Perfect planning prevent a bad result. So before you start read this short tips:
Before you start to create a new website you need to have a clear view on the goal for the website. What content should be displayed to users, with or without a password and what is the main objectives for the site. Promotion, Sales or just catch leads. Prepare a rough overview plan on paper, what templates do you need to get the job done. What content do you have, there are several ways to build everything, so its important that you choose the corect templates according to your distribution needs. It´s smart to gather all your content on your desktop so its easy to see what you are missing.
When creating a hompage you need a settings page where you define most of the parameters for the site.