When trying to diagnose a problem accessing a website or server there are a number of command prompt commands that can be used to determine what may be wrong.
Sometimes you may want to access a website hosted on a server before it's live, you can accomplish this by updating your operating system's "hosts" file to point a domain at a given IP and override the public DNS records.
Once an SSL certificate is installed a website displays a certificate, if something is wrong however it won't display this and may warn the site is insecure.
Once you have installed a valid SSL certificate on your website, you'll most likely want to ensure that any visitors are accessing your site securely.
When purchasing hosting from Freethought, customers will no longer be presented with the option to purchase a dedicated IP address. Once provisioned shared hosting will be allocated to a shared IPv4 address and either a shared or a dedicated IPv6 address.
With SNI now widely supported the technical requirement for a dedicated IP address to use SSL/TLS is no longer there and so Freethought no longer provides an IP address free of charge and expects customers to use a shared IP.
Cloning your website can be a useful way to create a quick copy of your website, perhaps you want to experiment with a change, or maybe even make a whole new website using your existing one as a template, if so then this is the feature to do that.