A product introduced to the legal market at the recent LegalTech in New York takes an almost blog-like approach to Web site management, making it easy for lawyers with no knowledge of HTML to create and modify pages on their Web sites, much as blogging tools make it easy to update pages without coding. Called Site Manager, it comes from the three-year-old Orlando company DigiBelly Inc.. Site Manager works in your browser, so you can update your Web site from wherever you are. It creates within your browser a word-processing-like interface, through which you can edit text and add images or tables. It has tools to allow you to organize pages within your site easily and to create specialized pages. For example, if you want to add an FAQ page, it provides fields for entering each question and answer, and then automatically organizes them in classic FAQ style, with the questions at the top serving as hyperlinks to the answers below. It even inserts the appropriate anchors within the page and the “back to the top” link after each answer. Other features include opt-in e-mail for visitors, built-in site search, and members-only password protection.
Either a drawback or a plus, depending on your perspective, is that you cannot use Site Manager without purchasing DigiBelly’s design and hosting package. DigiBelly designs and builds the basic site, which you can then edit and add to. And your site must sit on DigiBelly’s servers for Site Manager to be available. The company offers two packages: a Professional Site for $4,500 and a Custom Site for $10,500. Hosting is an additional $25 or $50 a month.
For a smaller firm with little expertise in Web site design and HTML, DigiBelly’s Site Manager could be worth considering. It offers anyone who can use a word processor the ability to keep their site’s content fresh and easily expand its scope.