Taking to the web no matter how many times you have done it before is a daunting and big task, no matter what software you use or however many lines of code you can write.
If a website has poor structure or planning, then it will not be as successful at all. I’m sure you’ve heard this cliché before, but it’s true - failing to plan is planning to fail.
First of all, you must have a slight idea of what you want your website to be. Do you want it to be a shop, an online portfolio, a blog, a review site? When it comes to creating your website, it’ll be so much easier if you have a clear idea of the structure and what you want to have in what places. If you do not have a clear idea of what you want, you will spend a lot of time changing what you have already done and starting again, constantly putting yourself back to square one. The best option is to pick an idea, and stick to it.
Now that you've decided roughly what you want your website to be/look like, it’s time to decide what pages you want to have on it. This is an important decision, as too many pages will make the website become much more complicated and easy to get lost in, whereas too little pages and it will look like it’s not finished! There are certain pages that you will need on your website, such as a “Home” page, “Contact Us” page, etc. but be careful not to pad it out with unnecessary pages as the overall quality will suffer. Make sure the pages that you add are professional looking, relevant and necessary to your website.
When you come around to designing your website, there is no better way to plan than digging out a pencil and paper and drawing designs. The pieces of paper can represent each page and how they will link to each another. This is a great way to get the image in your head of your dream website onto paper, which then starts to look real. It will be vital that you have these designs next to you when you create the website, to help you piece together the site. It is well worth taking your time on this step, so you can see clearly how each page links with another. Think about how the user can get from A to B – by doing this you will give yourself a good sense of the scale.
To sum this whole article up, planning your website is something you should not think twice about. It will be way more simple and less stressful if you plan well and plan in detail.
Remember, filing to plan is planning to fail! Start by mapping out your site on paper, and use this as a guide to get to your finished site. Stick to the plan and your dream website will soon be a reality.