24 hour website challenge

We started our new website well over a year ago but never seemed to have the time to finish it. Now we’re going to try and complete it in 24 hours!

Our new website has been a tale of ups and downs. We’d go through phases of high creativity and motivation only to have to put the entire project on hold due to client work and other important commitments. Although we’ve had a cool looking holding page in place for nearly 18 months, not having a fully functional website is a big no no, so we’ve decided to do something drastic to get it sorted.

Wire-frames

The idea came about during one of our weekly meetings in October.  We were discussing the problems with creating our new site and how long it would effectively take to finish with the full team working on it. Someone said something like 30 hours, meaning spread out over a number of days. However when one of the team said let’s try and do it in 24 hours (1 day) that got us thinking. Not only would it be great to get the site completely finished so quickly it would also mean we could keep on schedule with our clients projects.

Obviously a 24 hour day is a lot longer than most of us are used to so here’s the plan;

Start Thursday 29th November at 9am
Finish Friday 30th at 9am

The staff will then have Friday off as an extra days holiday to recover (we don’t want any Monday morning zombies).

In theory this should work, although it will be tight. Allowing for two breakfasts, lunch, dinner and midnight snacks the total time we’ll be working might be more like 20 hours. It’s going to be tough. I think the biggest challenge will be to remain creative and focused in the early hours of Friday morning when we should be resting peacefully in our cosy beds.

We plan to record the challenge though our blog, with regular updates, pics and screen shots of where we are with the project. If all goes well we should have the full website up and running by Friday 30th 9.01am.

Wish us luck!

Addition: 27th November

As a result of this crazy project the office will be effectively closed for two days (Thurs – Fri). We’ll be back to normal on Monday 3rd December.

In case of website emergencies please call 07913155688.

  • Daniel I

    Good luck! Looking forward to seeing it.

    • Liam O’Leary

      Thanks Daniel. I’m sure it’s going to be an interesting challenge!

  • Richard Birkett

    Looking forward to seeing the final product, best of luck!

  • Andy Wilson

    Can’t wait! I’ve had loads of traffic to my website since being featured on your holding page so I can only expect wonderous things from the fully functioning version…

  • Liam O’Leary

    Thanks Richard.

    Andy, your website will defiantly be on our portfolio :-)

  • Alison Rex

    What a fantastic idea.. looking forward to seeing the result

  • Rachel Linstead

    Good Luck guys, look forward to seeing the results on Fri morning, my alarm is set to remind me!!
    Have fun too!! Remember to have plenty of healthy snacks, if possible such as oat cakes, nuts & fruit to keep you sugar levels up but not giving you sugar highs so you don’t get burnout!!

    • Liam O’Leary

      Thanks Rachel that’s a great tip. We’ll make sure to stock up!

  • Alex Willis

    After speaking about this last night via twitter, we will look forward to seeing the end result, stop motion footage (please say you will do this) and also will be keen to see a food consumption diary.

    Good Luck

    the @bewebdev team

  • Liam O’Leary

    Like it!
    Maybe it will be a service you can offer in the future. What client wouldn’t want their new website in 24hrs?
    Good luck!

    • Liam O’Leary

      Thanks Liam. We might offer the service, but with a very large price tag ;-)