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Signs You Need To Update Your Website

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Signs You Need To Update Your Website

February 24, 2022
By Matthew Golda

Well, we are into February of 2022. With the new year brings new hope and possibilities. But sometimes you need to change it up in order to achieve the goals you want. Have you considered upgrading your website for the new year? The staff at MSEDP has years of experience building and hosting websites. From building new websites from scratch with our v5 content management system to updating your older website with a WordPress design. We have the necessary experience to improve your website.

Running a business, and subsequently a website, puts a lot on someone's plate and that is how the website may fall to the wayside. And before you know it, it has been years since you really updated your website. There are common signs that may indicate you needing a new update, too. Some signs are measurable in numbers and others you can simply know by looking at various factors.

But where do you turn to if you think you may need a website upgrade? MSEDP can help you update your website to fit your goals. We will work with you in order to make sure your new website is exactly what you want. Our web design professionals with have conversations with you to get to know you and understand what you want out of your website.

For more information about our website services, please reach out to us today. Check out all of our web services. We are located in Deer Park on Long Island, New York and we are not unfamiliar with walk-ins. But you can also just give our office a call by dialing 631-761-7600. When you call, we can provide you with a no-obligation consultation to go over all of your website needs.

Measurable Indicators For Needing a Website Update

slow website loading speed

There are some common indicators to evaluate the performance of a website. And these indicators can point to whether or not an update is needed. These are simply common issues you may be experiencing. Ones that you can check with your Google Analytics or Search Console account. Let's take a look at some of these indicators that will help decide whether or not you need to update your website.

Slow Page Loading Speed

If the pages on your website take too long to load, then those users will likely go look for what they need on another website. People do not have the patience to slowly wait for the page to load when there are other options out there to look into. If you measure your loading speed and it is slow, then improving on it with a new website can go a long way. You can check your website speed yourself using a tool from Google.

High Bounce Rate

The bounce rate is the percentage of users who see a single page of your website and then opt to close out the tab. When you have a high bounce rate, it typically means you need a makeover because people are not happy with what they see. If their initial response is "nope," then there may be an issue with the design and layout. We can streamline your website to make it more efficient and easy to navigate.

Time on Your Website

The total amount of time users spend on your website is a good indicator of the quality of your web design. For the most part, if people are spending more time on your website then they like what they see. They are engaged with your website. Good web content writing helps to improve this factor too. MSEDP offers professional SEO content writing to help boost your rankings.

Leads and Conversions

A lead is a potential customer and the conversion is the number that represents how many leads completed their desired action. If you noticed a drop in either leads or conversions, then that may be a sign that people are not finding what they want on your website. The reason can be old content or the fact that your website is difficult to navigate. But either way, updating your website with a more clear angle on web design can yield dividends.

Immeasurable Indicators For Needing a New Website

So we went over some aspects that you can clearly measure when deciding whether or not you need a new website. Well, now let's take a look at some indicators that are not measurable in numbers or analytics. Instead, these are aspects you can read and understand whether they are true or not.

Website is Old

On the whole, we recommend updating your website every few years. Technology grows so fast and you have to keep up with the competition. By not updating your website periodically, you run the risk of having the oldest looking website for those in your field. If your competitors stay on top of this and you don't, then you might be losing potential customers and web visitors who prefer a nicer, newer looking website. If a potential customer lands on an older looking website it sends a bad message. Plain and simple. They may think you are struggling or, even worse, out of business. And when your website is modern it tells the audience at the very least that you are doing okay since you are keeping your website pristine.

Not Mobile Responsive

Having a website that is mobile responsive is so important now. Most web users are searching on a mobile device. So if you do not have a mobile friendly website, then you are alienating a large portion of your audience who will hop off your site when it is a struggle to use on their cell phone. Not ideal!

Dead Links Present

If your website has dead links, then you are discouraging users from interacting with your site. A dead link is a link that brings the user to a page that does not exist. When this happens, the user is most likely going to leave and head elsewhere for what they need.

Not Secure

If your website still has HTTP at the front, then it is not a secure website. All respectable websites are secure and you know that by the HTTPS at the front of the website. By being secure, you are sending the message to your audience that you care about their safety on the internet. Many users do not trust websites that are not secure. So an HTTP in the URL is a major red flag for many.

It Is Difficult To Make Changes To Your Website

Lastly, we come to whether or not it is difficult to make changes to your own website. If this is the case, then it is time for a change. Maybe your site was custom built by someone and it doesn't work great anymore. Or your WordPress site is clunky and using apps that are out of date. No worries. At MSEDP, we will export all your data and build a brand new website that makes it much easier to make changes on. And give you a step-by-step tutorial on how to navigate the back-end.

Benefits of a Website Update

The benefits of properly updating your website are numerous. From the improved code, to search engine optimization, to the overall new look of the website, these benefits will help you and your business. Regularly updated content is also a great way to bring your website to the top of the rankings. And the overall layout and design of your website is important. A modern website shows your audience that you are up with the times and using the latest technologies to keep your website safe. Earning the trust of anyone who comes to your website.

We recommend updating your website every two to three years. When you update your website, you are ensuring that the newest technologies are incorporated, which can bring in more business for your website by keeping older customers, while still attracting new ones.

So please, do not hesitate to reach out today to learn more about our website services and how we can help you enter a new realm with your website.

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