6 Signs Your Website Needs Updating

It can be difficult to know, particularly in this fast moving digital age, where your website sits against competitors and when is the right time to update. We've listed some of the common issues that are currently preventing companies getting the best results from their website.

It's taking a long time to load

It is very important that a websites content does not slow down it’s performance. What are the implications? Websites with slow loading speeds can leave customers feeling agitated and impatient waiting for content.

Typically, websites “lag” or “freeze” because of flash content such as video content that has been uploaded onto the website. In addition, things like advertisements may contain complex animation that may need to be optimised to ensure the web pages load efficiently and seamlessly.

It doesn’t reflect my business anymore

Whether the products or services you offer have changed, your branding looks out of date, or the website just doesn’t fit with the personality of your company – you are potentially missing out on conversions from your website.

A website needs to make it clear to customers what you are trying to promote while being tailored specifically for the audience you are targeting.

My website isn’t generating enough traffic

Web users need to be given a reason to visit a website, as well as a reason to stay longer on the site and visit again in the future. If you website doesn’t have informative and relevant content, you reduce the ‘stickiness’ of your website and result in a low volume of traffic with a high bounce rate.

Low traffic can also come down to your investment in Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). By using compelling content on your own site and on other relevant, third-party sites, you can begin to build a profile of backlinks (other sites linking to your own). This profile is recognised by Google as a sign of authority within an industry, the better your profile, the better you rank, and the higher up the search engines you are, the more traffic you are likely to receive.

My website doesn’t look as good as my competitors

If you’re a consumer browsing for a product or service on the web, you are likely to be faced with several websites from companies within the same field. People are using a company’s website as an important initial stage of the buying process, so ensuring that your website sits in line with your competitor’s can be a key tool for competitive advantage.

The content on my page looks messy

Content has become a huge factor of modern web design – it is all about how to display and manage content effectively and create a great user experience. Many older sites have become overloaded with content which makes it difficult for a user to read and navigate through the pages of the site.

By organising content in a way that is easily digestible by the user, you improve the user experience, while making it easier to direct a user through the site. These factors are fundamental when encouraging users to return to your site, and to convert.

My website doesn’t look great on mobile devices

A large proportion of website traffic is now coming from mobile devices (around 60%). In line with this companies are quickly investing in mobile sites, mobile apps or making their desktop site mobile responsive.

If you don’t have a mobile solution in place, users will be forced to pinch and scroll to navigate through your website.

Your website is your greatest marketing asset. If you're facing any of these common issues, get in touch for a no obligation review of your existing website.