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    Hello People,

    Just wanted your opinion on the best way to go about when doing a site from scratch. What actually is your plan of action?. Do you sketch the layout on paper, with colors and all that??, Do you experiment with different layouts?,Do you work with the tables first?. Sometimes I find myself having to change the layout halfway through the site, or having to include an idea that was not there initially. All these delay the design duration. I wonder what method you gurus out there prefer to use.
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    surfing for ideas

    I tend to think about all of the content elements that I want to display and then about the best way I can design an overall template.

    You might go for the classic 3 column approach or for a
    more flashy design. I guess it depends alot on your
    target audience.

    It's always good to do alot of Web surfing just to get some
    inspiration. I like typing in any old name in the url
    to see what's out there.
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    1: Establish WHY you are having a site, what is its point - it's "mission statement" if you like.
    2: Write down WHAT you want it to do.... Give information, allow interaction, gather data etc etc etc
    3: Yep, sketch it out on paper. Doesn't have to be a work of art, but include all the pages (particularly functionality). If pages are identical except for content, you needn't duplicate, just reference them. This should also help you minimise code.
    4: Run through the site on paper, use it, try every possible action - does it work?
    5: Crack open your favourite graphics app and make it look purty.
    6: Now decide how you're gonna make that pretty graphic happy in xhtml, wherever possible use code instead of grahics (opinion), and remember your standards.

    Hope that helps...
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    first to Establishing the basic idea behind the site with what stuff, categories and all. then comes the laoyut which usually is designed on a pen and paper.. then comes the impleamentation of the graphics and design placement and stuff. then the content. and well there comes the site this way..
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    yeah planning is crucial.....

    I generally do all the copy in Word.....

    quick layout scheme on paper.......

    layout the scheme in fireworks until I'm happy....

    slice and dice.......

    establish folder and file structure

    establish page structure

    import images and put it together

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    OK

    well all u do is plan what i want to do in my head and how i want it to look and just go out and make it.use a lil flash first of all either for a top margin and the contents etc.then make the rest of the site also take reak close note to the colours u use and the text.

    am no big expert but dats just how i do it.
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    Listen to what TheOriginalH is talking about. He obviously knows a thing or two about web design and I couldn't have put it better myself.


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