Eco-Friendly But How Is Performance?


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Summary

GreenGeeks hosting is for beginners as well as professionals. Shared hosting starts at $2.45/mo and allows you to add more resources like RAM and CPU on a pay-as-you-go model.  Moving up from one tier to another or even from Shared to VPS or Dedicated is possible and of course easy. Their knowledgeable and helpful support team is available 24/7. If you are looking for speed and uptime, you need not worry at all with GreenGeeks.

GreenGeeks is a host that we have recently chosen for one of our projects.

In this GreenGeeks Review, we aim at discussing the output of our research and some of the tests that we performed to pick the best web host for ourselves.

In the budget hosting category, we have tried various web hosting companies offering Apache and Nginx servers. 

While Bloggerspassion is hosted on WPX’s LiteSpeed servers, we were keen to find a budget-friendly alternative. We are impressed with LiteSpeed offered by WPX’s hosting and this time, we picked GreenGeeks.

GreenGeeks also offers the datacenters equipped with state of art infra, powered by LiteSpeed (In combination with MariaDB) to provide ultimate speed, performance, and security.

We will share the details below, head by head, and this one-pager review will help you understand the suitability of GreenGeeks as your next host.

About GreenGeeks: An Overview

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GreenGeeks is a USA-based “Green Hosting” that was started in the year 2008 by Trey Gardner.

Why do we call it Green?

It is one of the main things that caught our attention while we were conducting our research. 

If you are someone who is concerned for the environment, you will love to note that GreenGeeks returns 3x energy vouchers against its consumptions.

At a user level, whatever energy is consumed by your website, GreenGeeks will return a 3x wind energy voucher. You should definitely feel happy about it!

Regarding the size of GreenGeeks, they have built a small but solid client-tele of about 50k plus customers. 

They are offering solutions for all kinds of websites, be it a tiny project or a large e-commerce site that needs a Dedicated server.

We are impressed with its power-packed list of performance and security features available to you at about 70% discount today. 

Let’s dive in for more info.

Why GreenGeeks? Features And Advantages

Now in this section, we are going to discuss that why you should choose GreenGeeks. As you know, GreenGeeks is one of the Green Web Hosting providers in the world. But, that is not all for someone who is looking for some specific set of services from a hosting company.

So, here are the features, advantages, and freebies that GreenGeeks provides you with all its web hosting plans.

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1. 24/7 Customer Support

GreenGeeks puts Customer Support as its priority. It provides you 24/7 high-priority customer support where you can ask your queries and gets your issues solved at any time you want.

They have an expert support team which is available 24/7 for you via chat, ticket, and phone.

So, whenever you find issues and face problems regarding their server and hosting, you can connect them and seek quick help.

Every web hosting company boasts about its 24×7 service but most of the time, you don’t experience it practically. However, in GreenGeeks’ case, we have experience it personally and there are absolutely no complaints.

2. SSD Storage Space

One of the best things about GreenGeeks web hosting is that they provide you SSD Web Space, which means you will get the faster response and performance from your server at both User and Admin ends.

Solid State Drives(SSD) are faster than Hard Disk Drives(HDD), and are configured in a super reliable performing RAID-10 array.

3. Speed Up Your Website With Speed Technologies

Do you know, Google is going to prefer a fast website while ranking? GreenGeeks can help you there. We have tested its speed and found ultimate results.

Also, to build your audience, speed is one of the major factors that play a big role.

So, to provide you the faster speed and high performance, GreenGeeks provides you some of the best plugins and services like LiteSpeed, LSCache, MariaDB, HTTP/2, PHP7, and free CDN.

You don’t have to worry about the speed and performance, GreenGeeks takes care of all that. The only thing you need to worry about is to build and create regular content for your website because it is up to you.

4. Free SSL Certificate

Security is very important for your website and its data. And to provide you the best security and encryption of the data of your site, GreenGeeks offers a free SSL service for your website.

It provides you a free SSL certificate with every single web hosting plan with automatic installation, which means you don’t have to worry about the installation of SSL and the security of your website’s content.

Is this SSL only for the first year? Don’t worry about it, when you renew your web hosting plan, GreenGeeks will automatically renew the SSL certificate for your website.

5. Daily Backups

GreenGeeks provides you a daily backup service which is very important when some error happens. There are situations when due to errors you lose out on the entire content of your site. So, at that time GreenGeeks will be able to restore your website completely.

Even in the case of malware or phishing attacks, when your site gets hacked, you need to restore the last known good backup. Get started with GreenGeeks and create your site now.

6. Advanced Firewall Protection

Firewall Protection stops malware and viruses to infect your website and protects it from vulnerabilities that can harm the files.

GreenGeeks uses advanced firewall protection that uses AI(Artificial Intelligence) that automatically detects and protects your data against harmful malware and viruses.

7. User-Friendly Dashboard

GreenGeeks has created an optimized and user-friendly dashboard which makes it easier to understand and use the services and features of their web hosting.

A beginner-friendly dashboard that gives you all key information about your domains, hosting plans, and a chat option if you want to clarify anything.

It also makes it easy to use and manage your website hassle-free with all the convenient tools and services available right there.

8. Free Website Migration

Already a blogger or site owner? If you are tired of your old web host and thinking of switching to GreenGeeks web hosting, then don’t worry as it is not a big deal. How?

All you have to do is, purchase GreenGeeks web hosting and ask for website migration. Their expert team will migrate your website for free to GreenGeeks.

If you want to transfer your domain from another domain registrar, then they will transfer it for free for one year. One year domain’s subscription is free with all hosting plans. 

Migration involves up to $100 when you choose a professional service. With no downtime and zero cost, it makes all the sense to shift to GreenGeeks.

9. Free CDN

CDN helps your website load faster by getting loaded from the nearest server. CDNs like Cloudflare makes multiple cache copies on various edge servers globally and this improves the performance and speed of your website. 

GreenGeeks provides an integrated CDN from Cloudflare which helps to store the cache of the static content of your website. When this content is distributed to multiple servers across the globe, the latency is reduced and your user doesn’t have to abandon the page due to slow speed.

10. Money-Back Guarantee

If you have just purchased the GreenGeeks web hosting and you are not happy with the services and features of their web hosting, there is nothing to panic about. 

GreenGeeks provides you a money-back guarantee of 30 days, which means you can easily get 100% of your money back within the 30 days of your purchase from them.

Speed And Uptime: GreenGeeks Review Findings

Okay, here we are going to test the speed and uptime of GreenGeeks web hosting.

As you know, GreenGeeks guarantees you an uptime guarantee of 99.9% and promises high speed & performance.

So, to test the claims made by GreenGeeks, we are going to use the tool named Pingdom (one of the best tools to test the uptime and speed of your website at different server locations around the world).

Let’s start by testing the speed of the GreenGeeks web hosting.

GreenGeeks’ Speed

To test the speed of GreenGeeks web hosting, we have a website that is hosted with their servers.

As the site is hosted on their European servers, we chose Asia as a test location on Pingdom. and here is what we found [see the image below]:

greengeeks speed test using pingdom

As you can see in the above image, GreenGeeks got an A-Grade performance on the speed test which loads a web page of 370KB under 1.45 seconds. From Asia, this load time should be considered as quick and fast.

So, GreenGeeks has successfully passed the Speed test.

Now we are going to check the uptime of its web hosting.

Uptime

Uptime as we know is the lifeline of a website. The entire purpose of content and website upkeep is defeated if it is down most of the time.

We expect the site to be up and running day in day out, 100% of the time. However, due to server-related maintenance tasks, it is not realistic. So we expect atleast 99.9% uptime.

Here we have checked the uptime of GreenGeeks this month, and the results are exciting, see the result below.

greengeeks uptime

The above uptime results clearly show that GreenGeeks has an uptime of 99.99% this month, which is expected from world-class hosting.

Our findings: We tested GreenGeeks for speed and uptime using a popular tool and we found no complaints at all. In fact, the results confirm that GreenGeeks can be compared to some of the best hosting companies in the world.

GreenGeeks Products and Pricing Review

We will now discuss the vast range of products, their suitability to all user needs, and finally the pricing to check the affordability.

GreenGeeks is small in size when it comes to the number of customers, but when you look at the range of products, it is as big as Bluehost.

Here are the products, and their specifications.

Shared Hosting [Also Branded As WordPress Hosting]

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GreenGeek’s entry-level plan starts with Shared hosting. They have also rebranded it as WordPress hosting, you will find the same name, features, and pricing.

The only difference here could be the server, as most of the hosting companies provide exclusive servers for WordPress websites, and this improves the performance.

While a plain vanilla Shared Hosting will have customers of multiple CMS and platforms on the same server, WordPress will keep it restricted to only WordPress users.

So, you can pick them carefully and don’t get confused with the same plan names and pricing. 

  1. Lite: Supports 1 website, 50GB SSD, Unmetered Bandwidth, and 50 Email IDs.
  2. Pro: Host Unlimited websites, No cap on storage, Unmetered Bandwidth, and Unlimited Email IDs.
  3. Premium: Top-end hosting plan with all Pro features, plus, dedicated IP and premium SSL. 

Pricing:

Plan Name Regular Price Special Price Discount
Lite $10.95 $2.49 $8.46
Pro $15.95 $4.95 $11
Premium $25.95 $8.95 $17.95

What all is included?

Now, the best part about GreenGeeks. Their product seems generous enough to afford by anyone. There is no or limited score of upselling as you get almost everything for free.

Once paid for hosting, you get all these products and features built-in:

  1. Domain for 1st year
  2. SSL for lifetime
  3. One-Click WordPress install
  4. Regular Backups and Restore
  5. Malware scanning and assistance in removal
  6. Free Cloudflare CDN integration
  7. cPanel

Who Shared hosting is ideal for?

Shared hosting is the cheapest plan available from all web hosting companies. Ideally, we recommend this hosting type to new or low-traffic blogs. 

When you are starting your first website or just exploring the blogging industry, Shared hosting is good to start with.

Also best for small business websites where you need an online presence along with a few email ids for yourself or staff.

Once you see success in your online project and traffic starts coming in, you should upgrade to VPS at least.

VPS Hosting [Managed]

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GreenGeeks offers powerful yet affordable VPS plans. If you are already hosted on Shared servers and looking for an upgrade, choose VPS.

Why? Simply because VPS provides you guaranteed resources, not shared with anyone else. 

Physically the entire lot may not be yours but virtually, the portion of RAM and CPU is assigned to you and no other website can use it.

Not only for performance, for security reasons as well, but VPS is also a better alternative to Shared hosting.

The best part is that GreenGeeks provides you with fully Managed VPS, which means full root access and control without any hassle.

Time to have a look at available VPS options with GreenGeeks. 

  1. 2GB: This plan provides you guaranteed 2GB RAM, 4vCPU, 50GB SSD, and 10 TB Bandwidth.
  2. 4GB: This VPS plan provides 4GB RAM, 4vCPU, 75GB SSD, along with a 10TB transfer limit.
  3. 8GB: As the name suggests, this plan can easily handle heavy traffic demands with 8GB RAM and 6vCPUs. The bandwidth allowed is 10TB here as well.

Pricing:

Here is the pricing table for different VPS plans of GreenGeeks Hosting:

Plan Name Current Price
2GB $39.95
4GB $59.95
8GB $109.95

What all is included?

VPS with most of the hosting companies is not at all “easy to manage experience” for non-techie bloggers.

While you get full root access, security and control, you must know how to manage the server as well.

But, with GreenGeeks, choosing a VPS server is honestly a cakewalk, thanks to their fully Managed VPS plans.

Here are some core features that you can expect with every VPS plan you purchase with GreenGeeks:

  1. Managed Support
  2. Dedicated IP [Pre-Checked for BlackListing]
  3. Free SSL
  4. cPanel and Softaculous license for one-click App installation
  5. Advanced monitoring and firewall.

Who VPS hosting is ideal for?

As we discussed above, VPS is the next best alternative to Shared hosting. These days, although, Shared hosting plans are improving big time. They are not as unsecured as they were a couple of years back.

In fact, companies like GreenGeeks are ensuring that even the entry-level Shared hosting plan is as fast as the top-end plan.

But, as the server is shared with multiple site owners and hundreds of websites using the same resources, you cannot ignore the possibility of goof-up at any point in time.

So, if you believe that your site is generating sufficient income to manage the VPS cost, we would recommend doing it.

VPS is not exactly a Dedicated server but you still get 10x better results as compared to a shared hosting plan. 

Dedicated Server Hosting

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If you are looking for the best hosting options, GreenGeeks offers you that. 

Dedicated server hosting, as the name suggests, provides you complete control over the server, both in terms of operations and physically as well.

However, it’s not easy to afford this hosting type for everyone. As the entire server is allocated to you, the cost is billed accordingly.

Websites with millions of traffic, or e-commerce stores where a minute’s downtime is like crime, Dedicated hosting is recommended. All heavy traffic websites prefer to use this.

For businesses, where maximum revenue is generated through the websites, the cost of hosting is usually not the concern.

Time to have a look at available Dedicated hosting plans with GreenGeeks. 

  1. Entry: 2GB DDR3 RAM, Atom processor, 500GB storage and 10000 GB bandwidth.
  2. Standard: 4GB DDR3 RAM, Xeon 3.1 GHz, 1000 GB storage, and 10000 Gb bandwidth.
  3. Elite: 8GB DDR3 RAM, Xeon 3.2 GHz, 1000 GB storage, and 10000 Gb bandwidth.
  4. Pro: 16GB DDR3 RAM, Xeon E5, 1000 GB storage, and 10000 Gb bandwidth

Note: you get 5 IP addresses with all plans mentioned above.

Pricing:

GreenGeeks offers you four different prices for its four dedicated server plans, which we have mentioned in the table below:

Plan Name Current Price
Entry Server $169
Standard Server $269
Elite Server $319
Pro Server $439

What all is included?

Dedicated hosting provides you complete control over OS choice, upgrades, admin related tasks.

Once you are provided with the physical server, it is now your responsibility to ensure all the operations required for your website upkeep.

GreenGeeks provides you the server as per the specifications mentioned above.

Who Dedicated hosting is ideal for?

If your website is your main source of income and your budget is not at the constraint, go for this hosting type.

However, in most cases, we see the traffic is managed easily by VPS plans. 

If you have a team who can manage all day-to-day server-related tasks and you want to ensure all security-related tasks on your own, choose a Dedicated server.

Whenever you see VPS acting up during sudden traffic spikes or during busy season days, you should either plan to increase the resources or upgrade. 

Reseller Hosting

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Now, we will discuss the plans and pricing of GreenGeeks’ hosting plans made for “Resellers”.

Ever thought of starting a web hosting business?

Well, this hosting is for all the professionals, agencies, and developers who are looking at starting their own Whitelabel web hosting business.

Build your own hosting brand without any investments and hassles to manage the day-to-day server operations.

Let us quickly have a look at Reseller hosting offered by GreenGeeks. 

  1. RH25: 60GB storage, 600GB bandwidth and 25 cPanel accounts.
  2. RH50: 80GB storage, 800GB bandwidth and 50 cPanel accounts.
  3. RH80: 160GB storage, 1600GB bandwidth and 80 cPanel accounts.

Pricing:

Here are the pricing details for the GreenGeeks Reseller Hosting Plans under the following table:

Plan Name Current Price
RH25 $19.95
RH50 $24.95
RH80 $34.95

What all is included?

Your Reseller hosting should provide all those features which your customer would expect. Whatever they reach out to you for, you should be able to provide them.

Here are some key inclusions with all Reseller hosting:

  1. Server-side backups
  2. cPanel
  3. Free SSL for your customers
  4. Billing/Account management
  5. Firewall protection for all websites
  6. Host unlimited domains
  7. Drag and Drop builders
  8. Free CDN

Who Reseller hosting is ideal for?

This hosting is a perfect solution for someone looking at starting their own web hosting brand. Initially, you don’t need to invest heavily in purchasing servers and creating data centers.

If you are looking for a web hosting service that manages the entire cost of backend and IT operations, this hosting is perfect.

How To Start With GreenGeeks Hosting?

Okay, till here we discussed what is GreenGeeks, its features, products & pricing. And now, we will discuss how you can purchase GreenGeeks web hosting and get started with it.

Getting started with GreenGeeks is beginner friendly experience and even a first timer will find no issues with that. In case of any doubt, their live chat option can be used for quick onboarding.

In this section, we will guide you step-by-step to purchase the GreenGeeks web hosting for your new website. And without wasting any time, let’s begin.

Steps To Buy GreenGeeks Hosting

Follow the below-mentioned steps according to the order we have mentioned here so that you can get started with GreenGeeks Web Hosting without any hassle.

Step 1: Visit GreenGeeks and select a web hosting plan that is right for you.

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Step 2: Once you have decided on the perfect web hosting for you, Now, the next step is that you have to choose a plan for your website. So, choose any of them according to budget and features. Click on the “Get Started” button.

greengeeks select a plan

Here, we are choosing the very first basic plan of the shared hosting, which is the Lite Plan.

Step 3: After you choose a plan for your website, you need to choose a domain. If you already have a domain, then you can use that, but if not, then you can choose a new one and click on Next.

greengeeks choose a domain options

Step 4: Now, to proceed with the order, you need to enter your account information, such as your name, email, address, etc. Fill in all the details and move forwards.

greengeeks enter account information

Step 5: Next, you need to review the cart information and if you want any change on it, you can do it here. Like you can change the period of plan and server location here. Once you have done this, scroll down and continue.

greengeeks package information

Step 6: Here you have to add your credit card details to proceed with the payment. GreenGeeks only accepts payment via Credit card, so you need to enter your credit card details here.

greengeeks payment information

Step 7: At last, check your order summary and if everything is alright then continue to buy the product.

greengeeks order details

Wasn’t it easy?

The steps we have mentioned above need no technical knowledge. This is how you get started with GreenGeeks web hosting and after your purchase transaction is successful, you will be provided with the link to login to your dashboard from where you can start building your website.

Pros And Cons: GreenGeeks

We should know the in and out of every product. While we loved the GreenGeeks for their ease of use and performance, we would also like to discuss the complete list with cons as well.

No hosting is perfect or flawless. It is one of the best web hosts, but it also has some disadvantages [that you can ignore] but should know them.

Pros:

  • 30-days of the money-back guarantee
  • Free Website Migration
  • Daily Backups
  • 99.9% Uptime Guarantee
  • Free CDN
  • Free SSL Certificate and Installation
  • Fast servers (using SSD, HTTP/2, PHP7, built-in caching, and more)
  • Unlimited SSD Web Storage
  • Unmetered Bandwidth
  • Free Domain Registration

Cons:

  • OnCall Support is not available for 24×7 [Chat is available]
  • Domain Fees is not refundable

GreenGeeks User Ratings And Reviews

While we were searching for some actual user reviews about GreenGeeks, we found the link to TrustPilot.

Yes, you are right, here in this section of this GreenGeeks Review, we are going to discuss the GreenGeeks User Ratings and Reviews.

Trustpilot is one of the best product reviewing websites where users rate and review products. Let’s see the ratings of GreenGeeks there. [shown in the image below].

greengeeks trustpilot reviews

As you can see in the above image, GreenGeeks is rated as 4.1 / 5 stars. 84% have marked them excellent.

You can see that approx 90% GreenGeeks’ users are satisfied with its features and services which shows the level of trust that GreenGeeks has built over time.

We also picked a user comment who is clearly amazed at GreenGeeks Hosting and marked it as “Best Hosting I ever had!” [check the snapshot above].

GreenGeeks got 9/10 from the users, which is really amazing and makes it a recommended web host for every small and large business website.

Most of the reviews confirmed that GreenGeeks takes care of its users and always serves the best of its features and services to their customers. 

Best Alternatives To GreenGeeks Hosting

We always suggest you to compare a product with its best alternatives at the time when you are going to purchase it. Comparing a product with its competitors always helps you to choose the best among them.

To save your time and effort, we have picked the best and top 3 alternatives of GreenGeeks web hosting, basis our study and experience.

1. Bluehost

Bluehost is one of the best web hosting providers in the world which has its headquarters in Orem, Utah, US. The company was founded in 2003 by Matt Heaton.

This web hosting company is privately owned by Endurance International Group. It is one of the 20 largest web hosts in the world.

It starts offering its web hosting services at just $2.95 per month.

It offers you different web hosting services like Shared, WordPress, VPS, and Dedicated Server Hosting.

Freebies: CDN, SSL, Domain, Backups, Office 365.

2. HostGator

HostGator is another best alternative to GreenGeeks web hosting. The web hosting company is based in Houston, Texas, US. It was founded by Brent Oxley in 2002.

It has a total of 175 employees across all its server locations. The web host generates revenue of USD 11.46 million from sales.

It starts serving its web hosting services at $2.75 per month.

HostGator serves you different web hosting services which are Shared, WordPress, VPS, Dedicated, and Reseller Server Hosting.

Freebies: Unlimited Storage, Unlimited Bandwidth, Domain Registration, SSL, Website Builder.

3. Hostinger

The third best alternative to GreenGeeks web hosting is Hostinger web host. It is a European web hosting company that hosts over 2.5 million websites today.

Hostinger starts serving its web hosting services at $1.39 per month.

It offers you multiple web hosting products such as Shared, WordPress, E-Commerce, Cloud, and VPS Hosting.

Freebies: SSL, CDN, Email, Unlimited Database, Unmetered Traffic, etc.

Comparative Table: GreenGeeks Alternatives

Here we are going to compare all these web hosts that we listed above in a comparative table so that you can easily compare their features and services.

Under this comparative table, we are going to mention the key components that helps you make the right decision.

Features GreenGeeks Bluehost HostGator Hostinger
Price $2.49/m $2.95/m $2.75/m $1.39/m
Storage 50GB SSD 50GB SSD Unlimited 30GB
SSL Free Free Free Free
CDN Free Free Free Free
Uptime 99.99% 99.9% 99.9% 99.9%
MoneyBack Guarantee 30 Days 30 Days 45 Days 30 Days
Free Migration Available Available Available Available

FAQs about GreenGeeks

What is GreenGeeks?

Since 2008, GreenGeeks has been one of the fastest-growing and leading web hosting providers in the world. It offers you different types of web hosting services such as Shared, WordPress, VPS, Dedicated, and Reseller Hosting. It has customers in over 150 countries across the world.

Do GreenGeeks offer any money-back guarantee?

Yes, it offers you a money-back guarantee of 30 days. You can easily claim 100% of your money refunded within 30 days of purchase from GreenGeeks.

Does GreenGeeks support Python?

Yes, GreenGeeks supports Python Language. You can easily build your website using Python without any interruptions.

Is GreenGeeks a Shared Host?

It is not only a shared host. It offers different web hosting services like Shared Hosting, WordPress Hosting, VPS Hosting, Dedicated Hosting, and Reseller Hosting.

What GreenGeek’s web hosting plan should I choose?

It depends on your website and its requirements. If you are going to start a small business website, then you choose Shared or WordPress hosting plans. But if you already have a website with heavy traffic and data, then you should choose other hosting plans like VPS and Dedicated Server Hosting.

What is the uptime of GreenGeeks web hosting?

As GreenGeeks offers an uptime guarantee of 99.9% officially. But actually, they are providing you an uptime of 99.99%. Yes, they are good at uptime and exceeds the user’s needs and expectations.

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Conclusion: Is GreenGeeks A Good Web Host To Choose?

Is GreenGeeks a good web host to choose from? Yes, GreenGeeks is a good web host you can trust for both performance and service. It serves you different web hosting services that help you start your new website at reasonable prices.

In this GreenGeeks review, we have discussed the company, its features, prices, performance, pros & cons, and much other information in detail.  Quick summary, a Recap of review for you to decide quickly and avail of the ongoing offers like Free Domain/SSL/CDN, etc.

Web Host: GreenGeeks

Starts From: $2.49 per month

Uptime Guarantee: 99.9% High Uptime

Money-Back: 30-Days of the money-back guarantee

Trustpilot Reviews: 4.1 / 5 Stars. 

The one thing which makes GreenGeeks different from others is that it is an environment-conscious hosting company that helps you host 300% Green Websites (or you can say eco-friendly websites).

At the end of this article, if you have any doubts and queries regarding this article, then let us know with your queries under the comments section below.

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