For sixteen years, I’ve watched clients be terrified to launch their new website. They continually change content and come back with new design suggestions or requests. They lose all focus and purpose for the site in an effort to include everything they dream up. I get it. They don’t publish every day so they don’t understand it.
I can’t say this any better than Paul Battley did in 2011:
A website is not a ship. You don’t crack a bottle of champagne against its bows, push it down the ramp, and wave it off to the high seas. This ought to be obvious. And yet, it seems that many — maybe most — people don’t grasp this fact.
If your website is useful, you don’t need to launch it. It will be useful at any point in its lifespan: today, tomorrow, maybe even next year, insha’allah.
If that analogy doesn’t work for you, try this one:
Your website isn’t a book. It isn’t painstakingly typeset for printing. Every mistake doesn’t have to be caught before it goes live. Your website content, code, and design will all evolve and change. It should evolve and change. For one thing, search engines love updated content on sites. For another thing, your website is a constant experiment in providing a great user experience.
You can’t pick a design that will be good forever. User habits change. Devices change. Web standards change. Get used to it early by launching a website that isn’t everything you hope it will be in the future.
Have a purpose, stay focused, get it out the door. Stop overthinking it.
Even if you’re one of those “polish the back of the drawer” perfectionists, your website isn’t made of drawers that will remain in the same slots. You’re going to have to get comfortable with moving things around on your website.