How long does it take to Make a Website?
Maybe you just started a new online business, and need to get a promotional site online as soon as possible, to showcase it at an upcoming trade show or meeting. Or maybe you just want to start selling online as fast as possible.
In either case, a natural question to ask is, ‘how long does it take to make a website’?
Well, the answer depends.
Factors That Can Affect How Fast You Can Build a Website
The time it takes to build a website can vary greatly depending on the complexity of the site, the number of pages, the design, and the development skills of the person or team building it. A simple website with a few pages could take a few days or a week to build, while a more complex site with multiple pages and custom functionality could take several weeks or months. Additionally, it depends on the scope of the requirement and the design of the website.
The official answer is one month for a basic, promotional site with roughly five or less pages. Allow two-three months for a more complex site with many pages or custom features.
The exception to that of course, is if you use Website Design Lab. At Website Design Lab, I can provide you with a finished draft in 48 hours or less by requesting our FAST service. If you need it faster, just let me know.
There are couple reasons for this. First, I have no life. So my only priority is getting your website completed fast, and making sure I have a happy (and possibly repeat) customer.
Second, I have been doing this for a while, so I have pre-defined workflows I use to get a basic mock-up ready quickly for your review.
With the increasing speed of our modern world, and the shortened attention span of many online consumers, there are many valid reasons why you would need to get your website online, fast.
The Importance of Website Speed when Building a Website
In addition to being present online as fast as possible, it’s also essential that your website loading speed is at a high level.
Firstly, Google (and other search engines) reward pages that are performance-optimized with higher rankings in the search results. So, a fast page-loading time will help you to stand out over your competitors.
Second, as mentioned above, most of us today have shortened attention spans. We are trained to take in information in short segments, such as on Tik Tok or Instagram Stories. It is rare that a visitor to a website will sit there and read a 1,000 word blog post from start to finish.
In fact, statistics show that a page loading time of more than 3 seconds, can increase the bounce rate probability to over 30%!
For those reasons, it is critical to keep your page loading time under that three-second mark. You can find free tools to measure your response time with Google’s free PageSpeed Insights tool.
So, if you’ve already made the decision that you need to get your business online, go with an agency that can do it for you quickly!