DO I NEED TO REDESIGN MY WEBSITE?

If you are asking yourself this question, most likely the answer is YES!  But if you are still wondering, here are some signs your website might need a facelift!

1) Is your site responsive and mobile-friendly?

A responsive site has the ability to adapt to whatever size screen your audience is viewing your site on. With mobile views accounting for HALF of all web traffic worldwide, you could be losing a lot of viewers if your site doesn’t look or function properly on a tablet or smartphone. A mobile standalone site isn’t enough anymore with all the varying phone sizes (and talk about a pain to update!). Using a responsive theme allows your site to adapt to any size screen. Not only is it a bonus for users, but Google also considers the ease of use in its algorithm.

 

2) How long does your site take to load?

If your site was built years ago, it might be utilizing outdated coding, plugins, and other large files that can bog down your page speed. This not only hurts the user experience but also won’t help your Google algorithm. In the website world, speed is everything and if yours isn’t fast, it’s time for an upgrade. Check your speed here!

 

3) If your website is image heavy, are they out of date?

When looking at old pictures, you can probably easily tell when it was taken. The same can be true for website imagery. Outdated imagery could make your site look older than it is. Keeping your visuals and content updated can make a huge difference in your site. If you are still using images from the early 2000s, it’s time for a change.

 

4) Is your content relevant?

Sometimes we fail to actually READ our sites for long periods of time. This could result in outdated information or worse, the wrong information. This could lead to confusion for your users and lost revenue. Keeping your content updated is a must, but if you can’t remember the last time you made an edit, it’s time to take a look.

 

5) Does the navigation still make sense?

Take a moment to think about the most important pages on your site. Now try getting there from the home page. Was it easy to find? Did you get to the right page on the first try? Did you know exactly what to click on? If you answered no to any of these questions, you need a website remodel. Being able to easily navigate is probably one of the most important functions of your website. Frustrated users could result in lost revenue and unneeded irritation.

 

6) Is your site easy to update?

Does it take your web guru forever to make even the smallest changes? This could not only be a costly mistake but also effect the timeliness of your site. New sites are easier for end users to update and cost less to maintain. You might be paying more for the initial set up, but the overall maintenance savings will more than make up for it.

 

7) Are you at risk of getting hacked?

If your site hasn’t been updated in the last 3-5 years, you probably don’t have the latest software, plugins or databases. This is a huge security risk and increases your site’s risk of being hacked. Once your website has been compromised, it may cost a significant amount of money to restore, if that’s even possible. This alone is reason enough to get your site – a new look both on the front and back end!

It is easy to put off a new website, but the costs of waiting usually end up more than just pulling the trigger.

Are you ready to get started on your new site?

 

Contact us today to get started!


MEET HARRY SEMERJIAN

If you need something cleaned, call Harry. Seriously! Even if it’s not his mess, he’ll offer to fix it for you. As Stellar’s SEO expert, Harry's insight into a client's business is a valuable tool reaching more than just online audiences, but customers in the real world too! Harry has owned a handful of businesses since the ripe old age of 13 ranging from manufacturing to real estate to business services. A true Renaissance man, Harry can speak with someone for less than 30 minutes and have a complete business strategy worked out in his head leading them to definite success. A father of two teenage boys, Harry knows a thing or two about dealing with people on the brink of insanity. He fits in well at Stellar.


MEET BODHI

Named after Patrick Swayze’s character in Point Break, Bodhi joined the Stellar team in May 2017 and we don’t know how we got through the prior 6 years without an office dog! Adopted from Animal House Shelter, Bodhi is a Pitbull/American Bulldog mix that his human Lindsay cannot believe someone gave up. Bully breeds definitely get a bad rap because there is nothing sweeter than this 65-pound “lap dog” climbing into someone’s chair as we gather around the conference table. With as much charisma as his namesake, Bodhi greets visitors to the office with a toy in his mouth ready to play. He hasn’t quite developed any marketing skills just yet, but he can spot a duck or another dog out the window like nobody’s business.


MEET KRISTIN KILIAN

Anything that gets thrown Kristin’s way is handled with ease… at least as far as we know. Coming from the retail industry, Kristin is no stranger to a fast paced, ever-changing environment and has no problem adapting to the chaos that comes with managing Stellar’s high profile clients. With years of experience managing all aspects of communications for Fortune 500 companies, Kristin is able to schmooze clients, conquer any task, and ensure everything is running smoothly… even when it’s not! A Hallmark movie fan, Kristin loves spending time with her firefighter husband and rambunctious toddler.


MEET SYLVIA CARRANO

Lover of tacos, dogs, and all things Justin Timberlake, Sylvia brings an honest perspective to not only projects, but office chit-chat as well! When onboarding new clients, tons of experience making people happy in the service industry and her marketing degree from DePaul allows Sylvia to jump right in and hit the ground running. In her role as Account Manager, Sylvia truly gets to know a client – understanding all the ins and outs that make them stand out from their competitors. Sylvia’s skillset is continually expanding and ranges from social media to email marketing to web design and more. She loves to travel and has been around the world and has visited 45 of our nation's 50 great states!


MEET LYNNE HARKIN

Using a space heater at her desk year-round, Lynne is no stranger to turning it up. With a background in retail and corporate sales, Lynne brings practical knowledge to help Stellar clients determine their path to success. As our content writer extraordinaire, Lynne helps brands find their voice and reaches a whole new world of customers. You may hear her getting flustered from time to time, but it’s always short-lived. Her get ‘er done, take charge attitude works in her capacity at Stellar and as the busy mom of 3 busy boys.


MEET CHRISTINA WOJTOWICZ

As a lover of spicy treats, Christina is a no-nonsense, get the job done kind of a girl. Any task thrown her way is done quicker than you can say Siracha! As our resident Web Developer, troubleshooting issues is her specialty… just like at home as the mother of two young sons! Christina’s ad agency background and experience developing websites adds another layer of insight to our client’s marketing efforts. You’ll often see her hiking and biking with her family (with a stop off at their favorite Dairy Queen for a treat!).


MEET MOLLY FIVELSON

Known around the office as Molly Pee Pee Pants, our resident Graphic Designer has more than just a small bladder. Her experience designing logos, developing brands, and creating amazing materials for Stellar clients brings a fresh perspective and artistic flair.  Molly’s easy-going attitude makes her the perfect candidate to work with constant changes and multiple ongoing projects. When she’s not out saving lives along the side of the road, she lives as a baseball widow and chauffeurs her kids to all their activities.


MEET SIN VAN V

Known for her rainbow hair, Sin is never one to settle for just one style. She pushes the Stellar team to think outside the box and consider things they would have never done before. Her Bachelor’s in Graphic Arts & Illustration from the American Academy of Art is just the tip of what she’s learned. With real-world experience in business management, marketing and promotions, event planning, and vendor coordination, Sin’s experience gives Stellar an Edge over the competition (see what we did there?). Despite her edgy moniker, Sin is a kid at heart riding her scooter, dragging the Stellar team on crazy outings, and smothering her adult son and daughter with embarrassing hugs and kisses.


MEET LINDSAY COATS

Known as the Dream Crusher, Lindsay’s level head keeps the office running like a well-oiled machine. When everyone else is trying to get in human-sized balloons and doing mid-day yoga, Lindsay is crunching numbers in a spreadsheet – literally one of her favorite things to do. With a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Lindsay has the know-how to help Stellar clients make the right decisions to reach their goals. She loves problem-solving and making things work. She has a soft spot for kids and animals… she’s been known to grab babies from strangers and roll on the ground with any dog that will snuggle her.