How Often Should I Update My Website?
When it comes to your practice’s website, it’s always a good idea to regularly add fresh content, but how often should you consider a complete redesign and/or rebuild? To determine the answer, here are a some questions to consider:
Have patients complained about your website? If your site isn’t user-friendly, your current and prospective patients are unlikely to stay on it—meaning you are potentially losing out on gaining new patients. If you’re getting negative feedback, it’s probably best to start thinking about giving your site a much-needed facelift to improve user experience.
When was the last time you updated your website? Most websites have a “shelf life” of about four or five years before they are considered outdated. The trends and technology in website design/development are ever-changing—if your site is still stuck in the past, visitors are likely to assume your practice is behind the times, as well.
Is your website mobile-friendly? In today’s mobile-driven world, it’s no secret that search engines like Google favor mobile-friendly sites, so upgrading to a responsive website design can be one way to help boost your rankings. Additionally, if your website requires mobile viewers to constantly zoom in and out or scroll back and forth to access information, they are likely to get frustrated and move on to a competitor whose site is more compatible with mobile devices.
Does your site take a while to load? Much like you, many of your patients live fast-paced lives, so they typically won’t have patience for a website that takes too long to load on their computer or mobile device. In fact, according to Google statistics, 53% of mobile users will leave a site that takes more than three seconds to load. Additionally, a recent study from Search Engine Land showed that when a site’s load time was shorter, revenue went up (and vice versa). In a nutshell, if your site is too slow, you’re essentially on the sidelines—you’re not even in the game! Updating old programming on your website can often help improve site speeds and keep visitors from abandoning your site.
Once you have decided to move forward with a website upgrade, it might be a good idea to get some input from patients. Ask them if there’s anything about your current site they don’t like, and see if they have any suggestions to make it a better resource for them. Ultimately, your site should be user-friendly and serve as an educational tool for current and prospective patients. If you’re concerned about the cost of a new website, be sure to thoroughly research the web design firms you are considering—you should know exactly what you’ll be getting for the quoted price.
If you’re interested in sprucing up your website, please contact Rosemont Media today to see how we can help while sticking to your budget.