Web Design & Development
I help businesses build client-centered websites and web-based tools.
A client-centered website incorporates information, resources, and tools that enhance your client service and empower your clients. Client-centered websites can include a client portal, knowledge base, expert systems, document assembly, and more.
I’m happy to help you build a “plain old” website or collaborate with you and your marketing agency on a high-performance marketing website, but your web presence can do more than just help you get clients. It can also help you serve the clients you already have, or expand your impact beyond your current client base.
That’s what I’d love to do: help you build a client-centered website or web-based tool, or reimagine your existing web presence.
InFocus Family Law Firm
Home page redesign for a family law firm with multiple calls to action.
Together we will define your goals and requirements for your project, including:
- Brand Identity
- Audience/Ideal Client
- Key Competitors
- Calls to Action
- Colors & Fonts
- Key Features
Next we will generate and refine ideas, sketches, and wireframes until you are ready to move forward.
During this phase I will also give you an estimate of the development cost and timeline.
Once you have approved the design direction I will get to work!
During development we will check in regularly—usually every other week.
Time to unveil the result!
You can still request revisions, and of course the final go/no-go decision is yours to make.
Once we have finalized the project I will deploy it to your live website.
Websites will usually be built on the WordPress open-source content management system. WordPress is a powerful, flexible foundation for building everything from simple websites to sophisticated web apps. WordPress can also be integrated with lots of other software, such as case or project management software, intake/CRM software, document assembly software, and more.
For hosting, I use SiteGround managed WordPress hosting. SiteGround includes daily backups, staging, enhanced speed and security, and a free SSL certificate for your website. (If your website is already hosted somewhere else, it can stay there if you prefer.)
For most projects the cost depends on the work to be done. If you contact me and describe your project or the problem you are trying to solve I will do my best to give you a ballpark estimate. Then we can refine that estimate as we move through the design process.
Building or redesigning a website typically starts at $5,000.
I also offer hosting for your website or project for $99 per month. Hosting includes SiteGround managed hosting, select premium WordPress plugin licenses,* email configuration, maintenance, and support.
*Premium plugins currently included in the hosting plan are Advanced Custom Fields Pro and Gravity Forms.
Ready to get started? Let’s talk!
Use this form to get in touch, or schedule a meeting with me so we can start discussing your project.
I have been building websites and web-based tools for longer than I have been a lawyer. As a freshman in college I built websites for a European Star Wars convention and a video game startup. I built a website for the outdoor store where I worked evenings and weekends during law school. I built a website for the first law firm I worked for, and when I went to work for a larger firm I started that firm’s blog. Then I built my own firm’s website and blog and started Lawyerist, which I worked on until I left in 2020.
My toolbox includes a deep understanding of law practice and entrepreneurship plus years of experience designing and developing websites and web-based tools and systems. Here are a few examples:
- I’ve built dozens of websites, including Lawyerist, Girl Skate Cos., Caveat Emptor, the Minnesota Black-Owned Business Directory, several law firm and small-business websites, and more.
- I designed and developed a web-based client intake system that allows third-party receptionists to qualify social security clients, including a custom integration with Clio Grow.
- I built Client Power Tools, a client portal for professionals.
- I wrote the code that powers Lawyerist’s Small Firm Scorecard.
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