How Do You Know It’s Time for a New Website?
Is it time for a new website? In our business, we often see websites that haven’t been changed in 8-10 years. It’s usually because business owners don’t look at their websites the same way that clients and potential business partners do.
In general, we recommend a total website makeover every two to three years to keep up with current design and development trends. Security is another reason for revamping your website every few years. But there are other indicators that it’s time for a new online look.
You’ve made changes to your core values or processes
Has your business received an internal makeover in the last year, but your branding hasn’t received an external one? Maybe you’ve hired new employees or had significant employee turnover. Perhaps you’ve increased your product offering or niched down to serve a more specific audience. Your website should reflect your business – values, services, staff, and processes. Businesses are ever-changing entities, and as yours grows and changes, so should your website.
You’ve Decided to Add Integrations to Your Site
Websites are no longer just for bringing in clients. They are business tools that you can use to hire people, portals for members, renters, or employees, payment centers, and more! If you can imagine it, it most likely can be done.
You’ve started investing in SEO or online ads
If you’re focusing on bringing traffic to your website, you want to make the best possible first impression on your new website visitors. Your website should be up to date and have a straightforward design that lets your website traffic know what they should do. Powerful calls to action on every page will help convert traffic into customers.
Your Site Doesn’t Have a Mobile-Friendly Design
Half of all website traffic comes from mobile users, yet not all websites are mobile-friendly. When encountering a website that is difficult to view on smartphones or tablets, mobile users often become frustrated and leave for another site.
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Your Page Loads Slower Than 3 Seconds
Google ranks websites primarily for customer experience. Page speed is an essential factor in a website user’s experience. People are impatient and will click back on a slow site.
- The ideal website load time for mobile sites is 1-2 seconds.
- 53% of mobile site visits are abandoned if pages take longer than 3 seconds to load.
- A 2-second delay in load time resulted in abandonment rates of up to 87%.
How fast is your website? You can find out by using Google’s Page Speed Insights. Just put the page URL into the search bar at the top of the page, and within a minute, you will know whether it is fast (green), slow (red), or somewhere in the middle (yellow).
You Wrote Your Website Content
Most business owners write too technically because they know their business’s ins and outs and want to share it all. Professional content writers write from a sales standpoint. We know how to attract site viewers and convert them into customers. We also know how to increase your ranking on a Google search engine results page. This will make your site easier to find when someone searches for a business like yours online.
Nobody is Filling Out Your Website Contact Forms
If people visit your page, but they aren’t filling out your contact form, it is a good indication that you need a layout upgrade, content with the right calls to action, and maybe even a giveaway or lead magnet.
Your top competitor just redesigned their website
If you are going to compete, you have to play on the same field. We always look at what the competition is doing when we redesign a website.
Are you ready for your new website? Contact us today!
 Clement, J. “Mobile Percentage of Website Traffic 2020.” Statista, 19 Nov. 2020, www.statista.com/statistics/277125/share-of-website-traffic-coming-from-mobile-devices/.