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  • How Sitefinity Eased the Administrative Burden of Website Maintenance for the Morris Law Group and Presented Them with a Client-Friendly, Search-Engine-Optimized Website

    • Being both the developer and the designer of the Morris Law Group website, we see the clear benefit of Sitefinity as a platform for law firm content management systems and legal and lawyer website design. Our development time has been cut in half since moving our core CMS business to the Sitefinity CMS.

      Author: Kalvin MacLeod Company: Cubicle Fugitive

    • Client: The Morris Law Group
    • Industry: Legal
    • Project website: http://www.morrislawyers.com
    • Implemented by: Cubicle Fugitive
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    • Industry
    • Background
      The Morris Law Group is a personal injury law firm located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. They specialize in navigating the complex rules of insurance claims settlement and provide access to a team of highly skilled personal injury lawyers as well as a dedicated staff of accident benefits consultants and a full time health professional.
    • Challenge
      Personal injury law is a very competitive space so visibility was a top priority. The goal was to design an intuitive, easy to use website that was both simple to maintain and architecturally aware of sophisticated search engine optimization techniques.
    • Why Sitefinity
      Sitefinity, out of the box, offers intuitive administration, straightforward templating techniques and a variety of tools to ensure pages are optimized for search engines while affording developers and designers a level of freedom not offered by competing CMS platforms. Plus, the top-notch support provided by the Sitefinity team is an added bonus to an already great product.
    • Technical Details
      The Morris Law Group website was built in approximately 3 months from requirements to launch and uses several of the latest technologies including ASP.net 3.5, SQL Server, Flash, jQuery and of course Sitefinity.
    • Results
      The transition from static site to fully functional CMS went off without a hitch. Performance is the same, if not better than serving straight HTML pages.
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  • The Challenge

    The Morris Law Group is a 50-year old personal injury law firm dedicated to getting the fairest possible settlement for persons injured in automobile accidents, slips and falls, and other unfortunate mishaps. The personal injury landscape is a very competitive space and, from an online perspective, requires a website that is intuitive and easy to use, ranks well in search engines and is constantly updated with fresh and relevant content. Previous to our Sitefinity implementation, The Morris Law Group website was static and had difficulty ranking in the major search engines. Administration was also very clunky and complicated to maintain consistency and error-free code. Our objective with the redevelopment was to build a robust, scalable solution that offered the Morris Law Group an online platform to properly advertise their successful history of representing clients in all type of personal injury claims while easing the administrative burden of website maintenance.

    The Solution

    Cubicle Fugitive is a client focused marketing firm, meaning we try to build websites that speak to a firm’s target audience and with Sitefinity we knew we had a platform that offers a variety of tools that enhance our ability to tell a firm’s story while providing ample functionality and interactivity. The instinctive use of Masterpages for templating eases the common rift between designers and developers, letting each focus on what they do best, and the out-of-the-box integration with jQuery and RadControls lets our UI experts build simple, intuitive navigation and user interface elements with minimal effort.

    Having worked with Sitefinity for several years now, choosing the CMS for this project was the quickest decision made. Out of the box, we knew Sitefinity offered a lot of features needed to run a successful law firm website including centralized news and events modules, a fully customizable documents module for case law and recent publications, as well intuitive content management controls. Also, because Sitefinity is so customizable, we were quickly able to build a profile management section to enable the firm to edit and manage their lawyer biographies from a central source.

    Finally, because the Sitefinity interface provides ample options for search engine optimization techniques – from direct management of page names and semantically built navigation controls to page by page meta tag access and straightforward URL rewriting abilities – we were able to ensures each page received the level of attention necessary to achieve high page rank in the likes of Google, Bing, Yahoo among others.

    The Results

    Sitefinity provides the tools to make every site a success. For The Morris Law Group, the initial reaction has been extremely positive and customer contact (the most important metric of any site redevelopment) has been increasing steadily since launch. As the original personal injury site’s pagerank slowly fades from Google, to be replaced with this new client-friendly, search-engine-friendly website, the first month numbers speak directly to the website’s successful relaunch: 

    Metric Increase/Decrease
    Visits 38% increase
    Pageviews 47% increase
    Average Time on Site 7% increase
    Bounce Rate 29% decrease

    The original Morris Law Group website was static with no interactivity. Migration to the Sitefinity platform, with all the inherent complexities of dynamic data, flash integration, high quality photos, and increased structural and functional intricacies, did not affect performance in the least which is a testament to the effort the Sitefinity team spends on code optimization and best practice development.

    Being both the developer and the designer of the Morris Law Group website, we see the clear benefit of Sitefinity as a platform for law firm content management systems and legal and lawyer website design. Our development time has been cut in half since moving our core CMS business to the Sitefinity CMS. Designers can focus on design and developers can focus on functionality. And when all is said and done, integration is a breeze and deployment is quick and painless.

    Overall, The Morris Law Group is pleased with the results and we’re happy to continue to promote the Sitefinity platform as the best choice for law firm web development and law firm content management.

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