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This slide set is for a seminar I did, "Meet The Author of WordPress in One Hour for Lawyers." I went over some of the basic of setting up a website using WordPress. Obviously, I could only go over ...

This slide set is for a seminar I did, "Meet The Author of WordPress in One Hour for Lawyers." I went over some of the basic of setting up a website using WordPress. Obviously, I could only go over so much in an hour. But I address choosing a domain name, picking a host, basic set up, adding and editing pages, posts and media.

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  • WordPress for Lawyers Building a Website for your Law Firm North Carolina Bar Association Presenter Jennifer Ellis Lowenthal & Abrams, PC & Jennifer Ellis, JD @jle_jd www.LowenthalAbrams.com www.jlellis.net Copyright Jennifer Ellis, 2014. All rights reserved.
  • About Jennifer Ellis • Legal Malpractice & Ethics Attorney • Also Manage Online Presence for Lowenthal & Abrams, PC in Philadelphia • Consultant – Online Marketing for Lawyers • Jennifer Ellis, JD • Author • WordPress in One Hour for Lawyers • Available on ABA’s Website
  • Today’s Seminar • Choosing a domain name • Picking a host • Installing software • Setting up the basics • Design • Choosing plugins • Adding widgets • Creating and editing a page • Creating and editing a post • Adding media • Updating software • Security • SEO (Search Engine Optimization) • Ethics http://image.slidesharecdn.com/wordpresshowto8112014-140813120712-phpapp01/95/basics-setting-up-a-wordpress-site-3-638.jpg?cb=1407949800
  • You Can’t Build a Website in an Hour • But you can create one in • A weekend • A week • A month • Websites are a continuing project • Keep adding content • Examine results • Improve • Repeat http://image.slidesharecdn.com/wordpresshowto8112014-140813120712-phpapp01/95/basics-setting-up-a-wordpress-site-4-638.jpg?cb=1407949800
  • Why WordPress? • Easy to install • Easy to use • Easy to update • Great functionality through plug-ins • Free software • Supportive community • Excellent for SEO
  • Choose a Domain Name • Your address on the web • Choose carefully • Branding • First thing people see • Creates a sense of who you are • Email address • Relate to your firm • Easy to type • Not too long • No dashes • No numbers
  • Think Through Your Branding • Firm’s Name? • Initials? • Law or Lawfirm at the end? • Area of practice? • Geographic area? • Hard to find good names • Be creative • Use .com
  • Ask Others to Look • Bad Examples • whorepresents.com • WhoRepresents or WhorePresents • speedofart.com • SpeedOfArt or SpeedoFart • therapistinabox.com • Therapist in a Box or TheRapistInABox
  • See if the Name is Available
  • Not Available? • Add law, lawfirm or lawyers? • Consider other options • Be careful about adding S or ing • Especially bad if the other site is a law firm • Domain available for sale from the owner? • Check for cost
  • Choose Webhost • Reliable • Able to handle WordPress • One click installation • Recommend • Web Synthesis • Bluehost • HostGator
  • Purchase Hosting Plan • Don’t choose the lowest plan. • Choose an appropriate plan • Business Level • WordPress specific (if available) • But….see discussion on Sucuri & CloudProxy • The lowest level is fine for Web Synthesis • Note, can register your domain on Bluehost or HostGator. • Not on Web Synthesis
  • Point DNS • What is a DNS? • Domain Name Server • Domain Name System • Connects IP address and domain name • Type in domain name, sends it to the right location • Like a phone book or a map for the Web
  • Using Same Registrar & Host? • Will not need to point the DNS • It should automatically work • Less secure to use both in the same place
  • Different Registrar & Host • Required to point DNS to the correct location • The steps vary based on your registrar and host • Sometimes change Name Servers • Sometimes change IP Address • Get information from Host • More secure
  • Warning – Email! • Make sure you do not mess up your email when you change your DNS! • If in doubt, ASK!
  • Installing WordPress
  • Setting Up the Basics • Click on Settings and Access • General • Writing • Reading • Discussion • Permalinks
  • General
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Discussion
  • Permalinks
  • Website Appearance • Theme • Complete website design • Modifiable • Coding • Internal options
  • Finding Themes • Within WordPress • Free • External sites • Various prices • Framework themes • Basic underlying framework • Theme over the framework • Hire website designer
  • Within WordPress
  • Preview
  • Install External Theme
  • Modify Theme
  • Options Vary
  • Plugins & Widgets • Add functionality • Plugins • Back end • Widgets • Front end • Often work together
  • Recommended Plugins • Yoast WordPress SEO – SEO • Askimet – Comment Spam • Acurax Social Icons – Social Media Icons • Disable Comments – Hides Comment Box on Pages • Display Widgets – Controls Where Widgets Appear • Gravity Forms – Contact Box • Jetpack – Numerous Tools (including statistics) • W3 Total Cache – Speeds Up Site • Advanced Image Styles (control aspects of image appearance)
  • Using Widgets
  • Drag to Location
  • Enter Data (If Needed)
  • Result
  • Plugins with Widgets PLUGIN WIDGET RESULT
  • Important – Updates! • WordPress = Microsoft of Web • Common malware attack target • Update plugins and software as required • Use security • Sucuri Malware Scanner ($89/year) • Plugin and external scanning service • Sucuri Cloud Proxy ($9.99/month) • Sucuri included with Web Synthesis
  • Updates
  • Content • Pages • Posts • Media
  • Editing
  • Media
  • Gallery
  • Upload
  • URL
  • Edit Media - Add Advanced Image Plugin
  • SEO • Content matters • What will bring clients? • What questions are they asking? • Answer the questions • Good links from other sites • Encourage linking with good content • Write for sites with follow me links • Follow me = recognized by Google as providing link “juice” • No follow = no link “juice”
  • SEO Tools • Yoast – WordPress Plugin • On site SEO analysis • Moz – External Help • http://moz.com • Education • Analysis • Comparison • ahrefs – Linking Analysis • https://ahrefs.com/
  • Yoast • Provides tools to analyze each page and post • Helps with Sitemaps • Other tools as well
  • Yoast
  • Yoast
  • ahrefs Provides detailed information about links
  • Moz Analyze your site against others for key words and other information
  • Choose your key words
  • Compare Competitors
  • Google Analytics • http://analytics.google.com • Numbers • Location • Pages • Bounce rate • Mobile versus desktop
  • Google Webmaster Tools • http://webmaster.google.com • Informs if problems with site • Provide Google with sitemap • Information about Google searches
  • Ethics Rules 7.1 et seq. • Marketing rules apply • Use appropriate disclaimers for your jurisdiction • Do not share detailed information about clients without permission • Appropriate disclaimer – past results do not guarantee future outcome • Beware providing specific legal advice • General, educational information
  • Questions? • Feel free to contact me • Jennifer@jlellis.net • Twitter: @jle_jd • Facebook: www.Facebook.com/jle.jd