Step 4 - Design and Plan the Website
Before you start building your website or web-business, you need to consider and understand the the what you want it to do, so you can choose the right way to build the web site.
In a large company, you would probably hire an "information architect" and other IT professionals to design your web architecture. But we're keeping it simple and cheap or free, so we'll do it ourselves.
So, what is the goal of your website? That determines what technologies you'll need!
|Tool needed?||Blogs||Brochureware||Informational or hobby website||Selling on eBay||Online stores||Full fledged store|
|Free web site editor||Good enough||Good enough||Good enough||No||Good enough||Good enough|
|Professional web editor||Better||Better||Better||No||Better||Better|
|FTP program||Depends on the host||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Photo / graphics / image editor||No||Good, but not necessary||Good, but not necessary||It's helpful||Good, but not necessary||Good, but not necessary|