WordPress in One Hour for Lawyers – Add Borders to Images

WordPress Upgrade Took Away Ability to Add Borders to Images Easily


Add Border To Images

Image Editing With Plugin Installed (Click for Full Size)

If you purchased my book WordPress in One Hour For Lawyers you may be shaking your head about my instructions on editing images. This is because the newest version of WordPress, 3.9, supposedly made it easier to edit images.  Unfortunately, in doing so, the feature to add borders was taken away. This change is very controversial, with people all over the web complaining about the loss.  I am writing this post, hoping that in the next upgrade, WordPress will restore the ability to easily add borders to images, but also, to let you know that there is a plugin that you can use to solve the problem.

The plugin is called Advanced Image Styles and is available by going to plugins and choosing add new. Then search for Advanced Image Styles.  Information about the plugin is available here.

One of the risks of writing any book on something related to technology is that things will change. If you purchased my book and have discovered any other discrepancies, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will update you on whatever issues you find, if I am able to do so.


Are You Ready To Act On Your Law Firm Marketing Results? If Not – Don’t Waste Your Money

Don’t Spend the Money if you Aren’t Ready to Respond to your Law Firm Marketing


Respond to your Law Firm MarketingI came across an interesting post on Facebook linking to a blog post on the failure of businesses to respond to quickly to their own marketing. It was posted by Stephen Fairley of the Rainmaker Institute.  The point of the blog post was simply this, the author was looking to purchase and the sellers were advertising. But neither business responded when she tried to communicate with them.  This is a serious mistake.  There is absolutely no point in purchasing marketing, either on or offline, if you aren’t ready to respond immediately to your potential clients. The same is true for law firm marketing efforts.  Why spend money on Google Adwords, the Yellow Pages, Facebook or any other kind of advertising, if you don’t have the staff and ability in place to get in touch with the people who are shopping for your services.

People these days expect a fast response. By fast I mean pretty much immediately. If you are seeking to expand your business, you need to have someone monitoring your voicemail and email so if someone contacts you, you can respond right away.  The reason so many law firm websites these days have the chat boxes these days is because it works. The potential clients want to know that they are being heard right away. And they don’t want to hear from a robot, they want to hear from a human being.

When you plan your marketing, make certain you also have a plan for responding to its success.  Otherwise, don’t bother.

Where Will I Be at ABA TechShow?

ABA TechShowWhere Will

Jennifer Ellis be

at ABA TechShow?

I hate referring to myself in the third person, so please pardon the SEO title.  Also, I completely stole this idea from Sharon Nelson.  Anyway. Here is information on where I will be during the ABA TechShow this week.


I will be at various networking events. I will arrive at the hotel at around 7:00pm. I haven’t decided dinner plans yet.  So feel free to ask me ;)


Thursday is my speaking day. I thank the ABA TechShow planners for putting all of my seminars on one day.

9:00-10:00 Ethics of Social Media Marketing with Robert Ambrogi and Jeff Lantz

This should be a fun, fast-paced session. We each came up with 5 questions about social media, marketing and ethics.

2:00-3:00 Build a Website in an Hour – this one is just me. This seminar is based on my book, WordPress in One Hour for Lawyers.

I have completed a Powerpoint presentation with 80 slides. Hopefully, these slides will be useful after the seminar, because I will have to push through pretty quickly. My goal is to give an overview of what you know to build your own website using WordPress

5:00-6:00 Networking event sponsored by CaseMap

7:45-9:00 (or so)  Taste of Tech Show at Mercat a la Planxa

The dinner is with my co-speakers from Ethics of Social Media Marketing.  We will be discussing Minefields of Social Media.  This session is sponsored by FindLaw, who will generously contribute some money towards the final bill. At this point it is full, but there will probably be a waiting list.


I will be doing my job as a host and sitting at two booths today.

8:00-10:00 The TechShow Informational Booth.

Otherwise known as the LoveBoat. Why is it called the LoveBoat? Ask Lincoln Mead. I always think he should call it the LoveBooth.

10:15-11:30 The Law Practice Division’s Publications Booth.

This booth is located with all of the other booths in the large hall. If you stop by the booth and buy my book, I will sign it for you. I don’t know why anyone would want me to do this, except people keep telling me I am supposed to sign my book. I warn you. I have messy handwriting.

After 11:30 I will be free to relax and be a normal attendee of the rest of the events.


I am leaving in the afternoon. I am not sure what time, probably between 3:00 and 5:00.

Thank You!

I would like to thank the TechShow Board for inviting me back to speak. I am looking forward to having an amazing time! To those of you who come to watch my sessions, thank you in advance. I hope I am able to impart useful information to you.


Check Out my Talk on Building a Website in an Hour – ABA TechShow

WordPress in an Hour for LawyersReady to Discover How to use WordPress to make a Law Firm Website? Find out at ABA TechShow


At the ABA Techshow in Chicago this week, I will be teaching a seminar, “How to build a website in an hour.” My session is on Thursday from 2:00-3:00.

Now, of course, you can’t really make a website in an hour, the title just refers to the time period of the seminar, as well as my book on the same topic. For a preview, check out this article I wrote on creating websites.

It will be difficult to cover everything in an hour, but here is what I plan to address:

  • Choosing a domain name
  • Picking a host
  • Installing software
  • Setting up the basics
  • Working with plugins and widgets
  • Updating software
  • Choosing themes
  • Adding content
  • SEO
  • Ethics

As I go through each of these topics, I will discuss tips and tricks you need to know about each of these topics.  I will include:

  • What to watch out for when picking a domain name
  • The webhosts I recommend
  • Setting up the basics of WordPress
  • How to work with plugins and widgets, including suggestions on some plugins you should use
  • Making certain you keep your site up-to-date to avoid malware
  • Identifying and editing the themes which control the look of your site
  • How to add content including pages, posts and media
  • SEO ticks and trips, including the value of Yoast, Moz and ahrefs
  • Ethics to help you avoid getting into trouble with your disciplinary board

Attending ABA TechShow is really an amazing experience. This is my second time and I am looking forward to seeing old friends and learning new information.

If your law firm needs a website, or needs to fix up the one it already has, check out my session. You can also buy my book on the ABA’s website.

Worried about Facebook Privacy for Old Posts? Use Limit Old Posts

Want to Make Sure Old Facebook Posts Are Limited to Friends?


Every now and again, you might wonder with whom you shared a post. But finding those old posts so you can check the settings can be difficult.  Fortunately, Facebook has an easy way to limit who can see your old posts.  The tool called Limit Old Posts, let’s you change the settings on all old posts at one time.  Keep in mind in addition, people you tag in a post, along with their friends, will still be able to see a specific post.

The instructions

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Step 1 – Access the privacy settings

Step 1



Step 2 – Click on More Settings









Step 3 – Click on limit old posts







Step 4 – Confirm you want to limit old posts. The text explains the details.






Step 5 – Final confirmation