What To Look Out For
The above gives you a general idea of how long it will take to build the average website.
Of course, there are a few aspects to consider; however, before I jump into them, I want to take a second to discuss a few things you should look out for when getting a website estimate.
First, look out for large website companies that I call “website farms.” Website farms churn out low-priced websites in 1-2 weeks.
Quickie Websites vs Stuck In the Past
Their budget was tight, but the project itself sounded fun. I usually always try and work within a client’s budget, provided it’s not insanely low, and, in this case, I was able to. Perfect! Before launching the project, the client received a phone call from GoDaddy, who had offered her a website for half the price, and it would only take two weeks to build. Naturally, the client took the offer; I couldn’t blame her. Unfortunately, she did not get what she wanted.
In my experience, most website farms don’t deliver good results, and the post-sale customer service is usually inadequate. Large companies outsource their work overseas, use limited website templates, and generate very generic content to build affordable websites fast.
On the other hand, you may run into a website company that takes months to build your website because it’s stuck in the past, uses antiquated procedures, or is simply overloaded.
Before writing this article, I ran a Google search on “how long does it take to build a website” to see what other companies were saying, and here’s a direct excerpt from one of the highest-ranking articles:
“A typical website will take 14 weeks at a minimum from start to launch…The time estimate above doesn’t include the time you spend selecting your WordPress developer, nor the potential delayed start due to their availability. You should be actively researching and hiring your designer and developer team 4-6 months before your desired launch date.”
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Summary: How long does it take to build a website?
Not to go on a rant, but here’s the truth: It simply doesn’t take that long to build a website.
It could take months if you were trying to build a highly customized website with hundreds of pages, and if you require custom coding to make some intricate functionality unique to your business only. Yes, in that case, it could take longer, but this applies to about 2% of the thousands of websites that I’ve built.
Take a look at their answer; they’re even saying you can take a vacation mid the process!
If you are currently in the market for a new website, simply ask yourself, would you be willing to wait six months before it’s ready to launch? I’m guessing the answer is “no,” proceeded by a few choice words that I can’t include in this article.
Before opening my own company, I worked for one of the most recognized custom website companies in the U.S.
When I started working there as the Vice President of Website and Software Development, I was shocked to see the amount of “ongoing website projects”; they had sold well over a hundred websites that they had never delivered. Some websites had been on their project boards for over a year, and their general timeline to complete a website was 3-4 months. Don’t worry; I had streamlined their process by the time I left and had it down to a science.
But if you receive an estimate that says your 5–20-page website will cost more than $5,000 and will take several months to build, you may be speaking to a company that’s still using an old process or simply has too much to handle.
These are the two opposite ends of the spectrum.
However, there is this: No two websites were born equal.
Maybe your website will take two weeks to build, perhaps it will take 6, and if you’re looking for something extremely custom, then it can take a few months.
There are six main elements of a website that will determine the timeline. To give you a better idea of how long it will take to build your website, here are six main elements of a website that can influence how long it will take to build:
Through reading this article, I hope that you now have a better sense of how long it takes to build a website and the factors that will determine the length of time it takes. After all, time is one of the most common hidden costs of a website.
Most of the clients I speak to are OK with the 4–6-week timeline. When it comes to building a website fast, there are a few things you can prepare that will help make the process easier:
1. Envision your new website’s site map, which is to say the navigation menu and the pages needed. Try to come up with a name for each page if possible. You can even sketch it out.
2. Try to prepare your content, text, photos, and videos. If you do not have any and need help writing or gathering content, hire a content writer or ask if your web designer is familiar with content writing and has access to stock photos and videos.
3. To help your web designer design your website, make a list of 2-3 websites that you like and want about them; they do not need to be related to your industry.
4. Make a list of 2-3 of your top competitors to give your web designer an idea of what they are doing and how they are doing it.
5. Try to be in touch with and available for your web designer when they have questions, need input, or want to show you the designs.
6. If you are involved in a group decision, try to have essential group members available and gather all member input before forwarding it.
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