Posted by Andrew VanderPloeg
Custom websites don’t take one month to build.
And if you’re part of an organization that is looking to have a website developed by a third-party firm and you hear them say that the site will be done in a month or two…run away…fast.
In our break-neck paced society, one of the things that we’ve started to lose sight of is the amount of time it takes to accomplish our work. Instead we look for efficiencies and short-cuts. We “lol” our way through “laughing out loud” and in our minds we tell the microwave to hurry and somewhere along the way we’ve lost the value of sitting down and thinking about what it is that we’re doing.
In terms of a website, this tends to lead to a website that either doesn’t meet your needs or is such an inflated beast that you run into extra costs and time that you simply don’t have – ironically ending up with a later delivery date than had you stopped and planned at the beginning.
A good web partner will help you take the time to think about and discuss internally what it is that you are trying to accomplish with the site. They’ll help you cross the “t’s” and dot the “i’s”.
So don’t go running headlong into the project with expectations of timelines and costs…stop for a minute and think about what it is that you’re trying to accomplish. Be sure that you get a clear picture of the process that your design/development partner will go through. Does the process include documentation that will help ensure that the partner builds exactly what you want? This is a fundamental aspect of ensuring that your requests have been properly understood (communications are a two-way street). Does the process involve you? If it does, frankly, it will take a lot longer than a month – that, I can guarantee.
But the upshot is that it will be done correctly.