With so much of the legal profession moving online to find new clients and conduct their business, a high functioning bar association website design is a must. Whether you are a new bar association or one that has been around for a century and half, having a well-designed bar association website design can make the difference between growing your influence or stagnating. Law Firm Website Design would like to help your bar association take full advantage of the internet’s opportunities for community building.
Content Management Systems for Your Attorney Bar Association
One of the central ways that an attorney bar association website design differs from a law firm website design is the greater emphasis on content management. A bar association website, by its very nature, must be able to continuously change it pages to make announcements and focus on new events and happenings.
For this reason, Law Firm Website Design will install a Content Management System (CMS) that is both easy to alter and easy to use. The number one choice for most websites these days is WordPress, the most popular content management system on the web. WordPress allows you to easily alter pages, adding new announcements and other posts even if you only have a very basic knowledge of computer systems. (In fact, most anyone can learn the basics of posting documents to WordPress in an afternoon.)
WordPress and other CMS’s also can allow the members of your bar association to create their own pages and announcements, and to create different levels of usability so that your bar association overseers can manage the site, but allow your members to see to the day to day operations. This diminishes the amount of time and money your bar association has to expend on administering your website and makes the site more interactive for your users, giving the members more control and responsibility over their own content.
A good CMS is also the key to event management, allowing you to build-on calendar, registration and payment functions right onto your website so that you can easily create, manage and track your events online.
If you prefer not to use Wordrpress, Law Firm Website Design can install Drupal or Joomla in its place.
Search Engine Optimization for Bar Association Websites
In addition to installing a state of the art content management system, our web marketing team can also make sure that your law association gets found by employing the principles of Search Engine Optimization. Search Engine Optimization is the process by which you make your website more easily findable by search engines such as Google, and it can make all the difference in terms of your internet visibility.
Search Engine Optimization is a complex process that can be boiled down to two main aspects:
- On-Page SEO: On-Page SEO involves creating a website whose very structure is geared to search engines. This involves virtually every aspect of your bar association website design, from making sure that your domain name is clear and understandable by search engines, to having a site map that is easily readable and that includes links to all your webpages. The more search engine friendly you make your website, the more likely Google and the other search engines are to rank your pages well for internet users.
- Keywords: Much of this early section of SEO has to do with finding the right keywords and emphasizing them properly on your webpages. Keywords, the search terms that Google uses to make sure pages are found, need to be clearly placed in page titles, tags and within texts so that search engines will be able to properly categorize your pages.
- Off-Page SEO: The other aspect of SEO is what you do on websites other than your own. This aspect of SEO involves making sure that you get listed on law association web directories and that other websites (like local law firm websites) link to your site. This will help create traffic and allow Google and other search engines to see your website as a hub of internet activity that deserves greater attention on web searches.
A Professional Quality Bar Association Website Design
Finally, we will make sure that your attorney bar association website design is both attractive and professional looking. Having an affordable website that still looks like it took a million dollars to design can help you draw new members and make sure that they continue to pay their dues on time. As you know, a bar association is not just a lawyer’s club, but a key hub for economic growth in your community. That is why you need a attorney bar association website design that reflects that.
Law Firm Website Design would like to be your one stop shop when it comes to building a first class bar association website.