One to One WordPress Training

Cathie Way WordPress Training with StickerThis morning it was a delight to deliver to some WordPress training in my home this morning.

Normally I tend to go to people’s homes or offices (or some other mutually-decided place) but today it was in the comfort of my own home!

In this case it was training on the FREE version of WordPress found on Cathie is currently using the FREE version to test the waters for her consulting business. It’s a great way to start out with your first website, but as it’s a business site, I’ve recommended she migrate over to a self-hosting WordPress account.

With the self-hosted version of the WordPress software you can tap into plugins which allow you to expand the site in a multitude of ways. The good thing about the FREE version is that if you learn how to use it, you’ll be equipped enough to manage the full version.

My Favourite Shares on Social Media This Week

It’s late on a Sunday night (or technically Monday morning now) so I thought it was high time I wrote another, quick blog with some of the best things I’ve come across on social media this last week (or three…)


I’ll start with one I watched this morning (now yesterday!) – when it was shared by my Facebook friend, Scottish singer/songwriter Roddy Hart. This video actually dates back to January, but this morning was the first I’ve seen of it, and, well, it made me laugh so hard, I had tears in my eyes,…so I thought it worthy of a share today.

Was that hilarious or what? As I say, I thought so (and heck, I don’t even like Football!) I should dedicate that video to my ole boss Gary @nsdesign – he loves (American) football, and would probably get a right kick out of it (knowing Gary he’s seen it already!)


Another viral share that’s been making the rounds this weekend was both fun and educational.

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the WorldAugust 18, 2013 · TwistedSifter · Categories: ART, BEST OF, DESIGN, FUNNY, LISTS, NATURE/SPACE, SCI/TECH, STORIES, TRAVEL Tags: · facts, maps, world tour · Leave a Comment If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make a point resonate with readers and this collection aims to do just that. Hopefully some of these maps will surprise you and you’ll learn something new. A few are important to know, some… >>> Open this article

There were some great maps in this collection of 40. I personally liked the one about Mississippi. (Every time I write that word, or even say it, I spell it out in sing-song way – any fellow Americans will do it the same way, I suspect).

Moving on…


This next one is not humorous or entertaining – but it did catch my eye and resonate with me so I thought I’d include it here too. It’s about Facebook, the social media platform that I, personally, have a sort of love/hate sort of relationship with.

Though I am not in the same demographic as was surveyed here (late teens, early twenties), I do believe I agreed with its findings. None of the other social media platforms have the same affect as FB seems to have on me…

Get a life!

Get a life!August 16, 2013 · The Economist · Using the social network seems to make people more miserable THOSE who have resisted the urge to join Facebook will surely feel vindicated when they read the latest research. A study just published by the Public Library of Science, conducted by Ethan Kross of the University of Michigan and Philippe Verduyn of Leuven University in Belgium, has shown that the more someone uses Facebook, the less satisfied he is with life. Past investigations have found that using Facebook is associatedOpen this article


wordpress logoAnyway, as I am in the process of setting up my new One Day, Basic WordPress website training aimed at SMEs who need a little hand-holding, I thought I’d leave you with an infographic showing its popularity.

It appears that one in three adults in the US have heard of WordPress (according to the #WCSF keynote I listened to last week) but for those of you who don’t know, it’s a Content Management System (CMS) for websites.

picture of top of WP infographic 2013Anyway so here is a great WP infographic that I came across – detailing some of its numbers. They have a staggering 59% of the marketshare for websites that use a CMS. Seems this blog right here is just one of 500,000 that get posted daily. Geez with that number how did you find this one? 🙂

They have a staggering future (see their “anticipated growth” section of this infographic!) And some of the biggest websites in the world utilize their platform.

WordPress 2013
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Well that’s all I have time for this week. I’ve got some other blogs lined up with other types of social media finds – but that will need to be in a day or so. Until next time…


  1. “40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World” · Aug. 18, 2013 · TwistedSifter
  2. “Get a life!” · Aug. 16, 2013 · The Economist
  3. “wordpress2013.jpg (JPEG Image, 700 × 5475 pixels)” · Aug. 9, 2013 ·
  4. “”THE NFL : A Bad Lip Reading” — A Bad Lip Reading of the NFL” · badlipreading · Jan. 16, 2013 · YouTube

Geez! How Hard is Naming A New Company?

Well it’s been weeks of debating company names, but I think I’ve finally cracked that nut at last! I won’t reveal what it is just yet, but I will say it does sort of embody who I am, and what I stand for – well as much as a word can when it’s made up!

wordpress logoThe core of the new business is Basic WordPress Training – geared at people who need a bit of hand holding as they know next-to-nothing about things like domains, hosting and websites.

But there will be other things on a broader level that I can do under the new company’s banner too so it really needed to be an expansive name. I am not sure if I succeeded in that but quite a few people told me the name wasn’t actually that important. Funny, it FELT important to me!

When you’re naming your company – everyone seems to have an opinion on it which in turn can get quite confusing!

My 5 Quick Tips For Naming Your New (Small) Business:

1) write lots of words down  of the types of things you’ll be doing or words you like
2) say them out loud and get other people to say them out loud too (without hearing it)
3) after that – shortlist your contenders
4) check them out in Google to see what comes up when you search (in quotes)
5) check out the name at Companies House (if you’re in the UK)

You might want to do some Trademark searches while you’re at it – just in case!

Just Pick Something

Don’t over think it too much once you do. You’ll, no doubt, find people that like your name and people who don’t. That’s to be expected. I am sure when the word “Google” was first mooted as a contender – there were a few detractors. Now it’s a global brand!

Incidentally, my word is apparently one Google had once used, but no longer does…I had no idea about it until I was doing my research after I’d picked it! That can, I guess, be either a positive or negative omen. Time will tell huh?

My word doesn’t actually say what I’ll be doing – as some people feel it should. It just generates a bit of a good, positive feeling inside of me and that’s the main thing.

It’s late on a Sunday night so I shall close but leave you with the following bit of “Wisdom” – enjoy. It does remind me a bit of Wear Sunscreen but that’s no bad thing!

Wisdom From Beyond the 23rd Century

Wisdom From Beyond the 23rd CenturyAugust 2, 2013 · The Atlantic · A voice from the future gives a motivational speech on the importance of dance, veggies, and cereal. Paul Rosenfeld Aug 2 2013, 1:32 PM ET Tweet More “Stand up and dance,” commands the voice from the future, “oh and eat more cereal.” It’s not often that we receive motivation from “well after the 23rd century,” but in Sean Pecknold’s short film, a robotic voice gives us some very un-robotic advice. Besides dance and cereal, the voice from the future advises… Open this article (or click the ghetto blaster to view it!)


  1. “Wisdom From Beyond the 23rd Century” · Paul Rosenfeld · Aug. 2, 2013 · The Atlantic

Full Day, Basics of WordPress One to One Training

Thea Newcomb's Spundge profileSome big changes are on the horizon for me, work wise, come the month’s end. After three years as a consultant at NSDesign, I am leaving the fold.

Thankfully, I am not severing all ties with the team that has become like family to me. I will still work with the guys, primarily in a training capacity, particularly for Business Gateway, but also on a project-by-project basis – in terms of content and social media.

Now though, I feel that I have acquired the skills/ tools and dare I say confidence – to follow my passion of one-to-one web and social training…A skill I didn’t know I really had, (and enjoyed), until actually working with NSDesign – so I’ve been grateful for all that experience…


It’s not easy to launch a company that has a USP in this day and age – especially when it comes to things like the Web and Social Media – development and training. As there are so many wonderfully-talented firms and individuals, (including NSDesign) around Glasgow and the west, I’ve had to work hard to find my niche in this area, and I think I have.

From August 2013, I’ll be offering a core package of 1-2-1 training in WordPress to Central Scotland (predominantly Glasgow and the West).

So for people who either have a WordPress site and don’t know how to use it, or who need one starting from scratch, we’ll build it and I will train customers (mostly SMEs) on it, in ONE DAY.

Thea Newcomb uses Sprout SocialIn that time, I’ll also be training individual clients on themes, plugins, security essentials, basic SEO and help with Social Media “best practices”. All of this training will be bespoke.

The super-good-news is that for the vast majority of clients there’s funding for this to help cover the costs.

In addition to the core business of the WordPress training, I also train on a variety of topics such as:

Get in touch today if you’re interested in finding out more about this bespoke, one-to-one WordPress training or any of the other courses I’ve mentioned above.

PS: For my last day in the NSDesign offices I’m excited to be attending their Advanced HootSuite masterclass on Friday. Even though I use it on a regular basis and know it pretty well there is certainly “room for improvement”. There are still a few places available. Act fast. Maybe see you there.