I have just recently updated my website, http://www.virtualtourscompany.com/. It takes a lot of time. Perhaps too much.
There is a couple of things that made this much more than just a freshening or updating of some text or code:
•1. I am making the switch from Microsoft FrontPage to Adobe Dreamweaver. This took a lot longer than I wanted. I have been with FrontPage from the beginning - I think the first version was FrontPage 98. It was like an old friend, and I have been updating with each new version. My current FrontPage is 2003. But it was like watching an old friend go senile. I don't like Microsoft's Expression, so I made the tactical decision to switch to Dreamweaver.
•2. Jumping into Dreamweaver CS3 is a huge undertaking. I am still learning it. I have watched the tutorials, experimented, and worked my way through one of two books I bought. It is a big program, can do lots of stuff, and takes a lot of time to learn!
•3. I needed to redesign my site to give information other than real estate agents. With the addition of interactive floor plans, my virtual business is expanding into other directions.
•4. I am soon launching community virtual tour websites. This is coming next month (I'll be issuing a press release soon).
If you do your own programming or your own web site building, and making major changes, I'd recommend that you consider it will take you twice as long as you will first think! And then you should probably add on a couple of more days, too. Why can't this be a lot easier to master a program like Dreamweaver CS3?