How Long Does It Take To Build A Website

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How Long Does It Take To Build A Website

One of the number one questions asked during a client assessment is, “how long will this take?”. It’s a pretty broad question that really has no definite answer other than, “Well, it depends.”

Assuming your project is a custom design, even a simple 10-15 page website should take about 4-6 weeks. Here’s a tip: If someone is telling you they can make a site for you in a week, then it is not a custom design. Sure, they can do it in under a week, but chances are great that you’ll come across your exact website design elsewhere and run the risk of not being unique or standing out.

A more complex 25-40 page website can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months. Again, it just depends.

As with anything in web design, there are several factors that come into play when it comes to a web design timeline. In this article, I’ll be going over 5 things that should be taken into consideration when it comes to a website’s turnaround time.

Content

Understandably so, the biggest obstacle and time consuming portion is content. Content is generally provided by the client, and oftentimes, daily life, business needs and other situations distract the client from setting aside the time needed to organize, prepare and deliver content to their web designer. In a sense, the content is the backbone of a website. Before design even begins, a web designer needs to have a clear understanding of what the website is trying to convey through it’s content.

Pages

Generally speaking, larger websites take longer than smaller ones. The more pages that a website has, the larger the project scope and of course, the longer it takes. Each page requires desktop design, mobile design, quality assurance, graphics, SEO tagging, etc.

Unique Page Designs

Not only does the total number of pages matter, but you have to also take into account any unique pages. A unique page design has a different layout and design than any other page on the site. For example, most website home pages will have a unique design while any other page on the site looks exactly the same and follows the same layout. Websites that require several or all unique pages are much more complex and will most definitely require more time to design and develop.

Functionality

In addition to all that design entails, functionality is high on the list of requirements that add to a website timeline. Functionality is basically anything that is dynamic on a website. Things like filtering categories, portfolio items, directories, contact forms, or even any type of movement you see on the screen. These are all done via HTML5 or javascript and require additional coding.

Number of Stakeholders

In the world of web design, a stakeholder is someone who the client appoints to be involved and provide input into the design process. Each new stakeholder added to the project almost always increases the longevity of completing the project. When too many stakeholders are involved, not only does the project timeline increase, but usually the final design aesthetic suffers a little. 1-2 stakeholders that web designers are in constant communication with will usually suffice.

Before I wrap up, I should mention this: the most important thing and one of the very first things done during the process is a sitemap. This is the skeleton of your site. A sitemap is a visual or text model of a website’s content. It will define the flow of the all the pages and how they work together to create a user-friendly and functional site that gets your message across. Having a strong sitemap that does not deviate once agreed upon can make a world of difference in your timeline, and pre-determines the time needed for most of the above mentioned factors.

So, if you are ready to get your website project done, or even if you are not ready but just have questions, please feel free to contact us. We want to create something beautiful for you. Let us show you how our team can work with you to expedite the web design process, while keeping quality and functionality a priority.

 

2017-06-22T21:59:20+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Web Design|