How often should I redesign my website?

In my previous post (“Why should I redesign my website?”), I wrote about some of the reasons that a new web design is necessary from time to time. But how often should you invest in fresh website designs?

What is the role of your website?

I've read some blogs suggesting that you should update your web design every 2 years. I think that's impractical and beyond the budget of most small businesses. After all, larger businesses for whom the web plays a major role only take on a major redesign every 2 to 3 years.

It really depends upon who your audience are, how you want to be perceived, what role your website plays in marketing, and who you're in competition with.

The audience

If your audience are tech-savvy people who spend a lot of time online, and early adopters of technology, then it's going to be more important to stay up-to-date with web design standards than if your audience have a sceptical attitude towards the web and technology in general.

The role of your website

If your website is a key part of marketing - perhaps you rely upon it heavily for lead generation or sales – then it's wise to invest in keeping it up-to-date and ensuring that customers have the best possible online experience.

Perception

If you want to be credibly perceived as modern and innovative, you should demonstrate a familiarity with the latest presentation standards.

The Competition

If your competition have all invested in shiny new designs and your site is looking dated by comparison - you don't want to be lagging behind.

How to tell if it's time for a fresh web design

As a very basic guide I think you should redesign your site roughly every 3 to 4 years. But that's just a broad guideline – there are some things you can do to get a feel for whether or not it's time to make that investment.

Review your website performance

How many leads are coming through your site? Look at your analytics and compare site performance now to a couple of years back. Take a look at time spent on site, number of pages visited, bounce rate. Are they dropping off? That may be an indication that your site has lost it's competitive edge.

Compare to the competition

It may have been a while since you took some time to look at what your competitors are up to (often the case if you've been very busy fulfilling the needs of your existing customers). Look up your competitors' websites. Try to be honest – how does your site stand up against them? If you aim to project a modern feel (for example), yet your site is dated by comparison then it's time to think seriously about a redesign!

Get customer and partner feedback

It can be difficult to get an unbiased feel for how your site compares when the business is “your baby”. Why not ask customers for their opinion? If that's not possible then you can ask partners who know your industry for their honest feedback.

If you're still not sure or would like our professional opinion, please don't hesitate to get in touch: Contact us for a free, no-obligation, website review.

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A little research ...

To get a baseline figure we took the websites of a few (as it happens, mostly Bristol-based) organisations and with the help of the Internet Archive, checked how often they'd redesigned over recent years.

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