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It’s New Year’s! A happy time?

A time for reflecting. A time to party. A happy time!

For most of us, it’s a time of making promises to ourselves that get seem to get harder to keep as the year goes by… so instead of that, I resolve to focus on what makes happy times even happier. (Hint: it’s not alcohol.)

It’s gratitude.

I’m not recycling an old “Thanksgiving” email about being thankful here. I will make this new year the happiest it can possibly be and I’m taking you with me.

This new year comes with a bunch of awesome new stuff; new products we’ve worked really hard on like our Domain Club that will save you money, great projects that will continue to improve our hosting services (I even hear whispers of a new hosting control panel, “zzzz…. cPaaahhnellll…. zzzz” in the ice-cold winter breeze), and our new account control panel, which you may have already seen.

So, my ambition for 2013 is to be happier. Happy people make better partners, parents, business owners, thinkers, and well, people. The way to get there is to be grateful for everything you’ve got and to constantly search for things to be happy about. If you can spend your time focusing on the positive around you, you will influence your world to be more positive toward you.

I hope you start searching for all the good in your life until it just becomes obvious on its own and all your struggles appear smaller by comparison. There is a lot to be grateful for, in anyone’s life, and it is all too easy to forget.

We’re incredibly grateful to have you as our customer and partner in doing better things with the Internet.

I hope this year will be a happy one for you.

What’s your New Year’s Resolution? Any specific ones in regards to your business or website?


Fathi
Happy IX Leader

PS: I’m really interested to hear what you guys think. Put your answers in the comments and we’ll try and answer each one – especially if you have any confusion about what you can do to reach those goals with your site.

prism glassesPPS: So, check this out. I got myself this really cool Christmas gift called “prism glasses.” They’re awesome and totally weird, but I love them. Who knows, you might like them too!

Also, if you want to read more about gratitude and happiness – I recommend you check out “The Happiness Advantage” book. I will be using my new prism glasses to read it in bed, but don’t judge the book by that. It’s actually good and has inspired me in many ways!

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Holiday Sale IX-travaganza! – Updated

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Hey everyone!  This year we wanted to do something special for the holidays, so, we’re having a huge Holiday Sale!  These great deals are just around the corner:

  • 25% off ANY shared hosting plan when you use the coupon: HOLIDAY2012!
  • 50% off the first month of our introductory Cloud or VPS plans! Coupons: HOLIDAYCLOUD12 & HOLIDAYVPS12
  • For IX Customers Only: SSL certificates are only $4.95! Check your email for coupon codes!
  • UPDATEThe $1.99 new .com domain promotion has reached the limit.  Promo Code HAPPYHOLIDAYS is no longer effective.  The $1 .com, .net, and .org domain promotion when WHOIS Privacy is purchased is still active, however.  No promo code necessary.  Thanks!

It all starts this month, December 17th-25th!  Don’t miss out!

We love giving back to our customers for the holidays, but we also remember that there are less fortunate people people in the world.  There are families out there struggling to make ends meet. That’s why, for the third year in a row, IX Web Hosting joined the Franklin County Children Service’s Holiday Wish event!  This year, we all came together and raised enough money to give toys to 85 children. Check out the full story!

Happy Holidays! We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday season.

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All They Wanted For Christmas…

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The same team that’s been helping you with your sites is also helping children to have a happier holiday season!

For the third year in a row, IX Web Hosting participated in Franklin County Children Service’s annual Holiday Wish event. This charity doesn’t just donate to children in foster homes, but also to underprivileged families and orphans. What’s more, the kids actually get to choose the gifts they want, so rather than just picking from an assortment of random toys, they get exactly what they asked for.

For the second year in a row, Customer Relations (CR) Supervisor Robyn Mckee took lead as event coordinator and pseudo-santa. Much like last year, she planned a series of awesome fundraising events held throughout October and November.

Robyn at Toy MountainWe held a bunch of different fundraising events, like the Halloween Cook-Off (won by Cloud Sales rep Ken Long with his delicious cheeseburger soup), a Bake Sale, Movie Day, the annual Raffle, a Pancake Breakfast and even a Magic the Gathering Tournament.

All in all, our plan was to provide toys to 75 kids this year. However, we actually exceeded our fundraising goals enough to give gifts to 85 kids instead!

Robyn, Wil Jones, Dana Carey, and Chris Bates (all CR) then combed through the list of gifts the children had picked out. Kevin Mager (Oracle) helped make a spreadsheets to track bookkeeping for the various events as well as help divide up what gifts had been purchased and what gifts were still needed. After everything had been purchased, the grand total came to 160 toys!

Wall-to-Wall Toys!Robyn, Dana, Kelly Walkauskas, Kevin Rucker (CR), and James Holt (Oracle) all played the role of Santa’s elves by wrapping the gifts, while Wil designed all the posters and signs like a pro.

Then, the big day. On Thursday, December 6th, we loaded up our donated fleet of SUV’s (Thanks to Tibi Ungureanu (Network Engineering), Dir. of CR Lisa Grice and VP of Operations Rick Gideon) and hit the road with Sr. Manager of CR Chris Testerman driving the pace car. When we arrived at the donation center, we were amazed at how many gifts they had. It was literally a warehouse stacked wall-to-wall with presents. It was beautiful to see just how much had been donated.

Holiday Wish Group

We look forward to Holiday Wish every year.. It doesn’t just benefit the children; it brings us closer together as a company, and brings us closer to our community.

We hope you have similar opportunities to help where you are. We’d love to hear about what you’re doing for the holidays in the comments.

Thanks for sharing the experience with us by reading. Happy Holidays!

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IXleaks

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You may have heard by now, but some highly sensitive, highly interesting material leaked from our corporate offices recently. We were advised not to comment, but it seems we’re past the point of staying quiet. Before you base your opinion on some bad reporting you saw elsewhere, check out these redacted materials for yourself. Is something big coming at IX?

Check out these suspiciously obscured photos and this redacted letter to our CEO:

 

Q:  Hello, this is Web Hosting Expose Weekly, talking to Mack Jensen, public relations manager at IX Web Hosting.  How’s it going Mack?
A:  It’s going well, how are you?

Q:  Just fine.  Well, I suppose you know why I’m here.
A:  Yes, yes I do.

Q:  Earlier this, week, a top secret document was leaked on your own blog, detailing a classified project your company is working on.  Can you give us any details on what this might be?
A:  Nope.  Not even a little bit.

Q:  You can’t comment on this project at all?
A:  Truthfully, I cannot confirm or deny that this so called ‘project’ even exists.

Q:  So, are you saying the leaked documents aren’t authentic?
A:  I can’t even confirm or deny these alleged ‘documents’ exist.

Q:  Well… we know they exist, they’re posted on your blog.
A:  Blog?  Is that even a word?

Q:  Please Mr. Jensen.  You can’t just deny everything and expect us to believe th-
A:  I’m sorry, who’s this Mr. Jensen you’re referring to?

Q:  Come on.  That’s your name.
A:  Is it?

Q:  ….Yes.
A:  Okay, you got me.  I guess you’ve got your big story now.

Q:  No!  That’s not the story!  Look, a top secret doc was leaked on your blog, which is silly anyway, because it’s YOUR blog and it hasn’t been taken down yet. Regardless, the public wants to know what you’re working on.
A:  Look, a document may or may not have been leaked and posted online. It may or may not be about IX’s brand new control panel, which may or may not feature an entirely new interface, customization options, and helpful new tools.   Tools that may not even be there.  And my name may or may not be Mack Jensen.  However, I simply can’t comment on these things at this time.  Plus, you can’t believe everything you hear on the internet, that’s how the Civil War got started.

Q:  I, uhh… wait, what?
A:  Yes?

Q:  Did you just confirm a new control panel for IX?
A:  No, I did the opposite of that. I vaguely mentioned it and then indicated I couldn’t confirm or deny its existence.  That way you won’t know it’s our big secret.

Q:  See!  Right there!  You did it again!
A: No I didn’t.  Look, if you read into everything I say, you can concoct all sorts of nonsense.  The bottom line is, I just can’t talk about the new control panel, because it’s top secret, and if I let the cat out of the bag, I’ll get in big trouble.  Assuming it even exists, which it doesn’t.

Q: …Okay.
A: Thanks, I’m glad we understand each other.  Now, you’re not going to report any of this, are you?

Q: What?  I’m a reporter,  that’s what I do!
A: THAT’s what reporters do?  Oh no, I thought you did that thing with… ahh, what’s the thing where you roll a ball at some weird sticks and wear funny shoes?

Q:  What, bowling?
A:  Yeah, that!  Oh no, oh God, oh no, I’m in so much trouble…  oh God…  this interview is over!!

link to mp3: http://assets.ixwebhosting.com/media/hosting_expose_weekly.mp3

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Look Who Made it into the Web Hosting Industry Review!

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Michael Harris of Ecommerce, Inc. talking about The Innovation Initiative at HostingCon 2012

Congrats to Mike Harris who made another appearance in Web Hosting Industry Review magazine!

Earlier this year, you’ll recall Mike having done a talk on his Innovation Initiative for HostingCon 2012. Apparently, WHIR enjoyed his talk so much, they decided to do a feature-length article on his ideas.

Every company faces the challenge of developing new ways to sell their products, solve a problem, or improve efficiency. Mike’s concept is for companies to use their entire workforce to drive innovation and develop creative ideas, rather than only relying on members of management or hiring outside consultants. Mike explained this in the article, but also gave us some ideas on how even smaller teams can take advantage of his ideas. So, keep reading to find out how you might be able to use Mike’s concepts for yourself!

When describing why his approach is so effective in the WHIR piece, Mike said, “What’s so interesting about the approach is you get a really good variety of ideas and backgrounds because you’re grabbing from different areas of expertise and you’re bringing them together,” He continues. “They come in as if they were all co-founders in a startup company to solve whatever problem it is they want to solve.”

Mike also explained how his method can be very beneficial to companies that have a limited amount of staff and financial resources.

“This is a way to leverage the resources you already have and achieve results that you didn’t believe possible before. For a company like us… we’re not the biggest company in the world, but it gave us a big company research and development group on a budget, if you will.”

Some of you might be wondering how to use these concepts for your own purposes. Well, we asked Mike for some insight on how some of our customers can take advantage of his ideas.

“The approach to innovation that I am sharing will work for small and large companies alike. The concepts do not depend on company size at all, but rather the ability to create small, diverse teams with the freedom to focus and the autonomy to create change. The challenge for very small companies will be to create team diversity when it comes to member’s backgrounds, skill sets, and experience. To achieve this diversity you could ask a customer, vendor, friend, or family member to participate. Once you have a few diverse thinkers on the team, the concepts and practices will apply just as they do for larger companies.”

After overcoming the challenge of creating team diversity, it’s up to those smaller organizations to then carry out the innovation concepts that Mike outlines so they too can propel forward.

To read the WHIR article in its entirety, check out “The Innovation Initiative with Michael Harris of Ecommerce, Inc.”!

Thanks, and once again, congratulations to Mike!

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