Want a Website for $200 or Less? Follow Solo in Colo’s WordPress Website Project

by Barb Cashman on November 14, 2011

In the coming weeks, tech guru Matt Willson and I will launch our WordPress Website Project to show fellow attorneys that they can create their own website and it doesn’t have to break the bank.

The goal of this project is, among other things, to show solo and small firm attorneys the new developments in website “real estate” that make it easier than ever to get a website put together that appropriately reflects the lawyer’s or the firm’s personality.  WordPress websites represent the latest development in an easy to use format, which allows for customizable themes, flexibility, ease of keeping the site updated and current, and has built-in possibilities of numerous free plugins for social media, SEO, and more.

We want to give solo and small firm attorneys the tools to make their own brand and control marketing and outreach. And, the costs are nominal compared to what you would pay someone else to create a site for you.

Each week, Matt will walk you through in a step-by-step video and I’ll post about best practices and ethical consideration.

Watch the video below for more about the project from me and Matt. In the comments, let us know what questions you have about creating a website.

Follow the WordPress Website Project and see other posts here.

{ 11 comments }

R.J. Alexander November 17, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Thanks for providing this service. I am newly minted Texas lawyer and looking to take the CO bar next May. This is a great project!

Lisa Santos November 17, 2011 at 5:59 pm

I am interested in learning how to create my own website and have it linked to my colleague, Matthew A. Martin’s website. We work together but have an independent contractor relationship. I would like to do what I can to create my OWN business and bring it to the firm.

Peter Mullison November 17, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Great idea! I’m looking forward to reading and watching your tips.

Tomasz Stasiuk November 17, 2011 at 9:29 pm

As a Colorado lawyer and techie geek, I have been encouraging lawyers to blog for some time. My tips and how-tos are at http://planet10tech.com/category/law-office-management/blogging/

Greg Mahoney November 18, 2011 at 11:47 am

Thanks for the info! I just recently registered some domain names with GoDaddy and am trying to figure out hosting and content issues. I look forward to your advice.

Phil Lockwood November 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm

My company provides PROFESSIONAL websites, starting at 10 times this price. And while I think ALL projects like this are valuable and interesting, I wonder how many attorneys will end up feeling like their time (and websites take a lot of time to design/develop/grow well) is better spent on website development than practicing law. I think most of my legal clients would say that handing over $2-3k to have an expert get them up and running quickly is a small price to pay… perhaps even cheaper than doing it themselves, if you consider the opportunity cost and the difference in effectiveness.

But again, kudos on the exercise… I look forward to reading more.

(for a quick self-promo, here’s a sample of our law firm work: http://shblegal.businesscatalyst.com/)

Nancy L. Peterson November 18, 2011 at 3:16 pm

This is great! Thank you so much for initiating it! I am looking forward to the other videos

Michael Brown November 20, 2011 at 11:55 am

where and how do we sign up?

Chip Coppola November 20, 2011 at 2:02 pm

How about just a discounted fee and you do it for me. I do not need to know how – i just need it done professionally and inexpensively.

Matt Willson November 22, 2011 at 6:18 am

Phil,
Thanks for posting, your example page looks great, I like the template. My personal site is mattwillson.info. I also agree with you many lawyers don’t have the time nor need to make their own pages, but others do. The pages I make for other lawyers coast close to what you’re charging. However, many solo and small firms just do not have the budget for a 2k website out the door. Many new lawyers are graduating school with 150k is student debt, plus all the other expenses of hanging a shingle, this project is meant to help them get a web presence for an affordable amount as they start their firm.

Chip,
Good point, and people like Phil above, or myself can help you great these pages. Another reason for this project is allow people who are thinking of doing it professionally a behind the scenes look at how it’s done, what the terms mean, and what options there are, so that when you are ready to hire a web designer, you are both speaking the same language.

This project won’t be a one size fits all, some folks will get more out of it than others, and some will try it on their one or feel more confident talking with a designer after they have watched it. We hope everyone will learn something new!

Matt

Jason November 23, 2011 at 11:39 am

Great project. When you get to your “hosting” section, could you address the copyright protection of content? Specifically, below is an example of part of a hosting service’s contract. Please note towards the bottom where it says that a license is granted to all end-users (ie visitors) as follows:
“Subscriber also authorizes the downloading and printing of such material, or any portion thereof, by end-users for their personal use.” The full paragraph is reproduced below. I get the sense that this is standard for any web-hosting site, but I am not sure. Bluehost is recommended by WordPress.
Thanks for doing this!

License to Bluehost.com. Bluehost.com claims no ownership interest in the content of Subscriber’s web site(s). By submitting content and data to Bluehost.com, Subscriber grants to Bluehost.com, its successors and assigns, the worldwide, royalty-free, and nonexclusive license under Subscriber’s copyrights and other rights, if any, in all material and content displayed in Subscriber’s web site to use, distribute, display, reproduce, and create derivative works from such material in any and all media, in order to maintain such content on Bluehost.com’s servers during the term of these Terms. Subscriber also authorizes the downloading and printing of such material, or any portion thereof, by end-users for their personal use. This license shall terminate upon Subscriber’s cancellation of the Services as set forth in Paragraphs 2.01 and 3.0.

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