How long will it take to create a website for your business?

Small website projects can be completed within several days. However, more complicated and customised websites could take weeks or months to make.

To help determine what type of website might best suit your organisation, see ‘Your website type’.

You can use the following as a guide to budgeting time for externally managed website projects:

Website type Template-based site Custom site
Business card website 2-3 days 3-5 days
Folio website 3-5 days 2-4 weeks
Brochure website 3-5 days 2-4 weeks
e-Commerce website 1 week 1-3 months


Keep in mind that these time frames are indicative and will vary depending on how promptly you can supply your logos, text and other content to the project manager, as well as other factors. Make sure you make your own inquiries and come to an agreement with your project manager based on your individual needs.


It always takes longer than you expect

Project management experts suggest that any given stage of the project may take up to twice your initial time estimate to complete. Consider factoring this into your time budgeting.

Extra website features

You can use the following as a guide to how much time to allow for the design, building and maintenance of  blogging or other community engagement functionality.


  • Starting a blog with a template-based blogging platform: 1 day.
  • Starting a blog with a custom blogging platform: 2-4 weeks.

Once a blog has been designed and built it requires an ongoing commitment to new content. With this in mind, remember that there may not be an end to the timeframe for a blog project.

Online community engagement

Creating a custom forum or social networking platform is significantly more time-consuming than establishing a presence on Facebook or Twitter. That said, maintaining a social media presence is a significant time commitment in itself.

Any site that makes use of user-generated content will most likely also require ongoing moderation.


DigitalIQ tips

How can I help my web project stay within my timeframe?


  • If you are outsourcing the creation of your website in part or whole, it is important to make the terms of your agreement both specific and realistic.
  • You will save time if you tell your contractors exactly what you want from the start. Making changes during the development process could lead to delay and additional costs.
  • You and your contractors should also agree on a realistic timeframe. It is important that you set a timeframe and milestones for reviewing drafts of designs, content, and so on.
  • The quicker you can supply a designer with material required for website, the quicker they can get started. These materials could be content like photos, videos and text.