Have you recently decided to overhaul your website? As we discussed in a recent blog post, regularly reviewing and overhauling your site is an important part of website design. However, you may be wondering how you can upgrade and improve you website without disrupting your users’ online experience.
Naturally, you don’t want to alienate regular site-visitors or prevent prospective online customers from using your site to purchase your products or services. We can help. As website design experts, we understand that there are several methods and tricks you can use to minimise disruption while you overhaul your site. In fact, we’ve created a convenient list of these techniques.
1. Upgrade your site page by page
Instead of taking your entire site offline while you retool and upgrade it, you may wish to take down and replace one page or section at a time. This ensures that the majority of your site will remain operational for the entire length of the overhaul.
While several pages may be offline at any given moment, the rest of your site will remain fully accessible, which should be enough to hold the interest of regular users and potential buyers.
However, it’s worth noting that overhauling your site on a piecemeal basis can extend the length of time it takes to complete the process. If you need your entire site to be fully operational as soon as possible, this may not be the option for you.
2. Design offline
Instead of overhauling your site on a page-by-page or section-by-section basis, you may wish to design and build the new version of your site offline and then upload the whole thing when it’s ready.
This will minimise the length of time your website needs to be offline. It will only be inaccessible for the length of time it takes to replace the old version with the new one. If you want to reduce the length of the disruption that your users have to deal with as much as possible, this may be the best method for you.
However, designing the new version of your site offline means that you won’t have much chance to test in an online environment. This may be a problem if it’s absolutely essential that every feature of the site works immediately. Only opt for this method if you know you’ll be able to correct mistakes and add updates later.
3. Warn your users
Whether you choose to overhaul your site on a piecemeal basis or upload a whole new version all at once, you should warn your users about the upgrade in advance.
Tell them when your site (or parts of your site) will be offline and let them know how long they’ll have to wait before they can access it again. This will ensure that they can schedule their use of your site around your overhaul, which means they won’t find it too disruptive.
If you need help improving your site, feel free to contact us here at Creative Intent. We can help you regardless of whether you intend to improve each part of your site in turn or tackle the whole thing at once.