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Costa Rica Plaza - Costa Rica Plaza is a virtual office tower in cyberspace, hosted in Republic of Costa Rica, with space for rent. The rented space can hold your website and other data. As a rentor in Costa Rica Plaza you are entitled to a number of very nice and valuable services and facilities. (see plans) Depending on the office plan you choose, you may have a virtual and physical mailing address, telephone number, fax number, voice messages, internet server space, secretarial service with live receptionist, billing, re-invoicing, collections, banking, payables, World Wide Web (internet) presence, website, Costa Rican e-mail address, local (Panamanian or Costa Rican) company and/or trust, and many tools to make this all possible.

Virtual Office - A virtual office is a combination of off-site live communication and address services that allow users to reduce traditional office costs while maintaining business professionalism. A virtual office blends home and work to gain efficiencies in both. Office expenses are low, while the user’s professionalism retains the image of a traditional, high-cost office. A virtual office user can reduce their environmental impact, as well as the personal negatives of a daily commute.  Virtual office clientele have the flexibility to match expenses with revenue fluctuations immediately, as the costs are usually variable. A virtual office can allow for low-cost expansion with no long-term commitments. Users taking advantage of virtual office receptionists eliminate the traditional burden of health care, records, payroll, insurance & rent. Also, traditional time-off (sick days, vacations, personal leaves, etc.) does not apply to a virtual staff. (

Cyberspace - "... in current usage the term "cyberspace" stands for the global network of interdependent information technology infrastructures, telecommunications networks and computer processing systems. As a social experience, individuals can interact, exchange ideas, share information, provide social support, conduct business, direct actions, create artistic media, play games, engage in political discussion, and so on, using this global network. The term has become a conventional means to describe anything associated with the Internet and the diverse Internet culture."

Domain or Domain Name - "Domain names serve as humanly-memorable names for Internet participants, like computers, networks, and services. A domain name represents an Internet Protocol (IP) resource.Domain names are often seen in analogy to real estate in that (1) domain names are foundations on which a website (like a house or commercial building) can be built and (2) the highest "quality" domain names, like sought-after real estate, tend to carry significant value, usually due to their online brand-building potential, use in advertising, search engine optimization, and many other criteria."
( An example will make it easier. Our domain name is "". Rentors of Executive Suites can use their own domain on our servers.  

Subdomain - a subdomain is a domain that is part of a larger domain. As a tenant of Costa Rica Plaza, you automatically qualify for a subdomain of You have your choice of your subdomain name (with minor restrictions). For example, you may choose "". The advantages of a subdomain are they are fast and easy and free (as our tenant). You may, however, want your own domain, which is available to you if you rent an Executive Suite, or can be added to your smaller office.

IP address - An identifier for a computer or device on a TCP/IP network. Networks using the TCP/IP protocol route messages based on the IP address of the destination. The format of an IP address is a 32-bit numeric address written as four numbers separated by periods. Each number can be zero to 255. For example, could be an IP address. The important thing to you is that IP addresses conform to certain geography. When someone goes to your website, they know what your IP address is. Knowing your IP address tells them where in the world your servers are. Some people WANT there servers in other countries, either for privacy, or tax planning, or other reasons. Your IP address at Costa Rica Plaza will show it to be in Costa Rica.

Internet server - the computer that stores your website and connects people to your website.

Shared internet server - an internet server in which other peoples websites, besides yours, are also stored. They are partitioned so one user can't access another's data.

Website - "A website, also written as Web site, web site, or simply site, is a set of related web pages containing content (media) such as text, image, video, audio, etc. A website is hosted on at least one web server, accessible via a network such as the Internet or a private local area network through an Internet address known as a Uniform Resource Locator. All publicly accessible websites collectively constitute the World Wide Web."
( You are currently reading these words on the website of Costa Rica Plaza. As a tenant of Costa Rica Plaza you are entitled to store your own website on our servers, making your webpages available to your clients or friends. Your website may be accessable by everyone, or you can limit access to only those who have the address and have a password to enter your site. We can help you with this.

Forms processing - Forms are what visitors to your website see when they "click" on one of your pages containing a form. Data is entered into these forms and may be sent to you by e-mail and / or stored for your further use. When you enter your username and password, that is a form. When you enter credit card information, that is a form. We can help you ceate forms for your website.

Virtual Address - An address within Costa Rica Plaza, ie your office number.

Physical Address - A mailing address

E-mail - Many people have free web based e-mail (ie Yahoo, or Gmail, or Hotmail). Your clients will know that you're using a free e-mail service and think less of your professioanalism. When your e-mail address (the @XXX.XXX part) corresponds with your website it says that you are serious. When that mailserver and sebserver are offshore, it appears more true that you are offshore. This may be an advantage and is definitely more private.

Credit card processing - The ability to accept credit cards in payment for your goods and.or services including the charging of your customer's card and eventual payment to you. As part of Costa Rica Plaza, you will be able to accept credit cards within minutes of joining us. It will require a little setting up and we will help you do this, It also requires verification of allowed and disallowed goods and services.

Allowed Credit card sales - everything not prohibited (with possible exception to restricted items)

Prohibited Credit card sales - click here

Private Trust - a trust that doesn't have to be registered (filed). It can be completely private.

Public Trust - a trust that will hold Panamanian or Costa Rican property that must be inscribed in the registro (register) such as cars or real estate. These trusts are a matter of public record. There are still some ways to keep some information less public

Company - a corporation

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