Originally Posted by Sherman90
Need a website for my legal practise. Something tasteful and professional.
What's the best way of getting one set up for under $1000?
Since I've always understood that networking with my colleagues in the legal community is an important part of being a knowledgeable and effective lawyer, the way I'd handle this would probably be to see which of my colleagues had websites similar to what I'd like. Then I'd get in touch with them, explain what I wanted for my own practice, and seek to benefit from their experience. Find out how they set up their site, whom they hired, what they wish they'd done differently, what pitfalls I should be careful to avoid, etc.
In one "lawyers only" online forum in which I sometimes participate, while the vast majority of the conversation has to do with relatively technical business law matters, it's not unheard of for someone to seek out advice on things like the best time management software for their firm's purposes, whether anyone has office space for rent, when it's appropriate to engage in teleconferencing instead of traveling to a common location for a meeting, etc. Your question about setting up a website would not be out of line.
My state's Bar association also has a solo practitioner section, and another for those just beginning their practice of law. I would imagine the website question is common enough in those groups. While you haven't mentioned where you practice, I wouldn't be surprised if your local/regional/national Bar association (or equivalent) had something similar. Heck, I wouldn't be surprised if most Bar Association Journals haven't run "Setting up a Website" articles. Some of them even have regular Tech columns.
If it's likely that your firm's website will have a non-trivial impact on your ability to attract clients, and consequently on your financial bottom line, it would probably be wise to devote a little time to doing the job right. Even if you wind up hiring a college kid to put together something from an existing template, I would think it would make sense for you to learn enough about the matter that you can explain to the college kid just what things you'd like done a little differently from the "default," so as to obtain the best possible website for your needs. You may also wish to draw up a contract with the college kid for ongoing website maintenance and support. And in order to do this, you might want to learn, perhaps from discussion with your colleagues who've been there and done that, what sort of maintenance and support needs you should anticipate will be required.
Well, just some thoughts.