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Introduction to Softaculous & cPanel

Our recent offering of the software “Softaculous” has probably left many of you wondering  what it is and how can it help you. Softaculous is a utility application within your cPanel used to help develop your  websites. It’s an auto installer program that comes with over 278 useful scripts and 1000 PHP Classes, any of which can be installed in just one step. In simpler terms, it’s a one-step method of installing useful apps, eCommerce solutions and CMSs to your website.

I’m going to demonstrate just how easy it is to use and how it can be a time saver for any inexperienced user. This newly featured software, which is provided for all of our cPanel hosting customers, makes building a website almost instantaneous.

Look under the “Software/Services” section  that appears towards the bottom of your cPanel. I’ve highlighted it’s icon below:

Opening up Softaculous gives you a beautiful Ajax powered dynamic menu, where options reveal as you rollover. Further ratings and descriptions expand when you hover over them. In addition, dynamic descriptions that reveal without you clicking through help you determine what will fit your preferences without leaving the screen and needlessly reloading a new page to investigate. Needless to say, it doesn’t take long to work out how to navigate Softaculous. It lives up to it’s hype and really offers one-step installs. After selecting one of the applications, you will need to fill out one set of fields for administration, and then the utility software takes care of the rest.

In the next introduction to Softaculous, I’ll be focusing in on specific installs. Why don’t you visit your cPanel login now and take a look around. You might find some website applications that are really worth investigating to add further usability or customer value to your website.

Space shuttle endeavor

#SpotTheShuttle InMotion Hosting’s Marketing Field Trip

We’re honored to have space shuttle Endeavour making it’s final stay here in Los Angeles. Here at our west coast office situated overlooking the airport, it’s just a walk to see the shuttle situated at one of it’s stops on it’s 12 mile trip to the LA museum. Our building is situated fairly close to the shuttle’s route, which means the commute into our office, as experienced by a number of us here, was spotty with road closure preparations. A small price to pay to feel the awesome presence in person – and “awesome” is a much overused word, but the only one that really suits seeing the shuttle up close.

To recap with the whole journey, the shuttle carrier aircraft took off just over two weeks ago on September 17th, piggy-backing Endeavour on it’s last flight across the United States. Since 1981, space shuttles have been landing at Edwards Air Force Base and have been transported across America to their takeoff site at Kennedy Space Center. Very few people have had the privilege to come close to a shuttle, nor has there been any effort to make an extra show of low flying pass-overs. The focus is merely to get the job done.

Endeavour’s final journey however, was a real mission to say goodbye. It was to spend two days traveling across America with low-flying tours at below 1500ft from the space coast, New Orleans, a stop-over in Houston, and then Edward’s Air Force Base before coming to Los Angeles and beginning two weeks of detaching from the aircraft carrier and processing.

The project is huge, but only to match the majesty of this feat of combined human efforts in engineering. If you follow the hashtag #SpotTheShuttle on Twitter and on Google Plus, you’ll see the incredible montage of people’s snapshots documenting Endeavour’s journey. Endeavour will be assembled in an upright launch position and rebuilt with her rocket boosters in position as testament to her memory.

wordcamp-losangeles

Proud Sponsors of WordCamp Los Angeles

The past weekend drew a crowd of those eager to learn about WordPress to Loyola Marymount University where WordCamp LA curated speakers for all levels of Blogging Enthusiasts. On the closing day of the weekend we were proud to open up our Los Angeles office for developers to relax, network and enjoy lunch on us!

Registration at WordCamp LA

Registration at WordCamp LA

Team InMotion Hosting at WordCamp LA

Team InMotion Hosting at WordCamp LA

Packed Seminars at Loyola Marymont University on WordPress

Packed Seminars at Loyola Marymount University on WordPress

Don't ask me to fix your computer

Don't ask me to fix your computer

InMotion Hosting goodies

InMotion Hosting goodies

WordPress Developer Day Kicks off at the Office

WordPress Developer Day Kicks off at the office

Showing off gadget paper

Showing off gadget paper for synching dev notes to screen

Organizers of WordCamp LA with more goodies

Organizers of WordCamp LA with more goodies

Are we working

Are we working?

It was a great opportunity for us to chill out with our fellow WordPress fanatics, and also find new ways of working together. There were a cozy few who made it to Developer Day hosted at our Los Angeles office, and not only observe what it was like working here, but also to forge some amazing relationships with the @InMotionHosting team.

Jason, our Affiliate Manager, was available to speak to those about monetizing their blogs, as well as myself who is looking forward to introducing our panel of expert guests to do a live broadcast here on #IMHhangouts.

 

 

 

IMHhangout on mobile devices

#IMHhangout | Do Mobile Devices Really Increase Productivity?

Click this Image to Circle us and join our hangout! Wednesdays 2pm-3pm PST Western Time.

Our weekly webmasters live Q+A is a broadcast via Google Hangouts supported with a live twitter chat stream #IMHhangout.

With the talk of the release of the new iPhone 5, we decided to make our topic ‘Do Mobile Devices Really Increase Productivity’. We hope that our audience of web pros, gadget geeks and those that postulate working on the run will share with us their experience working while away.

Questions to follow a round of introductions:

  1. What mobile devices do you own? #iPhone #iPad #netbook
  2. What form of work do you do? #Webmasters, #Designers #Sysadmin
  3. Do you use your device for work or personal organization?
  4. Lets see which apps you use for each group: #personal #office
    1. PicSay for Androids, LogMeIn.com for remote desktop, Host CPanel iPhone/Android App
  5. How many hours daily do you spend on your mobile device? #texting #sharing
  6. Who or what is really doing the driving?
    1. I threw this sophomoric question in for debate!

So! Whether you’re a traditionalist who prefers doing things in person or keeping work to a focused time-frame rather than jumping to every alert that comes in, here’s an opportunity to find out if those that are really ‘connected online’ fare any better at productivity.

The event will go live both on Twitter using the #IMHhangout Hashtag and on Google. So you can lurk without jumping into the hangout if you’re too shy. We do want you to showcase your tech savvy reviews of mobile gadgets, to help the rest of us decide what we really want. Please interact using tweetchat.com here, and we’ll keep an eye on the live twitter stream to mention your name, and find out what products you root for.

How to Find the #IMHhangout

  • Look for our Custum URL [or click here]: google.com / +inmotionhosting
  • Type ‘InMotion Hosting‘ into google plus search to find our brand profile page. On your mobile device you have to do this through ‘people‘ [not circles] profile search to view our page profile.
  • Do a hard refresh [hold down shift + refresh] near broadcast time to make sure our google plus page refreshes and shows you the invitation to ‘join hangout

We received a comment on one of our hangouts that one viewer couldn’t jump in. So I decided to test it out and sure enough Google hangouts do work through iPhones and mobile devices. Unfortunately we cannot explain why some of you get messages like this:

“This hangout is not currently supported on this device” – So we are aware difficulties like this do happen, as this is what I saw on my iPhone. I’m looking forward to suggestions from other mobile people on how they overcome this. In the mean time the only suggestion I have is to leave the G+ app, and restart it if you see this message come up. Even so, please don’t let this hold you back! We value your input through the TweetChat hashtag, make sure you tag your conversation with #IMHhangout so that everyone in the community can see your voice!

Keep an eye on this blog page as details get added to see who’s joining in! We are looking forward to giving you all a spot here in the live broadcast – so make sure you jump in

Circle us!

@InMotionHosting #IMHhangout will be hosted by @JulianaPayson.

Our team to welcome you and help you in the live chat are:

@AnieA203 – Our in-house Graphic Designer, will be scanning our Tweetchat

@IMH_Affiliate – Our Affiliate Manager, will be keeping a deft eye on G+ and hopefully making sure you can jump in.

@Maria_InMotion – Our SEO and Partner Specialist will be watching out for people on Facebook to make sure you get a mention.

Here’s this week’s Hashtracking report which shows that we had over 127,000 impressions on this hangout! Thanks this week to @Brianna5mith who was our top contributor on Twitter from the Business Branding world.

CPanel

Over 100 New Applications Only One Click Away!

Starting Thursday, September 13th through Wednesday, September 19th, we will be rolling out easy installs for over 100+ additional applications and improving the management of applications that you already have installed. This upgrade is FREE for Business Class hosting customers. You can access the new application installer through your cPanel by clicking on the Softaculous icon.

If you are a VPS or Dedicated Server customer, you may upgrade to Softaculous for $5 per month or $50 per year through AMP.  Softaculous will be replacing Fantastico for all Business Class customers, but we will continue to support it for all VPS and Dedicated Server customers who already have it installed. For more information, please visit our Support Center.


IMHhangout

#IMHhangout | Webmasters live Q&A: How to build your blog

Click this Image to Circle us and join our hangout! Wednesdays 2pm-3pm PST Western Time.



September sees the launch of our weekly webmasters live Q+A broadcast via Google Hangouts supported by the twitter chat stream #IMHhangout.

This weeks coming topic is ‘How to Build Your Blog’ which is aimed at getting webmasters together to share advice, tips and opinions on how to launch and develop an audience for your blog.

Launch Questions:

  1. Which Blogging Platform do you use and why?
    1. See WordPress.com WordPress.org Drupal.com Joomla.com for installable CMS Platforms
  2. Which Industry are you blogging within?
    1. We have several people from the Technology Vertical, but also creatives blogging from their passion like Filmmaking. Be sure to make note of seasonal trends and weekly differences for your Industry, including down to the popular traffic hours.
  3. Any special tools you can’t live without for your blog?
    1. Jason recommends ‘Ninja Affiliate’ as a WordPress Plugin for affiliates. Here is a link to Special Themes and plugins for different industries.
  4. Favorite resource sites for themes, and design?
    1. Take a look at Anie’s suggestions here. Jason suggested RocketTheme.com and TemplateMonster.com
  5. Did you auto-install your blog, or set it up from scratch?
    1. I’ve used Auto-Installers Fantastico and Softaculous. If you have to do a manual install or migration then please check out our support center.
  6. How long before you saw good traffic to your blog?
    1. My experience has been 6 months, please tell me your story in the comments!

This hangout is not just for those starting from scratch, but also those who are willing to share their great experience to others that might be looking for some webmaster help.

Simply Hover over the event at the bottom of this post and add it to your calendar.

The event will go live both on Twitter using the #IMHhangout Hashtag and on Google. So you can listen in, join in on twitter even without jumping into the hangout if you’re too shy. We’ll push on ahead and you can interact with the show using either tweetchat.com here, we’ll be watching and sharing your voice to the rest of the audience so make sure you introduce yourselves.

Don’t forget to refresh our Google Plus Page to make sure you see or simply listen in on the hangout! Keep an eye on this blog page as details get added to see who’s joining in!

Circle us!

@InMotionHosting #IMHhangout will be hosted by @JulianaPayson.

Our team to welcome you and help you in the live chat are:

@AnieA203 – our in-house Graphic Designer,

@IMH_Affiliate – our Affiliate Manager

Here’s a sneak peak at the Hastracking report which shows that we had over 95,000 impressions on our first hangout!

Google+ Hangout

Join Us in Google Hangouts!

Google+ Hangout
We recently launched a survey, as we’re sure you’re interested to find out where you compare to the average website owner in promoting their online business. There is a confusing array of options out there for you to attract a bunch of web visitors and clients for your online start-up business, so where are people hedging their bets and placing their money – if at all?

In this Google Hangout we’ll be joined by some Online Marketing tool representatives from the SEO, and Social Media world to help you decipher what it all means and where you could be best off budgeting for your self promotion. Bookmark this post and come back later as we update the key attendees you’ll be getting direct access to ask those burning questions in this free session!

Add the calendar below to make sure you don’t miss this great opportunity to join in and find out as we reveal for the first time some interesting stats on where you told us you prioritize your time on the world-wide-web!

Join us here! –> InMotion Hosting’s Google+ Page
Simply hit the ‘Hangout’ Button to join in.

Where? InMotion Hosting G+
When? Wednesday 9th May 2012 –> Add this date to your calendar here

Online Marketing Budget

How much do businesses really spend on Online Marketing?



Hi, and THANK YOU for spending the time to contribute a bit of research that we’ll later present as a set of infographics. We want to help you find out how you compare to the average web hosted business owner in terms of your investment in time and money on the web. There’s hundreds of tools and tweaks you can apply to getting customers to your website, but how do all these techniques really stack up where it really counts? – And that’s if you use them or not! The form is completely anonymous, and we bet you’re dying to know if you’re the average spender or tight purse when it comes to marketing your business online. So, How much do you really spend? Check back to our blog http://inmotionhosting.com/blog to see the results soon!

Interstate Skills Training AKA Systems Bootcamp

IMH is taunting our techie knowledge-base this week as we flew in Trey from our Virginia Beach office to take the lead with training our new associates here in Los Angeles.

We have recently increased our Los Angeles division with new hires to manage our ever-growing server systems. Rather like Jordie LaForge heads up engineering of Star Trek, we had Trey to bring our guys up to speed with hands on training while under Nerf Gun attack from the marketing department.

His specialty is the systems-specific, advanced-level training, which comprises mostly of investigative analysis work to proactively reach out to our customers before they hit a resource issue. Our Systems team are the core the company stands on and will handle customers who may have advanced concerns like being unable to handle server problems themselves in case they couldn’t figure out their root access.

Trey is successfully flying home to Virginia Beach this evening after commenting

“Well the turbulent weather wasn’t expected from LA” – Yes we had ‘electrical storms’ here! “…and I think I successfully trained our systems core team to manage any high pressure situations” – (That marketing team improvised and simulated using Nerf guns from across the office heheh.)

Open House Office Party

InMotion’s Open House Friday!

Office Party Friday!

We were all excited to unveil to the masses the office space we had worked so hard at into making our own. The doors opened to the office kids (children and friends of the Owner and Associates of the company) who were already pretty familiar with showing us around our playroom work space.

A recurring theme in and throughout the office are colored big-ball lighting arrangements, yoga balls, and koosh balls. Something already in place before the party started but set the fun theme up for our guests.

We had our own bartender, buffet, and rolling TVs set up to distract us from working while the guests poured in from building management to neighbors and friends.