Signs that Your Site May Need a Redesign
Is your website made up of frames?
Was your website originally designed completely in Flash and almost impossible to update yourself?
Is your website only 640 pixels wide?
Do you have a Microsoft Frontpage default theme as your design?
Was your website built more than 10 years ago?

If you answered yes to any of the above, your website just might be in need of a redesign.  Let’s explore those questions a bit more.

Is your website made up of frames?

How do I know if my website is using frames?

Frames were very popular in the 90s.  Frames allowed your navigation to be constant on every page without repeating code on every page.  You can typically tell it’s a framed site when you see scroll bars on your main body content, but when scrolling your navigation stays in place.  With the help of CSS and global files, this is handled much more effectively.

Why are frames bad?

Two of the main reasons are bookmarking and search engines.  If your site is using frames, users can’t bookmark interior pages because generally the page they want to bookmark isn’t actually a top level page.  It’s the homepage calling the subpage within a frame.  So when they try bookmarking the interior page what actually gets bookmarked is the homepage.

Search engines have trouble crawling framed websites.  Unless the web developer has specifically helped the crawlers by adding some logic behind the scenes to help the search engine spiders, often time the meat of your website won’t be indexed.

Was it originally design completely using Flash?
If you website was built entirely in flash, you may have already discovered that updating your website necessitates a professional developer be involved.  Flash can be a somewhat complex system to use.  Just adding a page can be a very monumental task for Flash amateurs.  While converting your flash website to a content managed based solution might be a lot of upfront work, in the long run it’s going to save you much time and money.  Content management systems make it so easy for people to update their websites without any HTML or programming experience at all. Having all your content managed by a database, in itself, can be extremely beneficial.  Not to mention, the ease of adding, deleting and editing pages and content.

Is your website only 640 pixels wide?

Actually, you are not alone.  There are still websites out there that were designed at this resolution because years ago we only  12 and 14” CRTs.  Every year, the monitors that people are using to view websites seem to get bigger and bigger.  Not only are people viewing your website on computer monitors and laptops, but they are using very large plasma and LED displays.  Imagine what your 640 pixel wide website would look like on a 46” LED screen.  Pretty tiny.

According to this wiki article on Display Resolution, 76% of users are probably viewing your website on a resolution that is higher than 1024 x 768.  Less than 1% are viewing it at 800 x 600.  Reference:

Before you decide how wide to make your new website, check your website statistics.  Most website stats will show you how many people are viewing your website and what resolution they are using.

Do you have a Microsoft FrontPage default theme?

Microsoft FrontPage was one of the first WYSIWYG editors that allowed people without HTML knowledge to build their own website.  While it was generally pretty easy to use, the themes that were offered were mostly very similar.  Any seasoned web surfer could easily tell a FrontPage designed website right from the start.  It can give your website an amateur or old feel and that’s probably not something you want your users walking away with.
Was your website built more than 10 years ago?

As with most things, technology has changed so rapidly in recent years, even more so with the internet.  If your website was built more than 10 years ago, chances are it’s not using Cascading Stylesheets (CSS) or a global navigation structure.  The benefits of using these two features are huge.  CSS separates design from content, with the big benefit of being able to change one file and have it affect the entire website design.   For example, you can set the font type, size and color in your CSS file and your entire website uses that stylesheet to display a universal font everywhere.  Just say no to the tag!

The same goes with global navigation.  You should never have to touch every single page on your website when you add or remove a page.  Global navigation allows you to edit one file and have the result appear on all pages.
Source: DNN Affin inport