Replacing Firm Website During Trial

How to turn the Firm’s “trial website” on and off before and after jury trials.

Purpose of Procedure

During a jury trial the court will routinely instruct jurors to avoid doing any out-of-court research on the Internet. We have interviewed many jurors after trial who have candidly admitted that they performed Google searches of the attorneys and parties despite this prohibition. For that reason, we have developed an alternative website that is designed to be “jury friendly,” in that it emphasizes the importance of the jury system and our effort to bring truth to jurors in place of emphasizing the Firm’s accomplishments. This procedure explains how to switch back and forth between the Firm’s standard website and the Firm’s trial website.

This Procedure requires you to make changes in WordPress using the Divi theme. You will need to have password access to WordPress and you’ll need to know the basics of how to operate with the Divi Builder, which is simple if you have received basic instruction. If you are unfamiliar with how to do this, please ask someone else to assist you in this process.

Switching To The Trial Website:

  1. Login: Open a separate webpage containing the control-panel side of the firm website by clicking this link: http://gojolaw.com/wordpress1/wp-admin/
  2. Log in using your Firm-assigned WordPress user ID and password.
  3. Change Home Page: From the black menu box on the left, click “Settings” then “Reading.”
  4. On the “Front page” menu, scroll down to select “Trial-Home” and then click “Save Changes.” This will change the home page for the website.
  5. Change Master Menu: From the black menu box on the left, click “Appearance” and then select the “Manage Locations” tab at the top.
  6. On the “Primary Menu” menu, scroll down to select “Trial menu” and then click “Save Changes.” This will change the site-wide master menu to the one we use on the trial website.
  7. Redirect Individual Pages: From the black menu box on the left, click “Tools” and then “Redirection.”
  8. In the greyed-out choice that redirects Brett Godfrey’s standard bio page to his trial page, click anywhere within that selection, and the choices of “Delete” and “Enable” will appear; click “Enable.”
  9. Privatize Sensitive Pages: From the black menu box on the left, click “Pages” and for each sensitive page (such as pages with articles about cases we have won, which may seem insensitive to jurors, click “Quick Edit” and then click the box that says “Private.” Note: there is no need to privatize the practice area pages.
  10. Test:  Explore the website to make sure it is correct by clicking the links and looking for any material that remains accessible that might seem offensive or insensitive to jurors. The goal is to emphasize the importance of the jury system and finding truth rather than bragging about how deadly our firm is in court, which may alienate jurors.

Switching Back To Standard Website:

  1. Login: Open a separate webpage containing the control-panel side of the firm website by clicking this link: http://gojolaw.com/wordpress1/wp-admin/
  2. Log in using your Firm-assigned WordPress user ID and password.
  3. Change Home Page: From the black menu box on the left, click “Settings” then “Reading.”
  4. On the “Front page” menu, scroll down to select “Home” and then click “Save Changes.” This will change the home page for the website.
  5. Change Master Menu: From the black menu box on the left, click “Appearance” and then click “Menus” and then select the “Manage Locations” tab at the top.
  6. On the “Primary Menu” menu, scroll down to select “Global menu” and then click “Save Changes.” This will change the site-wide master menu to the one we use on the trial website.
  7. Redirect Individual Pages: From the black menu box on the left, click “Tools” and then “Redirection.”
  8. In the greyed-out choice that redirects Brett Godfrey’s standard bio page to his trial page, click anywhere within that selection, and the choices of “Delete” and “Enable” will appear; click “Disable.”
  9. De-Privatize Normally Public Pages: From the black menu box on the left, click “Pages” and for each private page that should normally be visible, click “Quick Edit” and then uncheck the box that says “Private.” 
  10. Test:  Explore the website to make sure it is correct by clicking the links and looking for any material that remains accessible that might seem offensive or insensitive to jurors. The goal is to emphasize the importance of the jury system and finding truth rather than bragging about how deadly our firm is in court, which may alienate jurors.