Answers to questions about your law office web and graphic design

Some Basic Stuff

You Should Know About

How Long Has CanLaw

Been Creating Web Sites?

Our first CanLaw page, our own home page was initially designed in 1996. That site has dominated the search engine rankings for nearly 20 years now. Prior to that we ran a couple of websites promoting our advertising services.

Moreover, the President of CanLaw Kirby Inwood, has been working in advertising and sales promotion for nearly 50 years, since 1967.

We know advertising. We build content. not gimmicks in web sites. Content is the only thing that counts.

What is a "Domain"?

 

Simply speaking, a domain is a web address such as CanLaw.com. You need your own domain to protect your company name and image. Usually your domain name would be your name or your company name with dot com added at the end. This also is what all your email addresses will be based on.

Why Should I Register My Own Domain?

 

Once we register your domain name, you own it and no one else may use it. Cost is minimal just $25 for the year and about 15. a year thereafter.

What Else?

We provide the full range of services that you will need to set up your business presence quickly and easily on the Internet. We take all the guesswork out of the process and will work closely with you to keep you informed and ensure that your web site meets your needs and expectations. The result will be a professional web site that reflects your company's image and style and promotes confidence in your customers.

Why Should I Choose CanLaw

to Design My Website?

Several reasons. Our strength is in design, layout, and most important of all CONTENT.

We write good copy and design your site with your audience in mind.

Content is the only thing that matters on your web site. Without good copy, designed to inform and sell, your web site will be just another overhead expense.

Most web site designers are really just computer mavins with HTML knowledge. HTML is only the mortar holding the bricks of good copy writing and well designed graphics and page layouts together.

We are Web Site ARCHITECTS, not just bricklayers. Be certain that your web site content is created by an experienced, qualified copy writer with extensive advertising experience.

The rights to use all graphics, photos and illustrations on your website are included and do not violate any copyrights

Every web site that we build starts out with a blank page. The final product is an original creation and totally custom-tailored to your specifications.

We can make updates to your web site quickly and easily, as you need them.

Once your original site is up and running we will stay on the job to maintain, update and improve your site.

What Is Web Hosting?

You will also need to pay monthly fees to a web host. As part of your startup package CanLaw provides the first three months hosting. Thereafter it is $15 a month billed quarterly in advance. We expect you to stay with CanLaw for one year as part of our package.

 

Having your own domain displays an added level of professionalism and permanence and shows that you are serious about your business. It reinforces your company name in the minds of your visitors. It is also a little easier to remember a web address such as: www. CanLaw.com.

 

Will I Be Able To Take My Site To a Different Server in the Future if I Choose?

Yes. Once you have paid us for the design work, the site is yours to do with as you please.

 

Can I Make Changes To My Own Web Site?

 

Absolutely. The danger though, is that when more then one person is responsible for changes, that chaos can ensue as it is very easy for different people to have different versions of a page with no one really knowing which is the "official" version.

We will be happy to maintain your web site for you. There will be a negotiated charge for this, You can save yourself some money by doing your own updates. However... (and we cannot stress this enough): We can not instruct you in HTML.

While simple text changes are hardly rocket science, you still need a solid background in computers and at least some HTML experience. It is more efficient and probably much cheaper, to have us maintain your site and make all necessary changes. That is always better then being forced to ask us to "repair" the damages done by well meaning novices.

We can set up an FTP account and give you access to your files on our server. You are responsible for acquiring and knowing how to use an FTP client on your PC. It is not difficult to do, but sometimes the initial set up can be frustrating. This permits you to upload files to your web site.

 

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