12 Reasons to Redesign Your Website

sledgehammerOne of the questions I’m often asked is, “How do I know if my website needs to be redesigned?”

Here are 12 reasons to make that move.

1) Your site looks unprofessional and is embarrassing.

2) Your organization’s mission has shifted.

3) Your communications strategy has changed.

4) Your logo/color scheme has changed.

5) Your current site isn’t integrated with social media tools.

6) People are constantly asking you were stuff is on the website because they can’t find it on their own.

7) Your site takes too long to load.

8 ) Your site is difficult or time-consuming to update or only one person can update it.

9) Your site has a high bounce rate (most people who come to your site view just one page and then leave)

10) The guy who created your current site left the organization and you have no idea what he was doing.

11) You’ve had the current design for more than 3 years.

12) Your website is good and you want to make it even better now rather than wait until it’s obsolete.

And one bonus reason… It’s Website Design Month at OurChurch.Com. We’re making a concerted effort this month to raise awareness about design issues, exchange ideas with other web designers, and challenge each other to improve our websites. (Yes, including this blog, which is due for a redesign)

How long has you site had its current design?  (Vote in the poll in the right sidebar)

Do any of the reasons above indicate it’s time for you to redesign your site?

What other reasons are there to redesign a site?

Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, elder of CypressMeadows.org, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck and add him to your circles at Google+ as +Paul Steinbrueck.

6 Responses to “12 Reasons to Redesign Your Website”

  1. My website is dead. I am disappointed with the company I have. I sent them all of my pictures and readings. I have many errors that were not corrected. I talked to at least five or six people and have not gotten any results. I was to have audio, but I
    have not gotten any response. Can you look at this website and give me your feed back. The website is http://www.outofbondageministries.com Thank you! You can e-mail me back at drbam329@msn.com

  2. Paul, I am a real dummy about website building and iIam very new to it. I have read your Weviews and appreciate the comments.
    I don't have access to graphs which you have made very plain that they are a must.
    I also have not figured out how to do the links.
    I need help with my site but I don't have the money to hire anyone.
    Any suggestions
    Thanks
    Patsy

    • Patsy, if you haven't already done so, you can request a free review. Beyond that, just read as much as you can about websites and feel free to ask for advice from other web developers & administrators in forums such as ours at http://forums.ourchurch.com

    • Hello
      My name is Charles Pedley. I often recommend sites like OurChurch and at least 2 others which accomplish the goal of communication between members and the person looking for a church. Static websites are okay but in the pews there are members who will NEVER know who else has the interests they do and therefore NEVER connect with each other, thereby wasting an opportunity to fellowship. Websites which are one way out from the church are past tense…. but if members have an opportunity to interact, then you are providing more fellowship than some fellowship meetings! The stronger the connections with other members, the more chance a newcomer will stay.

      You can contact me at charles@church-mart.com if you wish more information.

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