Should a website keep track of versions of your Content?
My website provides news and articles about Small Business.
As it is coded now, there is only one record/version of any given Article.
To me this was an acceptable design, because I put a lot of effort into writing professional grade articles that have been thoroughly researched, edited and proofed. So why would I need to keep track of versions?!
However, someone had pointed this out to me, and the more I think about it, maybe this person is right?! :-/
From a CONTENT standpoint, do readers need or expect to know when content changes?
I'm used to content being fairly static - even in the news - and if there is some major mistake/update, then either a new article is written, or there is a "Corrections" footnote beneath the article.
I suppose it might be nice to see when things change, but then again, unless your readers are using "DIFF software" or comparing two Microsoft Word documents using the Comparison and Proofing Tools, I highly doubt people need that much detail... :rolleyes:
What do you think?
P.S. My entire website is hand-coded, so I don't have any built-in functionality to do Content Versioning. If people think it is really essential, I can certainly re-design things to make it happen, BUT there needs to be a pretty good business justification for me to add yet another layer of complexity to my website. if it won't add great value to users or my bottom-line, then it obviously isn't worth the added development time!!