Do I need a website update or a brand-new website?

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Website Update Image“If my website is outdated but is still functional, aside from some problems, will a site update help or will I need an entirely new site built?” This is a common question. Unfortunately, the answer isn’t straight forward, and as with most things, the answer is, it depends.

There are a number of items that have to be taken into consideration when determining which way to go with a website. The speed of the website is an important element to consider; is it still the same speed it was when it was developed years ago? The security of your site is also important; are the technologies used to build the site updateable, and have they had their updates? Or, are the technologies so outdated that they’ve stopped being developed making the site no longer secure.

One of the biggest considerations is support. What technology was the site built on, and what programming languages were used? Is the technology still in use? The site must be hosted somewhere. Is hosting getting more expensive and harder to find? Finding someone to work on an older site can be difficult. If the language the site was built in is not as common, it can be expensive to find someone to do the work.

An old site might have been developed well and made secure initially, but programming languages have improved dramatically over time making maintenance of an older site more difficult. Websites are developed in a different way today than they were just ten years ago. In the past, more lines of code had to be written to do more things. The way the languages are now, developers can do more with plugins and libraries. The current methods used for how the front of the website talks to the back of the website and database are easier to do. Developers don’t always want to work on older websites because now there are better ways of doing things. If you have an old site, most times it can be updated, but frequently, the developer needs to be reacquainted with the old code. This process often causes website updates to take longer than necessary.

When the elements of speed, security, and code have been considered, and the decision is to build a new site rather than update the existing one, the result is a more streamlined website. In addition, more developers will be able to maintain it because they will have a better understanding of how the site is built.

Not sure if you need a new website or just a website update? Contact our web development team for a complementary initial consultation.