When Is It Time To Redesign Your Website?

,There comes a time in every website’s life when you take a look at it and ask yourself, “Do I need a redesign?” There are many things to consider when thinking about a website redesign for your business, but the most important question to ask is. “Does my current website help me reach my goals?”

If the answer is no, then the next question to ask should be why?

Usually, there are a few root causes of an ineffective website, we’ll take a look at five major signs you need a website redesign and why you should consider making an update.

Going through a website redesign, (if done properly), can help you reach your goals including creating a better user experience, improved lead generation, and beyond.

 

1. Not Mobile-Optimized or Responsive

We’ve all encountered a website that isn’t mobile-friendly and it’s usually extremely frustrating. But many companies, even with this knowledge, (and personal experience), still have yet to optimize for the mobile audience.

Many companies will say, “Well, my audience doesn’t use mobile devices so we put our focus elsewhere,” but this couldn’t be farther from the truth.

When you consider the changing landscape of the Internet and the shift that has occurred in buyer behavior, this mindset can be a huge problem, (especially when you’re trying to hit ambitious traffic, lead, and sales goals).

Consider this:

Today “There are more mobile internet users than desktop internet users; 63.4 percent of all mobile phone users will access the Internet via their smart device. There are 3.7 billion global mobile Internet users as of January 2018. Mobile e-commerce will be responsible for $2.32 trillion — or about 67.2 percent — of e-commerce sales by 2021. ”

These statistics completely change the game. With 75.1% of U.S. users accessing and searching via mobile. The first impression someone gets of your brand and company will likely be from a mobile view — and we all know how first impressions can make or break a relationship.

Still not convinced not having a mobile-optimized site is important?

CWS recently tested two non-mobile optimized sites and found that after Google’s Mobile Update one of the sites dropped roughly 27 places in the Search Engine Ranking Page (SERP).

That’s a pretty significant drop simply from an algorithm change.

With the emphasis on delivering the best possible experience to your users, regardless of device, having an awesome mobile experience is critical to the success of your website.

If mobile isn’t as strong as it should be on your website, (just ask a few of your customers), that’s a huge sign that you need a website redesign.

2. High Bounce Rates

Google’s definition of bounce rate is the measure of how many users leave the page they entered on, without interacting with a single page element.

That means the user came onto your homepage, for example, scrolled for a few seconds, and immediately left without clicking a single link. No Bueno.

According to GoRocketFuel, an average bounce rate for a site falls between 40-55%, with really good bounce rates landing between 25-40%. You’ll want to fine-tune your pages to reduce your rates as much as possible. ensure that users are staying on your site and digesting your content.

It’s important to really dig into this data to understand where and why the bounce rate is coming from. For example, if users are frequenting your contact us page to get your phone number or address. Then immediately left, you’ll have a high bounce rate on that page.

That would be a false indicator of a problem, when in fact the user is getting exactly what they want.

If your bounce rates are extremely high, that may be a sign that the UX and UI of the site needs an overhaul (which would warrant a website redesign). The content of the site isn’t engaging and valuable enough to keep the reader on the page.

A great way to see where and why people are leaving your page, and if the content/design is the real issue, is to implement a heatmap/click map software such as Hotjar, CrazyEgg, or Lucky Orange.

In the end, you should monitor bounce rates sitewide and on important pages to make sure there aren’t major issues that should be addressed.

Redesigning your website with a focus on delivering valuable content is one way you can battle high bounce rates.

3. Users Are Confused By Your Navigation of the website

According to the UX Collective and their Web Usability report, after landing on your website from a referral source, 50% of users utilize the navigation bar to orient themselves.

In other words, your website navigation is the lifeline for your user.

It a key element that helps people know exactly where they are on the website and where they should go next.

With unoptimized or poorly-designed navigation, you could be delivering your users a subpar experience, ultimately confusing their journey. `

A great way to make sure the user always has access to your homepage. Important links, and a call-to-action, is to make your navigation “sticky” so that it scrolls with them.

If your user finds something that makes them want to convert or take the next step in the journey having optimized. “Sticky” navigation will ensure everything they need is quickly at hand.

Many older sites have headers that aren’t quite optimized for this feature. Which may call for a small redesign and update, but the benefits could be numerous.

Using a heat-mapping software can give you great insight into how users are interacting with the header and navigation of your site.

Another great way to understand how it’s performing is to talk with your happiest customers. Get their candid feedback on how the experience on how easy or hard your website is to navigate. You could always throw in a $10 coffee gift card for their time :).

4. website Long Load Times

Another potential sign that you need a website redesign is long load times.

We all know the frustration of landing on a site, only to be greeted with a white page and a loading icon. It’s miserable and we usually hit the back button right away.

So why are you serving this experience to your users?

Long load times have a negative impact on your overall user experience and can lead to people leaving your site before it even loads and increasing your bounce rate. By the way, Google takes all of this into consideration when ranking websites.

This infographic by Webbymonks shows that “40% of visitors abandon [a] site with load times above 3 seconds.”

40%! That means if your load time is above 3 seconds, only 60% of your audience will be wasted when 40% of your viewers don’t stick around.  That’s a pretty big chunk to be losing over just a few seconds.

Now, there could be a variety of reasons why your page is slow, from extremely large images. Scripts in the background making external calls, to simply not having an optimized hosting/server environment.

Many issues like these can be fixed short term, but if the website is old and on an antiquated platform, a full redesign may be necessary to ensure the best experience for your users and results for your company.

5. It Looks Outdated or Not on Brand

Possibly the biggest and most common reason for a redesign is if it’s visually dated or not presenting your brand. Or the company in the best way possible.

The truth of the matter is that most people judge books by their cover. If your website looks outdated, it isn’t maintained or doesn’t match your brand elsewhere. It’s going to chip away at the trust your users should be building with you and your organization.

In fact, a 2011 UK Poll found that 70% of the people polled wouldn’t trust a poorly designed website, as it comes off as unprofessional and out of touch.

Again, this is a huge percentage of users that may not give you a second change purely based on aesthetics. Of your website and how it represents your brand.

Take an objective look at your website — and not just your homepage; Many users will land on an inner page, such as a blog post or product page first.

I’m sure you’ve had an experience where you’ve landed on a blog post that is so outdated or poorly-designed. That you’ve written it off in your mind.

Don’t let outdated designs and branding do the same for your business. Take the right steps to ensure your online presence matches how awesome your company really is with a redesign.

Wrapping Things Up

Ok, so I’m sure your head is spinning.

There are a lot of signs that you may need a website redesign even beyond the ones. I shared here, but by focusing on user experience and seeing. If your current site has any of these tell-tale issues. You should be able to determine if you’re in need of a full website redesign. Some small changes, or if you’re set up for success.

Still not sure? Let’s talk! We’d be happy to help you figure things out.