Why your website is never ‘finished’

Oct 30, 2023

As a service based business, a website is one of the most powerful parts of your marketing strategy you can possibly have. Creating a website is no mean feat. And whether you created your own site, or worked with a designer to create it, you’ll know that it takes time and effort to make it happen. But there a number of reasons why a business website should never be seen as finished. It can be live and available to view online, but I want to be clear on the reasons why it’s so important to see it as a living, breathing beast…

Technology moves fast!

The technology landscape on the web is constantly evolving. New web development tools, frameworks, languages, and standards are continuously being developed. To stay competitive and maintain compatibility, websites often need to be updated to take advantage of these technological advancements. Even as a website designer it can be hard for me to keep my finger on the pulse of all the developments there are, as hard as I try. It’s important to make sure your website works as well as it can and outdated tech can slow it down and doesn’t help with the user experience.

Content Updates

As your business grows, so will your content. Websites are typically designed to deliver content, and content is rarely static. As your business evolves, the website should reflect these changes to your content, who your ideal clients are and changes that your business goes through. Having social media channels giving one message and then a website saying something else is not a good look. If you change the way your business runs and communicates with your ideal clients, it’s so important to make sure these changes are reflected on your website too.

User Feedback

User feedback is invaluable for improving a website. A website can always be optimized for user experience and functionality. User feedback can lead to enhancements and changes that keep the website relevant and user-friendly. If there are buttons, links and features that no longer work on your site and a website visitor has mentioned this to you, it’s so important to update these immediately as this affects the user experience and could be losing you valuable clients. Having things that don’t work on your site, in general, isn’t a good look so is something that needs to be checked regularly and updated.

Security 

As cyber threats and vulnerabilities evolve, websites need to be kept secure. This may involve regular security updates and measures to protect against new threats. A website that remains unchanged is more vulnerable to security breaches.

Design Updates 

Web design also changes over time and so might your visual branding. A design that was modern and appealing a few years ago may look outdated today and what’s possible with website design also evolves. Redesigning or tweaking the design to make sure the look and feel of the site is still relevant  can improve the website’s overall appearance and user engagement.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Search engines like Google continually update their algorithms. To maintain good search engine rankings, website owners must adapt to these changes. This involves optimizing content, meta tags, and other SEO factors. What Google was ranking as a great website a few years ago, isn’t necessarily what’s ranking well today.

Analytics and Metrics

So many business owners get spooked by the idea of checking their website analytics and not knowing what to do with the data, which I absolutely understand as these can be overwhelming. But, as a website owner you can use analytics to track performance and user behavior to your advantage. These insights can highlight areas that need improvement or adjustment. Regularly analyzing and acting upon this data is essential to the ongoing success of a website.

Content Growth

As businesses grow, they may want to add new features, services, or products to their website. This requires ongoing development work and integration. You might need new pages, sales pages and areas of your site to reflect additions to your services and packages and similarly, may need old and out of date content and pages to be removed. It can be really off-putting to website visitors seeing a website that has out of date content and this is something that could be losing you valuable clients, so it’s important to prioritise content updates.

Competition

In a competitive online environment, websites need to stay ahead of or at least keep pace with their competitors. It’s important to try and stand out from the crowd and make sure your website offers an unforgettable experience your website visitors won’t forget in a hurry. Ensure your website uses creative ways to communicate your message that your competitors aren’t using with creative layouts, use of video and animation or integration with other apps that will set your website apart. 

 

So, a website is never finished because it exists in a dynamic digital environment. It needs to adapt to changes in technology, user expectations, and your business needs. 

Remember, launching your website is just the beginning of a process. See your website as a living, breathing beast that needs feeding and watering to grow and evolve as your business does, and make sure not to leave it behind.

If you need more help with making sure your website is kept up to date and looking at the best ways you stay ahead of the game, get in touch and find out how I can help.

About the writer…

I’m Katie and I’m besotted with taking adventurous female creatives, coaches and educators on a journey of discovery of their business from the foundations up, to give them a crystal clear brand vision and a new found confidence to make an impact.

I know what it’s like to start a business and then find yourself on the road to burnout because actually, you’ve taken so many wrong turns and lost sight of the reasons why you started on your journey in the first place.

I hope these design notes inspire you to create the brand of your dreams. 

Katie x

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