Website maintenance can take less time and effort in the long run when you have a properly developed web strategy in place. The following tips will help you to improve your web strategy and create a website that is future-friendly and easier to maintain.
Here are our four simple tips:
1. Implement a flexible designWhen designing a website, it's important to consider how your website might expand and change in the future. In our post about how often you should update your website, we discuss various enhancements that you might add to your website over time. It's much easier to implement new features on a website if it was designed to take into consideration potential growth.
Defining a structured grid layout like on the Logansport Memorial website is one way to
make it easy to add additional content in the future.
2. Make your website adaptableHow people are browsing the web is constantly changing, and new technologies become available on a regular basis. Therefore, it's important that your website is as adaptable as possible so it doesn't require a re-design every time a new technology becomes available. Responsive web design is one way to ensure that your website will adapt to the ever-changing variety of devices and screen sizes with minimal maintenance.
3. Use a content management system (CMS)A CMS makes it easy to update a website with little knowledge of the technology behind it. Essentially, when using a CMS, your content is stored separately from the rest of your website. This means that you can make changes to the design of your site without having to recreate your content because your content is kept separately and consistent upgrades to your site can be made without starting from scratch each time. For more information about the features and benefits of a CMS, check out our post on proactive website maintenance.
CIRTA uses TBH Creative's custom content management system to more easily update multiple sites.