Irish WordPress powered companies and a free iPod

Matt started the “company website run on WordPress” theme by posting that moo.com runs on WordPress, so here are two Irish companies that use WordPress to run their websites:

  1. Segala, a company involved in website accessability and trust. They have rather an interesting idea about content labeling. Paul Walsh, their CEO, “is Segala’s W3C advisory committee representative”. Keep an eye on them. You’ll be hearing more about them I’m sure! Oh, and if you leave a comment here, it may be entered into a link bait competition Paul’s running. He’s giving away an iPod on March 2nd. If he picks you, I’ll email you with Paul’s email address.
  2. The second website I will mention is one outside of the usual web 2.0 zone. It’s Harrington Estates, an estate agent in West Cork, Ireland. Houses are listed in posts, and interested buyers can leave a comment using the standard comment form. Thanks to the SEO friendly nature of WordPress, the site also appears on the front page of Google for related search terms! Thanks Frank for that info!

Are there any more Irish companies using WordPress that I can profile in a future post?

Update – the winner has been announced! Competition closed!


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75 thoughts on “Irish WordPress powered companies and a free iPod


  1. Yes, just this post. I don’t want people commenting all over my blog just because of the lure of an iPod. I do welcome comments elsewhere for legitimate reasons of course!


  2. Hmmm, “it may be entered into…”, are you just looking for oodles of comments? :)

    Oh go on so, I wouldn’t mind an iPod. I won an “iPod” once in an online competition, turned out to be a Creative Zen mp3 player, iPod is like the Hoover of vacuums. Btw, it was only a 1gb mp3 player so please pick me Paul!


  3. Donal – if there are more comments on this post and they’re on-topic (which is err, two at the moment) than other blogs participating in this viral competition then all the people commenting here will be entered into the competition.

    So, that WordPress thing, it’s cool isn’t it? This one on-topic Paul? :)


  4. Ah it sounds ok to me Donncha ;)

    BTW, don’t forget the trackback to ensure your post comes up in our viral post :)

    BTW, thanks for the mention – you will be hearing much more about us for sure. We’ve spent way too long under the media radar.


  5. Trackback should be in your moderation queue already! WP pinged your viral post (and I trackbacked it just in case) and your profile page as well even.


  6. It did come in! We don’t believe in moderation ;)

    BTW, I’ll be VERY interested in your feedback on a post I’m going to write regarding so-called blogs that don’t permit comments!


  7. I’m using WordPress to power my new project: a collection of Argentine court rulings, to make them available to law students with no access to LexisNexis or a similar service. It’s really exciting to use WordPress, my favorite web toy, to build other kinds of websites.


  8. I could use an iPod, that’s for sure – why, it could be a step towards my iLife. Of course, I have to get a life first…


  9. A portable music device is about the last tech device I don’t own. I’ll take a shot at it, though.

    Thanks for the Moo link, I have an upcoming project that this may be perfect for!


  10. So I think this is the first comment I’ve made to any of the WordPress Planet blogs … a free iPod (do you know what kind?) definitely will encourage some readers, like me, to delurk lol. Keep the cool posts coming :)


  11. In today’s definition of “blog,” wouldn’t one that doesn’t accept comments be considered a site which uses a CMS? Part of a blog being a blog is the community associated with it.


  12. I’m sure there are a lot Irish company websites out there but I’m not sure how many are powered by WordPress. If they’re not using WordPress, they should switch now. Hehe

    Btw, the guys at Segala did an awesome job with their website especially with their blog. Very nice layout. It’s user friendly and very organized. The header image can be improved a bit, well that’s my opinion. But overall, great job guys!

    @Donncha – I like your header image it’s pretty. :)


  13. Here’s my obligatory comment, and such a post is definitely good at getting readers to “delurk.” :)


  14. Hi Jayee,

    Thanks for your kind words – we’re making little tweaks every day. We’re also going to add additional CSS choices for users with different needs – such as colour contrast improvements.

    What would you suggest we do with the header image?


  15. Jonathan, I agree! I’m going to write a post and link to all the Web sites that call themselves blogs and ask them to justify why they think they’re blogging.


  16. I use WordPress to run the website for my web design company. I’ve got a couple of other blogs, but the Scribble site was a first foray into a corporate type blog.


  17. Hi Paul,

    You’re welcome! Btw, it’s Jaypee not Jayee..Hehe

    Bout the header image, if it was me I’d make it look integrated with the navigation menu. the space/gap between the header and nav menu just doesn’t look right for me. I dunno, maybe it’s just me. :D

    Bout the topic of not allowing comments, I think it’s really up to the blog author whether or not he/she would allow comments. But as Jonathan mentioned, being a blog means being part of a community and readers and their comments are all part of it.


  18. Sorry Jaypee!

    I’ll get the designers in the office to take a look at your comment and see what they have to say. It’s always good to get feedback.


  19. We’re not Irish, but our business Cruise Planners http://www.mycruiseplanner.net is running mostly off of WordPress…

    Not my business, or Irish (although I know the site owner and the site designer) but Fireballed! Racing! is also WordPress powered.


  20. I’ve been using wordpress (hosted by wordpress) to make class announcements and information and for the English class I teach, I encourage my students to use wordpress for the weblogs.
    May I have an iPod?


  21. @Paul
    Great idea! let us all know when it’s posted; I’d love to see the reaction to such a post. It’s not just the blogger’s opinion that counts, but the readers, too. (Perhaps the blogger gets 51% of the vote, though!) And there’s no better way to test that theory than to write just such a post and find out.

    @Donncha
    Why don’t you put your comments in an ordered list so we can see how many you’ve got so far?


  22. Segala has come up with an interesting approach in gaining eyeballs, and if it catches on, could be an expensive one for those giving away iPods ;)

    I wonder how this scales tho …


  23. I’m just glad you didn’t say free MP3 player – I’ve seen a few sites offering one, when you purchase their program.
    They even had a picture of an iPod on the page, to motivate you.
    I did a little digging, and it turns out they do indeed give you a free MP3 player – a PROGRAM that plays MP3s on your PC though, not the inferred iPod!
    (Happy to mail you the URLs, but don’t want to give them any more traffic by posting it publicly, dirty underhand dogs that they are!)


  24. Just stumbled upon your blog, and I’m not even sure how. Laughing so hard within minutes of reading that I subscribed to your feed right away. Great Stuff.


  25. Thanks Donncha,
    Harrington Estates was done by John, Joe and Myself at Aonach.

    Our Aonach site is also run out of WordPress, two other clients of ours who have been WordPress blogging a while now are ForestHill Financial Planning (see news & views section) and Clamnuts.

    TheatreMakers, Unity Yoga and Organico also use WordPress as a simple CMS for their sites.

    TheatreMakers is brand spanking new, but Unity Yoga and Organico have had several very positive business experiences through their sites.

    And we have a couple more sites which will use WordPress in some way or other soon to be launched…

    Cheers!
    Frank


  26. I am an active preacher of FOSS in Pakistan and am developing a number of websites in WordPress for my clients. These range from blogs to corporate websites and I must say that they have all loved it.


  27. Stevie – why don’t you ask your team what concerns they had exactly and I bet they’ll be less negative. http://segala.com has some very secure stuff and we haven’t had any issues. You need to know what you’re doing of course. Perhaps they’re less than supportive because they’re not familiar…


  28. Thanks Paul, but I tried that and they wouldn’t budge. As far as they are concerned, it is unapproved third-party software that they couldn’t give the time to check over.


  29. Can it not be installed on a server that they do trust? Anyone can install WordPress, and many hosts will install it for you. Including myself, I might add. :)


  30. We’re talking uni servers (should have made that clear… sorry!).

    I use WP on my personal site, it’s just a shame we couldn’t use it for the society’s website.

    Still, using WP to sell houses seems a bit peculiar!


  31. Peculiar in what way Stevie? The houses are not for sale through WP as such, if that’s what you meant… it’s about lead generation – check out three examples taken from keyphrases actually used to find Harringtons Property site recently:

    glengarriff property – no. 1 in Google.ie currently

    bantry property – no. 1 in Google.ie currently

    houses for sale beara peninsula – no. 1 in Google.ie currently

    And these are just three I picked out quickly…


  32. this is just a test… I left a comment earlier, but it didn’t appear, and I didn’t see any moderation message…
    but when I tried resubmitting it said I had already said that…
    So just testing what heppnes with a new comment…


  33. That’s an interesting change of tone, Frank. What are you guys doing to avoid spam on your WordPress blogs? I’ve got about half a dozen solutions currently running, and the newest one seems to be almost useless. I placed fake “submit” links in both the comment form and the contact form. I’m still not getting any spam through, but Akismet’s numbers aren’t slowing down any.

    The reason I ask is because I had to delete the Spam Karma 2 Akismet plugin. SK2 allowed a few spam comments through simply on the premise that “Akismet says it’s OK”. Ever since removing that plugin for SK2 I haven’t had one false negative with either of them. What Akismet doesn’t catch, the other two or three plugins do (SK2, BB2, etc). But what else can we do? Hidden form fields don’t work anymore, either, so I’ve heard. Any fresh ideas?


  34. Oh, how I would like to have an ipod, I dream of a day of frolicking through the wheat fields with my new ipod, oh ipod…oh ipod…


  35. WordPress rocks. I’ve used it for corporate solutions (both for myself and for clients) as well as on various “not so bloggy” projects. The latest one is http://www.kong.se (in Swedish).


  36. A free Ipod – why that would be fantatic :-) I think I’m the one person that doesn’t own an IPod at the moment.

    As for WordPress, if I had a company I’d definately use it. Hey!, the Ipod might be the first step to my company.

    Donncha – brilliant blog, and the photo blog is just fantastic.. today’s my first visit to both though – stumbled on through It@cork.

    I’m not just saying that to win the IPod btw!


  37. It’s a bit of fun which brought a few of us closer together! :) We’ll have to see if we can come up with a new game in a few weeks – we have lots of games to get rid of. I don’t want to over do it though.


  38. Never tried that, but we try to bild a support miniwebs with word press to support the main company webs


  39. Does the i in i-pod stand for Irish? have you heard that Apple are trying to patent the letter ‘i’ so if I Guinness did an i-Guinness they’d be sued?


  40. Hi Donncha,
    I know the competitions over, but I’ve just created a company website using wordpress and wanted to know your opinion.
    The address is: http://www.phpbaby.com
    Thanks,
    Tom


  41. WordPress is good because there are many free plugin you can use. In fact, it is a good idea for companies to use wordpress because this is the direction where the internet is moving.


  42. Congratulations on winning & earning the kind words over at segala.com

    and as you said “Thanks to the SEO friendly nature of WordPress”, im using it and its really helpful.

    Best regards


  43. Miss Pelt, please read the post itself…

    “Update – the winner has been announced! Competition closed!”


  44. Who has IPhone, who tested it ? I am in Europe and I want to buy one … here we don’t have it.


  45. Hey, just looking for free iPod contests. There appear to be quite a few out there, but I guess I’m too late for this one ;) I’m not Irish, but I was there recently this summer. But brother married an Irish girl (Bryne) down in Wicklow area. That’s an incredibly beautiful island. I’ll be back one day.

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