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How to Customize Your Law Firm's Website Address with your Firm Name or Domain Name

Customize Your Law Firm Website Address

When you first create your law firm’s new website, your website will given a default website address; something like: http://firm185.lawweb.info/. Not to worry, you can easy change your law firm’s website address!

Subdomain vs. Domain Name

When you’re choosing what website address to use for your law firm, you essentially have two options. You can use a subdomain or a full domain name. A subdomain would look like:

http://subdomain.lawweb.info/ (eg. http://examplelawfirm.lawweb.info/)

… and a full domain name would look like:

http://domainname.com/ (eg. http://examplelawfirm.com/)

Most lawyers will probably want to use their own domain name, but using a subdomain is a quick and efficient option as well. When making this choice, look into the future a bit and consider what you want to do with your site. If you start building links to your site and it ends up listed in Google, changing your law firm’s domain name can hurt your website’s ranking. Choose a domain name you’ll want to keep for a while.

Choosing a Domain Name

When you choose a domain name for your law practice, it’s a good idea to choose a website address that’s easy to remember. Some attorneys choose to use their law firm name for their domain (http://priceandpricelawfirm.com/), while others choose to use targeted keywords for their address (http://dallascriminaldefenselawyer.com/). This is a personal choice, and there is no absolute right or wrong. That said, try to avoid hyphens or intentional misspellings that will make your address hard to remember or type.

Registering Your Law Firm Domain Name

When your selecting the best domain name for your law firm website, you’ll want to check to see if the domain name is available using a domain registrar’s website such as http://domain.com/. The simplest domain names such as http://lawyer.com/ and http://pheonixlawfirm.com/ are typically taken, but you should be able to find one you like.

You can register a domain name through any registrar (or use one you already have). Alternatively, I can register a domain name for you — all you need to do is let me know what domain name you’d like to use for your law firm website and I’ll take care for the rest.

Setting Up Your Website Address

When you are ready to customize your website address, you’ll need to login to your Law Web admin, click the My Account button in the upper-left of your screen and then expand the Website Address (URL) accordion.

If you want to use a subdomain for your firm, enter your choice in the subdomain field. If you want to use a full domain name, enter it in the domain name field.

If you’re using a domain name, you will need to login to the account where you registered your domain name and modify the domain nameservers, changing them to ns1.lawweb.info and ns2.lawweb.info. You’ll also need to let me know you’re using your own domain name and I’ll configure the server accordingly.

Law Domain Important Notes:

When you change your domain’s nameservers, it can take 24-72 hours for the changes to take effect (though typically it happens much more quickly). If you already have a website up and running for your domain name, before you change your nameservers, you need to have me set up redirects for your law firm website pages to tell Google where the new website pages are when it goes looking for the old ones. If you skip this step, you risk losing your search engine ranking.

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