The best and most honest answer, to the famous question of, “How long?” It depends, as there are many parts to put a website together, for both the client and the designer.
When I first speak with a prospective new client I ask the following questions:
For someone who either has a website currently or has had a website:
- If you had a website but are no longer using it, do you have any of the content from that website?
- What don’t you like about your current or previous website?
- What do you like about your current or previous website?
- How long has your current website been live?
- When did you take your previous website down?
- What parts would you like to change and what parts would you like to keep?
For a prospective new client who has never had a website:
- Is your written content ready?
- Do you need help with writing your content?
- Do you have the photographs you would like to use?
- Are you going to need to purchase some stock photography? If so, what is your budget?
- Do you have a logo or do you need one designed?
- If you need a logo designed what are your favorite colors?
- Do you have an icon you would like to use in your logo?
- Do you have any products you are going to want to sell on your website?
- If so, do you have professional photographs of your product(s) or do you need help in finding a photographer?
- Does your industry require you to have specific privacy or terms and condition pages? If so, do you have the information available or is there a resource we can get the information from?
Once the prospective client and I have gone through the answers to each of the questions above, we can then lay out a plan to design or redesign a website.
So as you can see, the answer to the question, “How long will it take to design or redesign my website?” really is “It depends.”
Are you stuck in trying to get your website launched? Do you know it needs a facelift but not sure what you want?
Have the questions above helped you, but you don’t know where to turn?
I am an awarding winning logo and website designer who when not designing logos and websites, likes to write about how the industry has changed and what it looks to become in the future. I started designing websites around 1995. For the past 8 years, all sites have been developed in WordPress. Originally, I would develop the site in HTML and then convert those files to WordPress. Today all child themes are built on the framework of Divi. Guest blogger at 3lovablelabs, Tropic Moon Media, and Patti & Hank.