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March 28th, 2013

By the numbers: 72.4 million reasons why you should be on WordPress (and attend our London WordPress training)

By the numbers: 72.4 million reasons why you should be on WordPress (and attend our London WordPress training)

So if you haven’t noticed, we’ve launched WordPress Training – starting off in our London offices next month.  You can read more details about it here.

For most of us, WordPress is synonymous with easy-to-use, customizable blogs, websites and content, utilized by companies and individuals from all over the world. But the Open Source project, which was launched 10 years ago, didn’t always start out that way — WordPress admits it started with “fewer users than you can count on your fingers and toes.”

Today, the content management system offers plugins, widgets and themes, customizable to your heart’s content, and is used by millions for projects as small as class assignments to full-blown websites, like ours [link]. Haven’t tried WordPress for yourself? Here are some interesting facts that are sure to get your creative coding juices flowing:

72.4 – millions of websites around the world using WordPress

48 – percentage of the top 100 ranked blogs using WordPress as CMS

2003 – the year WordPress was started

500,000 – average new daily posts on WordPress

53.8 – WordPress’s market share of the content management system industry

73 – languages WordPress has been translated and localized into

19,017 – number of available WordPress plugins

 

Sources: Yoast.com,wpmu.org

 

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March 26th, 2013

Grab your opportunity to learn WordPress this Spring!

Grab your opportunity to learn WordPress this Spring!

We’re very excited to tell you all about our brand new hands-on training workshops designed to help you to get to grips with WordPress over one weekend, and transform your online strategy.

Part of our Prompt-Ed technical training series of classroom-based practical workshops, Prompt’s  WordPress training course – ‘Successfully Wrestle with WordPress Over a Weekend’ is the perfect guide for any individuals or businesses wishing to learn the skills necessary to design, deploy and manage their own WordPress pages.

WordPress is currently the most popular blogging platform in use on the web, and has been used to create around 65 million websites and blogs. More and more people now understand the importance of learning and optimising such a powerful and pervasive content management system for their own business benefit.

Responding directly to this demand, Prompt is thrilled to deliver comprehensive, practical workshops that address all of the features and challenges of WordPress without confusion or complexity. Using our traditional classroom-based approach, we provide a high-level of hands-on support and encouragement that is so often lacking in frustrating and ineffective online self-tutorials.

Sign up for one of our new weekend courses, and by Monday morning you’ll be the trained WordPress expert that your business has been looking for.

Our friendly course instructor is a proven PHP and content management expert with many years of experience of installing, designing, and managing WordPress websites. Each course covers advanced functions such as customisation, SEO optimisation, and popular WordPress plugins such as JetPack, ContactForm7, UserPhoto, Yoast SEO and various anti-spam tools.

The first series of two-day courses will take place over weekends in April at Prompt’s Covent Garden offices. Our first available course will run from 10am to 4pm on the following weekends:  6/7April, 13/14 April and 20/21 April.

Each two-day course costs £300 per person including VAT, and can be booked here. Places can be paid for by PayPal, by cheque or via Prompt‘s US shop.

Prompt uses WordPress every day. So do many of our successful clients. And now so can you.

For a complete breakdown of the course itinerary across each day of the course, together with full registration details, please visit http://www.prompt-the-crowd.com/wordpress-training/

For further information, please send all inquiries to wordpress@prompt-communications.com

We look forward to seeing you at our London HQ very soon!

 

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December 14th, 2012

(Public Relations viewpoint) Reasons tech PRs love Covent Garden #29: The world’s largest LEGO advent calendar

(Public Relations viewpoint) Reasons tech PRs love Covent Garden #29: The world’s largest LEGO advent calendar

Advent calendar picture by public relations firm, Prompt CommunicationsJust around the corner from PromptLondon’s Covent Garden office is the world’s biggest LEGO advent calendar.   It was designed and built by Duncan Titmarsh, who, if you didn’t already know, holds the title  “the UK’s only certified LEGO professional” [As a sidenote, we’d like to know who handles his public relations].   

Every day at 4pm a new window is opened to reveal a new festive LEGO surprise.   Yesterday’s is below – it’s a bowl of Brussels sprouts (if you can’t make it out you go and try to recreate some  Brassica oleracea out of small plastic bricks).Lego sprout tech PR photo by Prompt Communications

The LEGO advent calendar raises two sets of questions. First:  what items will the other windows reveal?   We’re rooting for the obvious stuff: snowmen, the three kings, Christmas trees, turkey dinner, baubles, beautifully-wrapped presents – as well as some more off-the-wall 3D creations:  everyone asleep during the Queen’s speech, several empty bottles of Baileys, an inferno-esque Christmas pudding,  or the look on your aunt’s face when you ask if she kept the receipt.  

The other question is how Duncan Titmarsh got certified, what it means, and how can we get certified?   We’re going to find out and will report back  – watch this space.

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August 27th, 2012

Things you may not know about Covent Garden: London’s first public square

Things you may not know about Covent Garden: London’s first public square

A view of Covent Garden during lunch time.

We’re settling in at the new headquarters of Prompt London  in Covent Garden, and we are slowly learning more and more interesting facts about our new home.  It’s renowned for its pedestrianised public square that serves as home to the many street performers who entertain the constant flow of people exploring the area’s shops, cafes, market stalls and restaurants. The location of the current square used to be part of arable fields used to grow vegetables during the Middle Ages. It was known as the ‘convent garden’ due to the fact it was owned by monks of the local St. Peter convent in Westminster.

But the monks had all their land, including their vegetable field, taken away from them when King Henry VIII confiscated land belonging to the monasteries in 1540. The king transferred ownership of the land to the first Earl of Bedford, a man named John Baron Russell. Nearly 100 years later, in 1632, the fourth Earl of Bedford, Francis Russell, commissioned Inigo Jones, a famous architect of the time, to build luxury accommodations which he hoped would encourage wealthy tenants to occupy the area.

Jones was influenced by Italian architecture after he studied it for many years. He designed London’s first arcaded, public square based on his interpretation of Italian piazzas, surrounding it with a grid street plan and marking a significant moment in English architecture and town planning.

For more fascinating facts on London and our new home in Covent Garden, be sure to follow us on Twitter: @PromptLondon.

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August 15th, 2012

Things you may not know about Covent Garden #73: the home of The Muffin Man

Things you may not know about Covent Garden #73: the home of The Muffin Man

Do you know the Muffin Man? The Muffin Man? The Muffin Man. Do you know the Muffin Man, who lives on Drury Lane?”

Yes, I know the Muffin Man (the Muffin Man, the Muffin Man…) – or at least, I know where he lives.

Drury Lane is a famous street that serves as the eastern border for Covent Garden, the area in which Prompt has located its new London offices. It stretches from Aldwych to Holborn, and has evolved over the centuries from one of the worst slums in the capital, to the star-studded centre of the city’s theatre district.

As well as the address of the Muffin Man, Drury Lane is also home to the New London Theatre, and perhaps most famously, The Theatre Royal. The building you’ll see today, as you wander down Drury Lane to visit us here at Prompt (maybe with muffins?) is in fact the fourth Theatre Royal, built in 1812. It has since witnessed performances ranging from Ivor Novello to Monty Python, and is now entirely owned by darling of the West End musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Which brings us back to the Muffin Man. If you had only ever heard of Drury Lane thanks to that old nursery rhyme, and are now excited at the thought of it being a real place, then why not come and talk to us about your business. In return, maybe we’ll take you to meet someone special – after all, Baron Lloyd Webber is currently staging ‘Shrek, The Musical’ at the Theatre Royal, starring the Muffin Man himself, along with his much-loved gingerbread creation.

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August 10th, 2012

Climbing the social ladder (metaphorically speaking of course) to a Covent Garden BBQ:

Climbing the social ladder (metaphorically speaking of course) to a Covent Garden BBQ:

With the Olympics quickly coming to a close, the friendly folk at Prompt London’s new Covent Garden office building decided that a good old fashioned BBQ would be the perfect way to celebrate all things great and British. With everyone everywhere getting behind Team GB, it’s a fantastic time to be in London.

Let it not be said that we at Prompt London are party poopers, so as the yesterday came to a close, we put down our pens, closed our laptops and went to see what all the excitement was about.

Although the climb to our office roof deck wasn’t the easiest, by the time we reached the party, we were welcomed by a glorious green haven, fantastic weather, and a much needed drink – what a sight for sore eyes. And while the party was not thrown in our honour, it turned out to be the perfect welcome to our new office community. We were able to network with other building tenants and discuss everything from the Olympics to business, while chowing down on some tasty burgers and beverages. Our new WC2 address has put us right in the middle of the hustle and bustle – professionally and socially – which has turned out to be a sumptuous surprise for us Covent Garden newbies.

And even though we don’t expect a roof-top BBQ every Thursday, we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our first full week in the Prompt Covent Garden office.

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August 7th, 2012

Things you may not know about Covent Garden #61: the birthplace of the sandwich

Things you may not know about Covent Garden #61: the birthplace of the sandwich

Mmmmmm... sandwiches...

As we settle in and get to know the area around our new UK office, we’re working our way around the huge number of sandwich shops, bakeries and cafés in the neighbourhood. And what a choice – on our doorstop there’s everything from French-influenced chains including Le Pain Quotidien, Patisserie Valerie, Paul and the Prompt-appreciated Prêt à Manger, to friendly well-stocked independents such as Scott’s Sandwich Bar and Notes Music & Coffee. There’s cake, coffee and sandwiches suitable for every taste bud.

But did you know that Covent Garden lays claim to being the first place where a ‘sandwich’ was ever served? In 1762 John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, a keen gambler, is believed to have ordered a ‘slab of meat’ between two pieces of bread at an exclusive society club called the Beef Steak Club, at the Shakepeare’s Head pub (sadly destroyed in the Fire of 1808). Apparently the bread was to protect the Earl’s hands, and so his cards, from the grease of the meat.

Today, as I type this at my lunch, the sandwich still serves the same basic purpose. Although I don’t have a pack of cards to hand, I can scribble notes about that press launch, take calls from a client, tweet and type without getting any grease onto my keyboard. It’s just a shame that the Earl isn’t around in 2012 – he may have created a foodstuff that didn’t leave crumbs in the keyboard…

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August 2nd, 2012

Prompt opens in Covent Garden!

Prompt opens in Covent Garden!

It is with great excitement that Prompt London announces its new home in central London, based in Covent Garden. We could not be happier about our new digs. As we’re unpacking boxes, we’re in love with the more urban vibe and know our clients will be as well.

Our central location is (dangerously) close to a bevy of boutique shops, pubs, restaurants and entertainment — the options are brilliant and lunchtimes are never going to be the same again. This spot is also in close proximity to Soho and its many publishing houses and creative agencies, putting Prompt right where the action is. Covent Garden tube station just around the corner, is connected to the Piccadilly Line, and we’re just a short fun walk from Leicester Square, Charing Cross, Embankment or Holborn.

To me, our latest London move is a significant milestone for Prompt. Over the past decade in business, we’ve seen plenty of evolutions in technology, shifts in the economy and changes in the style of services that clients expect. We’re excited to see the modern drive for a blend of media relations, public relations, copywriting, analyst relations and social media marketing. We are also relishing the increase in both early-stage tech companies and world-leading established companies that we work with, as well as new areas of business including green tech, social media training, plus growth in some fun non-tech areas.

At the same time, on the back of the Queen’s Jubilee, Wimbledon and now with the Olympics well underway, London certainly has a celebratory vibe – complemented by a series of discussions on the role of tech and innovation around the development of the capital’s Tech City.  As we expand once again in this city, we’re excited to be part of its debates, discussions and economy.

So, we very much hope to see you in the neighborhood soon! For once, we’ll be the ones getting a kick out of being the new kid in (central) town!

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