How long does it take to build a website?
Other than “How much does it cost to build a website?” this is usually the most frequently asked question. Unfortunately, there is not a straight answer to this question as every project is different. However, there are several things both the designer and the client can do to help speed the process along.
There are three stages of building a website. The first is the discovery phase. This is when the designer learns about the client’s needs and works to find the best solution for the client. The second stage is the design phase. In this phase, the designer will mock up the homepage intended for the new website. Client cooperation is necessary here, as the designer will work off of the client’s feedback in order to make any necessary revisions. The third and final stage is the development phase. This is when the designer works to turn the design into the live site. Client cooperation is also needed here, as there will be revisions before the site is launched. To learn more about Speared Olive’s process, check out this blog post.
Tips for the client:
One of the biggest hang-ups when it comes to meeting a deadline for a website launch is the client not having their content ready. Content, both photography and text, is to be provided by the client. When this is not ready, the designer has to stall while waiting for the content. This will undoubtedly push the launch date back from what was originally anticipated.
There are several points throughout the process where feedback and approvals are needed from the client in order for the designer to make revisions and keep the project moving forward. When the client is slow to respond and provide feedback, this will only hold up the project and delay the website launch date.
The answer to the question as previously mentioned varies from project to project. However, a typical five-page site takes on average 4 weeks. This timeframe begins when the project starts. It’s important to note that when you reach out and find the right designer for your project, they may not be available to get started right away. Most designers will have a waiting period before they are able to get started on your project. This time period allows the client to be able to get the content together as well as the client homework completed so that when the designer is ready to begin, there are no hold-ups.