The Pitfalls of Neglecting your Website

In this modern age, having a website for your business, and even to a lesser extent, your personal musings is important, but did you know that creating a website, or having a website created for you isn't the end of it?

Having a website, but neglecting it can sometimes do more harm than good, today we'll take a look at a couple of reasons why.

Outdated Content

For starters, when you first launch a website, all of the content on your website, whether that be information on your products and services or blog posts about particular subjects, will be relevant and up-to date.

If you've not updated your website's content in some time, then it's possible it's showcasing services you no longer offer, or prices that have long since changed. Worse yet, if you have a blog and offer guides, they may be outdated and offer advice which is incorrect, depending on your industry/topic this could be anything from inconvenient, to dangerous for your readers!

Not only that, but if a visitor comes to your website looking for information and sees that it was posted a long time ago, they may feel that it is no longer relevant and leave your website.

Search Engine Optimisation

Whilst this one can be debated, we find that Google and other search engines such as Bing love relevant content, and if your website is being actively maintained, it's more likely that your content will be relevant and not stagnating. Not only that, if you're posting regular blog posts about current topics, which are helpful and attract users, then you're likely to appear higher in the SERPS compared to a website that has outdated, old content. (in theory!)

User Trust

If you have a website that sells a product or service, a user is more likely to purchase from you if your website is kept up-to-date. Put yourself in your visitor's shoes, if you visited a website that looked like it hadn't been updated in several months, or even years, would you be happy to part with your hard earned cash and feel confident that the website would deliver the product or service you purchased from?

Even if you don't have a blog, having current user created reviews on your website can help to keep it fresh, if you have reviews from the past month or 2, chances are, your website can still be trusted - if your last review was posted a year ago then it's not quite as appealing!

Web Security

This is perhaps one of the most important reasons to maintain your website regularly, a website which is not secure is dangerous not only for your brand but also for your website's visitors.

If your website is hacked, it may display incorrect information, or attempt to deceive your visitors, or even worse, it may attempt to steal your users' information, or install malicious software on their device, if this happens it will be very hard to regain the trust of those users.

To ensure this doesn't happen, it's important that you perform regular maintenance on your website.

  • Ensure all scripts and plugins are kept up-to-date
  • Ensure any passwords are secure, or better yet, changed regularly
  • Keep regular backups of your website so that you can recover if the worst should happen
  • Browse your website regularly - this will help you to spot any issues early
  • Run a malware scan on your website regularly, or on an automatic schedule

We understand that not everybody can keep their website maintained

Here at Pyxal, we fully understand that not everybody has time or the know-how to keep their website updated, secure, and current, and that's why we offer a range of services to help.

  • Content Writing - we'll keep your website content looking fresh and current, we can write regular, relevant articles for your blog to keep your visitors coming back, and to keep your website looking fresh and maintained to the search engines.
  • Website Optimisation - We can go over your website and ensure it is fully optimised and secure
  • Full Website Management - we'll take care of everything on your website for you, from security and content, to speed optimisation and backups, and we'll tailor a package to your specific website, so you don't pay more than you have to!

If any of our services are of interest, or if you're just not sure and would like to chat, get in touch with us today and one of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

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