How to improve a bloated, ‘brand-killing’ enterprise website
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How to improve a bloated, ‘brand-killing’ enterprise website

As Rupert Goodwins wrote some time ago for IDG Connect, the web is becoming bloated. Little has changed since he penned that piece, except that the situation has worsened. This matters because bloated websites are bad for business.

Your website is a window into your organisation and also a primary sales and marketing channel. Yet from an end-user perspective the ethos behind many enterprise websites appears to be: “We've got you here and you'll never leave, so now we'll can bombard you with CPU-hogging rich media and bandwidth-sapping analytics while... wait, where did you go?”

A more effective approach might be: “You've arrived and we'd like you to stay a while, so we'll make your visit as enjoyable as possible, while learning more about you and making our pitch. Thanks for hanging around.” Yet for years enterprise websites have been heading in the opposite direction.

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The blame for this lies in several places. First, the revolution in JavaScript development. JavaScript used to be a fairly clunky way of providing client-side interactivity within web pages. Much of the code was spent finding out what browser the user was running, then delivering the necessary actions while taking into account the individual quirks of that browser. It was unreliable, and writing genuinely portable JS was difficult, but it was the only option for interactivity at the time.

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Alex Cruickshank

Freelance technology journalist Alex Cruickshank grew up in England and emigrated to New Zealand several years ago, where he runs his own writing business.

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