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Signs You Need To Update Your Website

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.

When it comes to web design, there are certain key elements to understand that play a large role in the overall performance and success of your website. Here at MSEDP, we offer professional web design, so you will get the most out of your website. Investing in your website is a big step. And we will work with you to ensure this new site design is everything you dreamed of.

MSEDP is a full-service company. So not only will you get professional website design, you can also get search engine optimization, hosting, maintenance packages and much more! For more information about our web services, please contact us today. We will happily answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding web design, including pricing and templates. Grow your business with MSEDP today! We help small businesses across the country get the most out of their website.

Easy-To-Use Navigation

When it comes to using your website, there might not be something more crucial that its navigation. People who land on your site want quick and easy information and access. So if you want these potential leads to stay on your site and purchase something, you better make sure that the navigation works well and that it is easy to follow. Otherwise, people may struggle to find what they need and go elsewhere.

For the most part, the navigation revolves either around the top navigation bar or a side bar. So have this be the place that leads them to other parts of the website. Either being able to click the categories right on the bar or with a simple drop-down menu. If this navigation is poor, then the incoming traffic will quit and leave your website. And you will lose potential sales.

When someone lands on your website, you only have a few seconds to impress them and show them around. Otherwise these short attention spans will bounce. Literally. So give them access to information quickly. And a properly designed website does just that. It shows them what is important and should be self-explanatory. For these, our web design team advises broad headings that include a few different subtopics. This way the user can quickly find what they need fast through these subtopics.

Responsive Website Design is Key

It goes without saying that mobile devices are the most prominent tool to access the internet. So a website needs to look just as great on the phone or tablet as it does on a desktop or laptop. How does this work? Well, by making it mobile responsive. Older websites were not made this way and thus become harder to use on a mobile device. You want each and every person who uses your website to have a positive experience and making your website responsive is key to that initiative.

When MSEDP designs a website, it always makes it responsive. We simply wouldn't be doing our jobs otherwise. With a responsive website, your site will adapt to each device. Ensuring that it is sized correctly and that the user has no problems using the navigation or any other aspect. By doing so, a responsive website design allows for the user to stay on the site longer and making your site a better experience overall.

Content is Still King

There is an old saying that "content is king" when it comes to search engines for websites. That moniker still holds true even today. A great looking website design is nothing without engaging and interesting content. You cannot simply overload the site with images and visual elements. People who come to a website are seeking information and that content feeds them what they need to know.

Writing good, quality copy keeps your audience engaged on the page longer and they will read on about what you have to offer. And this content and writing style should align for the whole website. Find a tone and stick to it. So do not overlook the content, because it is just as important as the overall design of the website.

Website Design

Style Guide For Web Design

We mentioned the importance of keeping the tone of the content consistent. Well, the same applies for the actual design of the website. Consistency in the design helps the incoming audience build brand recognition. And it allows for a more polished look to the website. A style guide allows you to do that. When you turn to MSEDP, you get to decide the color, format, typography, images and more. And we will help you keep it consistent with our expertise.

A style guide is important because it can be referenced down the line if there is something you want to change or edit. And it makes it easier for others to work on the site down the line. When you have a more consistent design, you create a more cohesive site. Which hopefully leads to more sales.

Utilize Images & Visuals!

Of course we said content is king, but it is still crucial to include images and visuals to your website. Using the right visuals and images improves user engagement. Like adding a simple video on the homepage. Yes, content around it for context is key and great for SEO, but a video is a simple and easy way for a new user to engage and stay on your website.

When you turn to MSEDP, you will ensure that just the right amount of visuals and images are used during the course of designing your website. They are nice at breaking up the text. However, some businesses go overboard and it can overwhelm a visitor. And lead to a crowded and messy experience. One that makes it confusing on where to go to find what you need. So it is important not to overload the site with images or make the actual information hard to read or difficult to even find.

Striking a balance is obviously what works best and the website design team at MSEDP can help! We will guide you and create a website experience that will surely please any new user. We make sure to use any videos, images or visuals purposefully.

Call-To-Action Buttons

So I lectured you on the balance of using visuals, images and videos against the text. Well, a subset of that is placing a call-to-action button. This button helps convert leads to sales because this button brings them to exactly where they need to go. It is simple and easy to follow and a great way for them to act.

At MSEDP, we have years of experience helping businesses build the perfect call-to-action button for the site. We make sure these buttons fit into the overall design of the the website, but still stand out enough. In other words, we will make sure the eye of the viewer is drawn to the button.

One of the ways we do this is by utilizing the color scheme. We will make sure the button fits nicely into the aesthetic of your website. By integrating a nice call-to-action button on your website, you will drive better results.

Page Loading Speed

So you can have everything already mentioned working for you. The great content. The easy navigation. Nice images. Simple call-to-action buttons. And being mobile responsive. However, all of that can be for naught if no one actually sees the page or the website. A slow-loading page is a huge detriment to audience engagement. Get website design that works fast when you turn to MSEDP.

There are few things more annoying than when a page doesn't load fast enough. When that happens, it discourages the user from continuing to the website. And when the discouraging happens, the user turns back and will go to a competitor. Avoid those problems when you have MSEDP build your website and get a design that ensures quick loading speeds!

Of course, as a web design company we believe that investing in your website is important. It is simply not good enough anymore to have a website. That has been true for years. Now you need a website that stands out from the crowd and conveys a clear message of your business. The world is run online now. So it is more important than ever to utilize your website to get the most out of your business. Otherwise, you may fall behind the crowd and your business may suffer for it.

For more information about our web services, please contact us today. We have years of experience providing beautiful and elegant web design for clients coast to coast. So please, do not hesitate to reach out to our team to learn more about how we can make your website pop with a design that aligns with your sensibilities! Our friendly staff is here for you. The number for our office is 631-761-7600. When you call, we can discuss what you want from your website and draw up a plan. In the meantime, please check out why we believe it is important to have beautiful web design and why you should invest in your website.

Why Web Design Is Important

As you look into redesigning your website, you may wonder the importance to website design. How does it impact your audience and your business? Let’s look at five reasons web design is important.

Web Design Sets the First Impression

When your audience visits your website, the design of the site is the first thing they see. Good or bad, they will judge your business within seconds of landing on the website. So it is crucial to have a web design that illustrates what you are all about and you want to make a positive impact on them.

An outdated or unappealing website will lead to a negative first impression and possibly drive customers away. Then you miss out on potential leads all because your web design wasn't up to snuff. And then they may simply head to a competitor. So you did half the job of getting someone to your website, but it is equally important to make sure they like what they see.

So web design is important, because it impacts how you potential customers view your brand. A good first impression can land you a new customer, since they decide to browse your pleasing website. Our web design team has years of experience and knows what people like to see and will help you upgrade your website to a more modern look.

Can Benefit SEO

Search engine optimization, or SEO, is the art of getting people to your website. And many are surprised to learn that web design plays a role on your site's SEO. This is due to the fact that many web design elements and practices influence how you publish content on your website. So, in turn, this affects how search engines crawl and index your website.

In short, messing up your web design can drastically hurt your SEO. Which means you will be fighting an uphill battle to even land traffic. Certain web design elements directly effect the SEO, such as the code. So to avoid any issues, upgrade your website with web professionals like us at MSEDP. We will make sure the design is SEO friendly.

Build Trust With Your Audience

It is pretty simple when you think about it. People just do not trust a business with a poorly designed website. If they see a site that is old, out-dated or ugly, they will surmise that what you sell isn't good enough to have a nice looking website. Or they may view your business as shady or unreliable, since you have not put the time and effort in to have a nice looking website.

If customers are willing to spend money on your product, they want to see you spend the money on a nice web design. It builds trust with your client base. They will feel more comfortable buying from someone who has a nice website. This same concept goes to shopping in person. If the store looks nice, you trust the product. If the store is run-down, then you are inclined to think something is up. So don't lose a potential customer because of an old looking web design.

Keep Up With Competitors

If you are still on the fence of improving your web design, then let this sink in: your competitors are not. If you want to stay up with the competition, regularly updating your web design is a must. Otherwise you will get stuck in the past and forgotten.

And not only do you want an updated website, you want a design that stands out from your competitors. When they come to your site, they should remember your brand and what you sell.

And not only that, but an improved web design also improves your SEO. So if you want to stay ahead of your competitors in the rankings, having a nice-looking website is the bare minimum. Otherwise you may lose potential clients simply do to the fact that your competitors outrank you!

The new design of your website is a big opportunity for you to set your business apart from the competition. When you are competing against other businesses, you like have the same services or sell the same products. So you need that website to make the difference. Our web design team will allow you to showcase your business and attract new customers to give you a lead over your competitors.

Improves Customer Service

The last aspect I wanted to touch on was how effective web design simply improved your customer services. Since it is the first impression a potential customer gets, the website is essentially the same as a door-greeter at Walmart. You want to greet them with a smile and make sure they know your are putting in the effort.

If a website is bright, modern, and inviting, then your audience will feel more at ease while browsing. However, an unappealing website obviously has the opposite effect. An old website might feel cold and unwelcoming and draw an audience away. So make sure you are doing all you can to make your potential customers feel welcomed. And you can do that by improving your web design.

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