Today, I completed a refresh of this website. In the seven years that I’ve had a website, it’s gone through several generations, where the software it’s based on has changed, and the functionality it provides to visitors has grown. Compared to the first generation, which was handcrafted HTML code, much more is easily configurable now.
The current generation uses WordPress and the Studiopress Genesis theme framework. I’m pleased with how easy it has been to bring all of the content through to this new platform.
What this website now provides would have cost a lot to produce seven years ago. Taking advantage of developments in open-source software like WordPress means that the cost is very low today. Much, much larger companies than my own (such as some in the Fortune 500) use WordPress for their sites, and there are thousands of developers moving that platform forward in response to user requests.
So, if the cost barrier has lowered, and the functionality that you can make use of has grown, the question you need to ask yourself is: ‘Is it time to change what my website is based on?’
You may decide to use a different platform, and your support needs may be different to mine. But I would encourage you to look at the alternatives that are available to you. You may find you can do more with less, like I have.