This concept is adapted in the Sketchplanations example below to software development, but it’s just as true for website health. The longer you wait to either fix your website problems or the longer your website remains in poor health, the more expensive it is to fix or return it to a normal, healthy function.
Some examples of a website in poor health:
- outdated plugins (seeing those red alert dots)
- active but not used plugins, or using plugins that are not regularly updated by the developer.
- outdated theme
- outdated WordPress version
- no child theme used
- outdated scripts and programming
- bad hosting, slow hosting
- media not optimized for current google and user standards
- things not loading on the frontend, or the user not being able to use a feature as expected.
In short, if you don’t have great hosting nor a developer maintaining your website, chances are your website is in poor health.
The lesson here is to never get to that point of wasted time and money. Prevention is key! A major point of value for Sonni Web is that prevention is a major element to our services.
- We do this by investing in the ongoing, continual health of your website.
- We do this with great website hosting that enhances your website in every way from the backend to frontend. From foundational performance, security, to the user experience.
- We do this by offering website development so you always have a pro on hand to make your website updates. This ensures you maintain a high standard and watchful eye with every part of your website.
This creates stability in the functionality, security, user experience, and ultimate success of your website – your online business.
Just as mistakes and the unexpected are part of life, bugs are part of software development. In general, the longer the time between when a bug was first introduced and when the bug is identified and fixed the more expensive it is in both time and money.
It might go something like this:
If you spot a bug as you’re writing a new feature everything is fresh in your mind and it can sometimes take just a moment to fix.
If a bug turns up later or perhaps soon after it’s deployed you might have an idea of where it might be and track it down fairly quickly.
If a lot of time has passed since a feature was worked on and a bug is spotted or tackled then it might take a fair bit of time to figure out how everything works again before you can fix it.
And if a really long time has passed then, aside from the cost of interrupting what you are otherwise working on, it may not even be clear what was intended by the original code, probably written by others, and there’s a fair chance more has been built on top of the buggy code making it more complex and a bigger task to tackle. The only way to solve it may be stepping through and figuring out behaviour slowly and steadily line-by-line.
You could probably replace ‘bugs’ with ‘problem’ or ‘mistake’ in most scenarios.