I'm a lawyer doing a personal page for my solo practice. Initially, I started out developing a design that had as a header, "my name, trial attorney" but the design has evolved into one wherein I have an image of a desktop with a sheet of my letterhead stationary on the top of the desk. My navigation will be on an image of a little piece of scrap paper that is attached to the stationary with a paperclip. There will also be a polaroid photo of yours truly attached to the paperclip. The stationary will have a "correspondence" typed onto it that will tell the viewer what I and my site are all about. Obviously, the letterhead includes the image of text that includes my contact information and the heading "my name, trial attorney". Remember, I'm new at this, which means I could break rules that I'm not even aware of. I don't want to do anything that is un-kosher, tricky, or whatever. So far I have read Ian Lloyd's book for beginners and a few tutorials.
I think what I'm proposing here is what Ralph was referring to in his post, above: I'm using nothing but non-transparent images on my home page. However, I still need folks to be able to find my page using search engines. If it makes any difference, there will be nothing in my "invisible header" that is not visible as an image on the page. After all, I'm not trying to get as many visitors to my site as possible, on the contrary, ideally I want to attract only people in my city who are looking for an attorney to hire, in my field of specialty. This is actually a fairly small number of people. That being said, most visitors to my site will be my clients who have already retained me--I plan on including information on my site that will answer a lot of their general questions about the legal process, so I don't have to spend so much of my time repeatedly explaining this information to my clients and prospective clients.
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