What's the first thing you do when you decide to build a new website? Do you download and install Joomla!? Do you go to a template supplier and select your template? Or do you do something else instead?
If you do something else then I hope what you choose to do is to grab a pencil and a piece of paper and start to plan. P, P & P.
If you want to build a successful website, and why would you want to build a failing website, then you need to plan it first. You wouldn't build a house without first drawing some plans and a website is no different.
So what is my workflow process you?
I begin with a clean sheet of paper and write down a list of all the main menu links that I think I will need. When I have done that I write next to each link more details of what that page will contain. Will it be a single article? Perhaps a list of articles? A contact form or something completely different.
Now that I have this site map on paper I can see what type of categories I need to create in order to structure my website in the most efficient way. I can also see what type of extensions I will need. Maybe I need a photo gallery or a form builder and now I can go to the extension directory to research and select the ones that I need.
At this point I still haven't installed Joomla! as there is one more thing I still need to plan. The design. I now have a pretty good picture on paper for what I will need to display and the type of content that I will be displaying. So now is the time for me to visit my favourite templates shop and look for a design that most closely matches the plan for my site that I have on paper.
So remember, a successful Joomla! websites begins with a P not a J.