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Foodie Friday: Freaky Friday The 13th Edition

It’s Friday, the 13th of July, and it’s gloomy and damp outside.  This is quite unusual weather for southern California during this time of the year.  The weather strangely seems to be connected with this superstitious date because the last time it was Friday the 13th, the weather was the same! Well, I hope it goes back to normal summer SoCal weather after today.

Well here in the office, to add to the eeriness of this day, we’ve been having a Friday The 13th movie marathon playing on our projector screen!   Hmmm, and the guy sitting next to me’s name happens to be “Jason!” …ch…ch…ch…ha…ha…ha…

 

FOOD TIME…

Hah, okay, on to Foodie Friday…

Today, we opted for another round with Ekkamai Thai.  This time around we gave this place 4.2 stars!  This is about half a star higher than the last time.  I think this time around, everyone had a better idea of what to order from this place.

Pad Ekkamai

The majority of the office ordered noodle dishes such as Pad Ekkamai and Pad See-Ew, which were given high ratings.  I myself ordered the Pad Ekkamai with combination meat (chicken, beef, pork and shrimp).  I personally found all of the types of meat to be a bit under-seasoned, except for the shrimp, which was very tasty!  Next time I’ll know to stick with the shrimp option for this dish.  But overall, the noodles were excellent and full of flavor.

For the rest of the InMotion Hosters, there were some different items this time around that were also given high ratings, such as the Sesame Chicken Salad, Garlic and Pepper Chicken, and the Shrimp and Crab in Curry Sauce.  These were all given 5 stars, so definitely give them a try!

On the other hand, there were a couple dishes that just received average ratings, such as the Chicken Pad Thai dish and the Spicy Mint Noodle with Tofu.

Spicy Mint Noodle w/ Tofu

It seams like this time around, most dishes were very well received, which leaves me to the conclusion that Ekkamai Thai definitely has more to offer than just their noodle dishes.  So next time, I’ll venture out on their menu a bit more!

Oh, and one last thing I forgot to mention, if you haven’t tried Thai Iced Tea before, definitely try it from this place!

Thai Iced Tea

Wordpress App

WordPress App – Essential tool for remote blogging

I need to have connection at my fingertips to check in at ease on several of my websites. In fact this has only become a feasible option very recently, and made especially accessible with WordPress Blogging Platform. For my mobile tools, I use a mobile tablet browser, a wifi hotspot, and an iPhone. Each of my browser devices has various apps installed to connect to the websites, including my favorite of course, ‘WordPress’.

You can find and install the free WordPress by Automattic App in both the iTunes App Store, and Google Play. Once installed I keep it handy in the immediate wallpaper on both of my devices.

The WordPress Mobile App

Before you can configure the app, you have to enable remote blogging from your WordPress installation:
Go to Settings >> Followed by ‘Writing’ and scroll down to check the ‘Enable XML-RPC’

Now your mobile devices should be able to connect to the administration of your WordPress, and you’re ready for configuring your mobile client for posting directly to your blog! The difference between using WordPress Client App for remote publishing, is that you avoid the extra steps of logging in via your browser WP-admin page. The App retains an API permission with your administrative back-end, so getting on with productivity is simply faster and skips a lot of navigational clicks down into the system. I have advised many clients to get onto this system, and since they rarely access full administrative interface, I tend to feel a lot more secure that they are not interfering or tweaking with the actual PHP code and site structure.

The WordPress App is very simple to set up:
I select the ‘self-hosted’ for my client’s blogs, it’s pretty useful even for those managing multiple sites.

wordpress app setup

Now that your WordPress app is configured for each of your blogs, I tend to use the tablet for note-taking and constructing articles on the go, and the smaller screened device for keeping up-to-date with incoming comments:

The downside to having this level of connectivity is that you do have to be fairly organized with your time management, your productivity can increase, but not if your addiction to checking in on your hosted blogs takes over your focus for your own relaxation time!

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Create your Global Avatar

Have you wondered how there are a few who respond to blog posts with such preparedness their photo appears everywhere? Do they really spend more time than you to upload their profile pictures on every site they comment on? Chances are no, if you go to Gravatar.com you can do a one time upload, and everytime you comment on someone’s site your image will show rather than that empty silhouette. It also helps make sure your comment doesn’t go unnoticed, webmasters frequently have to deal with a tonne of spam comments and sifting though comments to authorize legitimate ‘real’ profiles.
If you’re stuck for a suitable photo for your blog commenting addiction, head over to some of these fun suggestions to create your own avatar:

1./ Face Your Manga

Personal favorite, lots of customizations, from freckles, make-up to scars and accesories.

faceyourmanga.com

2./ Clay Yourself

Ever wanted to see yourself as a clay model or maquette? Not only can you customize your clay-self, but you can set the stage, script it, and see an animatic of yourself. Screen capture the complete version  to create your avatar.

clayyourself.com

3./ Digibody’s Caricature Maker

This avatar creator makes you a simple pencil drawing illustration of yourself.

http://digibody.com/avatar-maker/index.php

4/ Yahoo! Avatars

Make a cartoon portrait of yourself here with hundreds of options and styles.

avatars.yahoo.com

5./ Meez

Create a 3D Animated Avatar

This one is a bit memory hungry on the browser and I had difficulty just getting my Java to work. But if you have the patience to wait for your bandwidth consumption with all the adverts on their website the Animated Gif is a cute effect!
Plenty of customizations available.

 

Facebook Template

Pin this FB Filmstrip Hack [Cool Facebook Template]

Download the FB Filmstrip Template here:

Facebook Template

A little while ago we published a Photoshop Template complete with Guidelines so you could create your own Facebook Page Timeline cover. Now here’s a quirky template for you to customize presentations of your Facebook Albums on the Timeline.

You better Pin this useful map of how filmstrips work on Facebook!


a. New Images, Appear Left-to-right. Facebook will automatically present them on your timeline in this order. It’s always the first photo of your set in the primary position, followed by a string in the order you uploaded them underneath. Simple? try to keep it that way as an album of four images at a time, because further uploads to the same album can start to become messy…
b. Further uploads in the same time frame, Right-to-Left. will appear as a film strip with the most recent thumbnail on the left. Facebook will only show the latest 3 uploaded photos. All photos no-matter what their layout will be re-framed to a centralized square of 133px to display as the thumbnail in the film-strip.
c. Additional edits to the album, can end up with your timeline post looking a bit tricky. Removing images from the stream, additions to the album that aren’t in groups of three, will end up in the film strip showing the two earliest un-presented additions to the album in the left-to-right format, with the latest image up front.
d. Highlighted album will show the film strip running Left-To-Right in order of upload, no matter if you swap images around in your album afterwards

Here’s our attempt at the Facebook Album Hack;

I’m looking forward to screencapping a bunch of reader’s responses so get on and show me your FB Hacks!

 

 

Giant Sub Sandwich

And The Food Fest Continues…

Today marks the first Friday of Summer 2012!  The sun’s out and about and we’re very fortunate here at the LA InMotion Hosting office to be able to enjoy the clear, sunny skies through our 11th floor view.  Today’s a perfect day to go out and have a picnic, or at least eat picnic-esque food.  So today’s pick was Olive It, Westchester’s neighborhood deli.  They started off as a specialty foods distributor, then moved onto creating their own custom marinades for olives.  These days, they’ve branched out to specializing in fresh sandwiches, Jersey Shore subs, salads, and soups.

Olive It was a perfect fit for a nice sunny day.  The West Coast IMH team gave this place a 3.9 star rating, which is pretty good for this group of foodies.  Olive It really gives you your money’s worth in portion size!  Check out the size of this sub sandwich!

Giant Sub Sandwich
Not only are the portions ridiculous (in a good way), but they give you quality as well!  Their deli meats are quite tasty and they’ve got an excellent selection of side dishes.  I highly recommend their “Mom’s Potato Salad!”  The majority of people who ordered subs were very happy with their selection.  As mentioned earlier, their meat quality is great and the other ingredients, such as the cheeses and veggies were complimentary of each other.

However, the only thing that I think can be improved is their bread quality, or at least their sub rolls.  The bread was a bit too thick and dry for my liking.  But I’d give them another try with another bread option.

On the other hand, one of the only few disappointments from the group was with the Olive It Salad with chicken and feta cheese.  Their reason being was that it was a bit too healthy and an overload of veggies.  So I guess if you opt for this salad, don’t expect to get a hearty meal, though the presentation is nice and colorful.

Olive It Salad

Lastly, the other item that did not get as good of a rating was the Build Your Own Sandwich (on wheat, with tuna, cheddar cheese, and all condiments, but no mayo or oil.)  Basically, “there was nothing special about this sandwich.”

Well, for the most part, the majority of the office gave about a 4 star rating on their food orders today, so if you’re in the mood for a good deli sandwich and are in the Westchester area, definitely give Olive It a try!  One last thing, I just realized that no one here actually tried any of their specialty olives, guess I’ll be going back to give that a try!

Chipotle Sub w/ Roast Beef

 

Twitter Chat Calendar

Twitter #Chat Times | Auto-copy to your Calendar these Unmissable Social Media Events

Twitter Chat Calendar

twitter chat on #socialmediaEver gone glassy eyed at the constant chatter about social media? It probably gnaws at you somewhere that you’re supposed to join into some ‘senseless nonsense’ just to  have a business presence.

Perhaps you’ve taken a skirting look before through your Chat Client Window and seen the barrage of promoters, all saying their piece of advice on social media. It’s no wonder at that point if you think there’s no room for you in that stream, or as soon as you do tweet something out it would be buried and in effect useless to you.

Well, I’ve curated the best places to start learning! Twitter hashtag chat streams are rather like interactive radio shows, and people flock at various times to tune in. I’ve scheduled a calendar of these chat panels, where you are free to interact with the experts and gain some great business advice on integrating your online business – with social media.

Sunday Twitter Chats:

  • #Likeable with Dave Kerpen – Social Media Trends for marketers to look out for
  • #Blogchat with Mack Collier – All about promoting your Blogsite

Monday Twitter Chats:

  • #MMchat with Jeff Ashcroft focusing on Media Managers, ask the experts.
  • #SocialChat with Alan Knecht You get to drive the conversation!
  • #JournChat with Sarah Evans, interaction for journalists and PR professionals.

Tuesday Twitter Chats:

  • #sMMManners with Dabney Porte – Learn about Social Media Etiquette
  • #SMbiz with John and Chrisanne Sternal – Business chat for businesses on using social media
  • #pr20chat with Heather Whaling – A chat for PR professionals

Wednesday Twitter Chats:

  • #CmgrChat with Jenn Pedde – Community Manager Chat
  • #SMchat with Chris Jones – A different topic on Social Media Each Week
  • #wjchat from @wjchat – tech journalists on the web!

Thursday Twitter Chats:

  • #MyBlogGuest with Anne Smarty – all about getting your guest publications on the road
  • #BWEchat by Blogworld – Keynote speakers, and pro bloggers from Blogworld Expo.

Friday Twitter Chats:

  • #CMGRhangout – Hosted by Tim McDonald for community managers with a live video stream in google hangouts.

Simply auto copy these schedules to your calendar. There’s a feature in this calendar to click on each event. Set your calendar to auto announce upcoming events, so you won’t forget to watch the stream or pose some of those questions you’ve been dying to ask the experts.

Hangar19 Tri Tip Plate

Frrriiidddaaayyy!

It’s the second week of June and less than 2 weeks away to the official beginning of summer, but here at the Los Angeles InMotion Hosting office we’re already in summer mode!  In celebration, we choose an appropriate restaurant for the grillin’ season, Hangar19 (The Mesquite Grill).

Hangar19 Burger

Since we’ve actually already reviewed this place before, I’ll keep it short and simple.  This time around we gave this place 3 stars.  Honestly, most people would’ve given a higher rated if we were actually dining in instead of take out.  The food was pretty cold by the time it got delivered, and some of the dishes, such as the mac and cheese, did not travel well.  It was stiff and tasteless.

However, the highest rated dishes were the Tri Tip Plate with Cajun sauce and a side of Grilled Broccolini w/Lemon Zest and the Grilled Shrimp Plate.  Very tasty!

Hangar19 Tri Tip Plate

On the other hand, the Grilled Chicken Breast Plate and the Hangar Turkey Sandwich did not seem to please the palates of those who ordered them.

Hangar19 Turkey Sandwich

Though Hangar19 only received an average rating from our office, I have to say that the two dishes that I’ve tried there, which were the Italian Sausage Sandwich and the Tri Tip Plate with the side of Grilled Broccolini w/Lemon Zest have been pretty good!  So I would recommend those items, but they would probably taste much better eaten at the restaurant.

Until next time, happy eating!

Hangar19 Grilled Shrimp Plate

 

Facebook Cover sizes (520x400)

Smarten up your Facebook Brand Page with our Adobe Template

We’ve put together a Facebook Template Download of some standard facebook sizes:

  • Facebook Cover Photo 851 x 315 px
  • Facebook Profile Photo 160 x 160 px
  • Facebook Tab Photos 112 x 75 px

Click here to download the facebook cover photo template –>

Now to get started, what I really mean by ‘Smarting up your Facebook Brand Page’ is actually a double-entendre. I won’t go into the specifics of setting up Facebook Timeline here, because I’ve given you the template, and aspects of design related optimization are a whole area of study.

Instead I’m going to focus on making smarter use of your Facebook Brand page, exposing some of the recipes to get you the most clickthrough, traction, and interaction. Obviously most brands that have a lot of consumer awareness about them are already going to have visibility and so probably aren’t optimizing the most out of their pages. I’m not saying they don’t need to, they just aren’t concerned with it.

However, the tact has to be a lot more objective for the start-up, small business owner, or consultant level business. Your numbers are going to be small to start with, every fan counts, and here’s what I recommend to make sure you aren’t losing out on every single opportunity that presents – In a nutshell.

Facebook Links

There is NO excuse to not capitalize on click-through to your website. After all, you’ve gone to all that effort of branding your page using our facebook template, and you want your customers to find you. Don’t anticipate or expect people will be inclined to navigate to your ‘About’ page when you can remove that extra step and Facebook will GIVE you a live link back to your website. This link will appear right in the heat zone where visitors will first  see it.

Here’s how to get the live link showing right where your new fans can click through to check you out:

  1. As page administrator, click the ‘About’ section. It will open up a page description.
  2. Look for the opportunity to ‘Edit’ in the right-hand corner. Click that to open up a form page.
  3. Somewhere near the bottom of the form page there is the ‘About’ field. No HTML is accepted here so you can’t put in strings of <a href=”code”> in here! However, if you prefix your url with [http://] like –> http://YOURDOMAIN.COM Facebook will automatically convert it to a live link.

The same process of applying a prefix to your domains ‘http://’ will often be converted on many sites not just Facebook to a live link, so it’s a habit to definitely take on board.

National Donut Day

Yes, It’s Fooodie Friiiday!

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to another edition of InMotion Hosting’s Foodie Friday’s!

It seems like every other Friday lately is some kind of “National (insert unhealthy food type) Day?”  Leave it to us Americans to have days of the year dedicated to glorifying unhealthy food choices haha.  Well, I’m not complaining.  I LOVE having an excuse to indulge in unhealthy treats heh.

Today’s no exception to the unhealthiness of a “National Food Holiday!”  In fact, it’s probably the most unhealthy of the food types……..

National Donut Day

National Donut Day!!!

Yet again, I only find out about it after our lunch time, soooo, this means I know what dessert I’m having for din din!

Anyway, backtracking to today’s lunch.  We opted for yet another nostalgic place that we used to order from back at the Marina del Rey office, Ekkamai Thai.  This is one of those places where you gotta know what’s good, otherwise their food can be pretty mediocre.  That being said, the office gave this place  3.75 star rating.

Ekkamai Thai

The highest rated dishes included the Pad Ekkamai (w/ chicken or beef), Pad See-Ew (w/ chicken), Orange Chicken, Steamed Pork Dumplings, Yellow Curry (w/ chicken), and the Green Curry (w/ chicken).  Basically, the noodle and curry dishes here are excellent!

On the other hand, dishes that didn’t quite get a decent rating were not given a low rating because of the food flavor or quality itself, but due to the fact that either their order was not correct or it didn’t quite settle in their tummies too well heh.  So, it’s not really worth mentioning the dishes because the rating would’ve been higher by avoiding things such as 1, make sure your order is correct. 2, Thai food can be pretty heavy and greasy at times, so make sure you have the appetite and iron stomach for it.

Oh wait, I take part of the previous statement back, out of all of the different items I’ve had at this place, the Tom Yum soup is quite disappointing.  It lacks in flavor and tastes pretty watered down.

Well, to conclude, the downside of placing large orders, such as for an office of 15+ people, would be that it’s a bit tough to make sure every order is correct.  Always sucks to be the person with the messed up food order!  Anyhow, if you’re ever in the mood for Thai and are in the Marina del Rey/South Culver City area, give Ekkamai a try!

WordCamp Orange County

We Heart WordPress #WCOC Free Swag

We are proud to be sponsoring WordCamp Orange County 2012. Sponsoring meetups like these allows us to meet fellow web developers and actually get something out of the event at the same time. Refining webdev skills, learning some juicy tidbits from the innovators-come-speakers themselves.

I’m particularly looking forward to using WordPress as a CRM by Bill Erickson! WordPress is not just a blogging platform but provides a friendly front-end based off from a database. In fact – our own blog is powered by WordPress here, and since we advocate it, we’re often providing the same fanatical support to our customers choosing to host their websites with WordPress.

Website owners soon come to realize the benefits of this content management fanatical intraweb community… Once you can organize your website content, and even the interaction that comes along with it, you are exposing your website to a new level of influence; If you can track and maintain those interactions and relationships that come along with it.

WordCamp Orange County

So – If you’re in the Orange County area, we hope to handout a few goodies. Simply retweet this blogpost and place a comment for the opportunity to grab some swag in case you miss out on the WordCamp Orange County. We noticed the tickets have sold out already, but we wouldn’t want you to lose out now would we. Word!

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