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End of Year Website Tasks

With the year 2008 quickly coming to an end, I would like to share 5  simple tips to help you transition your website for the 2009 year.

  1. Change the copyright line on the bottom of all of your website’s pages. For example my website says, © 2000-2008 Hoover Web Design. I’ll have to change this line to © 2000-2009 Hoover Web Design.  If you have a larger website you should change this sooner rather than later so that you can get it done before 2009. If you have an old date on your website it looks like your website is not being maintained properly. That could be a turn off to a potential customer.
  2. While you are revising the copyright date on your pages, take a look at the content on your website. Is any of the content old and outdated? Did you quit offering a product or service? Now is a good time to remove any old information on your website. A constant goal is to always have our website content up to date. Now is also a great time for a redesign of your existing website.
  3. Set some goals for 2009. If you offer sell products or services, offer up new products or new services to breath new life into your website for 2009. A website should always be growing. If it stays the same it become boring to site visitors. My website’s plan for 2009 is to offer more free download products like web templates, photo galleries, music players, etc. I’m also upgrading my template search engine to PHP and it will have more user friendly features. Considering the economy I’m also going in and reducing the prices of all of the web templates. You should set similar goals for your business.
  4. Review your website’s stats: website traffic and top keywords. See where you are and set a goal of where you want to be next year. This is a great time to start new advertising campaigns or to work with a search engine optimization firm. Whatever you do, develop a solid plan that will help you get where you want to be.
  5. Review the expiration dates on all of your domains. If a domain will be expiring within the next 6 months, go ahead and renew it. You don’t want to lose an important domain name because you “forgot” to renew it. For important domains you should set their status on auto renew anyway so that your year will go smoothly. For domains that I’m not sure if I want them or not, I have them set on manual renewal.

These simple tips should help you transition into a smooth 2009.



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December 24th, 2008 at 11:00 am

One Response to “End of Year Website Tasks”

  1. Kayla Says:

    Thank you for this very time appropriate post! I need to definitely do the domain-renewal thing.

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