In today’s digital age, having a strong online presence is crucial for businesses and individuals alike. Building a website is a significant step towards achieving this goal, but the process can be complex and time-consuming. The K.Haggard Design team completes multiple Brand + Website Design projects through-out the year, in this article we will jump into the website building timeline and the various stages involved in the process that the KHD team uses, from planning to the much-anticipated website launch.
Timeline for Building a Website
Launching a website is not an overnight process; it requires careful planning and execution. Getting everyone’s ducks in a row is quite the task, and half of that comes with figuring out just how long this project will take. The timeline for website development can vary depending on the project’s scope, complexity, and resources available. Typically, the website building process takes our team about 12 weeks or so. This is fairly fast for a website build but we like to work that way to keep momentum up on all sides because this typically creates a better product and saves time from having to become reacquainted with the project. This is all depending on how soon deliverables on the client’s end are obtained as well as the review process etc. It is a lot of matching schedules and making sure that everyone has the time for the little pieces.
The first stage of the website build is the preparation stage, here we go over everything from access, to diving into what makes your brand tick and what you aim to see from this design.
These pieces are essential for creating a comprehensive website plan and outline of the site strategy. This includes determining the website’s purpose, target audience, and desired functionalities. Conducting competitor analysis and market research can also provide valuable insights into industry trends and customer expectations.
The next stage is the foundation, based on the information you give us in phase 1 we start to create an inspiration board and sitemap to make sure everyone is on the same page, and that we are heading down the same path to success, hand-in-hand.
Website Design and Development
Once the website plan is in place, the actual design and development process begins. A well-structured website development project plan is crucial at this stage. Designers and developers work collaboratively to create a visually appealing and user-friendly website. This involves designing wireframes, choosing color schemes, and selecting suitable fonts to enhance the overall user experience.
Additionally, quality content is the backbone of any successful website. In this stage, content writers help you craft compelling and informative text that aligns with the website’s purpose and engages the target audience. Content writing includes creating impactful headlines, clear product or service descriptions, and genuinely persuasive content.
A visually appealing website can leave a lasting impression on visitors. This involves obtaining appropriate photos for your website, which may include your offerings, lifestyle photos, or relevant stock photos. Additionally, graphics for your website, such as logos, icons, and illustrations, are created or sourced to enhance the site’s aesthetics and branding. Once the content, graphics, and photos are ready, they are integrated into the website. It’s crucial to optimize images and graphics for web use to maintain site performance and loading speed. Additionally, these are extremely important for SEO reasons because search engines prioritize sites with properly named, tagged, and described original photos. The build phase focuses on turning the design concept into a fully functional website. Everything from adding copy to photos is done in this stage.
Website Review & Launch
Before the final launch, a comprehensive review of the website is conducted. This involves checking for any broken links, spelling errors, or functionality issues. It’s essential to ensure that the website is compatible across different browsers and devices for a seamless and responsive user experience. Additionally, we believe it is important for any and every client to learn how their site works. You need to be in the driver’s seat of YOUR site. This is scheduled to do a basic training on the back-end of a site whether you want to edit an employee page, swap a picture or add on blogs.
The much-awaited website launch is the culmination of the entire website building process. A well-executed website launch is critical to making a strong impact. Your website should be something you are ecstatic to show off so when you are launching it can be a perfect opportunity to drum up excitement and market your business.
Building a website is a multi-faceted process that requires careful planning, execution, and attention to detail. From the initial website plan to the final website launch, every stage plays a vital role in creating a successful online presence. By understanding the website building timeline and following a systematic approach, you and your business can create a compelling and functional website that resonates with your target audience.
Wishing you growth + success