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Is Crowdfunding The Right Route For Your Startup?

Kickstarter_logoBy now, I’m certain you’ve heard of crowdfunding and how it has changed the face of business. Thanks to websites like Kickstarter, angel investors and VC firms are no longer the only means of securing funding for a startup. With a good enough pitch and the right marketing, a brand can fund itself directly through its future customers.

In theory, that seems like a dream come true for consumers and businesses alike. In addition to funding, startups get a ton of (theoretically) free marketing, and the opportunity to connect with customers. On the other side of the coin, the consumer gets to feel like they’ve a personal stake in the brand, making them significantly more loyal.

But is it really all it’s cracked up to be? Can a business really fund itself solely through platforms like Kickstarter? More importantly…can your business do so? Continue Reading →

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6 Tactics To Make Your Small Business Grow Up Big And Strong

childCultivating a business is in many ways like raising a child. For one, there’s a certain element of pride in witnessing its success – and knowing that you were at least partially responsible. For another, what you do in its formative years will determine pretty much everything it becomes when it grows to maturity.

In other words, if you mess up when your business is young, it’s probably going to be messed up when it grows older.

All analogies aside, the early years of a startup or small business are pretty much what makes or breaks it for the future. Larger corporations can survive a bit of mismanagement – companies like Facebook, and Microsoft, that have reached the ‘too big to fail’ stage. Small businesses, though?

They can’t. Not really.

Now that we’ve hammered in a bit of doom and gloom, let’s focus on actually giving you folks something of value, shall we?  Today, we’re going to talk about how you as a small business owner can successfully foster growth for your organization. In short, we’re going to go over how you can ensure your business grows up into a strong, successful syndicate and not a failing, dysfunctional firm.

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Why Moodle Has A Place In Every Classroom

moodle classroomLet’s face it - the modern education system is in desperate need of an overhaul. Most people are dissatisfied with how kids are being taught – in most schools, rote memorization is encouraged over truly critical thinking.

Worse, the majority of classrooms don’t do anything creative with their lesson plans, meaning far too many students are bored out of their skulls and not learning as a result.

In an effort to counteract this troubling trend, developers and educators across the world have taken it upon themselves to bring about a change in how students are taught at all levels of the institution. By leveraging the power of the cloud, mobile technology, and the Internet, they’ve managed to do some downright incredible things – take Teacher Gaming, which transformed Minecraft into a powerful educational tool. Unfortunately, there’s one small problem with many of these platforms:

They cost money that many educators may not necessarily have.

That’s where Moodle – Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment – comes in. Continue Reading →

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What’s The Difference Between A Lifestyle Business And A Startup?

beachYou’ve heard it before – behind every successful startup is a founder (or several) whose life is entirely devoted to the company. They work long hours, spending day after day marketing to potential customers, seeing to logistics, and romancing venture capitalists. In some cases, they become so devoted to their business that their personal relationships start to suffer.

Sometimes, their hard work pays off, and they start raking in cash hand over fist. People love the crazy idea on which they founded their business, and their startup becomes a full-fledged company. Occasionally, a startup becomes so successful that it gets snatched up by one of the greats – Google or Facebook or Microsoft or Apple.

More often, everything falls apart. The budding entrepreneur is left with naught but the ruins of a business they thought would work out; a pile of debt, an exhausted body and mind, and a gallery of fractured relationships. But that’s the risk you take when founding your own business, right?

That’s just part of being an entrepreneur, isn’t it?

Not exactly. For anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit, a traditional startup may not necessarily be the best choice. There’s another path you can take – it’s called a lifestyle business. Continue Reading →

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The Difference Between Virtual Private Servers, Dedicated Servers, And Cloud Servers

server roomSo, you’re looking into hosting for your business? That’s great! Just make sure you understand the different paths available to you. If you don’t know what your choices are, there’s a fairly good chance you’re going to end up making the wrong one.

That isn’t likely to kill your business, mind you – but it will end up costing you a tidy sum to correct your mistake.  Let’s see if we can help you avoid having to do so.  Today, we’re going to talk about three of the most widely-used hosting options on the web: virtual private servers, dedicated servers, and cloud servers.

What differentiates the three? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? More importantly, how can you decide which one is the best choice for your business? Continue Reading →

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Grow Your Business with Our Los Angeles and New York-Based Hosting

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As you already know, Server Mania had recently started providing its hosting solutions in Los Angeles, which means that we are now serving clients in both Buffalo New York and Los Angeles.

This expansion by Server Mania provides the ideal opportunity for you to expand your own operations.

By offering our comprehensive hosting solutions in two mega cities, Server Mania is your gateway to the world beyond both coasts. Los Angeles offers brilliant connectivity to Asia while our Buffalo-based services provide excellent connectivity to the UK and rest of Europe.

Take advantage of our coast-to-coast hosting solutions and grow your business. As always, you can depend on our unparalleled quality and excellent support regardless of your location.

Contact our sales team today at sales@servermania.com.  We will provide custom quotes and continue to offer you the best prices in the industry like we always do!

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How to Remove or Disable a Mail Group or Mass Forward in Plesk 11

The last video we did showed you how to add a Mail Group or Mass Forward on an email account in Plesk 11. Today we’ll look at how to disable this action and remove the mass forward or mail group from your email account.

If you have any troubles or questions while watching the video feel free to let us know on twitter or send us an email.

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How to Add a Mail Group in Plesk 11 (Mass Forwarding)

This video will teach you how to setup a mass forwarding or Mail Group within the Plesk 11 hosting environment. This is very similar to Plesk 10, but very different than Plesk 9 and before.

Although it is pretty straight forward, you can still connect with us on twitter if you have any questions.

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Removing an Email Redirect In Plesk 11

This video will show you how to remove a redirecting email address that you setup in Plesk 11. If you setup an email account to redirect or forward – this video will show you how to disable that forwarding or redirect.

If you have any questions open a tick with us or send us a note on twitter.

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Adding an Email Redirect With Plesk 11

Unlike Plesk 9 and prior, Plesk 11 does not use the same terminology for setting up an email redirect. This video will show you how to redirect an email account from within the Plesk 11 control panel.

If you have any questions open a support ticket or connect with us on twitter.

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