How long does it take to build a Shopify website

Building a shopify website or any other type of website can take anywhere from a month to a year in some cases. Generally this would take 1-3 months in most cases. The time frame really depends on quality and size.

Contract

The early contract phase with your developer or your web design agency can really take a couple weeks in some cases depending on how your schedule and theirs of course.



After you and your developer or web design agency figure out an agreement, then they would start designing your website.



Website Design

The design phase is usually where the designers start trying out different things for different pages and sending them over to their project manager, who would present to you, for your approval, so this can take a couple weeks or days depending on the size of the site.



Be sure that you proofread all your copy that is going to be on the site, make sure you really look at any images or videos to make sure they really meet your expectation. Look closely at margins, padding, corners, etc when looking at your images.



When you are proof reading your copy that will be on your site, make sure you’re checking for grammar issues, font color, etc, because as the owner of the site, you do have the final word as to what will actually be public on your site.

Make sure you’re looking at prices and descriptions really closely as well as weight, captions, cta’s etc.


You really want to make sure that when you approve stuff you are really paying attention and not just saying, yes.

If you don’t really take a close look at things early on in the design, you will notice later on, there might be some issues where things take longer, if you have to go back and do everything over again, so make sure you really have an appropriate time slot for any meetings where your sign off is needed and don’t be afraid to say, hey I will look at this later, in the mean time ,feel free to work on other aspects of the project.

That is totally okay to say, you definitely don’t want to rush the design.




Settings

There are a lot of settings to configure in shopify for allowing collaborators to enable billing, to transferring ownership, to taxes, to weight, to user permissions. There are really quite a bit of settings that you may need to get familiar with. IF you ever get stuck, you can always reach out to us and ask us any questions any time during any phase of the project. We are always happy to sell.



Web Development

After your Ecommerce store is designed, development would then start. This will take longer, because getting the code to show the exact design that was made prior, can really take a few days to a few weeks depending how elaborate each page is.

If there are many elaborate sections on each page, sometimes a whole page can take weeks or even months, this is not uncommon, especially when there are a lot of products and or services that need a custom look for each item. A very detailed design can take months to develop. So keep that in mind when you are working with your developer/ agency.



Now as the project matures, and your website starts to look better and more developed, you will be getting videos, or images of your website. There are instances as well, where your site will be developed locally, so you may not always see the changes to your site as it is being developed until the developers push everything to your live test site, which will usually be updated daily or weekly, depending how long certain tasks take.





So to recap, your shopify site can take weeks or months depending on how elaborate the design is and how many products, services and features will be present on your website.





So make sure you discuss this with your developer/agency so you can have an idea of how long development will take.





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