Is your old website on it’s last legs?

by | Business Tips, Website Design, Website maintenance

There’s no denying that every website has a lifecycle and we all know that the tech world changes at a rapid rate. If you have a website that was designed 5 years ago for example then it may be time to hang up the boots of the old version and try something new. Ask yourself, Is your website on it’s last legs?…

Screen Resolution

Many old websites were optimised for monitors with a 1024 x 768 screen resolution. Back when your old website was built that will have been fine, however full HD 1080p screens are now the norm The old sites just don’t cut it anymore and pale in comparison to a site making the most of all that new screen real estate. You should be using all that extra space to showcase your business and products.

Web technologies

Adobe Flash was used on nearly all websites to generate fancy effects. Nowadays however it’s hardly used at all. This old fashioned tech doesn’t work on iPhones or iPads and is disabled by default on most desktop web browsers. Now through the use of CSS3, HTML5 and jQuery, fun moving effects can be added to your website that are compatible with all modern browsers and devices.

Non-responsive

What does non-responsive actually mean? The website is displayed as a static page, not changing size to account for different screen size and resolution. So a page that looks fine on a desktop will shrink down and look alsmost un-readable on a phone. A responsive site will adapt to each screen and look at it’s best everytime!

As mentioned above, most old websites were optimised for 1024 x 768 screen resolution, and that was it! A website these days is not all about your desktop as there are so many devices that come in all shapes, sizes and resolutions. Whether being viewed on mobile, tablet or desktop, users want to see a well designed and intuitive website on their shiny new device.

User interactivity

Social media hadn’t really hit the big time when your old website was built. Now, no online presence is complete without it. Your site needs to include at minimum links to your social media pages, but even better it should display live feeds so your visitors can join the conversation.

Content management

On your old website if you wanted text, images links or portfoloio changes then you will have had to get in touch with your web developer. They would then have to go through the markup of the site and find the right places to make changes. Not anymore! With websites now built on CMS (content management systems) you can do minor changes yourself, saving time and money. Result!

and that’s not all…

Above are just some of the core flaws, but there are others:

  • Google rewards fresh content, so if your content or portfolio isn’t regulary updated expect it to fall in search rankings.
  • Once a way of making a site look unique was to use non-standard machine fonts. These are non-compliant as they raise accessibility issues for disabled users (those who use screen readers). Great resources are available today to employ trick typography, for example Google Fonts and Typekit.

If you feel your company’s website would benefit from a modern refresh then we’d be more than happy to discuss how we can help.

Look forward to hearing from you!

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Claire Ruston
Claire Ruston
07:30 19 Nov 20
Dan and DCX Design did a fantastic job on my website. Dan was only too happy to help with my many questions, and was a delight to work with. I especially liked that there were lots of beautiful design templates to choose from (helpful for a non-visual person like me, who didn't necessarily know what I was looking for) -- and Dan was able to tailor my preferred design so it suited my project perfectly. I couldn't be happier.
Dalton Roofing
Dalton Roofing
13:00 04 Sep 20
Dan at DCX Design did a fabulous job at creating and designing our new website! He was able to fulfil our requests by turning ideas into reality as well as giving us his advice and continues to guide and support us! Couldn’t recommend them enough.
Richard Pearson
Richard Pearson
18:51 19 Jun 19
Excellent service, Dan has built me a great looking website. Very happy with everything. Thanks again
Frances Cassell
Frances Cassell
07:46 22 May 19
Dan is extremely reliable, efficient and a valued creative member of our team. His ideas for online presentation of content have far surpassed our expectations at OCTOPUS and I have no hesitation recommending his services to our clients.
No18 Interiors
No18 Interiors
14:30 02 Jan 19
No18 go live has finally happened and I genuinely couldn’t be more excited or happy with the website Dan has created.Dan totally understood my brief and what I was trying to achieve from the get go. He even some how managed to turn my (at times) crazy ideas, into action and I genuinely believe the website speaks for itself and showcases his many talents. Dan’s personable approach makes it incredibly easy to discuss ideas with ease and I genuinely enjoyed working with him to pull my website together. Couldn’t recommend him or his services enough. Thanks Dan for helping me bring my dream business to life! Tara (No18 interiors founder)
Mark Kingston
Mark Kingston
11:38 26 Nov 18
From our very first meeting Dan listened and understood exactly what we wanted from our website. We were kept informed every step of the way regarding content changes and timescales, nothing was too much trouble. I would highly recommend DCX to anyone looking for an online presence.Thank you
R3D2 Social Media
R3D2 Social Media
10:32 26 Nov 18
Fantastic to work with Dan and on our website which is now a lot slicker and Dan was a pleasure to work with always very prompt with any queries we had whatever time of the day
Kate Mason
Kate Mason
06:31 21 Jul 18
Loving my website designed by Daniel. Amazing service, so helpful, patient and professional. Thank you so much x
Mark Burland
Mark Burland
15:49 20 Jul 18
We needed a professional looking website but had been quoted such high prices for what we could afford. Dan did an amazing job, we just chatted for about 30-45 mins, sent him some text and images and he created the perfect site. Couple of very minor tweaks and was all done, up and running within a week! Spot on service and very professional.
Mark McLennan
Mark McLennan
14:33 07 Jun 18
After 3 months in business I needed my website updating, and Daniel seemed to know what i needed more than me, he understood what i wanted the site to do and he did the rest, great service, support, advise and backup, all completed in the time allowed and within budget, Highly Recommended.
Rob Howe
Rob Howe
21:09 18 Feb 18
My experience with DCX Design was a first for me in terms of website design and construction. However despite a complete absence of knowledge on my part Dan was able to interpret my somewhat sketchy ideas and requirements and turn them into something way beyond my expectations.The speed at which Dan was able to do this was incredible. The time between our initial meeting to having the website live was far shorter than I was imagined possible.To top it all, working with Dan was a pleasure – his friendly but professional approach put me immediately at ease.In short the service provided by DCX Design has been nothing short of phenomenal. I would recommend them highly to anyone looking for a website.Rob HoweDirector - PlanCon LTD
Sammy Woodhouse
Sammy Woodhouse
15:52 18 Dec 17
I would like to say a big thanks to Dan for building my first ever website. Dan was affordable, professional, friendly and easy to work with, especially given the sensitivity of the subject of which the website was about. Would recommend him to anyone! The feedback on the website so far has been really positive!
Tech Spray
Tech Spray
14:33 31 Oct 17
We are extremely pleased with the website delivered by DCX. We were in massive need of an updated, faster and more responsive website with a modern appearance suitable for mobile devices as well as desktops. Not only did Dan at DCX exceed our requirements, he did so in a friendly, helpful and professional manner and with very little from us in terms of a brief.I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend DCX and thank Dan for assisting our business in moving forwards digitally.
Matthew Newbould
Matthew Newbould
14:05 21 Apr 17
Great service provided by Dan. Would definitely recommend. Thanks!
Zoe Round
Zoe Round
12:58 13 Jan 17
Dan has been invaluable in the setting up and initial running of our holiday let business.  He built our website with limited and sporadic instruction / information from me due to the birth of my baby girl.  He is approachable, efficient and most of all creative.  Dan has been very patient with me and not made me feel like a total technophobe which I am.  I would highly recommend Dan if you are starting any business and you need a website designer.