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Interview: Q&A with ServerMania Co-Founder and CMO Justin Blanchard

Tags: , Date/Time: January 18, 2021 @ 3:13 am, by Jon Biloh

Justin Blanchard, Co-Founder and CMO of ServerMania

Today we are continuing our Low End Box Interview Series, and we’re thrilled to talk to Justin Blanchard, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of ServerMania. The ServerMania story is especially exciting because in the early years of their impressive expansion they marketed heavily on LowEndBox to our users with great deals. Today ServerMania continues to innovate having just launched a new cloud offering and their impressive expansion globally.

This is the second interview we’ve done with ServerMania, having first interviewed Co-Founder and CEO Kevin Blanchard in July 2020.

So, let’s get started with the interview!

Tell me about your background and ServerMania’s history?

Before joining the hosting industry and co-founding ServerMania, I owned and operated a marketing consulting company for nearly a decade. My client base included several institutions such as the financial sector, hotel & hospitality including casinos, property development, e-commerce and internet hosting. During that period, I provided a range of services including corporate and brand identity, multimedia design, web development, marketing feasibility studies, and SEO.

In early 2000 my brother incorporated and managed his hosting company B2 Net Solutions Inc. and in 2008 I joined his company in the capacity of Brand Manager. In the three years that followed, we shared a unified vision to evolve B2 Net into a next-gen hosting company. It was by 2011 that we decided the company would need to reinvent itself to stay competitive and innovative in a highly saturated market, while solving the several industry pain points that were identified in our industry – specifically focused on customer service.

To differentiate ourselves further, we agreed it was necessary to launch and rebrand with a custom control panel that would give clients a better experience. By early 2013, ServerMania was founded as a result of completing a successful rebrand in less than two years. Through this rebrand, we established the essentials to position ServerMania as a strong competitor in the marketplace and by the end of 2013 we had already seen over 300% revenue increase.

At this point in time, I realized that I wanted to seek a permanent position as a partner in the company in the capacity of CMO in 2014. Since then, ServerMania has successfully expanded its network year after year. We now have eight data center locations across the USA, Canada, Europe and New Zealand.

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LowEndLOLs: Wonderpanel Acquisition

Tags: , , , Date/Time: January 18, 2021 @ 12:00 am, by raindog308

Enjoy another edition of LowEndLOLs!

Note: Reading on mobile may be better if you click on the comic to view the full-sized image.

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AcroServers – KVM VPSes in 37 Locations Worldwide from €5/Mo [North America(10)][Europe(20)][Asia(5)][Oceania(1)][Africa(1)]

AcroServers has returned, offering service in 37 datacenters around the world.  I think they’re going to be giving Amazon a run for its money in terms of geographic diversity soon.  From Amsterdam to Atlanta to Washington and Zurich, Acro has something in your neck of the woods.

We last featured them in October.  They’re back now with some bigger/badder offers, ranging up to 4GB of RAM.  They accept crypto, offer instant activation, and you can get 10% off with coupon code “lowendtalk”.

They’re a Polish company (NIP: 6871971968) and have published their terms of service, so be sure to give those a look over before signing up.  You can pay with PayPal, Bitcoin, or Credit Card.

Here’s what they had to say: 

“We offer instant activated VPS Cloud worldwide, 1Gbit/s (37 locations), 2Gbit/s (20TB bandwitch) and VPN services. Starting from 5EUR with already 1Gb/s. Our goal is to provide secured VMs and our policy is all about your privacy.”

So whether you’re connecting from Copenhagen, logging on from Los Angeles, shelling in from Sydney, or booting from Bucharest, AcroServers is nearby to offer service!  If you are signed up with them, please be sure to comment below on your experience.

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Poll: Did You Enjoy Our Interview Series?

Tags: , , Date/Time: January 16, 2021 @ 12:00 pm, by Jon Biloh

Starting in April 2020 we began interviewing industry leaders in the hosting and software verticals as part of our LowEndBox Q/A Interview Series. Now that our initial batch of interviews have been completed and published, we wanted to check in to see how our readers felt about the Q/A Series. A few months ago we asked for your feedback while we were in the middle of the Q/A Series so we are curious to see how, if at all, opinions changed.

If you’ve read the interviews, and we hope you have, are you enjoying them? If not, what are we missing? Please vote and then leave your comments below, we will be reading every comment and every vote in our continuous effort to improve.

Fresh Out of the Gate: Central Servers Debuts with $3.99/mo VPS in Kansas City, USA!

Tags: , Date/Time: January 16, 2021 @ 12:00 am, by raindog308

Central Servers is a new hosting company and James recently contacted us to get their first offer posted on LEB.

And when I saw new, I mean brand new.  But they’ve ticked off all the essentials: they’re registered in Florida (as SunBiz, L18000272503 FEI/EIN Number83-265590), running a proper datacenter (UnrealServers in Kansas City, USA), and have a special offer for LEB readers!  OK, I suppose that last one isn’t completely essential for business success but I highly recommend it to all providers.

Their VPS line ranges from 2GB up to 10GB but you can get started with 1GB for $3.99/mo!

They accept Paypal and Coinbase Commerce (which is BTC, LTC, ETH, USDT, XLM, etc.)  Be sure to review their terms of service.

I view our role here at LowEndBox as (to paraphrase the ABC Sports announcer) “spanning to globe to bring you constant variety in hosting!”  Part of that is featuring new and upcoming hosts.  Central Servers is unproven here so if you decide you want to give them a spin, please make sure to share your experience in the comments below!

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Guest Post: How to Succeed and Expand as a Business in 2021 by Dustin Cisneros, CEO of RackNerd

Tags: , , , , , , , , , Date/Time: January 15, 2021 @ 12:00 am, by raindog308

Continuing our Opinion-Editorial and Guest Article Series, today we are talking about how to succeed and expand in the new year as a business. Seeing that a good part of the LEB community are business owners or entrepreneurs themselves, we hope that you’ll be able to take home some valuable insights from this article.

Looking for a VPS for your business or your idea? Be sure to check out RackNerd’s exclusive LEB offers by clicking here.

With 2020 changing the entire global economy, only those who were creative, and nimble enough to pivot, while maintaining a customer-service approach were able to survive or even turn it into a better condition for themselves. To expand further on this subject we are talking to Dustin B. Cisneros, a 13-year hosting industry veteran, who currently serves as RackNerd’s CEO to get his thoughts on this subject. In 2020, Dustin led the growth of RackNerd’s new office space expansion, spearheaded the growth of his hosting company to 15 (fifteen!) additional datacenter locations, all while hiring more local talent. In a year where a lot of businesses were focused on cutting back, RackNerd had its focus and dedication towards expansion and did a fine job at executing growth. Dustin’s company is an exemplary example of how it is very much possible to be successful even in these new times that we live in, as long as you’re willing to put in the effort and operate with the right information.

So what can you do to expand and ensure your business continues to prosper and stay relevant? Here are some important key points:

  1. Promote, and then some more! Promotion is key to expansion. How can you get your brand more attention? Is it more marketing, more collaboration or perhaps investing in building out a productive, and structured sales team? And start thinking, how can you keep attention in the noisy and evolving world that we live in? Who really is your competition anyway? I’ll tell you what is – the media, the news outlets, Instagram, videos on TikTok, COVID-19, lockdowns/country shutdowns, protests, stock market… just to name a few trends in the past year. You are competing for attention against all this noise and outbreak going on around us. If you don’t have a customer’s full attention, how can you expect for them to transact and exchange with you? I want you to get your wheels spinning and start getting creative, and ask yourself, how can you not only get, but maintain attention in your marketplace?
  2. Focus on creating a new tomorrow. What you did in the past may have worked at the time, but might not tomorrow. Be willing to let go of fixed ideas or considerations. For example, try a new sales approach, or try a new marketing approach – while keeping an open mind. What other ways can you increase your value delivery to your customers? Previous considerations that you previously completely disregarded or ignored in the past, may just be what will take your business to the next level in 2021. 
  3. Absolutely no job is beneath you. As a business owner, you should be willing to get on the front lines, and communicate with your customers to find out their needs and wants. Don’t hesitate to get your hands busy – after all, you might just learn a thing or two about your business. Stay in communication with your company – that includes your customers, your vendors, your partners, and your team.
  4. Be ready to pivot. In 2020 after COVID-19 hit, only businesses who were willing and creative enough to pivot quickly were able to succeed and come out on the other side of this. Whether you realize it or not – COVID-19 forced people to pivot and change the way they normally do things – not just businesses, but people! Don’t be afraid to embrace new ways, and invest in increasing your knowledge and creativity. That way, when a particular area is forced to pivot, you may just be ahead of the game already, or if not – you’ll at least be able to quickly pivot to your surroundings, and move forward as a business. Don’t forget, you are responsible for creating your own success and outcome!
  5. Never lower your target. Write down your goals every day, and don’t hold back! Ever see someone set a resolution for New Year’s, only to not follow through on them a couple of months into the new year? The biggest reason why one loses motivation is that their goals and targets are not large enough, and/or justification was made to lower the target. For example, is it your goal this year to add $2 million a year in revenue? In this example, you should then make it your goal to add $20 million a year in revenue and never lower the efforts required to reach that target. Now is not the time for negative doubts, thinking impossible, or emotions – set giant targets, and start taking action, while maintaining maximum discipline and following the other key points I mentioned in my previous guest post. As the old saying goes, “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss it, you will land among the stars.” Give this a shot today, and keep at it, you’ll surprise yourself when you’re working to your maximum potential!

Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur, own a small business, or are seeking personal and professional growth, feel free to e-mail me at dustin@racknerd.com or connect with me on LinkedIn if there’s anything I can help with. If you’re local in Southern California, please feel free to visit our office space – I am always happy to connect!

Let’s crush 2021 together!

Editor’s Note: The opinions and context above are solely those of the author, Dustin Cisneros of RackNerd, and do not represent the opinions, values, or positions of LowEndBox. If you or your company would like to take part in a Guest Post, Interview, or Op-Ed, please contact the LowEndBox administration on our Help Desk

BulletHost: Keep Your Servers Online – No Matter What! (VPS in Netherlands from $3/mo!)

Tags: , , , Date/Time: January 14, 2021 @ 12:00 am, by raindog308

“Keep your servers online – no matter what!”

Bold words from BulletHost, who contacted us to share an offer with our readers.  They’re a Bulgarian company (registration 206112702) who’s been in the game since 2018.  This is their first appearance on LEB.

They offer a range of services, from shared to VPS to dedicated to RDP.  They state that they don’t keep logs for shared/VPS/RDP.

In their own words:

“Bullethost’s team initially consisted of two people only, the manager/web developer Teo and a system administrator called Niko.  Since we wanted to have something of our own Bullethost initially was meant to be a private hosting with a single dedicated server colocated in the Netherlands just for a group of friends to host their projects.

At first we didn’t plan on selling hosting or VPS servers to customers, but then we decided to open our services to the public back in late 2018 under the name “Cloudwall hosting”.  Slowly our website started gaining popularity and interest so in 2019 we rebranded our hosting to “Bullethost” and decided to offer more services than just regular web hosting.

In the beginning of 2020 we listed VPS and Dedicated servers as a service on our website and now we offer RDP servers and even custom deals depending on our customer’s needs.  We are unique because we make friends with our customers and for us quality and friendly communication is the number one priority.

Bullethost is not a huge corporate bussiness, it’s more of a service for regular people from regular people where you get both quality and great support at much lower prices.  We always took our customer’s ideas of improvement really serious and we are working hard everyday to provide excellent quality of service.

Bullethost is a place where both regular and new customers can get all their hosting needs fulfilled in a professional and timely manner.  See you onboard ! :)”

You can find their TOS on their website and you can pay with Bitcoin, Altcoins via Flyp.me, Credit/Debit cards and Paypal.

Remember that the LEB community would love to hear about your experience in the comments section below!

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Setting Up and Maintaining a Minecraft Server

Tags: , , Date/Time: January 13, 2021 @ 6:14 am, by raindog308

How to setup and maintain a Minecraft ServerIn this tutorial, we’ll show you how to setup a Minecraft game server on a Debian 10 VPS. But we won’t stop at just starting the server but also will cover

  • setting it up in systemd so it automatically starts/stops with the VPS boot
  • securing your Minecraft server with whitelisting
  • maintaining logs
  • backing up your Minecraft server so you can roll back to earlier versions

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How to install CyberPanel on CentOS 7 VPS

This article was contributed by Dustin B. Cisneros of RackNerd – a provider of shared hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting, dedicated servers, DRaaS, colocation, and more. If you are looking for a KVM VPS to run CyberPanel on, be sure to check out RackNerd’s latest LEB specials!

CyberPanel is a fantastic control panel for your VPS; it is powered by OpenLiteSpeed and provides a reliable and secure experience. If you want to install the CyberPanel control panel on your virtual private server (VPS), then you are at the right place. Today, we have brought a tutorial for you that will guide you through the steps of the installation.

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SKB Enterprise Offers 2GB VPSes for €3.99/mo in the Netherlands!

Tags: , , Date/Time: January 10, 2021 @ 12:00 am, by raindog308

SKB Enterprise has returned!  We first featured them in April of 2020, and then they stopped by again in September.  They’re from the Netherlands and run on some pretty speedy gear: NVMe SSD nodes and AMD Ryzen 9 CPUs.

So what’s on offer this time?

  • 2GB VPSes at €3.99/mo!
  • Or step up to 4GB at €7.99/mo!

In their own words: “These VPS servers run on our brand new super-fast NVMe SSD VPS nodes equipped with AMD Ryzen 9 CPUs giving a very high-performance VPS. We configure and build our VPS Hypervisors ourselves so we can achieve the highest performance. We only select RAM with the highest clock, NVMe SSDS with the best IOPS, Speeds for example.”

And to add a little about the SKB Enterprise:

“We are a hosting company operating from The Netherlands since 2013. We offer Webhosting, VPS, and dedicated servers from our datacenter in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on our premium rock solid network with A-brand hardware. We have staff available 24/7 to answer questions and resolve problems.”

They are registered in the Netherlands (company number 69737770),  They accept PayPal, CreditCard, Alipay, Wechatpay, Cryptocurrency (Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash), iDEAL, Sofort.  You can read about their Terms of Service on their web site.

Remember that the LEB community would love to hear about your experience in the comments section below!

Now read more to see the offers!

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