website management

28 reasons why website management is brutal

Last week web designer and author Paul Boag wrote a blog post called ‘What is the secret to a successful website?’, and offered to give away 10 free copies of his ‘Website Owner’s Manual’ to some lucky Econsultancy members (winners will receive emails soon). 

To enter the competition we asked members to tell us their biggest challenges in website management, and many dozens did exactly that. It makes for interesting reading. 

I thought I’d aggregate a few of these challenges for your viewing pleasure, and your empathy. I’m sure you’ll be familiar with a few of these issues. 

Names have been removed to protect the frustrated!

What is the secret to a successful website?

Here’s the million-dollar question: “What is the secret to a successful website?” I’m not foolish enough to suggest a single answer. But in more than a decade of working on client websites, I’ve noticed a recurring pattern: the sites that succeed are those that have a well-informed, passionate website owner at the helm.

I talked about this my book, the Website Owner’s Manual, which I am giving away to 10 lucky Econsultancy members (see the footer of this article for more details on how to enter). But first, let’s take a look at what it takes to be a brilliant website owner…