The short answer…it depends. There are a number of factors that can influence the turnaround time of a completed web design project. Those factors include:
Web Design Project Requirements
Many web design projects are pretty straightforward in terms of their functionality requirements from the client. In these cases, not withstanding any other factors, a typical build time for us would be 5-6 weeks (we’ve even built some custom websites in less than 3 weeks). However, may web design companies quote build times that can typically be anywhere from 12-16 weeks.
The custom web design process requires participation from the client. That means creating and providing content, prompt feedback on work completed and answering any questions the web designer may have.
If the client takes 3 weeks to provide feedback on the initial design, they are delaying the web design process by 3 weeks. If it takes the client 1 week to provide the content (text, images, etc.) necessary to build out the design, then the process is delayed by 1 week.
We’ve had clients who have been surprised by the time commitment involved with building their new custom website.
The Web Design Company You End up Hiring
And finally, the custom website design process depends on who you end up hiring. There are some web design companies or individual web designers who will drag their feet making the process go on for months on end.
To mitigate this possibility, we always recommend verifying references.