Monthly Archives: October 2011

Why Linux?

What is Linux?

Linux is a computer operating system assembled under the model of free and open source
software development and distribution.

What does free and open source mean?

Linux is one of the best widely known examples of free and open source
software collaboration. This means that all the underlying source code
can be used, freely modified, and redistributed, both commercially and
non-commercially by anyone under licenses such as the GNU General                                     
Public License.

Why does InMotion Hosting use Linux?

  1. Linux is well supported by the major distributors and security problems are typically fixed before the issue is ever made public, which means your data is more secure than with many other operating systems.
  2. Linux is easily customized, which allows us to adapt our hosting environment quickly, providing you the best possible service.
  3. We use the 'CentOS' distribution of Linux, which has the same long term software support provided by RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).
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IMH’s Go Green Campaign Continues to Develop

In an effort to reduce the amount of trash in our local landfills last month IMH-VA formed a partnership with TFC and implemented a formal Recycling Program.

We currently have recycling containers located in the Cafe of our Virginia Beach office for the disposal of:

  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Catalogs and envelopes
  • Paper bags
  • Plastic jugs and containers
  • Steel/tin cans
  • Aluminum and glass cans

Also, in a focused effort to decrease our carbon footprint we transitioned to direct deposit for all associates. By eliminating the printing and use of envelopes, IMH is proudly positioning itself as a "Go Green" company.

Recycling in Action (Brian Cross-Sales Trainer): 

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InMotion and Christopher Newport University

On October 7th, 2011 InMotion Hosting participated in Christopher Newport University's Warwick-to-the-Workplace program.

The purpose of this program created by CNU is to provide students with the opportunity to learn about different jobs and industries by touring and observing facilities and networking with employers in person. The goal of the program is to expand the student's knowledge about the array of jobs within the organization.

While on-site with InMotion Hosting students were provided with a tour of the Virginia Beach facility and then heard presentations from the Growth Development, Training, Web Design, and Human Resources departments. Throughout the presentations students were allowed the opportunity to ask any questions and were even quizzed on the knowledge they had gained. The winner of the quiz won 2 movie passes with drink and popcorn included, providing a great study break as mid-terms approach.  Students also had a chance to speak with Nick Williams and Sean Barefoot, representatives from the Technical Support department who were alumni of CNU. It was a great experience for both InMotion Hosting and CNU and we look forward to future partnership opportunities.

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Spark Apprenticeship-CA

InMotion Hosting continues to strengthen it's involvement with the local community by partnering with Spark Los Angeles, to provide an apprenticeship opportunity to a local middle school student.

Spark addresses the dropout crisis by connecting volunteer professionals with underserved youth in workplace apprenticeships to “spark” their potential. Students identify a “dream job,” and Spark matches that student with a mentor doing that job. These apprenticeships are complemented by a Leadership Class, which helps students connect apprenticeship learning to school. As students explore the school-to-career connection, they build skills critical for academic success, gain a strong appreciation for the relevance of their education, and become motivated to work hard to achieve their dreams.

InMotion Hosting has been paired with an 8th grader from Santa Monica, who has chosen web design as his "dream job". Leaders in our InMotion Websites Team will work with him to build a WordPress site on a subject of his choice. In December he will present this website to his peers, parents and teachers at his school.

Spark Orientation for Mentors

InMotion Website Leaders Jeff & John with their Apprentice

IMW Leads Jeff Bishop & John Quan

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Internship to Full-Time Employment

Even though InMotion Hosting has been around since 2001, as a small company 10 years later we are still experiencing some first. One of those first, would be the launch of our Web Design Internship Program in our Marina del Rey office.

In early March of this year we felt it was time to expand our horizons and test the waters with our first web design intern. After looking through many portfolios and speaking with several candidates we had found our first match with The Art Institute Student, Damian Scogilo. From day one of his internship Damian was able to come on board at full speed and being making contributions to the team. His internship provided him with the platform to integrate himself into the department and become a key player. This led to InMotion Hosting making Damian an offer to join our Web Design Team as a full-time associate at the end of his internship.

Let's see what Damian had to say about his experiences here at InMotion Hosting.


How did you first hear about InMotion Hosting?

I first heard about InMotion at school when we had to sign up for a hosting account. We were told InMotion was the suggested company we should go with for our accounts. Later as school was coming to an end I needed to find an internship and InMotion was one of my first choices of internships to choose from.

During your internship with IMH what types of projects did you work on?

I worked on all sorts of sites for all kinds of different clients. Whether it was a store, a blog, or a personal site, I was able to work on a wide array of projects. From designing to coding I really got a taste of how the design department worked and how diverse the sites are we produce.

After completion of your internship you were offered a full-time position with IMH as a Web Designer II. What was it about IMH that lead you to stay?

I was offered a full-time position after completion of my internship. What lead me to stay at InMotion was the ability to work on a wide variety of projects and be creative for each one, creating a unique site for each client.

What is the most rewarding part about your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is when I launch a site and the client is so impressed with the job I did and how they enjoyed working with me. Hearing clients say that is what this job is all about.

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