One of the most common questions our potential customers ask is – how long does it take to build a website? Leveraging our low-code/no-code capability, we can create beautiful and functional websites in as little as 6 to 8 weeks. However, more complex websites requiring bespoke development can take 12 to 14 weeks and sometimes longer. Choosing between low-code/no-code or bespoke development depends on your requirements and your objectives. We are happy to offer both options to help you reach your goals in the most time and cost-efficient way.
For this article, let's assume that you are interested in a marketing website that would showcase your products and services and reflect your brand. A website that provides an excellent user experience, is optimised for conversions and SEO, and is quick and easy for your team to update. Sounds good? Hear something better; we can deliver it in 6 to 8 weeks. Yet, for Calls9, moving fast does not mean low quality. Our technical and creative capability allows us to be confident about timeframes.
Here is how we ensure your project will be high quality, delivered on time and within budget.
Through our 10 years of experience with digital projects, we have learnt the main thing that causes digital projects to fail is a poor brief. This initial stage, where you set your objectives, timeframe, budget, desired functionality and metrics, can make or break your digital project. Briefs that do not involve the key stakeholders, do not have the right level of detail to fully explain the required functionality, and are based on unrealistic time and budgets estimations, cause delays, cost escalation, poor quality and a mismatch of expectations.
To help you avoid these common pitfalls, we designed the Calls9 Fusion process. In this process, we bring your key stakeholders together in a physical or virtual room to create the brief collaboratively. It is an engaging process that uses Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic methodologies to communicate the information clearly, whatever kind of learner you are. Together we go through your business context, objectives and assess potential risks. We then collaboratively roadmap the scope of work and understand the required functionality of your project. By doing this, we ensure that all parties are aligned on the objectives of the project. We also estimate your project's cost and the time we need to complete it per piece of functionality on your website. This ensures we de-risk your digital project from the start.
Once we have finished roadmapping your project we will have all the information required to kick-start the user experience and interface design phase. Our design process is entirely collaborative. We firstly work on technical wireframes communicating the essence of your website and ask you for feedback. Then, leveraging our low-code/no-code capability, our creative team designs your website prototype directly on the web, meaning you can interact with it, understand the look and feel and quickly provide feedback that the team can easily act on. Our approach ensures we fully understand your idea from start to finish before we build your website. This means there are no design surprises and your website looks exactly as you want it to.
Once the design is signed off, we start building the backend functionality of your website. We always ensure the content management system (CMS) functionality of your website is as flexible as possible, so you can manage your content and make changes easily, taking into account the scalability of your website. We always make sure the websites that we build can evolve and scale. At this stage, we also work on the technical search engine optimisation (SEO) of your website and use industry best practices to help you receive more quality traffic and make sure you win the trust of your users.
Now the front and backend are ready, it is time for the final testing so we can detect and resolve any bugs. From testing the website across different browsers and devices to checking the front and backend functionality, we ensure your website has no flaws and bugs that can compromise the user experience. Once the testing is completed we will work with you to migrate any content from your existing website. Once this is complete we will make the final changes to take your new website live.
And if you're worried about what comes next, don't be. We provide ongoing support and maintenance, so you enjoy a worry-free operation of your website. We monitor the performance of your website, generating activity reports to ensure it is consistently reliable and effective.
With over 10 years of experience, we have found this approach helps our customers move faster, ensuring quality and cost certainty. Building a website in 6-8 weeks is totally possible for us. We just need to follow the steps above, be as collaborative as possible and leverage the power of low-code/no-code applications where appropriate.