Just because your website has been dormant for so long doesn’t mean that it can’t be revived and revamped. Reviving your old website can seem scary, so much so that some people freeze at the thought of having to sort out their “old online mess”. But it’s actually a totally manageable (and even fun) task. The secret is in getting yourself in the right state of mind and having a plan that you feel good about. The following steps will help you wrap your head around this project and ensure you’re on track.
Redefine Your Goal
Sometimes we start a project with a very different goal in mind, only to find a little bit later down the line that the goal is no longer relevant. Before you simply start rearranging and updating your site, take a moment to ask yourself what it is exactly that you want to get out of you website. Defining your website’s goal is key to getting the most out of it. Be honest with yourself and totally clear before moving forward – it’s an important step in the right direction.
Less is still more, so don’t go into this as if you’re preparing for battle. Break everything down to the bare minimum – there’s no need for extra elements and pages. Make a checklist of all the important content items you need on your website. For example:
- my business’s name & logo
- a short (but sweet) ‘About’ section
- services/products page
- important contact details including: phone number, physical address, and email address
This is just an idea how simple your site can be to start. You may even consider going with a one-pager website – we’ve got lots of beautiful templates to get you going.
Brush Off the Notion of a “Perfect” Website
There is no such thing as one perfect anything for everyone. The same rule applies to websites – if you keep aiming for perfection, you’re aiming arm will get very tired and your website will never be finished. Today, many new business owners start out by first building and publishing the smallest viable website, making additions and updates as they go along. Building a website with Wix allows you to always get into the editor and change anything with minimal effort. So don’t over think the creation or editing process and just go with what you think represents your website’s goals best.
A pair of fresh eyes are often necessary in the website creation process. If you’ve been spending a good amount of time working on your site, it can be tough to see it objectively. That’s where Wix’s newest feature, Get Feedback, comes into play. You can now share a preview of your site with friends (if you’re a web designer, share it with clients) before your site goes live! It works by letting people place comment boxes directly on on elements or areas of your website. Suddenly you know what works, what doesn’t, and why.
Sometimes we just don’t have the time or energy to finish something we start. But unlike the laundry or that scrapbook, there are professionals that are more than happy to help you not only finish your website, but give it the wow factor. The Wix Arena is chock full of talented and professional web designers that have all been vetted and Wix-approved. You can browse through hundreds of designers with different styles and get a no-commitment quote. Before you know it, your website will be up, running, and looking just the way you wanted.