Monday Buzz: Don’t Fear Website Redesigns

With proper planning, there's no need to be intimidated by the thought of a redesign for your association's website. Also: Treat online communities the same as their flesh-and-blood counterparts.

No website is born perfect, and there’s certainly no reason to feel beholden to its current design or functionality. Over at The New York TimesYou’re the Boss blog, Josh Patrick, a founder and principal at Stage 2 Planning Partners, runs through why this advice holds true, despite the difficulties of a redesign.

So if you’re sitting there looking at your association’s website and wishing it could be improved, scrapped, or overhauled, you’re not alone.

“From my experience, the first law of website design is that the owners of a company usually hate their new site within 24 months,” Patrick writes.

If your association is thinking of a website redesign, Patrick points out some of the hurdles you’ll have to overcome. And for those looking to see how the story of his redesign ends, stay tuned to the Times.

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Morgan Little

By Morgan Little

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