- How long the design and coding actually takes: The design of a website, no matter the length of the site, typically takes about 2 weeks when the business ownerâ€™s feedback is given to me quickly. This process can be rushed, but thereâ€™s an additional fee involved for that.
The coding for a site can vary depending on the number of pages being created and the functionality required. For a simple, HTML-only site of 5 pages, the coding can be accomplished in 1 week. For a site with many pages, with forms and newsletter sign-up capabilities, a longer timeline will be required.
And, if thereâ€™s a delay in providing the site map, site text, photos or feedback, the timeline will be extended accordingly.
You also want to make sure that you design your site at a time when you have some time to devote to feedback, completing your copy, and giving your designer the attention they need from you to complete your project. This shouldnâ€™t take a lot of time, but your designer wonâ€™t be able to move forward if youâ€™re on vacation, too busy to return calls or emails, or otherwise unavailable.
Be sure to allow plenty of time for your designerâ€™s schedule as well. If you have an important event coming up, plan to begin your website design at least a month before that to allow ample time and to avoid rush fees. If you also need to design a logo, keep in mind that you should do that before designing a website, and that will add about 3 weeks on to the process.
And, be aware of the â€œbusy timesâ€ for designers. The end and beginning of the year, along with the end of each fiscal quarter, tends to be pretty hectic for most of the designers that I know. You may not be able to just call up your designer of choice and get on their schedule right away, especially at those times.