Legal Practice Management Software for Attorneys
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Purpose and Intent
- Market and sell my intellectual property product AutoSubrogate®.
- Provide attorneys a place where they can obtain knowledge and understanding of information technology (IT) that optimizes the way they practice law in terms of both income earned and service rendered.
As of this writing (2016-05-21) this is my first website built using the website creation and development product known as WordPress. This is also my first website that has a blog and a forum(s). So therefore I know that I will make some mistakes along the way. Please be as supportive and understanding as you can while I learn while I do, and I will extend the same courtesy to you.
Using the Website
- You must be logged in to comment on a blog post or to create or reply to a forum topic on this website. So therefore unless you have done this already (Please don’t register more than one account for yourself.) you must register a new account for yourself. You do that by navigating to the “Blog & Forums” Main Menu choice at the top of the web-page. Hover your mouse pointer over the “Blog & Forums” Main Menu choice. A drop-down menu will appear. Click on “Register”. A data entry form will appear.
- Fill in the blank text boxes on the form as follows. (Caveat: Every user name and e-mail address on this blog and forum(s) website must be unique — NO DUPLICATES.)
- Your user name should be a single string of characters with no spaces. Whatever you want less than 30 characters. Your first and last name all lower case with no spaces works very well as it does in your e-mail address before the ‘@’ sign. Once you have finished registering your new account, you will be able to declare your “Display User Name” by editing your personal Profile. (Click on the “Howdy, username” in the upper right corner of your screen. Select “Edit My Profile” from the drop-down menu that appears.) Please be sure to do this using your REAL name.
- Enter an E-mail address that you have exclusive control of.
- Your Role is “Subscriber”. That is the default which allows you to comment on Blog Posts and create and reply to Forum Topics. Please don’t try to change your role. That would be a violation of Rule #4.
- Respond to the verification link sent to the E-mail InBox you specified above. I know that this seems extra awkward for you, but the software developers at WordPress had to make it work this way because it is more secure and it keeps very malicious people from causing really big problems that can kill the whole system.
- Now that you have completed the process of creating (Registering) a new user account for yourself, login. You do that by navigating to the “Blog & Forums” Main Menu choice at the top of the web-page. Hover your mouse pointer over the “Blog & Forums” Main Menu choice. A drop-down menu will appear. Click on “Log In”. A Log In data entry form will appear.
- Enter your Username and Password that you just created for yourself. Then click on the “Log In” button.
At this point you should find yourself looking at the website Home page.
This website has both Blog Posts and Forum(s). This is not unheard of but it is rather rare and unusual. So some clarification is in order here. I designed the website this way because I want regular users to be able to initiate (ask) questions about IT as it effects the practice of law in the form of forum topics and get responses in the form of a reply to those “topics”. Those replies can be from me (Ted Palmer) or from other users including the author of the “topic”. That is logically more elegant and less awkward than if I were to make it so that I was the only one who could create blog Posts (as it is on most other blogs) and users in the role of Subscriber could only comment on the Posts that I make. As I said in the subtitle “Purpose and Intent” above, this Blog & Forum(s) is to benefit, from an IT knowledge perspective, attorneys not me. I already have the answers to most questions about IT. And if I don’t I’ll make a best effort to research the answer for you. Sometimes too much remedial knowledge may be required to fully respond to some questions. I can’t afford to teach IT 101 here any more than attorneys can afford to teach me Juris Prudence 101 here. It’s too expensive of our time.
This is also a good point to clarify the differences between Blog Posts and Forum Topics. They are similar in the way they are structured, but different as a matter of convention in there emphasis. You can consider blog posts like magazine articles that you can comment on, and the author of the magazine article can see your comments as well as anybody else. Both the article’s author and all other readers can see and agree or disagree with your comments about the article in their comments about your comment, but only the author(s) can write articles in the magazine. A Forum is more democratic and open in that any website user/subscriber can initiate/start a conversation thread by creating a “Topic”. All users regardless of their role (the default role is “subscriber”) can create a new topic by entering a title in the “Topic Title” box, and a narrative in the text box below it by clicking “Submit”. “Posts” in “Blogs” are analogous to “Topics” in “Forums”. But only users with a role of “Contributor” or above in privilege can create blog posts.
This is also a good point to clarify the usage of the word “post”. “Post” in website language has multiple meanings. The correct meaning for any given instance of usage depends on the context in which the word appears. Even the authors of WordPress, the website creation tool and integrated development environment that was used to create this website, are bad about the unqualified use of the word “post”. I already defined what “Blog Posts” are. The word “post” also means to submit a “comment” on a “blog post” or a “reply” to a forum “topic”.
Hover your mouse pointer over the Main Menu choice “Blog & Forums”. Select from the drop-down menu that appears “Blog”. The web page that displays a list of Blog Posts will appear. The blog post items in the list will include the title of the blog post, a Gravatar thumbnail image of the blog post author, the date the blog post was posted, followed by the name of the blog post author. This line of information will be followed by a two or three line short excerpt from the beginning of the blog post. The excerpt will be followed by a “Continue reading –>” link to the blog post. Assuming the blog post title and excerpt stimulates enough of your interest to inspire you to want to read it, click on the “Continue reading –>” link to access the blog post web page. Read the blog post.
When you are finished reading the blog post you selected, you can continue scrolling through the list of blog posts without returning to the list by following the links that point to the left and right to see the previous/next blog post. If you want to return to the list of blog posts, use the “Back” button on your browser. When you are finished reading a blog post, you can comment on it by writing your comment in the “Comment” box and clicking the “Post Comment” button. Remember you have to be “logged in” to post a comment.
When you are finished reading the blog, continue browsing the AutoSubrogate® website. Once you are logged in you might as well stay that way till you are ready to leave this website. It can only help and doesn’t hurt anything. Please be sure to log out before leaving the AutoSubrogate® website.
WordPress provides blog post “Categories” to make it easier to find blog posts that are of greatest interest to the website visitor. Most of the web pages on this site have a “Categories” sub-menu in the left sidebar. Currently there are five Categories: Calendaring, Document Management, Lawyering, Legal Tech Support (which conflicts with the name of a forum and may go away), and Uncategorized (the default category). Categories are malleable. So don’t expect them to remain the same. I don’t expect them to change very often on this website, but they are subject to change. If you select one of the choices in the “Categories” sub-menu, a web page will open up that has a filtered list of all blog posts in that category making it easier for you to find a blog post that may be of interest to you.
Right now there is only one Forum — “Legal Tech Support”. Forum names are to forums as categories are to blog posts. Each forum should have only topics in it that are relevant to the name of the forum. But if a user creates a forum entry by submitting a topic title that is not consistent with the name of the forum, the topic will still be entered to the forum. Enforcement is the burden of the website administrator. I expect that there will be more named forums in the future, but not many. To access a forum select sub-menu choice “Forums” >> “Legal Tech Support” from main menu choice “Blog and Forums”.
A web page will appear that is a list of all the topics in the forum. The topic list will be preceded by the name of the forum, and a short synopsis of the content of the forum. The topic list of items in rows will be preceded by a row of column titles: “Topic”, “Voices”, “Posts”, and “Freshness”. The column titles are the names of the attribute values that appear in the list of topics. I felt this brief description necessary because the list of topics is presented in a report style of layout of a grid without the grid lines. This type of “loose layout” doesn’t make the meaning of the content immediately obvious to most people including me. I also made the first topic “sticky”. That means that it will remain stuck at the top of the list. Its purpose is to encourage new users to enter their questions by starting a “new topic” in the forum. Some people are a little timid about trying something for the first time. If they are not familiar with the process, they are concerned that they might “break something”. If you can “break something” any where on this website, it is my fault. Good computer programmers, and I am one of them, write software that is unbreakable. So shoot your best shot. If it doesn’t turn out as you expected, contact me via the main menu choice About >> Contact Us and I will help you.
Posting to a Forum
Posting to a forum is easy. On the last open forum web page (One that you are browsing as described above.), navigate to the bottom of the web page. (Pressing ctrl-End on your keyboard is a short-cut that usually works for me, but you may need to scroll back up a little bit.) Begin by entering into the text box labeled “Topic Title (Maximum Length: 80)” the topic you want to ask a question about. Below that you will see a much larger text box in which you enter the narrative of your question. The text box is immediately preceded by a tool bar of buttons. Which is there to provide you with the means to optimize the effectiveness of your message using basic HTML tags. But you don’t have to use it if you don’t want to. The tool bar buttons have the following meaning. (This is as geeky as it is going to get here):
(Be CAREFUL! I’m talking HyperText Markup Language — HTML now.) Use
deland ins to markup updates and modifications in a document. Browsers will normally strike a line through deleted text and underline inserted text.
- b = Bold
- i = itallic
- link = a HTML link to another web page (should be on another website)
- b-quote = block quote
del= deleted text
- ins = inserted text
- img = image (Enter the URL of the image which should be at another website.)
- ul = unordered list
- ol = ordered list
- li = list item
- code = code
- more = This is the WordPress “more” tag. You don’t need it here.
“Topic Tags:” is a list of comma separated values that are used by others to help them find your question. This is used by others seeking to find “topics” that answer their unanswered question. This is a courtesy to help others who are attempting to see if their question has already been answered by somebody else’s question. The words you enter into this text box are words that you think others might use in their search string.
Leave “Topic Type” and “Topic Status” alone; i.e. accept the default values. If you want to be notified when somebody replies to your question by having an e-mail message sent to the e-mail address that you gave when you registered your account on this website, then check the CheckBox in front of “Notify me of follow-up replies via email”. Click the “Submit” button.
The instructions for Replies are the same as for “Posting to a Forum”. You can “Reply” to Forum topics and to someone else’s comments or replies.
Congratulations! That is it..!! You are done. By following the instructions above, you have just completed composing your first question on this website forum.
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