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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.

Sam & His Korean Short Rib Sandwich

Foodie Friday: InMotion Welcomes Sam To The West Coast Systems Team

This past week, the LA InMotion office welcomed Sam, who transferred across the country from the Virginia Beach InMotion systems team.  And since he’s the “new” guy in this office, he had the honors of choosing this week’s Foodie Friday lunch.

Being new to the area, he asked the team for some suggestions.  So a safe choice that everyone in the office liked was good ol’ Mendocino Farms.

Sam & His Korean Short Rib Sandwich

This time around, I tried out one their new Fall seasonal sandwiches, which was the Korean Short Rib Sandwich (plus bacon!).  Sam also had the same sandwich (minus the bacon).

Korean Short Rib Sandwich & Jeff's Homemade Cookie

We both agreed that this sandwich was excellent!  The short rib meat was tender and the sesame chili glaze gave the meat a great sweet and slightly spicy flavor.  In addition, the cucumber-carrot kimchee, pickled red onions, and Asian pear relish were all very complimentary to the sandwich’s overall flavor!

Modern Tuna Melt on Gluten Free Bread & Squash Soup

The majority of the office also gave their lunches an above average rating, making this week’s total rating 4 stars.

Juliana & Her Chicken MBT

Other highly recommended items from Mendocino Farms were the Singaporean Dosa Wrap (which is another Fall seasonal item), the Sophisticated Chicken Salad, and the Modern Tuna Melt.

Singaporean Dosa Wrap

So as I’ve said before, Mendocino Farms is an excellent choice for fresh, gourmet sandwiches and salads.  Oh, and their soups and side salads are excellent too!

Korean Short Rib Sandwich (with Bacon) & Squash Soup

IMHhangout

#IMHhangout | Working from the Office vs Telecommute

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.

This weeks coming topic is ‘Working from the Office vs the Telecommuter’ which is aimed at getting web pros and freelancers together to share their experience on finding the perfect workspace for your digital day.

Questions to follow a round of introductions:

  1. Have you ever worked from home?
  2. What form of work do you do? #Webmasters, #Designers #Sysadmin
  3. What type of office do you think supports your type of work?
  4. Have you ever made use of CoWorking locations?
  5. Pros and Cons of Telecommute?
  6. Pros and Cons of Freelancing?

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, or even webpro employment opportunities! 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 lurk without jumping into the hangout if you’re too shy. Bear in mind this is an opportunity to showcase your knowledge and availability for hire. We’ll push on with the show and you can still interact using tweetchat.com here. We keep an eye on the live  twitter stream to highlight your say, as well as review every person’s input after the video broadcast.

Don’t forget to hard refresh our Google Plus Page to make sure you see or simply listen in on the hangout! Near the 2pm EST spot, you will have to re-open the page to check if the broadcast is live once everyone is onboard. Keep an eye on this blog page as details get added to see who’s joining in! As a special treat this week we are having our HR team join us so we’ll have some useful insight to present on who they look for!

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! Check out our previous Hangout on Blogging Here.

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!

Alex and a Biscuit

Alex G.’s Last IMH Foodie Friday

In honor of Alex G.’s last day with InMotion (of the West Coast Systems Dept.), he got to choose our lunch spot of the day, which was Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ.  And a good choice it was!

Even though I’m still on my health food kick, there were some delicious “semi-healthy” options here.  But I had to give in and have one of their famous biscuits with apple butter!  I’m learning that the key to staying healthy is not completely cutting out the bad stuff, but keeping it to a small portion. In other words, portion control!

For being a chain restaurant, Lucille’s is still pretty high up on the quality BBQ scale.  However, like with almost every restaurant, the food’s better freshly cooked and eaten at the restaurant as opposed to delivery.  But in general, the food’s still quite tasty.  So to no surprise, the West Coast IMH team gave this place a 4.3 star rating, which is one of the highest so far.  You can’t go wrong with good ol’ Southern-style BBQ and sides.

There weren’t any low ratings this time around, so basically, we recommend any of the BBQ items, whether the chicken, ribs, tri trip, etc.  And the sides are excellent as well, such as the Garlic Mashed Potatoes and the Southern Braised Greens. And of course, the biscuits and apple butter!

So if you’re into BBQ and Southern-style comfort foods, and feel like shopping before or after, check out Lucille’s at the Westfield Culver City Mall!

And thanks again to Alex for your time here!

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Vote 2012 Election Icon Pack

If you’re joining the current political debate, whether it’s on Sodahead or discussing Aaron Sorkin’s ‘The Newsroom’ make sure you stamp your presence with one of these nifty badges! Your voice adds weight to shared opinion, and helps towards an educated decision. We’ve developed these icons for you to use free of charge – whether you host a blog, website or debate of your own. All we require is that attribution is given back to www.InMotionHosting.com

The Topics covered are:

  • Economic Reform
  • Health Care Reform
  • Immigration Reform
  • Net Neutrality
  • Same-Sex Marriage
  • Tax Reform

Click on Image to visit election resources pack

 

Pure Energy Cafe - Southwest Turkey Roll Up

“Healthy” Foodie Friday: Pure Energy Cafe

Starting this past Monday, I decided that it was time for a food consumption makeover.  For the past few months I’ve indulged in tons of unhealthy food, such as lots of processed foods, red meat, dairy, fried foods, etc.  And my body’s finally given me a signal that it’s “No Bueno” for me.  With that in mind, I’ve forced myself to eat more fruits and veggies, less red meat and dairy, and basically more “healthy” choices.  And just within these past 5 days, I actually feel like I have more energy and feel less “bloated” (because of all the sodium I’ve consumed) than the past few weeks!   Now the challenge is keeping this up…

So for today’s Foodie Friday lunch, I wanted to spread the healthy eating with my coworkers and opted for the Pure Energy Cafe located next to the Spectrum Gym across the street. This place offers fresh made salads, sandwiches, soups, and many grilled dishes.  They even offer fresh made juices with health boost powders.

This is the second time I’ve had lunch from this place.  Now I can say both times have been excellent!  The rest of the office had a similar opinion, giving this place a 4 star rating.  Eating healthy doesn’t mean sacrificing taste quality!

Today I had the Salmon Over Greens, which was part of their daily specials.  It was delicious!  The salmon was cooked  and seasoned well!  I also got a little daring and tried one of their “Healing Organic Juices,” which was the Potassium Drink.  This was definitely a daring drink because it consisted of spinach, celery, parsley, and carrots.  Needless to say, it tasted like exactly what was in there.  I wouldn’t quite recommend this drink unless you’re a health nut…

Other highly recommended dishes from the team included the Grilled Chicken Chipotle Quesadilla, Grilled Chicken Jalapeno Melt, Tuna & Avocado Melt, Garden Veggie Burger, Southwest Turkey Roll Up, All Natural Sirloin Burger, Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad, and Rosemary Turkey Burger.  As you can see, a lot of highly recommended items!

The only items that got a below average rating were the Turkey Sandwich and Tomato Basil Soup, just because “they were nothing special.”

However, for the most part, this place is an excellent health food cafe to check out if you’re ever around the Howard Hughes Center!

 

 

 

 

Mendocino Farms' Spanish Chicken Wrap & Summer Squash Soup

A Sunny Summer Day With Mendocino Farms…

TGIF!!! 

It’s Friday, July 20th, and it’s finally looking and feeling like summer in Los Angeles!  Just a week ago, the sun seemed to be hiding in fear of the dreaded “Friday the 13th” date.  Seemed like the weather and date correlation was a little too coincidental…yikes.

Well today’s definitely more like the southern California summer that I’m familiar with.  And in celebration of the good weather out, we chose one of the office’s favorite lunch spots, Mendocino Farms, an excellent gourmet sandwich shop!

Mendocino Farms' Spanish Chicken Wrap & Summer Squash Soup

It looks like they’ve made a couple adjustments to their menu, which I’m personally happy about, such as making the Spanish Chicken a regular menu item!  One of my faves! And yes of course, that’s what I ordered today, but as a wrap, plus bacon, and a side of the Summer Squash Soup, yum!

With the exception of a couple of peoples’ sandwiches that were a little off today, everyone gave their order a 4 star and above.  Not surprising since we were basically weekly regulars at Mendocino Farms at the previous office.

Well as I mentioned earlier, there were two orders that were a bit off today. These were the Vegan Shawarma and the Chicken MBT on Rustic White bread.  The Vegan Shawarma didn’t fare so well because the vegan tortilla wasn’t able to hold all the fillings well and became soggy and fell apart.  Maybe go for a bread option if you ever give this item a try.  As for the  Chicken MBT on Rustic White bread, the bread seemed to be a bit oily from the sauces and dressings this time around.

Mendocino Farms' Chicken MBT Sandwich

On the other hand, two people actually gave their orders 5 stars today.  These items were the Sandwich Study of Heat and the Prosciutto and Roasted Chicken, and were quoted to be “Excellent” sandwiches.  And they weren’t the first ones to say that from our past experiences.

Well this time around there were actually a couple of new sandwiches, which were on the summer seasonal menu, that also received high ratings, the Shrimp Po’Boy and the Summer Cubano.  Definitely give these a try while they’re available!  I’ve tried the Shrimp Po’Boy before, and I agree, it’s quite tasty!

Well, since there were a few people out of the office today, the 2 lower rated items kind of skewed the rankings a bit more than usual.  Therefore, this week Mendocino Farms received a 3.8 rating.  But don’t be quick to judge just from one off day, check out our past review of this place, read up on our suggestions, and then try them out for yourself.  You won’t be disappointed!