ALBANY – With a “build it and they will come” confidence, the New York State Bar Association this year undertook a major restructuring of its Web site. And boy, did they come.

In the first month, Web traffic exploded from 1 million to 6 million hits before leveling off to 5 million. A big jump right off the bat is expected when a new Web site is unveiled. What was not anticipated is that the site would continue to run 400 percent ahead of its first-generation predecessor. Two months out, the new site (, inaugurated on May 1, is consistently netting more visitors, more users of enhanced services and more repeaters.

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