Advertisment If you are thinking of launching a site, either for blogging or eCommerce, you first need to rent a server from an online web hosting service. As a cryptocurrency owner, you might be t… The COVID-19 crisis has brought many new users to the world of cryptocurrencies. One of the main concerns for users, however, is whether their bank cards may be blocked due to the purchase of a cryptocurrency, or when withdrawing funds from a crypto account. Can this risk be prevented? Since the COVID-19 outbreak and people’s … The GBP/NZD, EUR/NZD exchange rates seem poised to reverse their respective 4-month downtrends as NZD/CHF struggles at key resistance. Chainlink (LINK) rallied over 40% and traded to a new all-time high at $8.530. It is correcting lower, but dips are likely to find support near $7.200.
If you are thinking of launching a site, either for blogging or eCommerce, you first need to rent a server from an online web hosting service. As a cryptocurrency owner, you might be thinking of using your cryptocurrencies to pay for your hosting services or to remain anonymous online. Either way, there are several options that you can explore.
We have created a list featuring some of the best web hosting providers that accept payments in cryptocurrencies.
Hostinger is a web hosting provider that has been around since 2004, and it offers some of the most affordable hosting plans with premium features.
The hosting provider’s plans include free domain name, unlimited disk, bandwidth, a cheap WordPress hosting, as well as a 30-day money-back guarantee. While an SSL certificate is not available in the basic plans, you can buy one separately with a low, one-time fee.
Consistent benchmark tests have shown that Hostinger maintains an uptime of 99.9%, with a 24-hour customer support system.
Through its integration with CoinPayments, Hostinger supports payments made in a variety of cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, Litecoin, XRP, Monero, Dash, Dogecoin, NEM, Komodo, MaidSafeCoin, PotCoin, Qtum, USDT, and NEO. You can also pay through a manual blockchain transfer, as it is one of the few companies that support BitDegree.
The basic plan includes 10 GB storage space and 100 GB bandwidth, with higher plans concluding more features, and powerhouse VPS (virtual private servers) can also be purchased.
You can pay for a feature that will hide your domain registration details from people running Whois searches and finding out your company’s hosting data.
Hostwinds is a hosting service that provides great performance with a 99.9999% uptime guarantee.
All shared hosting plans include a free SSL certificate and limitless storage, bandwidth, and databases. There are also additional special privacy features, such as a VPN service and advanced SSL certificates, all of which can be paid using cryptocurrencies.
Hostwinds is among the only companies that support both Windows hosting and crypto payments.
Hostwinds accepts a wide variety of cryptocurrencies via CoinPayments, namely BTC, LTC, DOGE, BLK, DASH, ETH, ETC, BCH, DCR, DGB, GAME, POT, VTC, and WAVES. Your cryptos can be refunded as an account credit within 30 days of purchase.
The company has data centers located in Dallas and Seattle in the U.S. and Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Namecheap specializes in offering cheap domain names, but it also expanded its services to support web hosting, shared VPS, and dedicated servers.
It also includes Whois protection free of additional charges, WordPress plans with automatic installation, an SSL certificate, and a one-click backup option.
You can fund your account balance by either using CoinPayments or BitPay. The company only supports Bitcoin or Bitcoin Cash.
Another great feature is Secure SFTP access, which is available in all basic plans, that help you manage your site with privacy.
Another top web hosting company that has been operating since 2004 is HawkHost. Like NameCheap, it also accepts only Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash via BitPay for their plans. The platform has a good reputation in the industry for being a reliable web hosting provider.
While the prices are higher for its plans, you get a guaranteed 99.9% uptime and a wide variety of features. The company has a diversity of web hosting services, including reseller hosting, SD hosting, cloud servers, VPS hosting, as well as free website migration.
You also have a 30-day risk free trial period in which you can get your money back even if you paid in cryptos.
Aiming towards customers who want to remain anonymous, Bitcoin Web Hosting’s plans can only be paid via cryptos.
The plans have shared, VPS, and dedicated servers, and there is also an optional upgrade to hosting, which is protected from copyright lawsuits and surveillance.
You’ll have to activate the plans after paying by entering the invoice and pay via the CoinPayments link. Bitcoin, Ethereum, Monero, Ripple, and six other cryptocurrencies are supported by the web hosting provider.
Two great features that are included in the business plan are Free SSL and dedicated IP.
With a 45-day money-back guarantee no-questions-asked money-back policy, you can get back your coins for the shared web hosting and reseller hosting plans if you are not satisfied.
The downside is that the plans are more costly compared to other hosting providers, and features are limited. But if anonymity is what you are most concerned about, this is the best provider to choose.
Based in Switzerland, Coin.Host is a web hosting service company that has been active for over nine years. Catering to both businesses and individuals from all around the globe, the provider includes amazing features in over 70 hosting solutions. From VPS with limited computing power to high-performance clusters, Coin.Host has something to suit all preferences and budgets. Not only that, but cryptocurrencies are also accepted by the hosting service.
Based on the plan you choose, you can benefit from DDoS protection, Dedicated Servers, VPS, Cloud Servers, Colocation, CDN, and Cpanel & WHM.
With a 30-day money-back guarantee and 24/7 customer support, customers can be sure that they are the top priority.
Through its CoinPayment integration, it accepts Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ripple (XRP), Ethereum (ETH), Dash, Litecoin (LTC), Nextcoin (NXT), and many other altcoins.
There are many web hosting providers that accept cryptocurrencies as payment for their services. Now all you have to do is choose one that will best suit your business or personal web hosting requirements.
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Why Banks Keep Blocking Cryptocurrency-Related Transactions
The COVID-19 crisis has brought many new users to the world of cryptocurrencies. One of the main concerns for users, however, is whether their bank cards may be blocked due to the purchase of a cryptocurrency, or when withdrawing funds from a crypto account. Can this risk be prevented?
Since the COVID-19 outbreak and people’s subsequent desire to protect their savings, interest in cryptocurrency has continued to grow. A June 2020 survey conducted by The Tokenist found that 45% of respondents from 17 countries now prefer to invest in Bitcoin (BTC) rather than stocks, real estate or gold. For comparison’s sake, only 13% gave such an answer back in 2017.
But there is a nuance to which clearly not enough attention is paid: The growth of Bitcoin’s audience is due to people who are quite unfamiliar with the crypto world. Judging by the nature of questions we have received in recent months, we realized that it is precisely the fears associated with banks blocking transactions that often stop people from active crypto investments.
In our experience, there are two main categories of reasons that can lead to blocking cryptocurrency transactions. These are restrictions based on either the regulator or the acquirer.
A state may impose limits and/or prohibitions on crypto operations, conversion of local currencies, and settlements or purchases in foreign currency.
The most striking example of banks blocking crypto operations due to regulatory restrictions is in Argentina. In the fall of 2019, local authorities first lowered the limit on the purchase of foreign currency from $10,000 to $200 United States dollars per month.
The Argentinian government then imposed a ban on the purchase of crypto with bank cards, followed by a 30% tax on purchases in foreign currency. As a result, there was no formal ban on the purchase of cryptocurrency, but local banks have been blocking such transactions.
We tried to contact Argentinean banks, in particular Brubank, to find a solution for our users but received no response. In such a situation, for regulated crypto services, the only option is alternative payment systems available in the local market. Therefore, the cryptocurrency purchase transaction will be divided into two phases: a top-up of the local electronic wallet with a bank card, and then the subsequent cryptocurrency purchase from the wallet balance. Yes, such a transaction becomes more expensive, but it still ensures a safe cryptocurrency purchase.
In other situations, when blocking is caused only by restrictions on settlements and purchases in a foreign currency, there is a way out: You can use a service that has configured transactions for purchasing cryptocurrencies in national currency.
If the regulator, who introduces restrictions, usually thinks about the big picture of the country’s economy, then acquirers, as representatives of business, take care of their own benefits. These financial institutions try to prevent operations that are likely to be challenged as unlawful write-offs.
Therefore, acquirers don’t like card transactions without 3D Secure (transaction confirmation via SMS or push notification with a one-time code). In this case, acquirers increase the cost of services and make transactions financially unprofitable, or completely transfer the responsibility for the transactions to the cryptocurrency seller.
This sometimes leads to situations when, for the sake of more favorable conditions, the bank tells the acquirer that its cards support 3D Secure, when in fact, they don’t. Operations with such cards will also be blocked, like what happened recently with several banks in Mexico, reportedly mentioned by our customers.
Acquirers can also restrict operations on anonymous and prepaid cards. For example, in Russia, cryptocurrency transactions from cards that do not have a holder’s name on Yandex.Money or QIWI can be blocked.
Acquirers may prohibit certain types of purchases for the whole country. Recently, such a case has happened with our customers in the United Kingdom. To solve the problem, we changed the settings of our anti-fraud system and proved to the acquirer that we carefully monitor the legitimacy of the operations: We accept only 3D Secure cards; we register each user only after passing Know Your Customer; and we use technological methods to protect operations, among other steps.
As you can see, the development of the crypto industry is impossible without a close interaction between the world of traditional finance and regulators. Banks in this system resemble employees from visa centers who give the right to cross the border: Some find errors in everything, while others welcome crypto users cordially. I hope that in the near future, more banks will follow the example in South Korea and become crypto-friendly.
The views, thoughts and opinions expressed here are the author’s alone and do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions of Cointelegraph.
Alex Axelrod is the founder and CEO of Aximetria and Pay Reverse. He is also a serial entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in leading world-class technological roles within a large, number-one national mobile operator and leading financial organizations. Prior to these roles, he was the director of big data at the research and development center of JSFC AFK Systems.
New Zealand Dollar Outlook: GBP/NZD, EUR/NZD, NZD/CHF Levels to Watch
- The New Zealand Dollar’s 4-month surge may be in jeopardy as it runs into a familiar inflection point
- GBP/NZD looks set to peg-back lost ground after finding support at key Fibonacci level
- EUR/NZD carving out a Double Bottom reversal pattern as RSI hints at bullish breakout
- NZD/CHF struggling to push higher as technical indicators notably fade from prior extremes. Is a reversal lower in the offing?
NZD Index weekly chart created using TradingView
**NZD Index averages USD/NZD, JPY/NZD, GBP/NZD, EUR/NZD
The New Zealand Dollar’s recovery from the March low (0.6740) seems to be running out of steam as weekly price action suggests the risk-sensitive currency may lose ground against its major counterparts.
A 15% surge over the last 4 months has seen price easily slice through resistance at the 50-day moving average (0.7520), pushing to test a familiar inflection point at the 2017 downtrend and carving out a potential Descending Triangle formation.
Further upside looks to be limited as the Momentum indicator fails to follow price to higher highs – known as bearish divergence – and the RSI stalls just shy of bullish territory above 60.
Long-term Descending Triangle resistance may continue to steer price lower, with a break below the February high (0.7638) potentially igniting NZD sellers as they look to resume the primary downtrend extending from the 2017 highs.
GBP/NZD daily chart created using TradingView
The British Pound looks set to recover lost ground against its New Zealand counterpart, after finding support at the 78.6% Fibonacci (1.9024).
This bullish outlook is reinforced by the development of the RSI and Momentum indicators as they both move to higher highs, diverging with price and suggesting potential exhaustion of the recent decline.
The path of least resistance remains to the upside, with a break of the downtrend that has successfully stifled bulls since March potentially fueling a surge to the 61.8% Fibonacci (1.9608) and 200-day moving average (1.9862).
EUR/NZD daily chart created using TradingView
The EUR/NZD exchange rate looks to be carving out a potential Double Bottom reversal pattern at the February swing high (1.7176) as the RSI and Momentum indicators both fail to confirm the recent decline in price.
A recovery to test the 1.73 level and the downtrend extending from the liquidity-driven March highs may be in the offing should both technical indicators continue to strengthen.
Having said that, a potential ‘death cross’ formation on the moving averages could stoke sellers, potentially propelling price back to Ascending Channel support and the 88.6% Fibonacci (1.6696).
However, with price continuing to track in an Ascending Channel extending from the 2017 lows, a break to the upside looks to be the more likely scenario.
A break and close above downtrend resistance and the 78.6% Fibonacci (1.7327) is needed to validate the Double Bottom reversal, possibly carving a path for price to surge above the 200-DMA and psychologically imposing 1.76 level.
NZD/CHF daily chart created using TradingView
NZD/CHF remains constructively placed above the 200-day moving average (0.6140) as buyers eye a potential retest of the post-crisis high set on June 9 (0.6298).
Although the RSI and Momentum indicators continue to track their respective uptrends, they have notably faded from the extreme readings of last month hinting at exhaustion in the recent rally from the 38.2% Fibonacci (0.6073).
Inability to successfully overcome resistance at the 2015 high weekly close (0.6209) could see price resume its longer-term downtrend.
A daily close below the 200-DMA (0.6140) may stoke sellers and potentially carve a path back to the psychologically imposing 0.60 level and April high (0.5995).
— Written by Daniel Moss, Analyst for DailyFX
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Author: Daniel Moss
Chainlink (LINK) Rally Could Extend To $10: Pullbacks Remain Supported
Chainlink (LINK) rallied more than 40% and traded to a new all-time high at $8.530 against the US Dollar. It is currently correcting lower, but dips are likely to find support near $7.200.
- Chainlink token price extended its rally above the $7.500 and $8.000 resistance levels against the US dollar.
- The price traded to a new all-time high at $8.530 and it is currently correcting lower.
- There is a major bullish trend line forming with support at $7.000 on the 4-hours chart of the LINK/USD pair (data source from Kraken).
- The pair is likely to extend its rise towards the $10.00 level as long as it is above the $7.000 support.
In the last technical analysis of chainlink (LINK), we discussed why there could be more upsides above $6.500 and $7.000 against the US Dollar. LINK did break the $7.000 resistance and extended its rally by more than 40%.
It even surged above the $8.000 resistance and settled well above the 100 simple moving average (4-hours). A new all-time high is formed near $8.530 and the price is currently correcting lower, while major cryptocurrencies (bitcoin and Ethereum) are struggling to clear key hurdles.
LINK is currently correcting lower below the $8.200 level. An initial support is near the $7.880 level or the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the recent rally from the $5.729 low to $8.530 high.
LINK price above $8.000. Source: TradingView.com
The first major support on the downside is near the $7.200 and $7.150 levels. It is close to the 50% Fib retracement level of the recent rally from the $5.729 low to $8.530 high. More importantly, there is a major bullish trend line forming with support at $7.000 on the 4-hours chart of the LINK/USD pair.
If chainlink token price stays above the $7.200 and $7.000 support levels, it could start a fresh increase. An initial resistance is near the $8.200 and $8.500 levels. A clear break above the $8.500 level might open the doors for a push towards the $10.00 barrier in the coming days.
If LINK price corrects lower, the bulls are likely to protect the $7.200 and $7.000 support levels. A successful close below the $7.000 support might push the price into a major correction phase.
In the mentioned case, the price could revisit the $6.400 support level (the recent breakout zone). Any further losses may perhaps start a bearish wave towards the $5.000 level.
4-hours MACD – The MACD for LINK/USD is gaining momentum in the bullish zone.
4-hours RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for LINK/USD is currently well into the overbought zone.
Major Support Levels – $7.880, $7.200 and $7.000.
Major Resistance Levels – $8.200, $8.500 and $10.00.
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