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


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.

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!

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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Getting Ready For The 3 Day Weekend!

It’s Friday and we’re soooo ready for the 3 day weekend!  It’s been quite a busy workweek here at InMotion, so a little R&R is much needed!  I’m sure most of us are getting ready for the beginning of the grilling season as well, so we opted for a healthy lunch today to make up for the overabundance of food to come!

Today’s pick, Tender Greens, is a long-time favorite of ours, which we haven’t had since we were at the last office.  This place offers delicious, fresh and healthy dishes.  They specialize in organic produce from Scarborough Farms in Oxnard and other small local farms.  Their beef comes from grain-fed hormone/antibiotic-free cows, their chickens are raised on the range in Northern California, not in cages, and their tuna is line-caught from the Pacific.

Now, that’s some health-conscious southern California talk for ya!

Not surprisingly, the office gave Tender Greens a 4 star rating!  Who said eating healthy can’t taste great!

One note though, this time around I tried something slightly new on the their menu, which was the option of having a full-sized simple salad with Garlic Herb Crostini.  I got this with their Backyard Marinated Steak and a side of the Roasted Roma Tomato Bread Soup.  I honestly was a bit mislead on them mentioning the Garlic Herb Crostini in the description (which most salads come with, but no other salad mentions it).  I thought they’d give more than just the 1 usual slice that it came with.  So all I was left with was a big pile of lettuce, which was a disappointment.  However, the steak and soup were excellent as usual!  Therefore, next time I’ll just opt for their regular Backyard Steak Big Salad, which comes with a bit more fixin’s and flavor.

Anyway, moral of the story, sometimes it’s better to stick with what you know is good at a restaurant!

Tender Greens Steak Salad & Tomato Soup



Pizza Paaarrrtttaaayyy!!!

It’s Friday, May 18th…which happens to be…National Pizza Party Day!!!

Pizza Party!

I actually only heard about this fact on the radio this afternoon AFTER today’s office lunch. So it’s a funny coincidence that we opted for pizza as this week’s Foodie Friday lunch, which was Mike the Marketing Manager’s choice for the day (since it also happens to be his birthday). Happy burfday!

Today’s pizza/birthday party was catered by Beach Pizza, located down the street in Westchester.  I was originally going to place the order at The Good Pizza, which I found had good ratings on Yelp, but I got news that Sunil (InMotion’s Co-Founder) had a bad experience there.  Yikes, guess you can’t always depend on Yelp’s ratings.

Beach Pizza was a good choice though, which the office gave a 3.5 star rating.  Remember, we’ve got a picky bunch, so this is actually a pretty good rating from us folks over here.  You really can’t go wrong with pizza!

BBQ Chicken Supreme Pizza

We got a little “adventurous” with the pizza selections and got the BBQ Chicken Supreme (hickory-smoked BBQ sauce, chicken, onions and mozzarella), The Del Rey (sun-dried tomatoes, baked eggplant, fresh garlic, mushrooms, mozzarella and romano), the Popeye and Olive Oil (spinach, ricotta, fresh garlic and mozzarella with a bit of olive oil, and the The Meat Lovers (pepperoni, sausage, meatballs and ham).

The Del Rey Pizza

We also got some mild buffalo wings and salad, which were nothing special, but not bad.  Out of the 4 types of pizzas we got, my favorites were the BBQ Chicken Supreme and surprisingly The Del Rey, which had some great flavors going on!  The Popeye and Olive Oil wasn’t bad, it was basically a more tasty cheese pizza, and The Meat Lovers wasn’t bad either, but I’ve had better.

The Popeye & Olive Oil Pizza

Well after today, I’m going to be spending some time at the gym this weekend!  This was definitely a calorie fest with pizza and chicken wings…and then a Cookies ‘n Cream cake with Cookies ‘n Cream ice cream on top!

Cake Cake Cake

Let’s Explain Web Hosting – Behind the Scenes [Video]

Ever get bored of the techie trying to explain to you what web-hosting is all about from his bedroom recorded Skype video? Ever get confused with all the funny terms they drop in – like ‘Shared Hosting’, ‘Dedicated Servers’, it’s usually jumbled up with more screenshots of jargon, added to a robotic voiceover – you must know the type of video I mean!

Well, we understand how you feel! So our team got together and decided to ‘splain it in low-tech everyday stuff, so that even YOU can explain it to your Mom, Dad, dog, and client.

Check out our video below:

This is the catch, it was just us folks in the office, trying to explain it without going near the technology we take for granted around us. Um, do you think I set up an uncool [unfair] challenge or not?

Here’s what Anie had to say:

I guess I’d like to say what a fun process it was and how it was a different kind of teamwork that we’ve never experienced before, and we get to share this with our customers in order to have a more fun and shared perspective of web hosting from our customer’s point of view.

Which is pretty much what I was hoping for.

Anie: From beginning to end it was fun: drawing, cutting, taping, setting up and rehearsing!

Jason: I’m looking forward to using it to explain web hosting, VPS, and what I do to my friends, colleagues and affiliates. It was always a sticking point if you try to go there.

Alex: I enjoyed recording the sound with everyday office noises – even more so that I managed to get one of my own songs into the background party bit!

And the point I was making? Well, wouldn’t it be cool if as a new start-up or web-business, you could put together a simple video like this to explain your business? I’ve proven that we don’t have to have fantastic performance skills to produce something that could be meaningful to our audience. I hope you share the video as inspiration for your own office/business videos!

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lets explain web hosting

Foodie Friday at the ‘Farms…

Welcome to another edition of Foodie Friday!

This week’s lunch destination was at one of our favorite spots in Marina del Rey, Mendocino Farms!  This local chain specializes in delicious, fresh, gourmet sandwiches that consist of local Farmers Market produce.

Back at our Marina del Rey office, it seemed like we would have Mendocino Farms as our Friday lunches every other week or so, so I honestly grew a bit tired of it.  But now that we choose this place sporadically, I can appreciate their food much more.  Especially since I found one of my favorite sandwiches from this place!  However, it’s only on their menu as a seasonal item.  This sandwich is the Spanish Chicken, but I substituted the bread for a whole wheat tortilla wrap and added BACON!  This sandwich consists of Pitman Family Farm’s free range chicken breast, housemade manchego pimento cheese, romesco, paprika vinegar, charred leeks, roasted tomatoes, and Scarborough Farm’s arugula.  YUM!

Spanish Chicken

For the first time since our Foodie Friday column began, I’ve given my meal a 5 star rating!  I think what really did it for me was the added bacon in my sandwich/wrap, which they gave a very generous portion of, and the side of cream of tomato soup that I got.  It was an excellent combination of flavors!  And the cream of tomato soup had almost a cheese-like flavor too it, which went very well with the Spanish Chicken.

Needless to say, today I wasn’t the only one that gave their meal a 5 star rating.  The other winners were the Sandwich Study of Heat with a side of potato salad, the Prosciutto & Roasted Chicken sandwich with a side of pasta salad, and the Spicy Lemongrass Steak Banh Mi.

Mendocino Farms

The lowest rating that a dish from this place got was a 3.5, so basically everything that everyone in the office ordered was rated above average!  Therefore, overall we gave today’s meal from Mendocino Farms a 4.2 star rating!  The highest rated place we’ve eaten from thus far!

So if you’re ever in the LA area and are craving a good gourmet sandwich, even if you’re a vegetarian (try the Vegan Banh Mi), definitely give Mendocino Farms a try!  Honestly, their prices are a bit on the higher side, but you do get your money’s worth!

Vegan Bahn Mi

Grub Time @ IMH!

It’s Friday afternoon here at InMotion Los Angeles, and it’s pretty darn silent in the office. (cue the crickets chirping…)

Why you ask?!?  Well, 2 words…FOOD COMA!  This is courtesy of BJ’s Brewhouse for Foodie Friday!  If you’re not familiar with their food, think of a less fancy version of The Cheesecake Factory, but just as decadent.  Besides their award winning beers (which we of course didn’t have here at the office, boo!), they’re also known for their deep dish pizzas and Pizookies!  If you don’t know what a Pizookie is, it’s basically a giant cookie baked in a deep dish tray and topped with ice cream and whipped cream (and they have a variety of scrumptious flavors!).  Our Marketing Dept. decided to share the Cookies ‘N Cream Pizoooookkiiee. Oh man…

Mike eating a Pizookie

Needless to say, this place was a winner for the most part.  Most people gave BJ’s Brewhouse an above average score, equating to a 4 star rating.  The highest rated dishes were the Classic Combo Pizza, Buffalo Chicken Mini Pizza, Grilled Chicken Pasta, Crispy Jalapeno Burger, Maui Glazed Pork Chop, and of course their Pizookies!

Here are a few mouthwatering teasers…

BJ's Brewhouse Pizza

BJ's  Crispy Jalapeno Burger

BJ's Maui Glazed Pork Chop

BJ's Buffalo Chicken Mini Pizza

On the other hand, there was one dish that didn’t quite get a good review. This was the Vegetarian Mini Pizza, which was given 2.5 stars.  Apparently, the topings were good, but the crust was a bit too spongy and squishy for their liking.  Hmmm, maybe if BJ’s would’ve put it back in the oven a little longer, it would’ve worked out better.

Anyway, it’s about time for me to get that afternoon caffeine fix to zap me out of this zombie state.  I’m sure most of us in the office agree that this sluggish feeling was well worth the yummy in my tummy satisfaction!  So, if you’re feeling hungry and are willing to take a nap after, hit up BJ’s Brewhouse!

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