Written by Jeff McCall

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I was reminded of this while searchingrepparttar 134779 web for joint venture partners for an extremely lucrative deal I wanted to offer them. I was more than a little surprised at what I found; or what I didn't find more like.

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The First Step

Written by Jesse Seymour

What isrepparttar First Step?

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Starting Out

A lot of people, when they set out to design a website, fire up their fancy WYSIWYG editor and start pushing keys left and right. They probably didn't stop to think about how their site would be organized, where their files would go, or even where they would host their site.

These sites are most oftenrepparttar 134779 sites that fail, because their webmasters get frustrated withrepparttar 134780 site andrepparttar 134781 deadends and mental blocks that they hit. All this can be avoided if a site is properly planned out. Almost every professional site has spent a significant amount of time planning out their site.

Where to Start?

The best place to start planning out a site is with it's purpose. A site without a purpose will almost always stagnate and fail. On an 8 X 11 piece of paper, write outrepparttar 134782 purpose of your site. Havingrepparttar 134783 purpose written down on paper will make it seem more "real" than keepingrepparttar 134784 idea in your head. Also, it's real easy to get distracted onrepparttar 134785 Internet, so havingrepparttar 134786 purpose written out on paper will help keep you on track.

What's Next?

Now that we have our site's purpose, we need to determine how our site is going to fulfill this purpose. These will berepparttar 134787 site's objectives. On that same sheet of paper that you wrote out your site's purpose, draw a line allrepparttar 134788 way acrossrepparttar 134789 paper. Now, underneath that line, write down three one-sentence objectives for your site to accomplish.

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