Knowing When To Rebuild A Website
You bought and paid for your beloved website and she gets the job done, but like a five year old car she is showing her age. Newer models are shinier, faster, and have more modern features.
Should you rebuild? Retool? Overhaul? If your website, that was once fresh and cutting edge, is losing it's luster and starting to look stale and sluggish compared to others - It is time.
If you built your site on an aged and outdated platform(WordPress) or under-performing technology(Wix or SquareSpace) you'll definitely want to rebuild. Sooner or later. In both cases it is easy to get up and running, however both come with deal breaking issues.
Customization - Want to constrain you web design or the way you organize your site? Use WordPress or Wix. All Wordpress and Wix sites look similar, and are extremely expensive to customize. If your web designer is using WordPress they are not designing at all. It is the programming equivalent of painting by number.
Maintenance - Updates with Wordpress and Wix are ridiculous. The changes always break things. The plugins are developed by unskilled people as hobbies on their own time. Not by professional programmers and rarely meet a professional, secure standard.
Scalability - There is none. Zero. As your site grows WordPress slows. Say THAT THREE TIMES. Never forget it. Many aspire to have a productive and successful site, yet build on a system that is incapable of dealing and functioning if that goal is ever attained. Weird - the choices we make.
Technical Debt - The most important reason for never going with WordPress and Wix. Having dominated for so many years the old monoliths WordPress and Wix pass on a technical debt to new clients that will hinder and keep them below modern standards permanently. Forever. Their sites are second-rate. That early 2000 dominance is now a noose. See, WordPress and Wix can not come up with a new system or use the latest technology to fix their many problems, because so many older websites(millions of them) have been built with this flawed slow and archaic system. Implementing any new meaningful tech would break millions of sites and would break the internet. So, they patch and patch not being able to truly modernize and keep up with JAMstack sites.