant advantages of using a shared hosting plan. Right off the bat, you wouldn’t have to consider the tremendous initial investment for a hosting system that’s capable of providing enough room and reliability for your webspace. Our subscription plans start as low as $1, 95/month and they are going to provide you with everything you need.

 

No Maintenance Costs

Having your own hosting system is going to require a professional staff to take care of it as well as a lot of money blown away towards maintenance costs. With this in mind, we are offering a whole-house approach, and we are going to be taking care of your information by constantly updating the web server and keeping it relevant and fast, while the maintenance expenses are cut down for you. All you have to pay is limited to that monthly subscription fee and nothing else.

 

A Wide Range of Possibilities

You’d be capable of hosting your e-commerce website, your blog or your marketing platform and taking advantage out of all of our beneficial perks. We offer an incredibly easy to control user panel as well as free nightly backups and ultimate DDoS protection to ensure the security of your information. Being the reputable hoster that we are, we take pride in offering some of the most excellent VPS/VDS (Virtual dedicated servers) and Dedicated servers hosting out there. You do not need to take our word for it, you can try our services and convince yourself!

 

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Dedicated Servers Hosting

Any idea what dedicated servers hosting is? It’s a type of internet hosting arrangement or configuration where a server is allocated or assigned to an individual, association, organization or institute. It’s different from regular hosting where a server is used by many clients or people. This particular type of server hosting includes your own choice of hardware and operating system.

Do you want to know the benefits of this type of server hosting and usage? Okay let’s see what those are:

  • Personalized or custom built: Dedicated server hosting provides liberty and a command which other hosting solutions do not offer. Because the server is assigned or dedicated to one client or a single user with no other users or companions, the hosting solutions can be customized and/or personalized according to the needs of the client or customer. This guarantees that the customer will get what he asked for and pay for the features he opted or choose.
  • Clogging or overcrowding: When dedicated servers are used, clogging is rarely an issue unlike other servers where there is more traffic. Using other servers or shared hosting solutions, clogging due to high traffic and overcrowding is common. The high traffic is due to the high usage and multiple users using the server which also clogs it and delays the work. This customized server hosting ensures smooth usage of websites and application without any interruption or hindrance.
  • Uptime: today time management is very important when we talk about multi-tasking. Customers want ease and do not like to wait for such things. It is important to keep up the good work and service in order to keep the customer base high and growing. It’s essential that the application and websites are functional at all times without any hindrance. Which, when faced by the customer will make room and give chance for the contender to benefit.
  • Safety measures and Protection: For clients who use devoted mediums or platforms, it’s easy to install or arrange security measures. For example firewall and antivirus settings and installation that are modified and adapted according to customers’ needs and tasks. At the same time, evading susceptibility or weakness of security measures is important which can otherwise initiate because of certain activities of the clients next door or communal hosting stage. Dedicated servers positioned or sited inside data centers can promote physical security actions.
  • Support: Some hosting services are tailored with a certain level of support. This is essential as many customers use this service for special functions such as computing tasks, and web usage. Successful support guarantees, minimum hindrances and interruptions. A good, well maintained dedicated server hosting provider will offer support and up to the mark service 24 hours a day and throughout the year. Information such as reliability statistics and levels of support system are given in the agreement note.

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Advantages of Cheap Hosting for Websites

The backbone of an effective website is having a highly reliable and cheap hosting service provider. However visually attractive your website is if you do not have a good host you will not maximize your online presence. Luckily, it is now easier to find a cheap web hosting provider online to provide you with the tools you need to succeed. Here are some of the main advantages of choosing a cheap hosting provider.

If you are looking for a cheap hoster, it is highly likely that you are a small business or start-up firm with a limited budget. You have planned out all your expenses and are looking for an inexpensive web hosting provider to get your website up and running. In such cases, opting for cheap web hosting offers immense cost saving benefits to small businesses and enables them get a foothold in the modern online world. Starting out by using such a service ensures that you have enough room to expand further in the future to the more expensive plans as your business grows, which is important to an entrepreneur.

That brings us to the next benefit of cheap webspace, which is that most of them provide users with a form of ‘building block’ service. This is where you begin with a small and cheap base hosting plan with small amounts of transfer allowance and disk space, but also with the capability of upgrading to much more with time-based on your needs. For instance, email addresses usually all come as standard with cheap hosting packages and also provides the ability of adding more emails to your hosting plan.

Some people may avoid the inexpensive hosting packages and companies due to fear of poor service. However, usually, the cheap hosting companies will offer you the same level of high-quality service, if not much better, like their expensive competitors. That means that you are getting the same premium service for a cheaper price. Obviously, you must do your research and find out more information about the prospective web hosting company you want to work with to ensure you get the best service.

In conclusion, ensure that you choose a cheap hosting service provider that has great customer service. This is a very crucial part of a hosting service provider as it means that if you get any problem, they will always be there to help you out. The last thing you would want is to encounter a serious issue that forces your website offline without getting fast and accurate assistance. Since websites can go offline at any time, you should make sure that you can reach your web host promptly to sort out the issue.

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