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Where do I Start?

The first golden rule for starting a website is DO NOT GO NEAR A COMPUTER. Find some paper and write down all of the content you want to include on your website in heading groups. Use boxes, arrows, circles, anything you like to organise all of your sections and subsections in a logical fashion. For example if you are making a site for your sporting team it may look something like this:

Simple example of web site content

Experiment with a few different configurations until you are happy with it. Most websites can be reduced to a tree-like structure with pages and sub-pages branching off from the home page. This exercise will not only allow you to see the extent of the content you will provide on your website, but it will also give you some ideas about how you may want to present the content to your future visitors.

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