Hi, this is Mary. I’m a development coordinator with TinyFrog Technologies and today we’re going to be talking with Mikel, our founder, about general website information.
How long does a website design project take to complete?
Well, essentially it really depends obviously on the website. It depends on how much customization is involved, how much design work is involved, and how extensive the functionality is. The answer is that it’s difficult to say. I would say generally speaking, two months on the minimum side and you can have a bigger project that could take five or six months, but a lot of people want it to happen quicker than it really should.
And there’s a saying – if you want it bad, you can have it bad. You really want to make sure you’re not cutting corners with a website project.
A project should be broken into appropriate phases: strategy, design and development. Each phase will take a certain amount of time and if you’re cutting corners with any of those phases, it could impact the overall project or the overall effectiveness of the website.
It’s important that a website takes a certain amount of time and involvement of both, obviously, the website company and the client.
How long should a website last before it needs to be redesigned?
Again, it kind of depends on the company and the industry. If a company is in a cutting-edge industry, such as a design industry or if it’s a portfolio site, it might need be to re-done more frequently.
I would say three to five years is a pretty good general estimate, but things can be done with an existing website to enhance them and update them without having to completely replace it.
Sections of pages could be redesigned, graphics can be redesigned, logos can be redesigned, colors can be updated to make them more in line with what’s customary at the time.
Things can be done with an existing website without having to redo it. And oftentimes, we’re taking on projects, such as a home page redesign, where we’re actually redesigning portions of the website versus having to redo the complete website.