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3 signs your website needs maintenance

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3 signs your website needs maintenance

Have you noticed your website has been acting strange lately? Do you notice that it’s slower than it used to be, it looks a slightly odd or it just doesn’t work properly when you update your browser or use your mobile?

Web maintenance is something that is often overlooked. Like any part of technology, websites need to be kept up to date with rapidly changing specifications, technology and styles. To help, we’ve listed the top three signs that your website needs some maintenance.

It just looks outdated

If your website looks visibly outdated, it is most likely in need of maintenance to update it. Does your website have a splash page, or depend on Flash? Or does it have tinny MIDI auto-play music or a video? As specifications have changed and new plug-ins and browsers have superseded the old, some older staples of the internet have fallen by the wayside.

Flash and Java, the two plug-ins that seem to have a never ending desire to be updated at that very moment you’re in a rush or out of time, are no longer crucial elements of the internet. Instead, they can be replaced with new technologies such as HTML5, the current standard of HTML language which structures content on the World Wide Web.

But this can go further than the website itself, sometimes the content can fall behind. You’ve often seen it - websites with the most recent blog posts dating back 3 or 4 years. When a website falls behind, it can give off the impression that the business has too, or in the worst case, that it is no longer in operation. Regularly updating blogs to show that the website is kept maintained and in use is vital to keep visitors clicking.

It doesn’t work on mobiles

Ever tried to use a website on a mobile to find the full desktop version appear? With half of all web traffic now coming from mobile phones, a website designed for desktop computers alone is no longer good enough to keep up-to-date with modern tastes and trends - 97% of all smartphones now use touchscreens. Ordinary websites designed for computers accessed with mice and cursors have become increasingly difficult to use with small screens and thumbs.

Now websites have special versions optimised for use on mobile phones. This means that your site can be accessed on a mobile with the same functionality as a desktop, on the go. It’s not worth missing out on wanted internet traffic and visitors by losing mobile users.

It doesn’t work properly

Does your website have broken links? Or does it lack a sitemap? The clearest evidence your website is in need of maintenance is when it just doesn’t work like it should. This could be anything from broken text, photos that have disappeared, hyperlinks that don’t link to another webpage or 404 errors – to name but a few.

If your website is slow to load, there might be an underlying problem that isn’t necessarily with your computer or internet connection, such as a fault with your server or the website itself. If your car began stalling, you’d look for a mechanic. When a complicated website starts playing up, it’s best to have someone look over it and run some tests to check for any underlying faults.

If you’d like a review of your current website on how it can be improved, get in touch with our team today.

Date: 04.10.16

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