You may have already read our blog about how creating a website from scratch is like building a house, but if you already have a website, you might be wondering about renovating or maintaining your website rather than starting one from scratch. It’s not enough to create a website and leave it be. There are times you’ll need to make changes to your content, your business details, add more information, or change the more technical parts of your site to keep it current. Just like creating a website is like building a house, renovating a website is a lot like renovating a house, too.
When you’re rebuilding a website, you’ll need to make sure you fix what isn’t up to code, improve your foundation, rebuild it well, and keep it in good condition moving forward.
There comes a time when your website becomes outdated
If your house is quite old and the roof starts leaking or you feel like you’re being transported to the 70s when you walk inside your home, you might decide it needs an update. In the same way, websites need to be updated when functionality is lacking, or the design no longer looks good to customers.
The process of renovating a website
When you renovate a website, you’re not just adding things. You also have to get rid of what isn’t working, just like you do with home remodelling. You’ll need to tear things down, like tired wallpaper and dingy carpet. Polishing up your foundation is important to get you the best results when you start adding things back in. Once you get your website in a good condition, it will be easier to maintain it.
Who can renovate a website?
If you’ve created your website yourself, you might be able to make some changes yourself to give it a fresh look. This would apply if you use WordPress, Squarespace, Wix, or another DIY website platform. You can change a theme, delete old content, and give your site a fresh look.
If you aren’t familiar with using these platforms, or you didn’t use these platforms to create your website, you’ll need to hire a professional to help you with the remodelling. Web designers and developers are the general contractors of the website world. They can polish up the code, create a beautiful new theme, and help you decide how your website should be laid out. If you need a refresh of your content, you can hire copywriters, photographers, or graphic designers to help you with the “interior design” elements.
If you think it might be time to update your website, Digital Bridge can help. We build custom websites and applications and work with businesses across Australia. You can call us at +613 8658 2434 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you!