Often we are asked to build a website at sometimes very short notice, often this is because the business is just starting up in Cardiff, and often the directors will have a million and one things to do.
Therefore sometimes getting a CMS website designed, is pushed back to the very last moment, yet the company still needs it designed for a deadline. So that might be for say a new coffee shop that’s opening in Cardiff Bay for example.
A very common question that we hear from many of our customers, is “how long will it take is to design a basic website”?
Often when a business is just starting out, they don’t want a very intricate website built, they need something to get up and running with. So lets say they might be opening an hairdressing saloon, and need a 5 page WordPress website, our copywriters to write the text, for our designers to design a company logo, and for us to manage the website, we can offer all of this, and more at our Cardiff web design business.
As we always say to all company owners, its the functionality of the website that we need to think about, for example do you need to chat your customers via the website? So, for instance, if a chat box needs to appear, then this will require more programming. Something as simple, as say taking a deposit from a customer, to say secure a used car, that will take more time by our PHP developers, so every feature that you want designed into your company website, will need to be itemised, so we can offer an estimate for how long it will take our web designers to build.
Other functionality could be for example, the website being an “e-commerce site”, that needs to link to how much stock you have at your warehouse, this will sometimes require a lot of coding work, so will be a big job for our web design team.
Also, all of the other factors need to be considered as well, such as who will be writing all of the text?
There’s some websites, we can therefore turnaround the entire web design in a matter of weeks, yet sometimes it can take as many months for more intricate websites.
So when you contact our web design business, here are some of the common questions that our web developers will ask you, so that we can provide you with an estimate, how long it will take us to build the website.
Depends on the number of pages
How many pages does your website require?
If it’s a one-page website, for example you might be setting up an event in Cardiff, let’s say that you are about to launch a craft beer festival, and you just need rather a simple WordPress website, to tell people about beer that’s there on offer, also what time the beer event will be running from.
This type with website, we often use “WordPress” to design it, it may only take our PHP developers a matter of a few days to build sometimes a simple website.
On the other end of the scale, there will be companies in say the South Wales Valleys, that are setting up an online retail business, let’s say that they are selling make-up products online.
That business might have an extensive product range, so as you can imagine designing an e-commerce website, lets say a PHP WordPress website, with Woocommerce plugin, that’s stocking thousands of different products, is going to take our designers many months to build if we are writing all of the product descriptions, and designing each page.
It might even take us multiple days, to just work with the business, to discuss which content management system (CMS) they need, and talk through the different advantages of the various options with our web design agency can offer.
Will you be responsive to messages and phone calls?
Other factors to consider, is how responsive the client is to messages and phone calls from us, if it takes the business a number of days to respond to a question, then this can obviously slow down the entire web design process.
If on the other hand, our web developers can get a quick answer to a question, then often this can accelerate the web design process.
Would you like your website built using WordPress?
The vast majority of the PHP websites that we build at our web design company, are built using a CMS called “WordPress”.
This is not a type of website that is just used by our agency, no, it instead used by many web design companies right throughout the world.
WordPress is therefore a very popular type of “content management system”, that’s used by many developers and also businesses alike.
Have you already got a company logo designed?
Have you already got a company logo designed?
Our web designers are going to need a logo to place in the header section of your new website, so waiting to have a logo designed, sometimes by a separate business, then this is obviously slow down the launch date your brand-new company website.
Do you need a mobile version of the website built?
If you require a mobile version of your company website to be built as well, then this can mean sometimes it will take is longer to build.
Has your business already got a set of brand guidelines ready to go?
If from the get go, you were to hand our web developers a set of “brand guidelines”, stating things like which fonts to use, which hex codes to use, and which company logos to use, then this can help us to build the website faster.
Will you be writing the content marketing or us?
As you can imagine, writing say 3000 odd words, can take a lot of time to write, not to mention proof read. Therefore, we have copywriters which can do all of this work for you, which can accelerate how long it takes us to design the website.
Do you have a “site-map” that our web developers can use?
If you have a site map, in terms of stating how you want the main menu to work, then this can help our web designers.
Do you already have a vague idea of how you want each page to look?
If you already have a rather vague idea of how you would like your new WordPress website to look, then this can help to accelerate how long it takes us to build your new CMS website, rather than having to run through many different options at each stage of the web design process, we can instead start designing the website straight away.
For example, if you know that you want a slider right at the top of each page, and then you just want a simple chunk of text underneath, then this can help us to know exactly what you want and therefore build the website much faster.
Do you know which content management system CMS you require?
If you know for example, that you want a “WordPress” website built, then this can help us to save a lot of time, as we haven’t got to explain all the different options that we can offer.
Are we redesigning, or designing a WordPress website from scratch?
If we are only redesigning a website, then sometimes a web developers can reuse the text, which can save time.
Why not contact our Cardiff web designers today?
If you need a CMS website built, and you’re therefore looking for a “Cardiff web developer” then why not call us at Walsh?