I drive a 2006 Hyundai. I bought it new, off the lot. Yes, I probably over paid but that's not the point.
Every month I pay a little on that car.
Every three months, I take it for oil changes or something and pay some more.
And every now and then I look at the new scratches, or a rock hits it and I witness its slow death.
As soon as a car leaves the confines of the auto plant, it's starting on its slow death. Even a car that never gets driven will eventually succumb to rust and elements.
And so does your website. You just don't realize it.
Every month that you don't look at your website and update content, it's dying.
Every season that goes by and you don't post new pictures, it's dying.
Testimonials that don't get posted, are like arrows through its heart.
Sure you can rebuild the engine, but the exterior will still rust out on you.
Eventually you have to stop and admit defeat.
And get a new car.
Or a new website.
Unless you're a mechanic - cars and their repairs are expenses that you just have to accept in order to get on with your life. (Besides public transit options etc)
So unless you're a web developer - technology costs of running a tourism operation is something you have to accept in order to market your business.
Website code that you bought in 2006 doesn't run as well as website code you can buy now.
Was Vista or Windows 7 out when that code was written? Nope.
Was Firefox and Google Chrome and IE 7 / 8 out? Nope.
Was the iPad and the iPhone out? Nope.
You need code for all these applications and devices.
Does my iPod sync with my old car? Nope.
Does my car talk to me or recognize my voice? Nope.
Is my car a hybrid? Nope.
These are all the improvements I must weigh against the cost of a higher monthly payment or being payment free - does that even exist anymore?
So find the money, find the will, find the determination and put out some bytes that the internet can be proud of!
I'll get off my soap box now.
If you need any help with any of that, you know where I am