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Kirkcaldy based designer Mark Smallman
Kirkcaldy based designer Mark Smallman

KIRKCALDY based designer Mark Smallman will be running a workshop in Rothes Halls, Glenrothes on Friday, October 5 on how to create your own WordPress website.

Attendees will also gather valuable knowledge on how to keep their sites up-dated and fresh.

Mark said: “I will be training everyone on creating a site from scratch, and by the end of the day everyone will have installed and customised their WordPress website, and been shown how to add content to the site; including text, images and videos.

“We can also integrate social media into the sites as well as contact forms. This will not only provide those attending and their businesses, charities and social enterprises with an online presence, but everyone will also gain the knowledge to be able to keep their sites updated and fresh.”

The majority of web designers will not only charge for creating a site, but would also charge their clients for training them on how to update the site, often running into hundreds of pounds, if not thousands.

WordPress has been around since 2003, and is used by over 60 million sites worldwide. The platform is supported by thousands of developers, programmers and designers, providing support and updates, making it the ideal platform for today’s small business or charity.

For anyone wanting to attend the workshop, the first priority is to book a place, as space is very limited to ensure everyone’s questions can get answered on the day.

To book simply go to Teas, coffees and lunch vouchers will be provided on the day, at no extra cost.
Anyone attending will need to take with them a wi-fi enabled laptop, with the content (text and images) all ready to go on to their sites.

“This will not be a talk were I tell you how to create a site, and you head off in the hope of remembering everything. Everyone will be building their site live on the day.”

The cost of the one-day workshop is £72.50, and includes a domain name if required, and the first month’s hosting with on their startup package at £2.49 per month. It is essential everyone provides Mark the details of the domain name they want to register before October 1, as it can take a couple of days for domain names to get set up.


One lucky charity, social enterprise or new business can win a free place on the workshop in conjunction with and the Fife Free Press.

To enter simply send an e-mail to detailing how this workshop would benefit you, and remember to include details about what services you offer. Competition entries will close Friday, September 28 at noon, and entrants will be contacted via e-mail soon after.