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James A. Zitesman
Columbus Bar Real Property Committee Chair
have had a website for my legal practice for many years. I always
created and maintained it myself. My site was hosted by a company
for several years with no problems until one day when my email was
not getting through. Anyone who has experienced email interruption
can tell you how distressing that can be. I called tech support,
only to be put on hold for 90 minutes. Once I got through, I found
a language barrier with the person on the other side of the world
trying to figure out what was wrong with their email server.
wasted too much time, I decided to look for a more reliable service
provider. After scouring the web with Google searches and looking
at many different providers, I wondered whether the big guy, Microsoft,
offered web hosting. I thought that if Microsoft offered web hosting
it would probably be reliable. That is when I found OfficeLive.com.
My search was over.
is part of Microsoft. OfficeLive.com offers web hosting for free.
Yes, that is what I said, free. There is a charge for the domain
registration. I have my own domain name, www.zitesman.com.
The email is handled through Hotmail. Email is free, however, you
may want to consider paying the $19 per year charge for email without
ads. You can set up several email accounts, up to 110, each with
10GB of storage (please bear in mind that Microsoft seems to change
these numbers from time to time, generally upward, and that the
writer of this article is providing what is believed to be accurate
as of the date of the writing of this article).
web hosting offers templates for websites, so you can easily design
and maintain a website from anywhere, all you need to do is to log
on. You can use easy to customize templates provided for free, or
you can upload your own web pages. The templates are easy to use
and allow you to insert pre-programmed modules for maps and directions,
contact page with an online fill-in form, one for weather, and several
are complete statistics for the usage of the site including keywords,
page usage, and visitors. There are plenty of tips and tricks throughout
the site. When I need tech support, I found the 800 number to be
staffed here in the United States and answered in a few rings. I
recently had a question about the time settings in Hotmail. Within
3 minutes, I had the question answered and was off the phone.
OfficeLive.com is loaded with a plethora of features, one of the
really useful features for attorneys on the go is the Office Live
Workspace. This enables you to upload documents, including PDF and
jpg files, to the workspace. By logging on from any computer, you
instantly have access to those files. Again, this feature is free.
There is also a feature which lets you share files with others.
With all the companies out there telling us that we need to spend
hundreds of dollars each month in order to have a website, I suggest
you take a look at what Microsoft has to offer for free. It might
be just what you are looking for, too.
from the editor: Jamie found the process of creating his
website to be quite easy. If there are Columbus Bar members who
need a firm site but don't feel like they have the skills or time
to create their own site, they can take advantage of the Columbus
Bar basic website package offered through Blue Laser design. The
member pricing provides a basic but custom-designed website for
$970 with no hosting fees for the first year. Click
here to review the details.
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