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By January 2020, 1.74 billion websites are live on the internet. Imagine how many servers are running just to keep these websites up. As the number of websites grows, hosting sites adjust to the demand. Luckily, small businesses or entrepreneurs have different options in deciding hosting companies for their websites.

We’ve narrowed down the Top 10 Dedicated Hosting Companies on the internet based on their price, value, and customer support.

1. HostGator

One of the most popular hosting companies is HostGator. It’s been in the hosting game since the early ‘00s and is one of the top choices by many small businesses, developers, and big brands. That makes them one of the Top 10 dedicated hosting companies on this list.

The HostGator dedicated server hosting starts at $119/mo for the Value Server with a four core and eight-thread CPU. The most expensive plan is $149, where you can get a 1TB SSD (Solid State Drive) and have a higher CPU capacity.

It offers the following features for its users:

  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Customization between SSD and HDD (Hard Disk Drive)
  • cPanel and WHM (Web Host Manager)
  • DDOS protection
  • Three dedicated IPv4 IPs

Users can choose to have a managed or semi-managed solution as well.

Blog Beginner says that HostGator’s dedicated server is best for those in the gaming business. Those with higher traffic can also benefit from the dedicated hosting server.

One of the cons of using HostGator is that there’s only one location for the server, which may cause a slowed down response time when someone isn’t accessing it from the US. HostGator receives mixed reviews about their support in general due to slow responses.

2. DreamHost

You can get a DreamHost Standard Server for $149/mo and 4GB ram as part of this plan. Pricing ranges from $149 to $379/mo.

Aside from that, you can get the following:

  • 1TB HDD
  • 100% uptime
  • Root access
  • DDOS protection
  • Unique IPv4 & IPv6 addresses

DreamHost only has a Linux OS, which developers may favor more. Even so, Is It WP says that DreamHost makes it easy for users to navigate and manage its built-in cPanel.

Website Builder Expert seems to lean towards HostGator or Bluehost for dedicated servers because the two websites provide more features than DreamHost.

3. A2 Hosting

For A2 Hosting, you have four options for Dedicated Server Hosting to choose from:

  • Unmanaged
  • Discount SSD
  • Managed Flex
  • Core Flex

An unmanaged server starts at $99.59, while their popular option, the Discount SSD Server starts at $129.30/mo.

Many users praise A2 Hosting for their service, but there have been reports of sudden account suspensions from those who have used the service.

4. Hostwinds

You can customize your Hostwinds dedicated hosting server based on your preferences. Their plans start at $75.00, and you can modify the following in your plan:

  • Server Drives
  • RAM
  • RAID
  • Operating System
  • Outbound Bandwidth
  • IP Addresses

That’s a plus for developers because it allows for more flexibility. However, Blog Beginner finds that the dedicated server plans lack features.

5. Liquid Web

You have ten server options starting from $119/mo for a two-year plan on Liquid Web. You can also decide where you can choose the hosting server (For the US, it’s in Michigan, Arizona, while in the EU, it’s only in the Netherlands). Their most expensive hosting plan is $549.00.

Liquid Web recommends using the Intel Xeon 1230 server for high traffic and multiple websites. Customers can get the following features:

  • 32 GB ram
  • Two 240 GB SSD
  • 5 TB bandwidth

They’ve received mixed reviews from users saying they had issues contacting support and had downtime as well. However, most of the reviews from Host Advice suggests that A2 is a reliable and responsive host with great customer support.

6. GoDaddy

Aside from being a website builder, GoDaddy has been a hosting service since 1997. 

If you want to save up on a dedicated hosting service, the Economy plan is their most affordable for small businesses. Moving up from there, their dedicated server plan starts at $129.99/mo. For those with demanding hosting needs, Godaddy’s $419.99/mo plan comes with a 256 GB ram and two 1 TB SSD. 

Other features included in the dedicated hosting server:

  • Bare metal server
  • RAID1
  • cPanel/WHM or Linux CentOS control panel

Hosting Advice says that GoDaddy is easy to use for beginners due to the speed and performance of their servers. They also have one of the best customer support in the industry.

7. GreenGeeks

Among the other dedicated hosting sites on this list, GreenGeeks prides itself as one of the eco-friendly options for hosting. They recommend going for a Standard Server that’s $269/mo. Included in the plan are :

  • 4GB memory, 
  • 2x 500 GB SATA Hard Drive
  • 10,000 GB transfer

Their most expensive server plan (Pro Server) is at $439.

Customer service gets the most praise from their Dedicated Server users. Others that use GreenGeeks raved that they offer great value for what you’re paying. However, similar to Liquid Web, server locations are limited. Web Hosting Secret Revealed mentioned there was a set-up fee that some hosting sites don’t have.

8. InMotion

You have only two options for InMotion. The Bare Metal Dedicated Server starts at $75.69/mo, making it one of the most affordable options on this list. However, InMotion suggests that it’s for administrators and developers. For small business owners, you can purchase the Managed Dedicated Server for $115.69/mo.

InMotion recommends the Advanced plan priced at $176.59/mo. For those with more to spare, you can opt for the CC-2000 server priced at $529.49/mo.

Benefits of Inmotion’s Dedicated plans:

  • Data transfer
  • Free IPs
  • Choice of data transfer (not available for the Essential Plan)

Support earns much praise from Inmotion users who left reviews in Host Advice. According to one customer, downtime is rare and that many software applications are available for the price. However, users find that InMotion features are lacking and that there’s no Windows support.

9. Ionos

Ionos has eight plan offerings for its users. The recommended plan for customers for the SSD plan is the XL-32 SSD priced at $110/mo for three months. Meanwhile, for the HDD plan, they recommend the XL-32 SSD priced at $90/mo for three months as well.

For those plans, you’ll get:

  • Unlimited traffic
  • Free domain
  • RAID 1

If you’re opting for a cheaper plan, you can go for their A8i SSD or A8i HDD, the SSD is at $45/mo for six months, while the HDD is at $40/mo for six months. Reviewers and users alike like the pricing, and it’s good value. That’s why it’s one of the top 10 dedicated hosting companies.

According to Tech Radar, even during testing, the server response is also performing well. However, they noted that it’s configurations aren’t up to par with other hosting companies. Some customers find that its interface isn’t user-friendly too.

10. AccuWeb Hosting

AccuWeb Hosting has different offerings depending on the type of server you need and your region. The abundance of configurations is perfect for anyone looking to customize their hosting needs.

Accuweb offers the following options:

  • Classic
  • Advanced
  • Infrastructure
  • Storage
  • High-Availability
  • Game

For the US servers, the most affordable is the USA-Vint Hill plan, which starts at $90/mo. They do a breakdown of prices once you click on the order now button and see that the plan is priced at $150/mo. The price range for the classic USA servers is $105/mo to $150/mo, depending on your configuration.

Their most expensive plan for the USA servers is the Storage-74 server priced at $1120/mo.

According to PCMag, for their $360 plan, you can get 250 email accounts and have a Linux OS. Since there’s also different pricing, many find that the hosting website is affordable. However, some customers noted that tech support could do a better job.

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Kuda Raises $55 Million Series B Funding Quicker Than Most Startups

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One of the most promising industries to launch a startup is in the digital banking or fintech sector. Untapped markets can become a goldmine for startups that aim to disrupt the banking infrastructure. And that’s what Kuda has experienced over the past couple of months. Read more about Kuda here and how they were able to raise millions for their Series B funding.

Kuda: An Overview

What sparked Babs Ogundeyi and Musty Mustapha to start Kuda? Excessive and inconsistent fees. Fueled to reduce that, they launched the fintech company to develop a savings app. Wanting to make banking easier and more accessible without any charges, the founders aim to change banking for Nigerians all over the world.

Series B Funding and Possible Kuda Expansion

Kuda raised $55M funding for Series B. For Kuda, this funding will be fundamental not only in the creation of new services on their savings app but also in launching it to Africans across the continent. Ogundeyi hopes that their app can become a widely used app for Africans globally. 

Expansion is vital for Ogundeyi and his team. He maintains that Nigeria is still a market crucial to their operations, but the funding will also go to expanding efforts.

Back in March 2021, Kuda raised $25M, all thanks to Valar Ventures. Back then, they had only 650K app users, but they doubled that number in August 2021, with registered users around 1.4 million.

This funding round is once again led by Valar Ventures. But Target Global and SBI have also played a role in helping the fintech startup raise $55 million. Target Global leader Ricardo Schäfer believes in the impact that Ogundeyi and Mustapha will have in Africa. But what excited him the most was the idea that 1 billion users would benefit from their app.

Faster Funding Rounds and Other Disruptors

It was surprising how quickly Kuda raised funding over the course of a few months, but it’s due to the current market conditions and the numbers presented to investors. A McKinsey report foresaw this growth, wherein digital financial services would become a major market. Plus, with inaccessibility, Kuda knew that they could change the way Africa could do digital banking.

Kuda isn’t the only fintech startup aiming to change the banking infrastructure in Africa. Other Fintechs changing the game are:

  • Airtel Africa
  • Chipper Cash
  • FairMoney

Meanwhile, here are the other fintech and banking companies also competing to stand out in the market:

  • Revolut and N26 (Europe)
  • WeBank (China)
  • Varo and Chime (U.S.)
  • Nubank (Brazil)

However, what makes Kuda stand out from the others is they have a banking license. With this in mind, they can develop services on their own. This will also help them create and develop other products and services and build credibility more than their competitors.

The Future of Kuda

Ogudenyi aims to launch their app to other African countries but won’t say where they’ll launch it. However, Kuda has an ongoing credit service (through an overdraft allowance) that proves the fintech startup is growing and moving forward.

He says that they do a pre-qualification screening for those who can receive credit. In the 2nd quarter of 2021, over 200,000 users were eligible. They gave over $200M in credit. And to ensure they remain with their purpose of creating their app, they do an allocation of overdraft proportion. It’s based on user activities, and they won’t overpay.

Due to Kuda’s promising mission towards banking in Africa, Valar Ventures seems eager to fund the fintech startup once more in the future. Andrew McCormack, a general partner of the investment firm, says that growth and population acceptance towards digital banking are factors in continuing their support.

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Sam Adams Is Brewing Space Beer

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SpaceX’s Inspiration4 mission was a raving success with the safety of the amateur astronauts confirmed when they touched down this past weekend. The first all-civilian space flight was historic in and of itself, but they did more than just visit. The four civilians also performed scientific experiments, made art, and brought up to 66 pounds of hops. Sam Adams is going to brew that into our very first “space beer.” 

That’s right, space beer. While we’re probably a way off from a space brewery, we’re definitely heading there with hops having visited space. If you’re wondering what they did with the hops in space, you’re not alone.

Far as we can tell, these hops simply made a trip farther into the heavens than any other hops before them. One might imagine a brewer saying, “one small hop for man, one giant hop for mankind.” 

No? Too lame? Anyway…

Booze. In. Spaaace. 

Sam Adams has been in the news lately with their Utopias beer being so strong it’s illegal in 15 states. While we don’t know the strength of this future “space beer” just yet, one University of Colorado research project suggests that beer brewed in space is higher in alcohol than those brewed on Earth. 

This is not the first alcoholic experiment in the heavens. In 1994, Coors participated in a test fermentation in space. In 2006, Sapporo produced a $110 six-pack using barley seeds that made a trip to space. In 2019, Anheuser-Busch sent several barley samples to the International Space Station to determine the effects of microgravity on barley seeds. Also in 2019, 12 bottles of Bordeaux were sent into space, giving them a value of $1 million per bottle. 

Turns out, if we travel somewhere, we want to know if we can get drunk. Take a look at Everest. If we trek, we drink. 

It’s just human nature. 

Space Beer… For the Children

In order to secure the rights to these space hops, Sam Adams made a donation of $100,000 to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital as part of the overall theme to Inspiration4’s mission. Isaacman, the mission leader of Inspiration4, is aiming to raise $200 million for St. Jude’s. Elon Musk has personally pledged $50 million to the hospital. 

By tossing some money to a good cause, Sam Adams is able to secure the rights to brew the first space beer from the world’s first all-civilian space flight. If the motivation to brew space beer is “for the children,” then we’re all about it. 

When Can We Drink This Space Beer?

Sam Adams’ future space beer has yet to be named. All we know now is that it will be a traditional West Coast IPA and will be on sale later this fall. Sam Adams has stated that it is excited to brew with the out-of-this-world hops. 

And why shouldn’t they be? Anything with a “genuine” space label should be exciting to produce. While they’re not the first brewery to experiment with space booze, Sam Adams is the latest and therefore the hottest. With our attention spans lately, it pays to be a trending topic. 

Sam Adams isn’t the only thing to come from SpaceX’s Inspiration4 mission. We have a lot to learn from this historic flight. While Sam Adams may be the most fun, there is plenty to look forward to in terms of scientific development. 

What is it that Sam Adams said? 

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom – go from us in peace.”

No, not that. The other thing. 

“This is Boston. Drink Accordingly.” 

No, that’s their current slogan. 

“America’s World Class Beer.” 

Nevermind. Call me when Sam Adams Space Beer is available.

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Scott Tong Shares Invaluable Product Design Insights and Culture for Startups

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Many startups are launching their businesses left and right, but some may not have a design plan in mind. This, in turn, could lead to challenges ahead for startups looking to stand out from the crowd. And it’s best that startups learn to value design and development. One such expert in the field is designer Scott Tong. He worked as the head designer for Pinterest and was the co-founder of IFTTT. Currently, he’s an advisor for Designer Fund. Here, we take a look at the advice he has shared for startups.

Scott Tong: Early Stage 2021 Tidbits

TechCrunch held their TC: Early Stage 2021: Marketing and Fundraising Bootcamp for early-stage startup founders from July 8 to 9, 2021. One of their guest speakers was Scott Tong. 

He spoke with Jordan Crook from TechCrunch to discuss early-stage design and its long-term impact on the startup. Plus, he even reveals how to find the right people for product design work. He disclosed two important points on what entrepreneurs should think about when it comes to design: reputation and existing vs. preferred.

For Tong, he considers a brand as the reputation of a company. Here, he examines the following ideas:

  • First impression
  • Repeated long-term behaviors
  • Unique and memorable moments

And the other point he brought up in Early Stage 2021 is “existing vs. preferred.” This means scrutinizing design and understanding how it matters in your company.

User: The Driving Force of a Product

Scott Tong is no stranger to TechCrunch. In his article for Techcrunch around four years ago, he emphasizes that when developing or creating a product, the one thing that matters is the user. He urges startups to ask the question, “what is right for the user?” than “who is right.”

In the article, he branched out three concepts that have value when it comes to developing a product. And finding the best people to understand your users.

The first of his points is about understanding and driving T-shaped people. It’s when you have someone well-versed in their field while collaborating with another person from another field. The best ones are curious, empathetic, and humble.

His second point deals with T-shaped people and user-centered thinking coming together. Your T-shaped people should always have the question of how to solve problems for users. And these T-shaped people will know that they can’t satisfy all of your user’s needs but identify the best solutions for your users.

Lastly, your startup should always know how to craft high-quality decisions. But what counts as one? He lists down what makes a decision, high-quality:

  • User-centric
  • Timely
  • Calculated
  • Communicated
  • Humble
  • Shared
  • Monitored
  • Considered
  • Balanced

Other Speaking Engagements

Early Stage 2021 wasn’t the only time Scott Tong shared his design insights and experiences as a founder. The Designer Fund advisor was a guest in the Startup Grind. In this event, he talked about being a designer for IDEO and Pinterest. At the same time, as a founder, he also touches on the subject of culture. 

He gives his advice for entrepreneurs who have lost their sense of purpose. He says to get in touch with values. Plus, he’s aware that disagreements are ever-present in any business setting. And to reduce friction, trust is key, and understand your team.

One other podcast tapped the ex-Pinterest Head of Design to discuss Design Entrepreneurialism. In this podcast, he talks more about his journey as a designer and working in the new venture: IMO Ventures. 

And the one thing he emphasizes about design is culture, which he also wrote in his TechCrunch article. Here, he says that design is connected to messages, wherein it means one thing to the designer and another to its viewer. That’s one way startups may look when considering product design.

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