Hi

Someone just wrote to me few days ago that :

"when it comes to web-hosting of a website then it should be kept with a hosting company only.

Wealthy affiliate hosting will not be a good choice for long term. Hosting technologies and related control panel softwares are ever changing in nature,

And I am very sure that a company which does not have hosting as core of its business can do any better than a hosting company"

So, I would like to know yr true experience when you move yr website from other hosting companies such as hostgator, godaddy, etc..

Thank you!!

Jewel Carol

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Prestones Premium Featured Comment
Greetings Jewel!

I've read of problems with GoDaddy hosting (purchasing domains there is OK, just don't host your account there), and I've personally had massive problems with HostGator.

I like offsite hosting because I have more functionality (cPanel, full control of email, access to view & edit my WordPress database, etc). I like being able to move my site if ongoing problems arise (as they did with HostGator)... basically because I can control my own destiny.

I settled on a relatively little host called A Small Orange - what a name! It's been fast (they use all Solid State Drives in their servers), support has been responsive, and uptime has been great. Perhaps a small to middle sized host is good - they sweat the details as they try to grow! They cost $100/year for a full featured account on a shared host, where I keep 15 web sites and still have lots of room to add more. PM me if you'd like more information.

I monitor site speed (ping times) and uptime with http://UptimeRobot.com - a free service for up to 50 websites.

I can't really say I have had any problems here at WA; my sites have always been hosted offsite. I know there are some restrictions at WA for plugins, etc., but I don't really know the extent of the restrictions.

Dennis
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grampamike Premium
Hey thanx for this tip. I'm not yet up to using cPanel so I'm going to be with WA hosting for the time being. If I have problems then I'm sure gonna look into A Small Orange.

ta ta
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JY2018 Premium
Dennis- good information. Have not heard of the host company you've mentioned but I will try to find out.

WA family members,
I think there are many good hosting company out there who trying to give you the extent of stability, performance, redundancy and most of all good price, but just be aware how they manage their data centers and what are they critical infrastructure in place. These are very important as inadequate power and cooling may impact your hosting services.
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JewelCarol Premium
Thanks so much for yr great input, Dennis, appreciate it very much. :))
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JewelCarol Premium
Thanks so much, John, appreciate it!! :))
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jvranjes Premium
Thank you Dennis, I shall bear this 'fruit' in mind if needed.
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CCRider77 Premium
I used to have Blue Host and then I came here and boy what a difference! WA is easier to navagate, offers walkthroughs and along side the WA programs is an excellent asset. I wasted money with BlueHost, but not here.
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Sherefashion Premium
Great question, I think this is a great hosting place especially if you are not a tech i. I have had much trouble with other hoster unlike WA
This is good..
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JewelCarol Premium
Thanks so much for yr great comments, Sheree, appreciate it very much. :))
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Sis Premium
I like the integration of wa hosting. I have used godaddy and hostgator. both ok, but if you are not tech savy dealing with the cpanel is horrible. I like that most of the really tech stuff is taken care of so I can concentrate on writing not learning to be a programmer. I have two stand alone domains that I moved from godaddy and have been very happy with the results so far.
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JewelCarol Premium
Thanks so much for yr great input, Sis, appreciate it very much. :))
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Jim-Bo Premium
I am under the impression that while siterubix is a great starting point for your site, and hosted "free" (kind of) but also there is an added benefit to having your own .com domain as it is more flexible in terms of your control over it. It is owned by you and nobody can tell u what you can do with it.

As for transferring a dotcom site to WA for hosting, I can see some drawbacks and some benefits

Pros for transferring to WA hosting
- Site comments, feedback, support, built in backups, security, health check etc....

Cons for transferring to WA - Well I can't really think of any, as it is still YOUR domain that YOU registered and as long as it says in the url..........mywebsite.com and ALSO ranks as well as an independent host in terms of ranking and SEO - then i can't think of any cons - But I am not an expert in these matters - I am just repeating what I've read in several places and formulating my assumption based on those opinions - like a sheep really! lol. But, when i DO buy a domain from namecheap and transfer it to WA for hosting, I just hope that the pros and cons I listed above will actually be correct/accurate.

Hope this helps, anyone else shed some more light on this?

Jim
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Labman Premium
You have pretty much hit the nail on the head there Jim.
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native33 Premium
Yes those will be the pros and cons, not to mention it looks a whole lot better and brandable without that "siterubix " hanging out there at the end of the URL.

Josh
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KatieMac Premium
I am only hosting here on WA have had no problems with it, I purchased my names from namecheap
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mijareze Premium
Good question; great answers!
Ed
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JewelCarol Premium
Thank you Ed!! :))
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bstreet57 Premium
I feel that WA hosting is as good or better then any other out there. I have used both hostgator and godaddy. I let hostgator go and have transfered most of my godaddy sites to WA. The more sites you have on WA the cheaper they become. What other host offers what WA does, I doubt you will find a community like this one either. As for reliablility, I have never had a problem as yet.
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JewelCarol Premium
Thanks so much for yr great answer, Robert, appreciate it!! :))
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nathanpall99 Premium
It's been super reliable for me.

I have no experience with godaddy but I've been with Hostgator and webhostinghub - both of which were ok but were ripoffs and were always trying to stuff unnecessary upsells in my face.

Being a newbie I got ripped off by both of these companies and whilst their hosting was reliable it was sometimes confusing and their customer service wasn't always the best.

WA has been way better for web hosting for me personally and I've never had any reliability issues whatsoever. It seems a really robust hosting system to me.
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JewelCarol Premium
Thanks so much for yr awesome input, Nathan, appreciate it. :))
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SamiWilliams Premium
Thanks for your question- cleared the air for me!
Sami
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JewelCarol Premium
Thank you Sami!! :))
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anthrovol Premium
I've hosted websites at the biggest hosting companies in the world, some smaller ones, and have setup my own server racks in my office and hosted locally. So far, I've been with WA since the middle of May, the hosting at WA has been as good as any I've seen.

it's not like Kyle and Carson have some web servers shoved under their beds, or in their basements. The WA hosting is actually housed at one of the biggest hosting companies in the world, so I wouldn't worry about reliability.
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JY2018 Premium
Gary- I like your posting and as matter of fact I think having hosted in WA is so much easier than having it hosted with other hosting companies.
Kyle and Carson WA - is already quite a true person in this community. I have not met them in person but I believe they are as real as they are how they describe themselves and most of all their passion is spot-on- that's the kind of leader we want in this community.

John.
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JewelCarol Premium
Thanks so much for yr great answer, appreciate it very much!! :))
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SSTAR Premium
I have used hosting companies before , some good , some a nightmare. I know this isn't a direct hosting platform but the way everything I'd structured I'd amazing ! The support behind it all is very reliable too :)
That's my take :)
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JewelCarol Premium
Thanks so much for yr kind input, Shuk, appreciate it!! :))
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JeanL Premium
You started a great conversation here, Jewel! I enjoyed reading all the answers.
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JewelCarol Premium
Thanks very much, Jean, I learnt something everyday here at WA, so this wonderful community is never boring, lol :))
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Mark1957 Premium
Hi Jewel

I've read something similar recently and thought the easy answer was that it was great for starters here but there's no c panel and other things so non novices might look elsewhere....but, there's a good piece by Kyle below which makes for good reading I guess it's like most things, research and decide!

Cheers JC, Mark
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JewelCarol Premium
Thanks so much for yr great answer, Mark, appreciate it. :))
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Mark1957 Premium
No problem Jewel, always happy to contribute if I can!
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Rich908 Premium
Can you confirm that we are allowed up to free five websites WA hosting?
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MarionBlack Premium
As a Premium Member you can have up to 25 top level domains and up to 25 SiteRubix subdomains. So a total of 50 WordPress websites. More than enough for one person to handle :)
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Rich908 Premium
I only want three - thanks Marion
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MarionBlack Premium
I forgot to mention. WA does not have cPanel. For most people that's not a negative but for me having a cPanel is very important. Because I have many sites I need to access all my email addresses from the one place (Windows Live Mail) and I can only have that with cPanel hosting. I also use the File Manager a bit instead of FTP. https://youtu.be/zFfRR0Zbk8k
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Lady May Premium
At some point I want to move one of my sites from WA, my others I'm not too concerned about at the mo, they can stay here. I don't want shared hosting for it so I know it's going to cost. But, then if a site is making money then the extra cost shouldn't be an issue since a faster site and better this and that will generate even more income. I thought about wpengine.
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DaveSw Premium
I have been looking at hostgator for having a dedicated host server for my sales sites alone...

Same thing on my side, I need to have fast loading and no down time for the sales sites...These bring in money daily, so very important that they operate efficiently...

Others such as affiliate sites I do not care so much about....I will leave them on WA hosting servcie, at least for the moment...Overall I think that WA hosting offers very good value....

Good luck to you!!

Dave
: )
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JewelCarol Premium
Thanks so much for yr kind input, Sharon dear. Wpengine is expensive. Now I just found out that Kyle wrote a blog on this and it seems that he mentioned WA hosting is as good as Wpengine:
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Lady May Premium
Ok done deal this did it for me, I'm absolutely 100% reassured that one of my sites need not be moved at all. Also I've never used a cpanel so I don't know what I'm missing. Thx for that Jewel I appreciate it.
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acejohn Premium
I have been with Hostgator for many years and have had no bad experience what-so-ever. I have my own resellers account which means I can set up sites for other businesses and sell them the hosting. I do not find it expensive considering the advantages and their top of the range service.
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JewelCarol Premium
So, looks WA hosting is still one of the best and affordable ones, :))
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JewelCarol Premium
Thanks so much for yr kind input, John. :))
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DaveSw Premium
Great question Jewel,

I am in the process of standing up a number of sites for our own service/product that will require top notch hosting to get the biggest bang for the buck...Ranking on Google will be key, and one of the factors is load time for sites, as well as down time...

Right now I am thinking of placing them on our included WA host, but yesterday for the first time saw the sites I do have go down again and again throughout the day,,,This is a non-starter for me, can't happen...

On the bright side this is the first time I have noticed or been informed of down time at all...How do I know the sites were down? I use a plug on one of my sites that tells me via email when the hosting goes down....I will definitely look forward to others' input in this one...

Cheers!

Dave : )
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JewelCarol Premium
Thanks so much for yr great input, David. Will take note. :))

Now, I just found out Kyle wrote a an awesome blog about how great is WA hosting :-
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acejohn Premium
Hi Dave, See my comments tIo Lady May, I have found Hostgator top notch in every way and never had any down time. john
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anthrovol Premium
The biggest server farms in the world, Google, Facebook, Amazon, etc. all go down from time to time. There is no way to avoid that.

If you are into running your servers yourself you might try Google. I setup a cloud server hosted by Google. It was free for 60 days so I thought I would give it a shot. The operation was flawless, and being in one of Googles server farms the response time was lightening fast. I didn't have enough work to justify keeping it though.
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grampamike Premium
Hmmm, hosting companies huh?

Well, let's start off with my resume.

I have been a webmaster since 2004. I have hosted at GoDaddy, blogged on Blogger, hosted at SquareTrade and Weebly. Tried WebSEO, SiteBuilder, Network Solutions, and another but I don't recall what it was.

My biggest criticism of most hosts is their site editor. Only Weebly is simple enough for a novice to figure out. GoDaddy was pretty glitchy at the time. SquareTrade is a blog similar to WordPress. I found the editing confining.

The last host I used was Weebly. I intended to publish all my sites there. Their reliability was great. Editor was fun to use. If I needed a feature then I would just find some HTML code on the Net and insert the code into my site. Images were easy to edit. You could insert a blog if you want. I'm not sure what more you could ask. Support was wonderful too.

I joined WA back in February 2015. I only came for the tutorials and nothing else. However, I did something that revolutionized my websites. I made the mistake of setting up a WordPress test site.

I was just fooling around. I wanted to experience what others here at WA were experiencing with WordPress. Big mistake. I fell in love with my theme template. It was so easy to use. The SEO was so much more effective than at Weebly. Editing was a bit cumbersome in the beginning. Not designed for a novice in my opinion.

I hated plug ins in the beginning. It's a lot easier to find javascript and html code on the Net. However, in time I got the hang of it and now I'm a plug in junkie.

In the end, I finally made the decision to move my flagship website off Weebly and put it on WordPress. This is my main site which I designed back in 2007. My other sites were developed after coming to WA. Oops, scratch that. My NFL site was developed years ago and will stay at Weebly. WordPress is terrible for creating columns and grids. So I won't move my NFL site.

As an experienced webmaster, I will not hesitate to host my sites here. The platform is perfect for designing a business website that generates revenue. I'm setting up a shopping cart right now so I can offer digital products to my customers. I will throw in a few affiliate links too.

So in summary, I have not found any reason not to host here.

p.s. I forgot to mention the economics. I operate multiple websites. Since the sites here at WA are part of my membership and I get to host 50 websites then the sheer savings over other hosts is a no brainer.
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TopAchiever Premium
I like your rendition of the perks in WA Hosting. Thanks for your reply.
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affiliateph Premium
Thanks for sharing your experience.
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JewelCarol Premium
Wow, such awesome input, thanks so much, GrampaMike, appreciate it!! :))
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affiliateph Premium
I've been with HostGator ever since. Tried to use hosting here but realized that you don't have access to cpanel.
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TopAchiever Premium
That's interesting. Why would they not have CPanel available?
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JewelCarol Premium
Thanks so much Raymond for yr sharing. :))
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affiliateph Premium
Maybe it's their way of ensuring everything is secure. I think they're using Plesk for their cpanel. Maybe I'll try again hosting one of my sites in WA. I'm sure they have a top notch system but I'm just so used to tweaking emails, file manager and phpmyadmin in my hosting account. hehe.
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Thischick Premium
Hi Jewel, I'm new here but I will try to answer your question. I firmly believe that WA has premium state of the art hosting for all of its clients. With as many members and affiliates promoting WA as they have they couldn't possibly give us sub-par hosting that suffers from major problems like downtime or unreliability. WA includes hosting in their membership fee and that is just another bonus in my eyes. No sense in paying membership fees as well as hosting fees to an external company. And speaking of external hosting companies, if you ever have technical problems with your sites you won't have the ability to troubleshoot them here. You will have to open a support ticket with your hosting company and wait for resolution. A lot of the time you will be offered email solutions from your host and you will have to be fairly knowledgeable about your sites back-end in order to be able to fix it. I have no doubt in my mind that WA will troubleshoot your sites with you and in a timely, professional and supportive manner. WA wants nothing more than to see us succeed and I'm sure they wouldn't jeopardize that with crappy hosting. What you read sounds more to me like someone with a vested interest in selling you their hosting package.
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TopAchiever Premium
Great reply! You share some valid thoughts and info! Thanks for sharing with us.
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JewelCarol Premium
Thanks so much for yr good input, Lori. Will keep this mind. :))
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BVisan Premium
Hi Carol
I started with WA, but then moved to Namecheap. The reason for doing this was that I needed cPanel as part of my control addiction, and WA asked a lot of questions about why and how...I'm quite sure they have a good reason for this, perhaps trying to make sure they don't get hacked and stuff...anyway so far no problem with Namecheap, and I hope for the best in the future.
I hope this helps.
Cheers!
Bob
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JewelCarol Premium
Thanks so much for yr kind input, Bob, will keep that in mind. :))
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MarionBlack Premium
I use both HostGator and WA for my websites. I've been with HostGator since 2002 and my son shares my hosting account so we're still keeping it open. WA hosting is great and is included with your premium membership. The only time problems may arise is if and when you decide to discontinue your membership here. If and when that time ever comes I can help you transfer your website(s) to HostGator. :) ~Marion
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TopAchiever Premium
This is good to know Marion! Thanks for sharing!
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JewelCarol Premium
Thanks so much my dear Marion, especially for offering to transfer my website, you are too kind, lol. :))
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MMail Premium
Hi Jewel ! That depend on your budget and the hosting company you will choose ( I recommend you to Stay away from godaddy and Namecheap). BlueHost is the best one.
If not the hosting here in WA servers is running as well.
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JewelCarol Premium
Thank you so much Mohammad, Mine is hostgator now. :))
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IMc Premium
If you already have a site hosted elsewhere then there's no reason to change to WA.
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JewelCarol Premium
Thanks so much Ian. I thought managing everything on same platform will be easier. :))
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IMc Premium
Yep. Much easier and you have more control. ( WA doesn't include a Cpanel, which although you wont often need it, can be handy to have. )
But more importantly, there's no point moving your sites unless you have a real problem with the current host.
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JewelCarol Premium
Yes, thanks so much Ian, appreciate it, I will take that into consideration. :))
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LLiu Premium
Jewel I have not noticed any thing so far when I have transferred to WA. Something to think about tho...
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JewelCarol Premium
Thanks so much, Linda. ;))
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WilliamBoyle Premium
To me it all comes down to dedicated hosting servers. If WA has servers to handle training, posts, etc that's ok. However if everything is going through the same back-end infrastructure then there will be a bottleneck issue with bandwidth somewhere. I have 2 domains with a hosting co. and domains and hosting is all they do. If a problem comes up I have someone on the phone, I tested the tech support and was totally impressed. I am not now, ever was and never will be a support ticket person. If I have a problem with a site, then I want to talk on the phone with someone. No support ticket system can replace phone tech support. As we all know you get what you pay for. Now the down and dirty of the matter.

Didn't your Grandma tell you never put all your eggs in one basket?
The what if's of the matter...say you have sites here and for some reason your account gets suspended or worse your closed out. What happens to your sites hosted here on WA servers, hmmm? If they are hosted someplace else, at least you can still use them until...who knows. WA is where we learn how to build an on-line profitable business. I don't see where hosting and training on one platform is a good idea. What if you decide to leave WA for a while and close your account. I know someone who did that (very successful person) and thinking about coming back at a later time to redo some training. What I guess you would have to do is move your WA sites before hand, and that could break them.

Unlike the hosting co. I am with who owns the property and their complete server backbone and guarantees 99.9% up-time with phone support, I have not read anything here about WA's server backbone infrastructure capacity. And to me that would be a big issue along with the above mentioned possibility's with an account issue.

Thanks for reading...

Best
William
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JewelCarol Premium
Great input, appreciate very much, thank you William. :))
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