I often assist or have conversations with people who want to sell their inventions, products or collectables online and too be perfectly honest, a lot of the time I am underwhelmed at the images we use on those websites. When I receive them and ask if they have any others the general reaction is similar to the one I have when I step bare footed into a cat hairball. Unpleasant.
A good portion of the time when I'm contacted to look at a website that's performing poorly the owner will have a tendency to want to throw the baby out with the bathwater and start from scratch.
When I create a website home page I use it as a mapping tool. It should have just enough information to tell you what the page is about with links to other pages of the site for more information.
When people find out I am a web developer, one of the first things website owners will ask me is if I have some time to look at their site and see if it's any good. My follow up question to them is usually, "What do you mean?".
With over 1 billion smartphones in use today, it's no wonder everyone seems to be saying you need a mobile website. Depending on who you want to listen to, it may seem as though if you don't have a mobile website you are doomed to fail. To me the whole thing reminds me of the when the first iPhone was released in 2007. "Oh the iPhone is coming out! Do you have an app? You don't have an app! You better get one or you'll go out of business!"
Web design and web development are often used to describe the same thing, but that's not entirely the case.
It’s time to change the way we think about maintaining websites. As most often is the case, a client will call on me every few years and say "We need a new website". This often becomes an expensive and massive undertaking even on a small website because almost every aspect of the site is now outdated. Instead of making minor changes to the site I end up having to throw everything out and start over.