NDIC Welcomes Digital West’s Web Hosting & Email Service Customers

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA, August 31, 2021 New Directions in Computing (NDIC) and Digital West, two San Luis Obispo-based companies with similar customer-first philosophies, are collaborating to transition customers using Digital West’s web and email services over to NDIC.

NDIC is pleased to assume responsibility for the hosting and support of local telecom company Digital West’s web and email hosting customers, including the complimentary hosting that Digital West has historically contributed to many local non-profit and community groups.

Digital West will remain focused on supporting local customers via their “cheetah-fast” fiber optic internet network, and their full line of business telephone services.

Former Digital West web and email service customers can expect their services to continue without interruption during the transition period and can read frequently asked questions about this change here.

NDIC has been serving customers on the Central Coast since 1994, providing a breadth of services for local businesses, including web and email hosting services and support, as well as website design, development, maintenance and systems administration.

Adding Digital West’s customers is part of an ongoing growth plan for NDIC, which took over web hosting services for Santa Barbara-based Impulse Advanced Communications last fall. NDIC is committed to providing all its customers with secure online services with friendly, proactive, and collaborative technical support.

“We are passionate about living and working in SLO County, about the fantastic businesses and nonprofits that call SLO home, and about serving those customers in a way that delights them and helps them be more productive!” NDIC President and CEO Masen Yaffee said.

For more information about NDIC, its mission and services, visit www.ndic.com.

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ABOUT NDIC
Based in San Luis Obispo, New Directions in Computing (NDIC) is a custom web design and hosting company specializing in WordPress development, eCommerce, and mobile optimization. For over 25 years, NDIC has provided innovative, high-quality products and services that improve the way Central Coast companies do business on the Internet. For more information, please visit www.ndic.com.

ABOUT DIGITAL WEST
Founded in 1999, Digital West is the premier voice and data provider for businesses on the Central Coast. They deliver Internet, voice, cloud, and communications technologies that keep customers competitive. For more information, please visit www.digitalwest.com.

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