Reading Joel on Software – Rub a dub dub, it suddenly occured to me that this is also an excellent approach to curing a site.
Don’t redesign the whole thing, throwing out all that’s working!
What if instead you slowly gently fixed all the little bugs, one at a time. One week check and fix all the error messages, and rewrite them into human language. The next week gently redo the labels, making sure they make sense, addign sublabels as necessary. The next week add alt tags to everything that doesn’t have it. And so on, until the site is more acessible and more usable.
My redesign has been haunting me– I haven’t gotten to finish it, I am disappointed with how some aspects work. But I’ve been feeling so overwhelmed. Now I wonder if I should just slowly polish it, rather then tear my hair out trying to figure out how to redo it again….