We know and respect author Jennifer Ellis who has created excellent websites for law firms, lectures regularly on that topic, and also knows a great deal about search engine optimization.
So we were delighted to read her new book, WordPress in One Hour for Lawyeers: How to Create a Website for Your Law Firm (available from the ABA Law Practice Division). We use Typepad for our blogs but are considering moving to WordPress. If you think your firm might be interested in using WordPress, this is the book for you.
It is cleanly and simply written – no jargon. It takes you step by step through setting up a blog or website in WordPress, even explaining how to acquire a good domain name. Included are lots of screenshots to help you understand how to set up your blog or website – and the social media widgets and plug-ins that are critical to your success.
There are also suggested hosts for the website, recommended widgets and an entire chapter on search engine optimization, which is very useful. Also included is a chapter on ethics, so you don’t step into quicksand with your website or blog.
Particularly fascinating to us was the author’s experience with website hosts, described in an Appendix, which proves that finding the “right” host may be harder than you imagine.
Reading the book means finding a quiet time to read it in an hour and to make some notes. If you actually create a site with WordPress, you’ll need longer – but you’ll be delighted to have this essential reference at your side as you do so!
The authors are Sharon D. Nelson, Esq. and John W. Simek, the President and Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., a digital forensics, information security and information technology company in Fairfax, Va. They are co-authors of The 2014 Solos and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide and (with David G. Ries) Locked Down: Information Security for Lawyers, both published by the ABA Law Practice Division.