We can’t tell you how many times people come up to us and say, “We need a new website.”

Sometimes, this is the case. But most of the time? Their website can improve drastically without shelling out the cash for a total redesign.

With over 10 years of experience in website development, we know there are many ways to improve your website’s functionality and conversion rate before ditching the old design completely.

Let’s take a look:

Make the call to action clear

This is one of the most important aspects of your website’s homepage. What do you want people to actually do when they come to your website?

A CTA button that is highly visible (and tempting to click!) is a great first step to giving your website a facelift.

Hint: The upper right-hand corner of your website is prime real estate on any web page. Place your CTA button here for better results.

Tell your story (quickly)

When people first visit your website, you want to make sure they know what you’re about. Do they know what service or product you offer? Are you presenting this in a way that directly addresses their needs?

Think of your home page as a first impression. A few lines of text about what you do serves as a great intro for your business.

Once you’ve drawn people into your story, you want to then lead them to the next action step. This is where that strong CTA comes in.

Cut down on excess text and images

You don’t want to scare visitors away with a ton of content when they stop by your site. A key part of communicating your brand’s story is cutting down on unnecessary images and text.

While many people think they need a total website redesign, they sometimes just need to streamline the content on their page. It really does make a huge difference!

We often come up with a three-step plan to lead site visitors to the desired action on your site. It’s important to make sure that every piece of content ties into this final goal. You’d be surprised at how simple your website can be when this is your focus.

Optimize top-performing pages

If there’s a certain webpage that’s driving a majority of your traffic, are you making good use of it? When we sit down with clients, we assess which site pages get the most clicks by looking at Google Analytics. From there, we know what to optimize.

For example, does a high percentage of your visitors go to the “Resources” page? You’ll want to take some time to make sure the content on that page ties into your site’s end-goal.

On the other hand, you may have certain tabs or buttons that aren’t getting any clicks. You can optimize these by switching up the language, button color and placement. Be sure to A/B test different elements until the page gains more traction.

All roads lead to more conversions

In the end, you want to make sure that every improvement leads your customers to your final goal. This could be leading your customer to sign up for an email list, make a purchase or give a donation.

Our clients are often surprised at how simple changes can lead to a big increase in their conversion rate. Don’t be afraid to deviate from a total website redesign and try out some of these more cost-effective options.

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