Hello, I’m Paul
I’m Paul Oaten, a Web Professional & Web Service Provider living and working in the UK. I specialise in WordPress website development built (mostly, but not always) on the excellent Genesis Framework.
I provide my clients a full-service covering:
- website development
- website hosting
- end-user training
- monthly website maintenance & support
- email marketing
I’m always keen to discuss new start-up projects working with individuals, charities or businesses.
Bath WordPress Meetup
That’s why I decided to become a co-organiser for the Bath WordPress Meetup. If you’re in the area, work with WordPress or would just like to learn more about it, please click the link to find out more.
About This Blog
This is my personal blog where I share articles, notes, tips, and resources related to both my work and the influence of technology in my life away from work.
I also write about my ongoing projects, both personal and commissioned.
If you’re a developer, designer, or a blogger who is passionate about WordPress, please subscribe!
A Bit Of History
I graduated from Surrey University with a degree in Psychology in 1989. After leaving University I started work at the sharp end of music retail, eventually becoming a management development trainer and coach.
In the mid-nineties I switched focus and became a Microsoft Lecturer specialising in database development, desktop applications and website creation with (ahem) FrontPage!
After that I went on to provide internal technical support for a major UK bookseller chain, eventually becoming their Senior Systems Administrator. When the Company was sold in 2005, I took a short sabbatical to study for and obtain my Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer certification along with CompTIA Security+ certification and some CCNA (Cisco networking).
Throughout this time I maintained a high level of interest building websites with HTML, ASP and CSS. In 2006, I became a freelance offering technical support, troubleshooting, consultancy and systems installation & configuration.
I also wrote a monthly column for a local newspaper called ‘A Nerd’s Eye View‘ (2009 – 2011). The original articles are a bit dated now but I’ve archived them all on this site just because I can. Here are a couple examples:
- Heard any good books lately? How Audiobooks Could Change Your Life (August, 2014)
- Silver Surfers rescue the economy (June, 2010)
- How d’ya like them Apples? Thoughts on Switching from Microsoft to Mac (May, 2010)
Today, I spend nearly all of my time consulting with and building websites for businesses and also providing a menu of related business-focused web services.
I believe that WordPress is truly the best content management system available today and, with its enormous developer and user community it will continue to dominate for many years to come.
I’m available for hire and enjoy partnering with others for fun and interesting projects. If you’re interested in hiring me, please contact me.
Writing and Speaking
Aside from here on my personal blog, I also aim to contribute to the WordPress community by providing various articles and tutorials on other peoples blogs.
If you’re interested in having me contribute to your blog, feel free to contact me.
I’ve recently decided to offer my services as a speaker covering various aspects of working with WordPress both from a user and business perspective.
If you’re interested in having me speak at your event, please contact me.