How many hours does it take to build a website

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When you plan to create a website by yourself, it’s important to understand how much time it might take.

The answer to this question primarily depends on which tool you will use to create the website. Creating a website can take from a few hours if you using Prodáct website builder to several months if you want to use programming languages.

Let's look at the main ways to create a website and find out how much time each method takes.

Method 1 — Old-School: Creating a Website with HTML

For this method, you will need to read a book or watch several lessons on HTML if you are not already familiar with this markup language. After gaining some knowledge, you will be able to develop a simple website. Then, you will need to choose and purchase a domain name and hosting, and upload your website to the hosting service.

If you have no prior experience, the approximate time required will be:

Learning HTML: 1-2 weeks, 2 hours per day.

Creating a Simple Website: at least 1 week, 2 hours per day.

As a result, you will have a very basic website with minimal design and no easy way to update the content. You will also gain skills in HTML.

Add 4 hours for selecting hosting, purchasing a domain, and uploading the website to the hosting service.

Total Time Required:

Creating a website using HTML: 32 to 46 hours.

Costs Involved:

Basic hosting without script processing.

Domain name.

Method 2 — Herculean Task: Writing a Website with a Programming Language

HTML websites cannot have dynamic functionality, such as a contact form. To introduce such features, you can develop a website using programming languages.

Websites are divided into two parts: the frontend (what users interact with) and the backend (server-side calculations). Different programming languages are used to create these parts. Therefore, to create a website, you will need to learn at least two programming languages. Learning each will take about 4 months if you dedicate 2 hours daily. Additionally, standard website development will take around 2 months.

As a result, you will have a functional website with the ability to easily change content, though it may lack vibrant design. You will also gain skills in two programming languages.

Total Time Required:

Writing a website using programming languages: approximately 360 hours.

Selecting and setting up hosting, purchasing a domain, uploading the site: 6 hours.

Costs Involved:

Hosting with script processing capabilities.

Domain name.

As you can see, learning programming languages just to create one website is not the best use of time.

Method 3 — Classic: Installing a CMS and Template on Hosting

You can choose one of the free content management systems (CMS) for creating a website (e.g., WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and others) and either buy or find a free template for it. Install this on your hosting, fill it with content, and you'll have a ready-made website with a content management system.

The process includes selecting hosting, registering and purchasing a domain, installing the CMS, initial setup, selecting and installing a template, configuring pages and content, testing, and debugging. This, along with learning during the process, will take from 24 to 48 hours.

Total Time Required:

Setting up a CMS-based website: 24 to 48 hours.

Costs Involved:

Hosting with script processing capabilities.

Domain name.

This method, while popular, has several drawbacks including security issues, lower performance affecting SEO, the need for regular platform updates, and the complexity of customization.

Method 4 — The Good Way: Using a Website Builder

Simple websites can be assembled using a website builder. If you choose a modern builder with in-place editing and use a template, you won’t need to study anything before starting.

The process includes registration, selecting a template, creating and configuring pages, testing, and publishing, which can take around 8 hours.

This method is good but not perfect, as it has the following drawbacks: slow loading speeds, SEO limitations, and insufficient design flexibility.

Total Time Required:

Creating a website using a website builder: approximately 8 hours.

Costs Involved:

Website builder subscription (approx. $27 per month).

Domain name.

Method 5 — The Better Way: Using the Prodáct Website Builder

Prodáct is a website builder that surpasses the benefits of traditional builders and is free from their drawbacks.

The artificial intelligence in Prodáct allows you to edit texts directly during the editing process.

The thoughtfully designed universal templates save you time on customization and setup. Brand design in Prodáct can be configured with just a few clicks.

Prodáct is designed to be favored by search engines: websites built on it load quickly and rank highly in search results.

The process includes registration, selecting and modifying a template, creating and configuring pages, testing, and publishing, which can take around 6 hours.

Total Time Required:

Creating a website using Prodáct: approximately 6 hours.

Costs Involved:

Prodáct subscription (starting from $7 per month).

Domain name.


If speed is your priority, then choose a website builder. Creating a website with the Prodáct website builder can take as little as 6 hours.

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