Choosing The Best Platform For Attorney Websites

There’s much more to starting an attorney website than just getting a server and choosing a theme. Even though a stable server and engaging theme are very important aspects, there are certain background elements that need to be addressed. In this case, it’s figuring out which is the best platform for attorney websites.

Nobody likes wasting time or money, which is why a little research can go a long way when choosing a platform. It spares the firm the trouble of moving the site later on or having to start from scratch after investing time and money. Of course it would be easier if you just hire anĀ Attorney website designer in Miami.

In other words, the importance of the platform needs to be understood. From there, an efficient choice can be made according to the needs of the firm.

Understanding CMS

CMS stands for Content Management Systems. Consider it the foundation of the site, because this is where all the “specific” tweaking happens. Depending on the CMS you choose, you’ll either be able to be in full-control of the site from front to back, or you’ll be limited.

Why should limited control sound appealing for attorney websites? Because the technical maintenance and coding will be handled by the CMS developer. Seeing as not all firms have in-house support to keep the site maintained in this manner, the idea that somebody else will take care of it does hold some shine.

The downside is that a proprietary CMS will charge the firm per hour or per month for certain services. Extra charges will also go to necessary updates.

In fact, with proprietary CMSs the more control the attorney website wants, the more they have to pay for it.

However, there are open source platforms to choose from, and they come highly recommended. Take note, some manner of in-house support will be required to maintain the site, or an affordable third party can be hired to handle the responsibility.

Open Source CMS

The most popular CMS has to be WordPress, and by now, everyone with a site has heard about it. The reason why WordPress is so popular is that it’s incredibly user-friendly, plus, it’s incredibly powerful. Most of the sites currently on the internet use WordPress, including big hitters like CNN.

In terms of technical control, WordPress does allow it to a certain extent. And it’s enough to make a big difference, especially if it’s a mid-sized firm looking to gain higher page rankings.

Another one of the best platforms for attorney websites is Drupal, although it requires a little more skill to operate. While it’s not as popular as WordPress, it offers more advanced options regarding technical control. And as expected, individuals with more than casual CMS knowledge can really do wonders with it.

There’s also Joomla, which serves as a balance between the very popular WordPress, and the very advanced Drupal.

Which One Is Best?

Everything comes down to what the firm wants to achieve. Will the site play a heavy role in their marketing strategy? Becuase then an in-house support team should be considered, or a professional third-party.

However, if the site will only serve as a way to satisfy potential clients looking for more information, there’s no need to get very technical. A CMS like WordPress is very powerful when it comes to gaining visibility, and it makes it incredibly easy to maintain.

Hiring A Third-Party Professional

It’s not uncommon for attorney firms to hire third-party professionals to handle the website, because it has become a very affordable service. However, a lot of consideration should go into choosing the right company for the job, because who likes wasting time and money?

About The Practice

David Avigdor is an attorney concentrating in real estate and business law, wills and estates. The office is located in the Hadley-Lake Luzerne-Great Sacandaga Lake Area of the Southern Adirondack Mountains, New York. David practices primarily in Saratoga and Warren Counties, and around Great Sacandaga Lake.

David understands that the purchase or sale of a home, business or land is often one of the most important transactions in a person’s life. David will give you personal, attentive service, answering all of your questions, and guiding you through the process. Whenever possible, David answers the telephone himself, and will return phone calls and e-mails promptly. David prides himself on his ability to explain complex legal issues in simple, understandable English, and to do everything possible to ensure that you understand his services, and what he will be able to do to serve you. In addition to questions of titles, contracts, closing documents, and other details that must be attended to, there are a number of areas of special concern in this part of New York State. Many projects are regulated by the Adirondack Park Agency, which has unique and sometimes confusing regulations. David is experienced with the APA, knows the Agency well, and is completely familiar with their law. A closing on your purchase will include a review to ensure that the current use of your land, and your intended uses, are permissible under APA law, as well as under local zoning and planning laws. Access to many of the lakes in the area is regulated by government agencies (such as the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District for Great Sacandaga Lake), or private beach associations. An experienced local real estate attorney such as David is familiar with these access requirements, and can guide you through the process of having lake access transferred at your closing.

David represents many of the businesses in the area, and actively represents clients in the formation, purchase and sale of businesses.