Website Insights: How long will it take to build my website?

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The number one question a customer typically asks when it comes to website building is always going to be; “When will my website be ready?” or “How long will it take to build?”. That’s completely normal! So you are ready to go ahead with your online project? It is understandable if you are anxious to launch your website as soon as possible.

Right now, we’ll give you two answers to that type of question. The first one is the short one, and the other, which we’ll cover throughout the blog, will be the long answer.

The short one – It will take longer than expected, but that’s okay because you shouldn’t rush it either!

Let’s dive deep into this topic, shall we?

Your website construction timeline

When it comes to estimating and outlining a proper timeline for your online project’s completion, there are three main questions to ask yourself, even though realistically, you will always be working on the website as it continues to grow unless it is meant to serve only a static kind of variety of content.

More work is to follow for people whose business continues to grow with time after just launching their website. Deadlines can be a good thing if they allow for a realistic timeline in the first place. That is why a proper timeline will also let you plan out things and envision them into reality!

These questions will help you determine a timeline for the creation of your website:

  • How soon can you start?
  • What time before your website is ready for review?
  • How long before you can launch?

Risk and Reward

Whether you will be working on the website, a developer, or your online project’s team, it doesn’t matter because, without proper planning and delegation of the needed work, things will go much slower than projected.

website timeline

You should also seriously consider the reason you’ve set this deadline for yourself.

The ascertain if you have the proper reasons behind your timeline, you should consider asking yourself these questions:

  • Is that reason so important that you might risk compromising your decision of who to work with?
  • What’s the worst thing that could happen if you miss your deadline?
  • Is it worth it to rush the project if it is not as developed as it could be?

If missing means financial loss, missed opportunity or falling behind the competition, that isn’t good at all. On the flip side, if missing means you will experience a little bit of disappointment, but in the end, it’s something that’s leaving you with a better project, then that’s pretty good all in all! You should consider remembering that just because someone tells you they can get your project done by your deadline, it doesn’t mean they will be able to deliver on that promise. Even if it is just you who will be working on the design, and let’s say you have total faith in your abilities to follow the timeline, you should still keep an open mind about factors that could delay your project.

But how long does it actually take?

We know what you are thinking. We haven’t given an exact timeframe as of yet. That’s because the subject is a bit more complicated than a simple answer and we already gave you the short one. So we are giving you the long answer now.

website timeline

The various aspects of website design and development are connected, while each part has a considerable effect on the other. They have to work together effectively to result in a completed online project, and it is the timeline/deadline that helps navigate and predict how long it will take to finish the website. It allows you to have a realistic approach and a more accurate estimate of the construction time.

There’s no “standard” amount of time to finish, that’s for sure. Each online project is different. Through our experience in the Web Hosting field, we’ve come to understand it definitely takes time to launch a great website. Most web projects should allow for 10 to 16 weeks from when the project starts off to the time that the website launches. Where complexity is higher, or the project’s scope is particularly ambitious, those projects can even take six months or much longer.

If you are using a drag-and-drop website builder? – that could dramatically speed up the process, and you can expect the website to be completed in a day, two, or more, depending on the design and the content you would like to present on your website.

Completing a project in less time is possible. But we don’t recommend that you do. Your project is best served by having a timeline that is above all reasonable, realistic, and achievable.

Why don’t we look into the separate website design elements to get an even clearer picture of how to work with your timeline and resources?

The website content

By far, the biggest hold-up to the timing of an online project’s launch is how quickly the content can be provided. Always make sure you have a clear idea of what kind of content you will be producing, and it always helps to have some content stockpiled for when you are building and eventually launching the website.

The website pages

The speed that it will take to create a website is highly dependant on how large of a project it is. Bigger websites take longer than smaller ones. It’s common knowledge that the more pages a website will have, the larger the project is and the longer it takes to complete. So be mindful of the pages you plan! If you have to get it done faster, there are ways to optimize the pages. You don’t have to do extra work and can still end up with what you wanted in the first place.

The website functionality

What exactly is website functionality? Good question. It’s anything that brings life and “spice” to your online project. All that is dynamic on a website is the result of functionality. It can often be things like filtering functions, such as project categories or portfolio items. Or even any movement you see on the screen, which is done via HTML5 or javascript and requires quite a bit of additional coding. Code is poetry, and just like poetry, it takes time to perfect!

Conclusion

That’s it for our long answer, but you are probably looking for some more tips on how to speed it up, aren’t you? Sure, we’ll help out. That’s just why we are here and writing this for you, our clients, and visitors!

Let’s say you are building a new website and want it to be done quickly. The most important thing to focus on from the start is your sitemap. The sitemap is the architecture of all the pages of the site and how they relate together. Narrowing down the sitemap, defining the number of pages and how they will all relate to each other expedites the creation process and keeps ensuring that you will deliver your website as per your projected timeline.

Are you looking to get started with an easy-to-use website builder? It will allow you to release a website relatively fast. Then please check out our HostArmada website builder tutorial for that and the other tutorials in its category right here!

If, instead, you’d like to try out designing a project based on popular open-source applications like WordPress or Joomla, then feel free to explore the entirety of our tutorials for that, which you can find here.

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