How to Speed Up the Development of Your Website
Websites take time to make. They need to be structured, designed, filled with content and then tweaked. A good web designer can obviously speed these things up, but the client is also involved. While a web designer can help guide you and make suggestions, it is ultimately you who needs to decide what you want from your website. What are your goals? What do you want to do? Because of this, in most cases, building a website is a lot of back and forth, with the designer producing and adding new things and then you, the client, letting them know if it works towards what you want or not.
It is worth noting that a good web designer will know they're craft. Having worked on many, many websites they will have an eye for what looks good and what doesn't, what is intuitive to someone viewing your website and what isn't. But despite that, you're input is very much required, and so here are a few things you can do to speed up the development of your website.
Styling and structure
All good websites will follow a house style. There will be set colours and fonts that are used throughout the site to give it a cohesive theme. Similarly, websites have a set structure. You can have two websites with the exact same pages and content, but by arranging those pages differently in the menu and on the site you can give a very different impression. One pit-fall clients can often make is to be vague with the kind of style and structure they want at the start. Sometimes this is normal. You don't always know what you want at the beginning and part of the job of a web designer is to help work with you to discover that. However, this can mean that a web designer spends a lot of time styling and structuring a site, only to find it wasn't what you wanted. This then extends the time of the project as they then restructure and style the site to your liking.
Sometimes this is unavoidable. Sometimes you'll change your minds on what you want, other times there was a breakdown in communication. This is part and parcel of the design process. However, the clearer and more detailed you can be at the start of the design of your website, the more you can reduce the chance of your designer getting it wrong, and in doing so speed up the development of your site.
In most cases, you will be providing the content for your site. It is you that will decide what pages you want and what will be written on those pages. And websites require a lot more content than you first think. One of the best things you can do, once you have worked out what you want from your website is to make a list of all the pages that you'll need and the exact content you want to be on each page. One of the biggest things that can slow down a project is content, and by having all that up front allows your designer to get it straight into your site and making it look good as soon as possible.
Images make or break your website. High-quality images that are appropriate to your site can make the difference between a mediocre site and an incredible one. In many cases, the majority of these images are specific to you and/or your business. In some cases, stock images can be found online, and these stock photos are only getting better and better with time, but in most situations, a photo specific to you will look better. The problem is most clients don't start thinking about this until the project is almost finished and the images are the last thing to be put in. At the point, they need to find the images or get out a camera and start taking some pictures. The more high-quality pictures you can get to your web designer earlier on in the development of the site the more choice they have to work with and the faster they can get everything live for you.
To wrap up, no matter how many precautions you put in place there always the change of something slipping through the cracks or having to have multiple edits and changes to get your site exactly where you need it to be. A good designer will recognise this and will be able to work with you through this. However, just using these three simple tips can drastically reduce the wait time so you can get your site live as soon as possible.