Branding and web design are such a huge part of crafting a strong business presence. Interior Designers are built on visual identity after all. Your project images are your calling card and one of the best ways to maximize your brand visibility. So if your website isn’t up to date, both on the front and back end, that means your images aren’t being showcased in the best way possible.
While there are several quick ways you can update your site, there is definitely a sweet spot to how often you should be redesigning. With years of experience crafting custom websites and our new bespoke templates for Interior Designers, we’ve honed that timing to two years. That means every two years you should be assessing your website and redesigning based on these key factors below:
Technology is ever-evolving, especially when it comes to screen sizes and the way websites function with our mobile phones. Making sure your interactive technology is up to date and running efficiently is top priority. Here are some of the changes to look for:
Mobile responsiveness – The way a site was designed for mobile 3 years ago is now a full inch smaller than what a smartphone shows today so your images may be leaving dead air space below them, or there may be gaps in your text.
ADA Compliance – Service providers like Google are constantly changing what they support and what they prefer. For instance, a website that is ADA compliant means that it accommodates users with disabilities. This means, for example, someone with a visual impairment should be able to “hear” your site. Google will FAVOR these sites, and put them higher in search results. Fun fact: Wix actually offers this as a setting, where many website hosts do not. Yet another reason why Wix is the best website platform for Interior Designers.
Legal Changes – Additionally, laws are constantly changing about what disclosures and privacy policies your site must have. These laws are updated nearly every year, so a site that is as young as 3 years old, may not be operating legally.
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SEO or search engine optimization plays a large roll in how your site ranks in Google searches. To maximize your brand’s visibility, it’s important to keep SEO up to date throughout your website and blog. Here are some of the key areas to implement to make sure your site is reaching its full SEO potential.
Update Keywords – Keywords are crucial to your site’s SEO and a great way for potential customers to find you. Not sure what your keywords should be? Just think backwards. What would someone Google to hire you or shop your products? For us – you’d probably Google “Austin Web Designer” or “Web Designer for Female Entrepreneurs”. Hint: Don’t waste a keyword on your business name. That will appear enough in your site for Google to pull it.
Update Broken Links – It is super beneficial to link to other websites with related content to your posts but sometimes links change. Nothing is a bigger bummer as a user (or as Google) when you click on a link that doesn’t go anywhere. Make sure all links are in working order sitewide.
Cross-Reference Blog Posts – As you continue to create new posts + content, it is a great practice to go back and cross-reference these in older posts. The more times you can encourage a visitor to click within your website, the better!
Tastes change, brands evolve and chances are your aesthetic will too. Every few years, it’s a great idea to take stock and make aesthetic changes to color palettes, logo edits, and even font styles. Your website is the foundation of your marketing strategy so creating a site that truly reflects your brand is essential to a strong visual identity. Here is a quick check-list of what to consider:
Not only does photography play a large role in the look of your website but also in your branded portfolio. Do you want to focus on a signature style? Making portfolio updates to emphasize certain projects is a great way to guide your readers to your signature design style. Clear out older projects that may feel dated and make room for the latest reveals. Video content is another great way to build out a robust portfolio and in turn a strong website.
Remember, your portfolio is your calling card to potential clients. It should be clean, minimal, easy to navigate and should let the gorgeous images take center stage. For more tips on creating an impactful portfolio, read Branding Your Portfolio, and Optimizing Your Portfolio for Pinterest.
Have you had any process changes that need to be reflected in your website copy? Or maybe you are wanting to overhaul your copy and really create an impactful guide to your process as well as tell your brand story. This is the area that really makes your website feel authentic to you and your business. Great copy and a clear and thorough design process can attract the right clients. Here are some of our guides to writing great content and curating a quality digital presence: How to Write the Perfect About Page, What to Include in Your Interior Design Inquiry Form.
A website redesign doesn’t necessarily mean you have to overhaul your whole site but more so update elements that aren’t running efficiently or no longer fit your brand aesthetic. Whether you’re looking for a website refresh, or need to make a website for the first time – we can help! Want to learn more about our design process? Click here! And for our limited release website templates, click here. You can test our available templates and shop your favorite style, including add-ons like custom copywriting and full website implementation.
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IDCO Studio is a full-service creative studio for interior designers and boutique lifestyle brands. Offering bespoke branding, web design and social media content creation, we help brands built around beautiful living elevate their digital presence to represent the physical spaces they design. Our recently launched limited-release website templates are the perfect way for interior designers to get a luxury website on a budget. These templates allow designers to maintain control of their content. Want to work together? Shoot us an inquiry here.