How to Make Sure That Your Website Design Project Finishes On Time
Posted 18 August 2014
Missed deadlines can be one of life’s great frustrations. You’ve drawn up a project timeline, communicated what’s expected from everybody and announced that the website will be going live on a particular date. However, our experience as a leading UK web design agency is that a certain percentage of website design projects don’t meet their deadlines.
In this short article we’ll be giving you a few simple ways to make sure that your website design project finishes on time. We’re making the assumption that the web design agency will ensure that their side of the website design project finishes on time; if you’re not happy with your current agency then why not give us a ring and see if we can help?
1. Extensive Research
In the early stages of any website project, much of the energy and excitement is taken up with finding the right web design agency, securing funding and anticipating the future growth that the website is going to create.
However, it’s vital that you use these early stages of the project to do extensive research that will save you time and money later on in the project. There are various things that you should be looking for, including competitor websites that you like, sites that you don’t like and elements of sites that you do and don’t like.
The more detail you are able to provide at this point, the better. Every site that you comment on will give your web designers a better appreciation of exactly what you’re looking for. This will enable your design team to make more informed decisions, work faster and deliver a finished product which meets your criteria and surpasses your expectation.
2. Agreed Design and Functionality
One of the most common reasons why website design projects aren’t finished on time is that the client’s website specification changes during the project.
There are times when this is unavoidable – your receive more funding, for example, or choose to make a decision based upon information that you didn’t have at the start of the project – but often it can be avoided by making important decisions earlier in the project.
Every good website design is a healthy blend of strong design and functionality. If you prioritise one at the expense of the other – which is easily done early in the design and planning stage – this can result in disappointment later in the project, often leading to further expense and delay.
If you’re undergoing a website redesign, there can often be a (healthy) desire to move away from a previous, outdated design. However, do make sure that the necessary functionality that your previous site is retained in order to ensure that the new site is an improvement, not just an alternative.
3. Get Stakeholders in the Room
Finally, it’s important to get the key stakeholders and decision-makers in the room at the right stages in the project. This is an essential step to make sure that your website design project finishes on time – by getting the right people in the room at the planning, design and development phases and ensuring that everybody is happy with the direction that you’re heading in.