Have you ever been in a bad relationship? A relationship in which your basic needs were not getting met? A relationship in which you were giving more than getting?
For most businesses, your website is the first thing that your prospective clients see of your business. In many cases, it’s also the hub of your marketing and business development process.
If any of the five scenarios below sound familiar and the quality and performance of your website is suffering because of your web developer, then it’s time to make a change.
Things aren’t moving fast enough
Is your site running slower than it should? Improving site speed leads to an increase in conversion rates and, ultimately, sales revenue. Faster sites tend to convert at a higher percentage because users are able to quickly achieve their goal for visiting and directed to the products they need in a timely manner.
Your needs aren’t getting met
Do you see updates pending when you log into the dashboard? Every WordPress site relies on plugins, software, and applications to keep it running.
Skipping updates for those plugins and software on your site is like skipping an oil change on your car. It’s okay to be one month overdue on an oil change, but if you skip all maintenance work on your car for half a year your car will eventually break down as will your website. You may need a professional copywriter for your website content.
There never there when you need them
Does it take more than 2 business days to hear back from your developer? If you have a relationship with a freelance developer especially overseas and provide them with the majority of their work, you should expect to have reliable ongoing support. On the contrary, partnering with a freelance developer may impose challenges, since they are dependent on billable hours and are looking for new clients.
No shoulder to cry on
Do you have support in emergency situations? Even if you answered “no” to the previous scenario, this one may apply to you. If you have an emergency, relying on one individual for all your website needs is risky. That one person may be on holiday or unavailable during an emergency, such as your website going down especially at the weekends.
Here’s when a local website development agency comes in. If your go-to person is unavailable, there are other support people available to assist you.
You don’t know what’s missing
Do you have all the critical security protocols on your site? Because of the popularity of WordPress, it is now one of the top platforms targeted by hackers. In March 2018, an estimated 50,000 WordPress websites were infected with cryptocurrency mining malware.
If any of these scenarios rings a bell, it’s time to part ways with your go-to web developer. Your business is constantly changing & evolving in order to stay competitive and your website MUST reflect those evolutions.
Finding a trusted partner to handle your website changes will allow you to focus on running your business and to have the peace of mind that your site is representing your business in the best possible way.
Contact us for a copy of our range of services and see what we can do for your business