Archive for December, 2009

FTP Storage Space

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol and is one of the most popular methods of transferring files between your desktop computer and the web space that is provided with the web hosting package that you have purchased. Most web hosting packages offer you the facility to create an unlimited number of password protected FTP accounts for use with your web space; this allows you to provide an unlimited number of people with access to your web space if individual users require access. FTP can be used in conjunction with most basic file explorers that form part of desktop operating systems, although to make the most of FTP access it is recommended that you use a third-party desktop application.

What are the advantages of using FTP?

Using FTP can provide you with an easy and very fast method of transferring files between your own computer and the server on which your web hosting account is hosted. The main advantages of using FTP include:

  • Simple and easy to use – in most cases uploading files to your web space using FTP is a pretty painless process since it all you need to do is drag and drop files from your desktop into your FTP client – if you choose to use the file explorer application that comes as part of the operating system that you are using then you will find that it isn’t much different from dragging files between local folders
  • Universally supported – FTP server software is available for all major operating systems platforms meaning that FTP access is a feature provided with both Windows web hosting packages and Linux web hosting packages – there are also FTP clients available for most major desktop operating systems, although most have the FTP client feature incorporated into them anyway
  • Transfer any file – FTP can be used for the transfer of any file regardless of the extension of that file meaning that you can upload files to your web space that aren’t even related to the design or functionality of your website if you wish to.

The advantages of using FTP show why it has become one of the most popular methods of transferring files between servers and desktop computers.

What are the disadvantages of using FTP?

There can also be disadvantages to using FTP which is why there are several other methods for transferring files between servers and desktop computers in place. Some of the disadvantages that you may experience could include:

  • Unsecure – FTP file transfers are usually unencrypted and passwords are sent in plain text meaning that it can be fairly easy for a hacker to eavesdrop on an active FTP session and pick up the password for the FTP account that is being used – if a hacker then gains access to your web space you could face the problems of them injecting your files with malicious code or uploading files into your web space which would then allow them to gain access to the hosting server as a whole – more secure methods such as SFTP and SCP have arisen because of the unsecure nature of FTP
  • Slow – depending on the speed of your local internet connection and how close you are to the server that you are trying to connect to, you may find FTP to be slow – if you want to be able to access your server quickly via FTP then you should evaluate the speed of the connection that the server is hosted on as well as the speed of your own local internet connection.

The disadvantages of using FTP aren’t likely to affect you if you are using it for what it’s meant for, although the topic of speed may have an affect on you when uploading large files since it means that it will take a while for them to finish uploading.

In conclusion, despite the disadvantages that are attached to the technology, FTP still remains one of the most popular file transfer methods available to general users. Web hosting providers will be offering FTP access with their web hosting packages for a long time to come yet due to the simple nature of the technology; FTP clients are available for all major operating systems and the drag and drop functionality available guarantees that anyone can use it with ease.

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UK Web Hosting

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

The UK is one of the most popular locations for people to purchase their web hosting services from if they are based in or around Europe. UK web hosting services can offer European users much better value for money in terms of the level of support and service that they receive when compared to web hosting services offered by US web hosting providers. Although UK web hosting packages come at a premium, if you are based in the UK or EU then you will find that UK web hosting services can provide you with a much faster connection to your hosting server which will allow you to accomplish specific tasks much quicker.

Why should I consider UK web hosting over US web hosting?

UK web hosting services only stand to offer benefits to those who are based within the EU since if you are based outside the EU then you may wish to consider US based web hosting services for your requirements. However, UK web hosting services can offer the following benefits over US web hosting services:

  • SEO benefits – by considering a UK web hosting package for your requirements you will be able to reap the SEO benefits of doing so – search engines will give more consideration to websites that are hosted in the UK when ranking them for appearance in UK search engine listings
  • Faster connection – if you are based in the EU then you will find that you will have a faster connection to server that is hosted in the UK rather than one that is hosted in the US meaning that if speed is a priority for you, you should consider a UK web hosting service for your requirements – this is something which is going to be more relevant to you if you are considering a VPS server or dedicated server for your requirements
  • UK web hosting support – depending on the web hosting provider that you choose for your UK web hosting services, you may be able to receive full support from a UK based support team – however, there is never any guarantee over this meaning that if you specifically want access to a UK web hosting support team then you should conduct enquiries with web hosting providers prior to purchasing any web hosting services.

UK web hosting services can be much more cost effective for UK and EU residents due to the exchange rates, but in some cases you may find that US web hosting services can offer you better value for money in terms of resources due to the ever changing exchange rates.

Are there any disadvantages to using UK web hosting?

Unfortunately there are disadvantages to using UK web hosting services for both those who are based within the UK as well as those who are based outside the UK. Such disadvantages may include:

  • Price – server hardware and bandwidth both cost more in the UK which means that UK web hosting services as a whole can be more expensive than US web hosting services – this one point alone leads to those who aren’t after a high ranking in UK search engine listings or want to save money choosing US web hosting services over UK web hosting services
  • Value for money – compared to some US web hosting services, UK web hosting packages don’t always offer the best value for money when you consider the resources that you are getting for what you are paying – if you are after a web hosting service that can offer you high resource allocations then you may wish to consider US web hosting over UK web hosting for your requirements.

The disadvantages of UK web hosting mean that it doesn’t offer the greatest value for money and you should maybe try and choose a US web hosting service if your target audience isn’t based in the UK.

In conclusion, if you are looking to aim your website at a UK based audience then you will probably find UK web hosting service to be of benefit to you, especially when you consider the benefits that you will be able to exploit in terms of search engine rankings. In some cases UK web hosting may not be appropriate for the scenario concerned due to budget or resource constraints, and in such a case US web hosting services will more than likely suffice for your requirements.

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Reseller Hosting

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Reseller hosting services are designed to allow you to create your own client web hosting accounts under your own hosting account; each client account will have its own resources and in most cases you can create your own client hosting accounts based on your own pre-arranged web hosting plans. Linux reseller hosting services and Windows reseller hosting services are offered by most web hosting providers to help ensure that there is a wide variety of choice. Reseller hosting packages are generally used by most as a way of starting their own web hosting business; the main reason for this is that reseller hosting packages are generally low cost, and if you are going to be selling off your own web hosting plans then it can be easy profit for some.

What are the advantages of using reseller hosting?

Reseller hosting can offer you many advantages, although how reseller hosting benefits you will depend on how you are going to use your reseller hosting package. Some of the main advantages of using reseller hosting include:

  • Extra source of income – if you choose to start your own web hosting business using the reseller hosting package that you have purchased then you can use this as an extra source of income – if you price your own web hosting packages up effectively and competitively then you could find it very profitable to be using a reseller hosting package
  • Multiple client accounts – a reseller web hosting package will provide support for multiple client accounts which will be of benefit to you if you wish to make the most of your reseller web hosting package – this means that you can host multiple websites under your reseller hosting account, each of which will have their own individual login details so that you can delegate the management of the hosting account to the individual customer
  • Custom web hosting plans – creating your own web hosting plans is one way in which you can ensure that the web hosting services that you are offering to your customers are unique – all reseller hosting accounts have resources allocated to them so when creating your own web hosting plans you need to be aware of your resource limits so that you can make the necessary provisions to ensure that you are going to be able to profit from your web hosting plans.

Reseller hosting packages can offer you many advantages when used in the right situations. One thing to remember is that even if you do wish to host multiple websites, if you are going to be the only one managing them then you will probably find that a shared hosting account that can offer unlimited domain name hosting will suffice for your requirements.

What are the disadvantages of using reseller hosting?

Reseller web hosting services may not always be what they’re cracked up to be, and so it is important for you to be aware of the disadvantages of using reseller hosting; some of these disadvantages may include:

  • Overselling – with all forms of shared hosting you need to take into consideration any overselling that your own web hosting provider may be doing since this can have an affect on the performance of the web hosting server – with reseller hosting you are likely to have an overselling facility available to use in conjunction with your own web hosting clients meaning that you will also need to take into consideration whether or not other reseller hosting users on the same server as you are going to be overselling their resource allocations
  • Limitations – with a reseller hosting package you are still going to be limited by any security restrictions that your web hosting provider has in place on its hosting nodes since reseller hosting accounts are generally hosted on the same servers as shared hosting accounts – this means that you should be prepared for any issues that may be caused by shared hosting users or the limitations that your web hosting provider puts in place to counteract such issues.

The disadvantages of reseller web hosting are unlikely to affect you if you are going to be using your web hosting service for its intended purpose. However, if you are facing problems with reseller web hosting then you may wish to consider a more advance form of web hosting such as VPS server hosting or dedicated server hosting.

In conclusion, reseller web hosting is a very cost effective method of hosting multiple websites for management by others. A reseller hosting package can also be the basis for your web hosting business if you wish to break into web hosting and provide yourself with another source of income. To make the most of any reseller web hosting package it is recommended that you purchase a reseller hosting plan that can provide with large resource assignments.

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Dedicated Server Hosting

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

Dedicated server hosting is one of the most advanced forms of web hosting available to consumers, but dedicated server hosting is more ideal for businesses who have a distinct need for their own independent and reliable web hosting environment. Dedicated server hosting is the only form of web hosting available which will provide you with your own physical hosting server; this means that dedicated server hosting can provide you with a hosting environment in which nothing is shared with anyone else meaning that you have sole use of the resources that you have purchased for your dedicated server.

How can dedicated server hosting benefit me?

Dedicated server hosting is only going to be able to offer you noticeable benefits if you have the budget to cover the cost of a mid to high end dedicated server. However, any dedicated server hosting service should be able to offer you the following benefits:

  • Reliability – since you aren’t going to be sharing your server’s resources with any other users you can come to expect a high level of reliability from your dedicated server regardless of the specifications of your server – however, you need to ensure that what you are using your dedicated server for isn’t going to be beyond what it can handle since overloading your dedicated server could cause it to crash
  • Security – as you are provided with your own dedicated hosting environment, you are able to install any applications of your choice or make changes as you see fit on your dedicated server – along with this comes the ability to secure your dedicated server to a standard that suits your requirements, but in any situation it is a good idea to secure your dedicated server to the highest level possible to prevent hackers gaining access to your dedicated server
  • Dedicated hosting environment – the dedicated hosting environment that you are provided with is probably one of the major advantages of using a dedicated server since it allows you to install any applications of your choice on your dedicated server – this effectively means that you can use your dedicated server for any purpose which you may see as necessary for your dedicated server.

Dedicated servers can benefit more or less anyone but as an individual it is important for you to evaluate your requirements beforehand since you need to consider the amount of money that you are putting forward for your dedicated server.

What are the disadvantages of using dedicated server hosting?

As with all forms of web hosting, there are going to be disadvantages to using dedicated server hosting services; the disadvantages of dedicated server hosting include but are not limited to:

  • Price – dedicated server hosting isn’t the cheapest form of web hosting available meaning that you should only consider a dedicated server if you are sure that you will be able to afford it and can justify the cost – the amount which you pay for your dedicated server will depend on the specification of your dedicated server meaning that a low specification dedicated server will be cheaper than a high specification dedicated server
  • Management – dedicated servers require a certain level of skill on the half of the administrator if they are to be managed correctly, regardless of the operating system that you have installed on your dedicated server – if you aren’t able to manage your server properly then you run the risk of damaging it beyond repair when carrying out certain tasks so because of this it is important for you to consider managed dedicated server hosting if you aren’t able to manage your dedicated server properly.

The disadvantages of using dedicated server hosting are unlikely to affect you if dedicated server hosting is the right form of web hosting for you, and the thing to consider is that it is important for you to have done your own research beforehand to make sure that you have chosen the right form of web hosting for your
requirements.

In conclusion, you should consider a dedicated server for your requirements if you feel that you require a form of web hosting with which you won’t have to share any of your assigned resources with anyone else in any way. By having a dedicated server you are isolating your hosting environment completely which can provide massive security and reliability benefits to businesses who will be able to exploit such benefits to their full potential.

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Windows Hosting

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

There are two operating systems/platforms used by a large number of web hosting providers, these being Windows and Linux. Whilst Linux is the cheaper alternative because it is open source, Windows can provide businesses which a highly reliable and scalable web hosting environment when setup correctly. Windows is a commercial operating system, which means that Windows web hosting services are going to cost more than Linux web hosting services, regardless of the form of web hosting you choose to go with. Windows web hosting services are generally there for those who have a specific need for Windows web hosting, such as if you are going to be hosting a website that has been developed using classic ASP or ASP.NET.

What can Windows hosting offer me that Linux hosting can’t?

Although Windows and Linux are able to offer the same feature set to an extent, there are many differences between the two hosting platforms and what they are able to offer higher level users. A Windows hosting service will be able to offer you the following over a Linux hosting service:

  • Support for classic ASP and ASP.NET – classic ASP and ASP.NET are both popular scripting frameworks that have been developed by Microsoft, although ASP.NET is the only one of the two which is still in active development – both are hugely popular but since they have been developed by Microsoft, scripts and web pages developed using either will only function correctly on Windows hosting services
  • Microsoft Access and Microsoft SQL Server – these are the two main database applications that can be used in a Windows web hosting environment, and since Microsoft Access and Microsoft SQL Server have both been developed by Microsoft they are commercial products which means that databases created using either won’t function correctly on Linux hosting packages
  • Microsoft specific applications and services – there are specific applications developed by Microsoft, which will only work on Windows servers but are used by a large number of web hosting providers – such applications include Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft Sharepoint.

You should only consider Windows hosting over Linux hosting if you have specific requirements that somehow fall into one of the categories noted above.

What are the disadvantages to using Windows hosting?

You will find with any web hosting services that there are going to be disadvantages somewhere in the pipeline, and the main disadvantages that you may find with using Windows hosting may include:

  • Pricing – the cost of Windows hosting services can be off-putting to some users, but it is important to consider the advantages that you will receive from using a Windows hosting service – especially if your requirements dictate the need for a Windows web hosting package
  • Reliability and uptime – the reliability and uptime of Windows web hosting services can also be a disadvantage in some cases since the way in which the Windows operating system works does prevent some web hosting providers from being able to offer a reliable service to their Windows hosting customers
  • Platform limitations – sometimes there are limitations to using the Windows platform which means that Windows hosting services aren’t suitable for everyone, but for the most part you should be fully aware of what you require from your chosen web hosting package.

You should make sure that a Windows hosting package is the right form of web hosting for you prior to purchase any web hosting service since you want to be sure that you are buying something which you will be able to make full use of.

In conclusion, Windows hosting services are best suited to businesses who have a specific need for a Windows web hosting package – individuals may not find Windows hosting services so useful unless they are web developers who require a Windows hosting environment for testing. Although you may be put off from using Windows hosting due to the disadvantages, in reality you will find that you won’t really have any choice but to use a Windows hosting package if you are considering one; however, in some situations you may be able to find a more beneficial solution which will allow you to use a Linux hosting package over a Windows hosting package.

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Web Hosting

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

You will generally use web hosting when you are looking for a way to get your website displayed publicly, and in most cases you will use your choice of web hosting package in conjunction with a domain name and any other extras which you may have purchased such as SSL certificates. The main forms of web hosting that are shared web hosting packages, reseller web hosting packages, VPS server hosting services and dedicated server hosting services; this range of web hosting packages is usually offered by most web hosting providers although some web hosting companies to prefer to specialise in one form of web hosting over the others which are available.

Why should I use a web hosting package?

If you have created a website then you will find a web hosting package to be the one thing which you need if you wish to get your website hosted publicly so that people are able to view it using their web browser. However, a web hosting package can also serve other purposes such as for the hosting of email accounts under your assigned domain name. A web hosting package is also responsible for the manage of your domain name’s DNS records which are there to ensure that your visitor’s computers are sent to the correct server when requesting a specific resource.

What are the advantages of using web hosting?

There are several main advantages of using web hosting, and these include but are not limited to:

  • Web presence – a web presence is important for any business these days and by using web hosting you are able to ensure that you have established your web presence, although for maximum benefit it is recommended that you put a website up
  • Email communication – a web hosting package can be used to setup any email accounts which you may require under the domain name that you have assigned to your web hosting package, although in some cases you may have more than one domain name assigned to your web hosting package
  • Another selling opportunity – if you choose to setup a website under the domain name which you assign to your web hosting package then you can use this as another location in which you can sell your goods or services, and the thing to remember with a website is that the internet provides you with the opportunity to reach a large audience.

The advantages of using a web hosting package mean that if you are not using a web hosting package in any way, you may find it beneficial to your business to invest in a form of web hosting which suits your requirements. If you are unsure as to which form of web hosting you should be going for you should contact a reputable web hosting provider who will then be able to advise you as appropriate.

What are the main forms of web hosting that are available for purchase?

There are several main forms of web hosting offered by a large majority of web hosting providers. The main forms of web hosting include:

  • Shared web hosting – this is the most basic form of web hosting available but at the same time is incredibly cost effective, and even the most basic of shared hosting packages can serve your PHP hosting and MySQL hosting requirements
  • Reseller web hosting – a reseller web hosting account is the best form of web hosting for your requirements if you are going to be hosting many websites under a single account, but at the same time you will also be able to create separate client accounts for the individual domain names
  • VPS server hosting – a VPS server is ideal for your requirements if you require a majority of the major benefits of using a dedicated server but are unable to justify the cost of a dedicated server for your web hosting requirements
  • Dedicated server hosting – a dedicated server is only recommended if you have strict web hosting requirements since dedicated servers are generally of a high specification – the cost of a dedicated server is generally the main prohibitive factor for most users.

Since there are several main forms of web hosting available for purchase from most web hosting providers, you can be pretty much guaranteed that there is going to be a web hosting service available which will suit your requirements but is within your budget.

In conclusion, the term web hosting is a collecting term covering many areas of product and service offerings on the internet, but for the most part you will find that the term web hosting is generally applied to web hosting packages that are sold by web hosting providers. By choosing the right web hosting service for your requirements and exploiting it appropriately you may find web hosting to be very beneficial financially although it can also be used to aid communication within your business.

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Linux Hosting

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

Linux hosting services are the most common and popular web hosting services available from most web hosting providers. Linux web hosting packages are generally the cheapest available in most situations, and this helps to make Linux hosting services popular with beginners and those who are looking for web hosting on a budget. Linux web hosting services are usually able to meet the requirements of most users, although in some cases you may need to consider Windows hosting if you have more complex web hosting requirements.

Linux is available with all forms of web hosting that are available, and Linux shared hosting packages are regarded as the most cost effective web hosting solutions available. If you are going to be considering a VPS server or dedicated server then you may be interested in the different distributions of Linux that are available; most versions (or ‘distributions’) of Linux are designed for a specific purpose, and you may find that there is one Linux distribution which is able to meet your requirements much more effectively than any others that are available.

What are the advantages of using Linux hosting?

There can be many advantages to using a Linux hosting service, regardless of whether you are a business or individual requiring web hosting. You will find that the main advantages of using a Linux hosting service include:

  • Cost – Linux hosting packages are generally at the cheaper end of the spectrum, but this does mean that most Linux web hosting packages can offer excellent value for money if you purchase your web hosting services from a reputable web hosting provider
  • Reliable web hosting – Linux hosting services are well known for being highly reliable and in an age where businesses in particular are taking the reliability of a web hosting package seriously it is important for web hosting providers to be able to guarantee high levels of uptime
  • Secure hosting environment – Linux web hosting servers are able to offer one of the most secure web hosting environments available, and if you are going to be handling the personal information of your visitors or customers in any way then it is important that you are able to guarantee them a secure web hosting environment.

In summary, the advantages of using Linux hosting services mean that a Linux web hosting package is able to offer businesses the web hosting environment that they require in order to engage visitor and customer trust, whilst individuals are provided with a web hosting service which will be easy for them to use.

How can a Linux web hosting package benefit me?

A Linux web hosting package will be able to benefit you in many ways, especially if you have never used a web hosting package before and are using your Linux web hosting service for the first time. For most users, a Linux web hosting package will be able to benefit them in the following ways:

  • cPanel hosting – if you choose a Linux web hosting package then the likelihood is that you will be provided with access to the cPanel control panel so that you are able to effectively manage your web hosting account – cPanel web hosting services are amongst the most popular available
  • PHP web hosting – Linux web hosting packages offer you the best hosting environment if you wish to host a website which has been developed using a combination of MySQL and PHP to create a dynamic web application.

The features of your average Linux web hosting package help to ensure that you will be able to make the most of your Linux web hosting service. The features that are available with your chosen Linux web hosting service are entirely dependent on the form of web hosting that you are considering for your requirements as well as your chosen web hosting provider.

In conclusion, Linux hosting services are recommended if you require a basic web hosting package and have no need for a more complex Windows web hosting package. Linux hosting services are available from most web hosting providers which helps to ensure competition and therefore low pricing; however, it is important for you to make sure that you purchase your web hosting services from a hosting provider that can offer you reliable web hosting so that you can be sure that you are receiving good value for money.

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Dedicated Hosting

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

Dedicated hosting services are offered by most web hosting providers and are there to meet the demanding requirements of businesses and individuals who are running large websites. Dedicated hosting is generally its own category and encompasses other forms of web hosting – the main two forms of dedicated hosting available being VPS server hosting and dedicated server hosting. Dedicated hosting services in general are able to offer users higher levels of reliability and security, which makes dedicated hosting popular with businesses requiring hosting for mission critical websites that are processing personal data to an extent.

What are the main forms of dedicated hosting available?

There are two main forms of dedicated hosting offered by a majority of web hosting providers, these two being:

  • VPS server hosting – a VPS server is the ideal solution for you if you are looking to upgrade from reseller web hosting or require a dedicated web hosting solution for a low cost – a VPS server can offer you similar advantages to what a dedicated server can offer you but at a much lower cost and within the context of a virtual environment rather than a physical environment
  • Dedicated server hosting – a dedicated server is generally the choice of businesses and individuals who have larger budgets for their web hosting services but can also justify the cost of a dedicated server – due to a number of different factors including the fact that a dedicated server is a piece of physical hardware, dedicated server hosting services can be rather expensive in some cases.

Although VPS server hosting and dedicated server hosting can offer you the same advantages to an extent, both are based on different platforms which will have an effect on what you receive for your money as well as what you are able to do with your chosen form of web hosting. A VPS server will be hosted in a virtual hosting environment along with a number of other VPS servers, whereas a dedicated server on the other hand is a physical piece of hardware.

What are the benefits of using dedicated hosting services?

There can be many benefits to be had from using dedicated hosting services regardless of whether you are a business or individual. The main benefits of using dedicated hosting services include:

  • Higher level of reliability – both a VPS server and dedicated server will be able to offer you a higher level of reliability and this is one of the key reasons for most people considering dedicated web hosting services – since dedicated hosting services provide you with your own dedicated hosting environment, there is no need for you to worry about other users affecting you in any way
  • Higher level of security – a dedicated hosting service can also offer you a higher level of security since you aren’t going to be sharing any of your major resources with anyone else meaning that if you secure your VPS server or dedicated server to a good extent then you won’t have to worry about anyone gaining unauthorized access to your server
  • More flexibility – a dedicated hosting service can offer you greater flexibility in what you are able to achieve with your web hosting service – since you have your own dedicated hosting environment and dedicated resources you are able to install any applications of your choice, just as long as the application concerned doesn’t breach your web hosting provider’s AUP.

The benefits of using dedicated web hosting mean that if your existing web hosting service is letting you down in areas that are important to you including those that are listed above, there is a form of web hosting available to fulfill your requirements where they need to be met.

In conclusion, dedicated hosting services are recommended for you if you feel that shared hosting services aren’t able to meet your requirements to a good extent. Having your own dedicated hosting environment will be able to offer you a level of flexibility not possible with any form of shared web hosting. Although dedicated hosting services can be expensive in some cases, in the long term you will find the investment to be of benefit to you.

It is important for you to be fully aware of your requirements when choosing a dedicated web hosting service so that you are able to choose a VPS server or dedicated server that is of the right specification for you.

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