How to Tell If Your Website Needs a Redesign: Common Signs of Trouble
It’s not uncommon for people to take the time to redesign their homes, but what about your website? It may seem like a daunting task, but it can be worth the effort. There are many different signs that you should consider before taking on this project. This blog post will discuss these signs and how they could affect your business if left unaddressed.
How to tell if your website needs a redesign
A lot of the time, people don’t realize that they need a website redesign until it’s too late. In some cases, this is because their site has been hacked and they have to start from scratch. In other instances, businesses simply weren’t aware of how quickly online trends evolve and didn’t plan accordingly for future growth or expansion plans.
Whatever your reasons are for needing a new look for your website, you should know what signs indicate that it may be in serious need of an upgrade. Here is a list of four common indicators:
- Your current design looks stale/outdated (in either color scheme or layout)
- Your visitors aren’t finding the information they’re looking for on your site
- Your website is not mobile-friendly and visitors are having issues browsing on their phone or tablet
- People who come to your site have no idea what you do, why they should use you, or how to
What are the benefits of redesigning my website?
When you choose to hire a company or individual web designer, the benefits are numerous. In addition to having an updated and fresh look that is modern and appealing, your website will be mobile-friendly (which means more visitors and increased sales), it will load faster (meaning less frustration for users), there may be additional features added in such as eCommerce capabilities, widgets, blogs, etc., and analytics tools can help you track the traffic coming from specific sources like social media.
Who can help me with my website's design and development?
If you don’t feel confident enough in your abilities when it comes to web building but still want complete control over the final product of your site– if you simply don’t have time to design your website, or if you are not sure where, to begin with, the development process– hiring a web designer is an excellent option. Look for someone who specializes in building sites that can work on any platform and provide mobile-friendly designs. You should also look at portfolios of their previous work so you’re familiar with the types of the site they typically construct.
How long does it take to get a new site up and running once I've hired someone to do it for me?
Once payment has been made (and enough time given!), most companies will have your website ready within two weeks! If there’s anything specific about your company/industry that requires more research than usual, or if multiple revisions need to be done before the site is complete, it may take a bit longer. However, if you want to be sure that your website will be ready in time for an event or launch date, make sure to leave yourself enough time (at least six weeks) before deadlines!
Why is SEO so important for websites these days, and how can I make sure that my site is getting all the attention it deserves online?
SEO stands for “search engine optimization”– this means reaching out to search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc., through various strategies such as using keywords strategically throughout your content, having great titles/meta descriptions on each page along with well-written copy that uses natural language but also includes industry-specific terms where appropriate.
If you are not sure how to do any of this, or if you feel that your website is slipping in the search engine rankings and could use a boost, consider hiring an SEO specialist to help improve your site’s visibility. A good company will audit your website for free and then create a plan tailored specifically for your needs which can increase traffic flow and leads/sales over time.
What should I look out for when hiring an agency or freelancer to work on my project?
When looking for someone to design or develop your website, you must ask questions about their experience and qualifications as well as get references from past clients. You should also be specific about what you want to be included on the new site (and what you don’t want!) and make sure that the designer or developer is familiar with your industry.
You should also have a clear idea about how much you are willing to spend on the project, as this will affect what type of team or company you end up working with. Be aware that some companies may charge by the hour while others may ask for a flat fee– know what’s best for your budget and be upfront about it from the beginning!
In conclusion, these are six signs that your website may need a redesign. If any of these resonate with you, take some time to evaluate your site and see if making changes could benefit your business. Always keep in mind the importance of when creating or updating a website, as well as the many people who will be viewing it! Thanks for reading.