How long does it take to develop a website?

by Rob Owen

Posted on 19th February 2020

How long does it take to develop a website?

How long does it take to develop a website? is one of the most common questions we get asked.

There is no easy answer to this as it depends on a number of factors.

How soon can we start the project

When we can start a project will depend on our current workload and available resources.

Before we begin a project we will always provide an estimate of when we can start.

Rushing the development will usually cause issues and result in a lower quality website.

Our development process is in 3 stages.

Stage 1 – Planning

Before you even see a first draft of your website, there are hours of work put in to ensure we can create a site that will work to your objective.

During the planning phase we will create a design brief, sitemap and functional specification.

Stage 2 – Design

The overall visual style of the site will most likely be determined by your company branding ensuring a consistent look and feel across all marketing materials.

For a small site we may only supply a single mock-up of the homepage and adapt this across the site during build. For larger sites, or sites incorporating complex functionality we may provide mock-ups of each page.

Stage 3 – Build

This is the point where the website itself is created. We take the signed-off design and use it to create the actual functioning site.

How soon you can get content and images to us

In order for us to deliver the website as quickly as possible we need to have all the content and images available.

The longer it takes you to get this together the longer it will delay us.

How soon you can review the site

You should schedule some time to review and test your website.  Any minor bugs or design inconsistencies are then fedback to us to fix.

The quicker you can test and identify any issues, the quicker we can address these and the sooner your site can be launched.

In conclusion – How long does it take to develop a website?

A typical website will take 14 weeks at a minimum from start to launch, more complex projects can take longer.

This includes 3 weeks planning, 6 weeks design, 3 weeks build, and 2 weeks for review/bug fixing.

When we begin a project we will always provide a timeline of dates when each stage is due to start and finish, along with a potential launch date.

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