How long does it take to design and build a new website?
Simple answer: One week to do the actual development – maybe two depending on the size of the project.
Longer answer: 4 to 8 weeks on average. Initially, the chosen web design agency needs to ask loads of questions about you, your company, the services or products you offer, your market, what problem do you solve and for whom – how will this website benefit you or your clients? Why are you building it? What results do you expect?
The agency has to determine if you need a website, what type of website do you need at this time, then write up a simple proposal with an estimate for you to consider. Then if you take them on, they will write up a Brief or plan for you to approve. Then draw a wireframe or sitemap or layout for you to approve. Then they move on to do a mockup design or prototype for your approval, before the go to actual development. We schedule a week within the 4 weeks from the date we get the final content.
During all that time, you need to gather all your website content as in photos and text, whilst they will be doing discovery for you. You might engage them, just to do the Discovery initially. They cannot or should not start any development until you have given them all the content you want in the website – text and photos for all pages. That content is your responsibility to gather, unless you want to engage them to do that for you too, as an extra service, IF they offer it.
Imagine the web design agency is the builder, so they build the house based on the agreed architects plans or layout, but you have to bring the furniture, as in the content, photos and text etc.
Once the site is built and all the content is added, they move on to testing before actually doing the search engine optimisation before going live and testing.
And there is more……..For more see our short guide What to do before you build a website