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How long does it take to design a website?

How long does it take to design a website?
Written by Mark Steinbrueck

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Continuing our Church Website Design Tips and Tools theme, one of the most common question I am asked when talking to someone about church website design is, “How long does it take to design a website?”

So, today we’ve got a video for you that answers that specific question, “How long does it take to design a website?”

Take a look…

4 Things That Impact How Long It Takes to Build a Website

1) 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.

2) 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.

3) 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.

4) 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.

I strive for two things in design: simplicity and clarity. Great design is born of those two things. -Lindon Leader 

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    Mark Steinbrueck

    Mark Steinbrueck is President and Co-founder of OurChurch.Com. He is a member of Generations Christian Church, a husband and father of 3. He is a huge Cardinals baseball fan and bleeds Garnet and Gold.


    • Hey, Mark.
      I am so happy to read this. This is the type of manual that needs to be given and not the accidental misinformation that is at the other blogs. Appreciate your sharing this best doc.

    • This is one of the most common questions I hear. It’s also one of the key factors in the success of your project.

      The short answer is: longer than you would expect, but don’t rush it. There are three main factors in a project’s timeline:

      1. How soon can they start?
      2. How long before a website is ready for review?
      3. How long before you can launch?

      This information applies to the creation of a custom WordPress website. If you don’t need a custom website, there are faster and more affordable options. Here’s how to setup a WordPress website yourself. With a few hours of work you could have a basic website up and running.

    • Being freelancer i expected this question from my client, how about pricing Mark it is also one more factor for deciding time anyways if we give quality product client will be happy if we take to much time

    • Thank you Mark for the informative post.

      The details explained through this blog help a lot in estimating time for designing a website. This is a common question frequently asked by clients and the best answer are the points highlighted by you.