Why does my new website already need to be upgraded?
It’s a frustrating feeling, you finally sign off your shiny new website with your chosen Umbraco agency and a few weeks later someone comes along to tell you that your website needs an upgrade.
Whilst it may feel irritating after all the work that’s involved in getting a new website live, this is quite simply how modern web technologies work. Good Umbraco specialists will help you to keep on top of upgrades that keep your site secure and introduce new features that may make your job easier. The website development process is never truly over. There’s always a new feature that you could add to make your website better and more useful to your customers or a security vulnerability that needs to be patched.
In this post, we’ll walk you through a few of the reasons why your website might need a bit of TLC a little sooner than you might have expected.
Umbraco is a very secure platform, that’s why major websites around the world rely on it. Nevertheless, now and again security vulnerabilities do pop up and it’s important that they’re patched as quickly as possible to keep you and your users safe. Your chosen Umbraco specialists can keep an eye on these changes and update things for you.
The same goes for any integrations that you're running on the website. These can leave your site open and vulnerable to attack if you don't regularly update them.
New sections and ideas
Whilst it’s important to future proof your website as much as possible during the development process, it’s inevitable that there will be a few things that you just didn’t consider back when your website was being built. A good website development team will make it as easy as possible to add new pages and features to your website as and when they are required. This can be anything from a simple new page to an entirely new section. The beauty of systems like Umbraco is that they make it easy to add new features to your website as and when you need them.
Google changes something
Most websites are very reliant on Google for visitors and, unfortunately, Google acts as judge, jury and executioner when it comes to your place in the search results. This means that it’s sometimes necessary to upgrade your website in response to a change in Google’s algorithm or policies. When these types of changes occur, you may have to make changes to your website in order to comply with them. Recent examples have included Google’s preference for websites that offer their users a secure connection and their ‘mobile first index’, which penalises websites that don’t offer a good user experience on mobile phones (even if the search in question is being performed on a desktop computer).
Someone else changes something
Odds are that there are a number of third-party plugins running on your website to make things straightforward for your users. Unfortunately, the people behind these plugins sometimes go out of business or make feature changes that stop the product in question from being useful to you. When this happens, you’ll either have to remove the feature entirely or find an alternative provider. Either way, that’s going to require a little bit of website development work and, in some cases, you’ll have to get an Umbraco agency involved. It’s well worth looking at the websites of the people who developed your key plugins regularly and signing up to any newsletters or alerts that they offer so you’re not left in the lurch by any changes that occur.
A new device appears
Until about 2010, nobody thought of tablet users on their website. Before the iPhone in 2007, it was thought that nobody really wanted the ‘full internet experience’ on their mobile phones. New devices come along all the time and the expectations of your users change. Sometimes, you’ll need to talk to an Umbraco specialist and commission a little bit of development to meet those expectations. Again, it’s a case of staying on top of your website and making changes before your customers start to complain.
It's also possible that people's expectations change. 10 years ago, using Flash on your website to display rich media content was totally acceptable. Then, the iPhone became a big player and its lack of Flash support meant that website owners had to make changes. There's no telling what might happen next but it's important to be wise to the possibility of change.
Website development is a process of constant iteration and it’s best to treat it that way. Occasionally you’ll go through long website development processes that result in a relaunched website, but you should also be ready to make changes at any point.
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