During the past year, we've begun designing and developing all of our new law firm websites on Drupal - a leading free open-source content management applications now powering tens of thousands of websites worldwide (including the White House website).
Due to the huge developer community (now exceeding 10,000 individuals worldwide) constantly extending and refining Drupal's core capabilities, and contributing value-added modules, we find that we can deploy sophisticated website features at low cost that might otherwise be out of reach for law firms operating on a tight budget and working with a proprietary, closed content management system.
We are thus grateful to Larry Bodine for publishing to his Law Marketing blog today our recent interview with him concerning the benefits of developing a law firm website on Drupal. The interview walks through a number of "power" features available on Drupal such as:
- compliance with SEO best practices, such as generation of search-engine friendly URL's, and editable meta title and description tag fields
- contextual sidebars
- automatic homepage refresh with deep links
- user-friendly WYSIWYG editor for site updates
(note: we don't recommend Drupal for law firm blogs. For blogs, we prefer development on Word Press, which has numerous key blogging features built into the software and available out-of-the-box. Perhaps that will be the subject of a future interview ; - ).