What determines the build time of my website?

video-25Hi, I’m Mark Steinbrueck with OurChurch.Com. And on this video, I want to talk about what determines the build time of my website. Or the most popular questions that I’m asked is, “How soon can the website be done?”

So we’re going to talk about what goes into determining the length of time that it takes to build a website for a client.

Is it a custom or pre-existing design?

When we’re talking about the design, we’re talking about the look, the layout of the website. And the type of design will greatly affect the time that it takes to build a website.

Using a pre-existing design, often called a template or theme if you’re working with WordPress, will speed up the process. Pre-existing designs, however, don’t offer the uniqueness or the flexibility that custom designs offer.

Choosing a custom design will increase the amount of development time. However, it gives you much more control as far as the options, the look, the layout of the website.

The number of revisions provided in the design process.

This is especially important when you’re doing something that has a custom design. So if you only have one revision, then, obviously, that will take the developer less time. There’s going to be less back and forth communication with the developer and so that will be a quicker process.

Whereas, if you have two or three revisions, then that will take a little bit longer because the developer is going through the process of making changes. And you’re going to go through the process of reviewing the design and having the developer make those changes.

So, usually two to three revisions is sufficient to get the design to the way that the customer wants. But each revision typically does add about a week of time to the design process.

Amount of content that is being entered.

How much is being entered by the developer versus how much will be entered by you later on. And, the amount of content that the developer enters, it’s not going to affect the design time as much as a custom design versus a pre-designed template.

However, if they’re only creating two or three pages versus, you know, creating 40 or 50 pages, that will significantly impact the amount of time that it takes to build a website.

The developer and client response times.

So does the developer have some kind of a goal or a required turn-around time when it comes to responding to your e-mails or your phone calls?

We here at OurChurch.Com, we strive for a maximum of one business day turn-around time. Oftentimes, it’s much less than that. It’s within a few hours.

But it’s good to know and it’s good to find out if the developer has a certain goal time that they have to respond back. But something else that is going to greatly affect the launch date or the overall time in the project is how quickly you, the customer, are in responding back to the developer.

One of the biggest things that we find slows down the project and we’re not complaining about it, but it is simply the fact of life is that, oftentimes, the website is not the number one priority of the point-of-contact.

And so it usually will take a few days to get a response back to an e-mail. Or when it comes to putting in content, it usually, you know, sometimes it might take weeks to be able to get that content in.

So, to improve or to speed things up, it’s oftentimes very helpful to get to responses within a day from the client or to get the content in within just a few days of when we’re asking for it.

Website build times. So, in summary, it’s impacted by whether:

  1. It’s a custom design versus a pre-existing design.
  2. The number of revisions that’s provided in the design process.
  3. The amount of content that the developer is going to be entering.
  4. And then, lastly, the developer and client response times.

So I hope that this has been an informative video and helps you understand what goes into determining the length of time that a website project will take.

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Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, elder of CypressMeadows.org, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck and add him to your circles at Google+ as .

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