WordPress blog setup for Councillor Ken Hawkins

David Viner and Ken Hawkins at Solihull social media surgery
David Viner (left) with Ken Hawkins (right) at a social media surgery for West Midlands councillors

At the end of 2009, Cllr Ken Hawkins and I worked together to set up a new website that Ken uses to write about issues in Elmdon and Solihull in his role as a councillor at Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

Screenshot: Councillor Ken Hawkins blog

Ken was already blogging on Google’s Blogger platform. However, following a few sessions at a Social Media Surgery, he was keen to do more with his blog both in terms of content and presentation.

I helped Ken by setting him up with a WordPress site, transferring legacy content over from the old blog to his new WordPress site and setting up the new blog layout.

Ken wanted his blog to have a clear layout with straightforward navigation. To provide this, I chose the Grid Focus theme by Derek Punsalan.

Rather than a traditional menu navigation, all the content – posts, comments, contact details and Ken’s tweets – contained within a single page and browsed via categories.

We wrapped up with a demonstration session on using the WordPress admin interface to write new posts, upload images, assign categories and how to manage comments.

  • Website is going ballistic, with 1,131 visits in about 10 weeks. It is so easy to use and far better than the previous sites I had. After delivering a leaflet, which has details of my website on it I check on the stats to see the numbers of visits, its as simple as that.

    My aim to is to convince more and more residnets to use the website as a point of first contact, allowing me to deliver to those I identify as not being on the internet.

    Great work Gavin.

  • Thanks for the compliments Ken, very kind! I’m glad you’re happy with the site. Hope many more visits follow and the site grows in its effectiveness.