Table of contents
- What a schedule can tell you
- Prepare yourself for work
- What is the worst that can happen?
- So how long will it actually take?
- About us
You've seen all these great new designs on other websites and it's become obvious, your website is outdated. Most of the time, someone looking to redesign is dealing with a website that was last updated at least 3-4 years ago, which is an eternity in technological terms.
Now, when you think about your new website, one of the questions you ask yourself in advance is, "How long will it take?"
Now that you've decided on your project, you understandably want to launch the new website as soon as possible. But before you choose a provider who has told you that they can create your new website faster than anyone else, you should ask yourself a few questions.
What a schedule can tell you
In our experience, there are only a handful of potential clients who don't want their project started and completed as soon as possible. For many, the fact that they can't start immediately is a valid reason not to select a partner. But often that just means that the companies, have multiple projects going on.
If a company consistently delivers quality work, it will be more in demand. A company that does good work and is underutilized is a rarity. Therefore, be wary if a company proposes to complete your project in much less time.
A company that isn't busy will be able to get your work done faster - they don't have other clients to worry about. That sounds great, but it's worth asking why they're not busy.
Besides the workload factor, there are a few other things the proposed schedule can tell you. A shorter project cycle may mean that the designer you choose is doing less "thinking" work. Also, don't rule out the possibility of poor time estimation.
Understanding the factors, will help you make a realistic assessment of the time horizon.
Prepare for work
Creating a new website is hard work, and not just for the company you've hired. Taking the time to respond and provide the necessary input for your project is not always convenient.
There are certain things that only you can do:
When setting the timeline for a project, it's important to know that sometimes we have to wait. Many clients over the years have told us how much more work there was on their side of the project than they expected. We do our best to make it as easy as possible, but the reality is that your web designer can't do a good job without your input.
What is the worst that can happen?
Deadlines can be a good thing if they allow for a realistic schedule in the first place. However, choosing a random day on the calendar as a deadline is not the way to go.
If you're choosing a company to build your website, you've probably been thinking about it for months. It can be easy to commit to a date from this point, but it's worth asking why?
You should consider the reason for setting the deadline. Is that reason important enough that it could jeopardize your decision on who to work with? What's the worst that could happen if you miss your deadline?
So how long does it actually take?
We at Matika have created many websites over the years. Through our experience, we know how long it takes to build a good website. For most web projects, you should allow 8 to 16 weeks, from the start of the project to the launch of the website. For higher complexity or particularly large project scope, projects can take longer.
Yes, completing a project in a shorter time is possible and we have done it. However, to ensure quality, a shorter deadline is associated with higher costs and often it is simply not necessary for clients to launch a new website in the shortest possible time.
We have years of experience in serving founders and business owners and know what you need. That's why we can create a website for you that perfectly fits your particular business model.
Send us a request - we will be happy to help.
Written by Jakob Etzinger
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