How Long Does it Take to Create a New Website in Dubai?
Building a new website is not solely dependent on financial resources but also requires a significant amount of time. Interestingly, approximately 85% of our clients express a sense of urgency regarding website development.
One potential explanation is that individuals are eager to quickly bring their ideas to life and do not wish to waste time design a website. Moreover, the fear of falling behind their competitors in the market could also drive the need for a rapid website launch.
As a result, the timeline for website development projects is a critical factor for most clients. However, the key question remains: what is the typical duration for completing a website development project?
The most significant factors that impact the project timeline
In Dubai, various website service providers exist, including local companies, freelancers, and sole traders. Selecting the appropriate service provider and website type are vital factors that influence the project timeline. Below are the most significant factors that impact the project timeline:
- Type of website developer: The website developer you choose influences the project timeline.
- Website development process: The website development process, whether the web-design company uses a template or creates the website from scratch, affects the project timeline.
- A number of unique pages: The number of unique pages on the website also influences the project timeline.
- CMS selection: The choice of the content management system (CMS) to be used is another essential factor that affects the project timeline.
- Content availability: Content availability also plays a significant role in the project timeline.
What kind of website developer are you dealing with?
Regarding website developers in Dubai, there are three types to consider. Local companies are a reliable option that can provide an optimized timeline based on your website’s complexity and features. They have the experience and flexibility to accommodate your needs and are committed to meeting their deadlines.
On the other hand, working with freelancers can be complicated as they are often from foreign countries and lack local support in Dubai. Knowing them personally and building trust is essential to avoid wasting time and money.
Finally, opting for a sole trader can be a viable option, but expecting complex web design from a single person is unrealistic. Even a multitasker might be unable to provide a perfect service in every aspect. Therefore, relying on a team instead of an individual is advisable.
Will the web-design company make the website from scratch or use a template?
When working with a web design company, one key factor impacting the project timeline is whether they will create a custom website from scratch or use a pre-made template. In a previous article on website development cost in Dubai “Template Website VS Websites with Coding from Scratch”, we discussed the differences between template/theme websites and custom websites. Custom websites are generally recommended since template-based websites can have issues with SEO standards, loading speed, and low scores. For more information, you can refer to our SEO Services in Dubai.
However, if you have decided to use a template, one advantage is that it can significantly reduce the time required to build the website, taking about one-third of the time needed for a custom-designed website.
How many “unique” pages do you have?
The total number of pages in a web design project does not necessarily impact the timeframe for completion. Instead, the number of unique pages that need to be created is what matters. For instance, if you’re selling laptops, you can create a single-page template for all your products and enter data for each computer separately. This eliminates the need to build individual pages for each laptop.
To estimate the completion time of your website, it’s essential to determine the number of unique pages required on your site.
Which CMS do you want to be used?
Opting for an open-source CMS like WordPress can significantly reduce the time required for building your website. However, the process can take considerably longer if you have a specific need for a dedicated CMS. To determine which CMS is best suited for your project, you may find it helpful to read the “Web Design with WordPress or a Dedicated CMS” article.
Do you have your contents ready?
It’s a common misconception among customers that website building includes content creation, which is inaccurate. Upon completion of your website, it becomes your responsibility to provide and enter the content. However, you can work with the same company to create content as a separate project. Content entry is a process that can only take place after the website is built. On the other hand, content preparation, which is both essential and time-consuming, can be organized in advance. To save time, we recommend you begin creating and gathering your content before or during the website-building process if you’re in a hurry to launch your website.
We recommend you read “What is content marketing” article to understand the importance of the contents in your website.
Timeframe for each step of designing a website:
In summary, several steps are involved in a website creation project, and each stage has a timeframe that can affect the overall project completion time. For detailed information on each step, refer to the “Website Design Services, from Scratch to Hatch” article in Websima’s blog. Here is a brief overview of the timeframe for each step:
- Understanding the project and its purposes: 2 days to 2 weeks
- Writing a proposal as an executive project plan: 1 day to 4 days
- Visual identity and content priority: 2 days to 2 weeks
- Graphical design: 1 week to 3 weeks
- Coding the website considering SEO standards: 1 week to 6 weeks
- Testing and quality check: 2 days to 2 weeks
- Training and moving to the domain: 1 day to 3 days
The minimum time required for a web design project would be 22 days, while the maximum time needed could be up to 20 weeks. However, in some rare cases, the project may take even longer.
Finally, how long does it take?
So far, we have discussed the essential factors and steps to keep in mind when building your website and the time required for each step. To provide a more precise estimate, we will outline the time frame for implementing a website based on the four categories previously mentioned in our article “Web design cost in Dubai”. It’s worth noting that we will only be considering a custom web design as we do not recommend using templates for your website.
- Company Website
A typical company website would take around 35 days up to 65 days depending on its features
- Normal eCommerce Website
A typical eCommerce website with basic features would take around 45 days up to 85 days
- More complicated eCommerce
An eCommerce website with unique features like creating designed receipt, or inventory management may take around 65 days up to 95 days
- A complicated website
Suppose you’re looking to create a website on the scale of Amazon. In that case, it’s safe to assume that the project timeline would extend beyond three months, and depending on the complexity of the website and the chosen CMS, it could take up to a year or more to complete.
At Websima DMCC, we provide a detailed project schedule in our proposal that we guarantee to follow with the highest commitment to meeting the deadlines. While there are other excellent web design companies in Dubai, it’s essential to be cautious when evaluating proposals and ensure that the promised timeframes are realistic and achievable.