GDMS Laos, a company specializing in digital solutions, has organized a two-day training course to enhance the skills of journalists from the Lao Press in Foreign Languages. The training, which takes place on 13 and 20 October 2023, aims to familiarise participants with the WordPress system, the world’s most widely used content management software for creating and managing websites. This initiative is part of the Lao government’s drive to strengthen its economy and government through digital technologies.
The training was divided into two sessions: the first covered the basics of WordPress, including installation, configuration, customization, and content creation. The second session covered the advanced features of WordPress, such as backup, restore, optimization, plugins, and troubleshooting. Participants were able to put the knowledge they had acquired into practice through practical exercises and case studies.
The opening speech was given by Mr Thonglor Duangsavanh, Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of the Lao Press in Foreign Languages Group. He praised the initiative of GDMS Laos to build the technical capacity of journalists in the use and mastery of the WordPress system. He also announced the launch of major projects in the field of the French-speaking press, including the return of writing media in digital form, in close collaboration with the French-language Lao National Radio and Television, and with the support of the OIF (Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie).
The web department of GDMS Laos led the training. The speakers said that the training was designed to meet the needs of journalists from the Vientiane Times and English-language radio and television who wanted to improve their digital skills and create professional, attractive websites. They added that GDMS Laos is ready to support the Lao Press in Foreign Languages for future projects and strengthen its partnership with the media.
The course participants expressed their satisfaction and interest in the course content and method. They emphasized the usefulness and relevance of WordPress for their day-to-day work and future projects. They also appreciated the expertise and pedagogy of the trainers, as well as the friendly and interactive atmosphere of the seminar.