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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, Councillor 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 at Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

Ken was already using Google’s Blogger platform. However, following 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 up his WordPress site, transferring legacy content from the previous blog to WordPress and setting up the new blog’s layout.

Ken wanted 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 – are 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 manage comments.

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