The 7 Factors Affecting Your Web Development Timeline
These are the factors that determine how long it takes to develop a website.
How long does it take to make a website? This is a question we face from almost every new prospective client. And as you might imagine, the answer to that question isn’t straightforward. There are dozens of little factors that can influence a web development timeline in one direction or another, but these are seven of the most important:
- Project scale. First, the scale of the project matters. A site with 1,000 separate pages is going to take much longer to build and develop than one with 3.
- Project scope. Scope also matters. Some sites require complex features that require weeks of planning and execution. Others rely on a basic formula that can be understood and replicated quickly.
- Dev team skill. Dev team skill matters significantly. Experienced developers are able to handle complex features more quickly and consistently, and they’ll be faster at executing basic tasks as well.
- Dev team schedule. A dev team overloaded with other projects and priorities may not be able to dedicate themselves fully to a new project. Much depends on their existing workloads.
- Scope creep. If the scope of the project starts to creep, with new requested features and functionality, the timeline can be delayed significantly.
- Client feedback. Quick, responsive client feedback is essential to keeping the project on time. Without proper guidance and approvals from a client, a web development project can be heavily delayed.
- Project management. Finally, it takes an experienced project manager to proactively prevent and handle problems as they come up. Every project will face unexpected delays and issues, but a skilled project manager can keep things on track no matter what.
No two web development projects are exactly alike, so it’s impossible to estimate a single timeline for every project. But if you know which factors to look for, you can come up with a reasonable estimate for how fast the project can be completed. For more information on your next web development project, contact us today!