WordPress training course – April 4th, Cheltenham

Our WordPress training course in Cheltenham on the 4th April, 2011 has only 6 places left. To book a place visit our WordPress training page.  For details and directions for our Cheltenham courses please visit this page. If you would like further information please email me at jamiemarsland@pootlepress.co.uk.

5 top tactics you can use today to stop your Public Sector organisation using social media

Guest post by Tony Winston – Senior Programme and Risk Management consultant at Inovatieum Plc. “The invidious creep of social media into the workplace brings a frightening minefield of trouble as well as a huge waste of time and money. “ Here are 5 tactics you can use to keep social media projects out of …

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WordPress 3.1 released

WordPress 3.1 has been released today. As I blogged yesterday this includes a new admin bar, internal linking and a streamlined writing interface. There are also improvements ‘under the hood’ such as better post format support. WordPress becomes a more powerful Content Management System with every release. For more information visit the WordPress website.

2 improvements coming in WordPress 3.1 (Video 1 min, 46 secs)

In this video I show 2 improvements coming in WordPress 3.1. Front end Admin bar –  that  provides 1-click access to edit pages, create new posts, reply to comments etc. Internal linking – that allows users to search through existing blog posts and add links in the content.

WordPress worldwide usage charts

The chart and table below show the comparative usage of the top content management systems.  They are taken from the website BuiltWith.com.  It makes interesting reading!    

10 really useful gadgets and programs that I can’t live without

WordPress – For publishing all kinds of websites, from simple blogs and complex content management systems, to e-commerce websites. Has a huge development community and thousands of plugins that extend functionality. Firebug – Firebug lets you inspect and edit CSS and HTML in your web pages. Adobe Photoshop – Still the best image manipulation software …

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London WordPress course 9th May, 2011

We have now confirmed our first London WordPress training course will run on the 9th May.  Spaces are limited and our courses sell out quickly.  You can find more information and booking details here.

8th March WordPress Training course SOLD OUT

Our 8th March WordPress training course has now sold out :) The next WordPress training course takes place in Cheltenham on the 4th April. More details can be found here. We are also close to finalising a date in May for a London training course.  This will be announced next week.

7 lessons we learnt building a hyperlocal website in Leckhampton (so far)

Last year we launched www.leckhamptononline.co.uk. Leckhampton is a small area of Cheltenham that is home to 5000 residents. 7 months since launching, leckhamptonOnline now reaches a quarter of all Leckhampton residents and is growing 15% every month. Here are 7 lessons that we have learnt so far. As ever it would be great to hear …

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How MicroBlogging with WordPress improves communication in small teams

Poor internal communication is a common complaint in most organisations. In my previous company I was determined that communication should be two way. I am a strong believer that teams work best when everyone is engaged and all team members feel they can contribute. It was a small team comprising of 25 people but staff …

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Have a 'hands on' play with WordPress and Buddypress at www.projectpress.co.uk

For those of you interested in having a ‘hands on’ play with WordPress and Buddypress I have set up a sandbox site at www.projectpress.co.uk. Buddypress is a social networking layer built on top of WordPress. You can either login as admin or as an end user. Please feel free to install plugins, change settings, write …

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WordPress training course, £85 per person, 8th March, 2011

Our 1 day WordPress course will give you the knowledge and tools to manage and run a great WordPress website. To book call 07909 449 617, email jamiemarsland@pootlepress.co.uk or use the booking form at the bottom of this page. Cost is £85 per person Next course 8th March 10am – 4pm Location Cheltenham, Gloucestershire WordPress …

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WordPress checklist: 5 steps to remember when setting up WordPress

[box type=”tick” border=”full”]These are the 5 things I make sure I do every time I set up a new WordPress website.[/box] 1) Make sure you are running the latest version of WordPress Often when you use web hosting companies to install WordPress they don’t run the latest version. It’s important to make sure you are …

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How social media helped me raise £3500 and drove more traffic to my website than a newspaper with a circulation of 18,000

This year I launched the fundraising site www.dareboy.co.uk and the analytics show that social media outperformed the local press in driving visitor numbers. The site has been a big success and has helped me raise £3,783.46 so far. The graphic below shows a comparison between the day my social media marketing campaign kicked off, versus …

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4 lessons on how Groupon got engagement and built a $6bn business (and used WordPress to do it!)

So it looks like Google will buy Groupon for approx $6 billion. Groupon is a really clever business and I’ve pulled out 4 things they did well that can be applied to communication and engagement projects. As ever feedback, questions, debate and disagreement most welcome. jamie @pootlepress Update 05/12/2010 : Since writing this post Groupon …

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10 reasons why WordPress is a great communication tool for you and your organisation

1) WordPress is free WordPress is free and open source. You can download it from  www.wordpress.org and install it on a server of your choice (or even on your own PC). Having 100% control of the ‘terms and conditions’ of your communications platform is incredibly important but is often overlooked.  As users of hosted providers …

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10 practical tips on how to use WordPress and Buddypress to create online communities

Over the next 3 months I will be blogging about how I use WordPress and Buddypress to create online communities. I will share tips and lessons that I have learnt whilst using  WordPress in the wild. I will be covering the following topics but please let me know if there are any other areas you …

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