The time to build websites depends on the size of the site, the functionality of the website build, and a client’s communication and decision-making processes.
With the right web development and design team, the entire process can be smooth. While we would love to give you a concrete answer, it all comes down to two words: It depends. On average, a typical business website with responsive functionality and accompanying content management system will take between 9 to 18 weeks to complete.
However, a more involved e-commerce site or large portal application may take more time. A smaller microsite may take less time. There are dozens of factors that will affect the total length of the project, ranging from design and functionality finalization, client deliverables, and more.
What Affects the Length to Build Websites?
We plan for smooth sailing, but always handle shifts in the tide with ease. Various factors can change the course of a project. These include:
- Client response and approval times
- Design and functionality discussions
- Buy-in from senior leadership
- Client-produced website copy
While these are just a few factors that will affect the project timeline, many more exist. We want to make sure everyone is on the same page before we begin to build websites. Clear, consistent, and transparent communication between the agency and client can greatly reduce drag time between phases, and will ultimately benefit the end result.
What is the Client Responsible For?
Client responsibilities vary from project to project. Some clients are more hands-on with each facet of the project, while some are more hands-off. For example, a more hands-on client will typically have a large marketing department and can add their expertise with website design, functionality, and user experience.
Some clients, on the other hand, prefer to have a more hands-off approach. While they still approve of every phase, they may have a small marketing team — or no marketing team at all — and may rely on the agency throughout of the project. Regardless on the project, as the client, you’ll need to produce brand standards (logo, corporate colors, typography, etc.), as well as direction about the website needs and your company. Typically, this second area is handled through a questionnaire and/or kick-off meeting. GoManos uses a proprietary questionnaire and kick-off meeting to gather information about your website project.
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