How long does it take to build a professional website? As a professional web designer, we get asked this question a lot. The problem is the answer varies widely depending on several factors. While most professional web designers can take a concept, flesh out the navigation, add content and images and incorporate back-end functionality in about three to four weeks, meeting that deadline rarely happens. This is because of timing factors that delay the process, most of which occur on the client side.
Many factors can slow down the process of web design. Common reasons include:
- Delays with client-side content
- Vacations and/or shifts in priority
- Scope changes
Delivery of client-side content, such as pictures and text, can have a profound effect on how long a website takes to complete. Sometimes several departments must approve key pieces of text or a professional photographer must be scheduled to capture images. Occasionally, the process of creating a mission statement creates questions within an organization that must be resolved before moving forward.
Key client contacts being away on vacation, off on sick days or buried in work are all common reasons for a delay in the design of a website. Sometimes a company will even experience sudden priority shifts and simply move their focus away from the website.
Every now and then a company will start the design process and suddenly see new potentials, or wish to change the targeted audience of the website. These types of scope changes require an entire re-design of the website.
Pre-planning and careful speculation of your website will significantly reduce the incidence of delays. Quick response times with delivery of content, client site reviews and approvals are an extremely important part of a timely website design process.
Alter Impact has been creating quality websites for over twelve years. For more information, please contact us today.