A common question that a lot of people have about website creation is how long does it take to build a website? Obviously, when you are in the process of starting a business or a blog and need your website up and running as soon as possible, naturally you want to know how long it will take for your site to be created and set live. Because the sooner it’s live, the better.
However, what it is important to realise is that it’s very difficult to set a time frame when it comes to web design because the time it takes to build the site can differ depending on a range of factors. Sometimes a website can take a few days to build, other times it can take a few months, it totally depends.
For a better insight into how long a website takes to build and what the variable factors are that impact the time frame, read on.
What can cause delays?
The first thing that you need to get to grips with is the cause of delays – what is it that slows down the process of a website build? There is a whole range of different factors to take into account here. You see, the creation of most websites is down to more than one person, it’s not just the web designer that’s important, there are other crucial people included in the process too, such as the content creator, for instance.
Common Cause of Delay 1: My website content is not ready
It is very frequent for the web designer to have your site ready but needing content for the pages in order to complete it.
Sometimes the content is being created by the website owner and others it is being outsourced to a content writer.
A lot of people choose to hire a separate content writer, which means that a lot of the time the web designer is waiting on content from them. One option to speed up the website design process is to have your site’s content ready before the creation of the website begins, this will ensure that the creation of your site is as quick as possible.
Common Cause of Delay 2: I have not got a web hosting yet
In order to publish your website you need to purchase a web hosting service.
You will need to give your web designer your ftp details which are basically access details to your web hosting space so that your website can be published there.
Common Cause of Delay 3: Major design changes in the last minute
Then there’s the fact that part way through website creation, a lot of people decide that they want to make changes to their site. This can be changes to the layout of the pages, the colour scheme, the company name – whatever these changes are; they can slow down the speed at which the website will be completed because each change takes time to make. So it’s best to ensure that you are completely happy with the design for your website before your web designer begins building it.
Who is at fault for the delays?
When it comes to who is at fault for any delays, again that depends on what has caused the delay.
In some instances, it’s the web designer who is at fault, because of a lack of time in their schedule or clashes with other projects. Sometimes the design and creation of the site takes longer than expected. That being said, if it’s the client who has asked for changes to the site delaying the progress, then actually it’s their fault. It’s important to remember that making changes to a site’s design take time.
Sometimes it’s the client that is at fault. This can be because important information isn’t sent over as and when it should be, such as the content, or the client doesn’t let the designer know about certain aspects of the website and their personal preferences. Often, the client is the cause of delays when they fail to communicate properly with the designer. So to speed things up, make sure that you are good at communicating with your web designer of choice.
Other times, third party companies are to blame for the delay. Say, for instance, the client has ordered website content from a content writer, but the content creator doesn’t deliver on time, then this means that the whole project gets delayed.
There you have it, a guide to how long it takes to build a website and what can cause delays to occur.
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