By David Adress
President, Bitochon Technologies
Creating a new website can be an expensive and time-consuming process. You need to put in effort for future-proofing your website,even if you hired professional website development team for you. In other words, you probably don’t want to have to go through the same process every single year. No website is going to last forever, thanks to the speed of changing technology, especially coding languages/standards. But if you make the right decisions upfront, you can be sure you will get something that might last you a good five to ten years or maybe even longer. So, here are a few tips on future-proofing your website:
Focus On Users
Keep a track on what the users or viewers on your site need. Remember the purpose of your website and the actions you want the visitors to your website to take. If your website is too much about you and what you have to offer rather than attracting your target audience, you will drive them away. So, try your best to understand the needs of the audience. Nowadays, web users don’t have the time or patience to find their way around a website and deduce what you expect them to do. Make it easier for them and they will respond.
Less Is More
It can be tempting to just put everything on your website, to make it look attractive so that your users can access everything. However, doing so will result in your site appearing unappealing. The users will get confused and you will find it hard to maintain your website in the future time. Therefore, subscribe to the ‘less is more’ mantra and provide only what is necessary.
Keep Things Modular
If you launch a website and then later decide to sell products on it, redoing the website from scratch can be extremely tedious. By using a modular platform, you can easily add or remove something. This is similar to building a house. To build a back porch, you wouldn’t have to redesign your bedroom, right?
The best way to make your website future-proof is to make it responsive. Responsive web design makes your website adaptable to all screen sizes, regardless of the device a person is using. This way, you can have one URL and yet cater to the needs of your entire target audience. The best part is that responsive design covers the screen sizes of devices in use today and ones that might come into use in the future.
These are some tips you can follow to make your website future-proof and avoid having to redo it every other year.