Marketing for Creatives and WordPress.com seminars in Dorset

Over the coming three weeks, I'll be running three evening seminars at the Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts, based in Poundbury. Each of the seminars is designed to give small creative business owners and writers a better understanding about how they can use the power of the web to promote themselves and their work. … Continue reading Marketing for Creatives and WordPress.com seminars in Dorset

Which flavour do you prefer? WordPress.com or WordPress.org

WordPress is the ice-cream of website development software with two different flavours to choose from. The vanilla, if you like is the free and hosted version you’ll find at wordpress.com (like this particular blog); the strawberry is the self hosted version you download and host yourself that you can pick up for ... well ... … Continue reading Which flavour do you prefer? WordPress.com or WordPress.org

The perfect set of widgets

The widgets I'm referring to are those you can find on WordPress.com. So many widgets, so little time. Just which ones do you pick to make very best use of the opportunities that arise. I can't make my mind up between displaying pages or not, having a category cloud or a category widget (I've gone for the later incidentally). The problem is that each widget you use makes your page longer and longer, that's not a problem on the home page as I display my most recent 10 posts, but when a reader visits a page like this, then there's an awful lot of white space at the bottom of the page.

Let’s get a website!

Many small businesses fall into one of three camps when it comes to their own online piece of real estate; they have either had a son, sister or friend build a site as a favour; they might have bought something like Front Page and tried to do it themselves or they have paid a web design company to do it for them - and then continue paying every time they want to update something.