In my tech column in this past weekend’s Northwest Herald I talked about what to do with an “orphaned” Web site you can’t access or change. It’s not enough to have a presence on the Web. If your site is stale or outdated, it’s time to consider a makeover.
The last thing you want is for customers to think you’re not around anymore, but that’s exactly the impression an outdated Web site gives. Many people let their sites lapse because they’re embarassed that they’ve forgotten how to access them. That’s nothing to be ashamed of. Now is a great time to reassess your site, decide what you want to change, and document the account details and other relevant information so that the next time you consider a makeover, you’ll have the foundation laid.
Some people balk at the idea of redoing their Web sites. They figure they just had them done a few years ago so there’s nothing that needs to be changed. But have you ever visited a site that you could tell was old just by looking at it? As technology changes, so do the tools we use to build Web sites. Think of it like decorating your office lobby. You don’t necessarily need the latest styles, but you don’t want the place to look shabby either.
Other site snafus include “news” that’s dated years ago and incorrect contact information. You should also see if there is anything else you need to add or change. Have you introduced new products or services? Are you now affiliated with an organization that could give you a boost?
Make a point to reassess your Web site on a regular basis. If you have a site that needs fine-tuning, let me know how I can help.