the good people at justia informed me that my site is hosted by GoDaddy — a service used by many professionals. Inturn GoDaddy most likely gives justia and other website companies discounted rates or a package deal. this means that companies like jusita, findlaw, lawyers.com, etc. could pay even less than the already low charges common at GoDaddy (you can get a heck of a package for about $20/month). i would need to review the account to be sure.
after asking some questions i determined that until i move my site to a separate account with GoDaddy i will not be able to make changes on the fly and will effectively be at the mercy of justia if i want something changed.
DISCLAIMER: justia does not leave me entirely helpless. i can make certain changes, and good ones at that: uploads, downloads, links to outside sites, etc. but the list of what i can’t do is far longer than the list of what i can, and if i want to do more then i must pay more per month. another good example of how those in the know hold sway over those who aren’t. in other words, what you don’t know may not hurt you but it will definitely cost you.
if you find yourself in this position (e.g. time left on a contract with a hosting service, etc.) you still have leverage. let your website company know what you know — that they are the middleman buying wholesale and selling retail. you can do that as well, right? et voila: leverage. remember, after the initial investment their profit margin is 100% for as long as you pay. and that’s a pretty good margin.
SECOND DISCLAIMER: before you even think about cutting the cord you will need software to make changes to your site. there are a number of free packages available from which to choose. more on these later.