How Long Should A Website Build Take?
We thought it would be a good idea to write some of the specific elements involved in building a website so that you can have a clearer picture of what goes into determining how long it should take.
First of all, make sure that you are not paying an hourly rate for your website ESPECIALLY if you are outsourcing to overseas. Hourly rates really have a habit of stacking up your cost for a project that is creative in nature therefore difficult to pinpoint the exact number of hours that will be needed.
Instead of being charged hourly rates to build your site or make changes to it, find an agency that is willing to do the first draft and revisions at a fixed cost. This will allow you to manage your budget and get the project finished faster. We recommend that you pay either in quarterly installments, or half up front and half when the project is done. This will incentivise the agency or designer you are working with the finish the site quickly.
Typical website projects at Cube often include things such as style guides, website copywriting, photography, video work, and business integrations like making sure all leads are automatically sent to the right person or CRM. This saves clients from the management of such projects themselves and prevents technical issues that arise from less than expert modifications to your site.
If you want to launch your site in a relatively short period of time and in a professional manner, make sure that you establish clear expectations with your developer at the beginning of the project and that you have a clear idea of what it is that you are looking for. A good agency will be able to guide you toward what you need in the early stages of the project but it’s important that you can begin with the end in mind as far as features and principles are concerned.
Sites that lack basic principles or make other common mistakes will not be able to attract and hold visitors, and will probably end up lost in the vast morass of non-functional and confusing web designs. That’s why we discourage businesses from building their own platforms because free websites make the impression that you can't afford your own website or that you don't care enough about your business to invest in your online brand and customer experience.
All this being said, websites usually take us here at Cube from 4 - 12 weeks to launch. Let us know if you’d like an estimate on your project today at cube.is/awesome