Website Refresh vs. Redesign
Times change. Businesses grow. In order to maintain its status as your strongest sales and marketing investment, your website needs to adapt and expand. But how do you know if you need a website refresh, or a complete website redesign?
A website refresh is like painting your walls, buying different bedding and pillows for a room in your home. It’s usually simple, quick, and not particularly resource-heavy to execute. A website refresh might be triggered by smaller changes in your company, customer needs, or technology, and isn’t likely urgent. Here are 5 reasons for a website refresh
1. Search engine optimization
A complete web redesign in response to each Google algorithm change would be crazy! But you do want to adapt your website to current SEO best practices in order to continue climbing the rankings. It’s a good idea to stay on top of your content’s optimization with frequent refreshes.
2. New logo
If your company has updated its logo, you’ll definitely want to apply that site-wide with a refresh. But unless other brand assets are affected, such as color palette or typeface, there’s no need for a redesign.
3. New additions to your business
The beauty of Wix websites lies in their user-friendly CMS. It’s easy to add a new service, team member, blog post, or case study to your website using existing page templates, without the need to redesign the entire site. That’s why we use Wix for all of our web development.
4. Promotional or outdated content
Once again, Wix to the rescue. You might have put a promotional video and related CTAs prominently on your homepage, and now want to focus on another aspect of business. Or maybe this year is your company’s 20th anniversary — time to celebrate! You can tweak small sections of content without impacting the overall website design.
5. Improve user experience
Simple changes to help your visitors quickly and easily navigate your site might include recommending related content, slight changes to menus, or adding search filters to content. With Wix, all of these are easy website refreshes.
A website redesign project is quite different from a refresh. Much like designing a website from the ground up, a redesign starts with user research and discovery meetings, builds out content and digital strategies, and works through the complete web design and development process.
1. Stagnant website
One of the most common reasons Four Eyes Media is approached for website redesigns is that a site has been stagnant for several years. If your website looks dated, has a frustrating user experience, is slow to load, or otherwise doesn’t feel like a current site, it’s time for a redesign.
2. Full rebrand
Whether it’s a merger, acquisition, or just a facelift for your business, a rebrand will often require a complete website redesign. Rebrands typically address logo, colors, typeface, and other style elements, as well as brand personality and storytelling, media, user experience (UX), and information architecture.
3. Outdated technology
Your website might reflect your current business model and branding, but if the tech is behind the times, you’re in trouble. Google’s mobile-first prioritization means that websites without a fully responsive mobile experience can be penalized. Even changes in UX design, such as mobile navigation advances, can have a huge impact on your site’s performance — and how happy it makes your audience.
4. MarTech integrations
If you need to add any kind of marketing technology to your website, there’s a good chance you need a redesign. Integration of an eCommerce is straightforward for web developers — but adding a shopping experience changes your site’s navigation, callouts, and structure.
5. Digital strategy makeover
Your digital strategy — or incorporating one where there previously was none — is heavily dependent on your site and your content, and big changes can require a redesign. Content marketing, social media, advertising, and SEO strategies are among the moving pieces affected by and affecting your site; major changes can require a new approach to content strategy and design.
A redesign sounds like a heavy undertaking, and it is. But your business will benefit from improved rankings through quality and performance signals, leaps in growth through increased traffic and conversions, and even brand awareness thanks to improvements to your brand storytelling.
If you’re continuously monitoring and analyzing your data, you can make smaller, more frequent, changes and see significantly stronger performance as a result.