You want to build a website and you done enough research on the various CMSes available to have decided on Drupal. You've also done a write up of your site's needs, but you're not sure of the Drupal way or where you should start? The hundreds of upfront hours for reading and learning Drupal just to known which modules and feature sets are most appropriate for your specific use case causing you anxiety? Want to shortcut some of that headache?
I have a barebones testing VPS, which, as they are insanely cheap, I think everyone should have one. True, these aren't really usable by retail website owners, but if you're in IT and take QA seriously they're wonderful.
The one big issue with these are having to rebuild them from scratch when you want to try a different set of software packages that will emulate a clean production build and configuration. The solution was relatively easy, but the journey was a pita.
So you want to build a website? But where do you start?
We've found that it helps the site owner end up with a significantly better product to first take a step back and conduct a business assessment before doing any website requirements analysis.
Included below are a sample Business Assessment and a Website Design Documentation Questionnaire. Most likely these documents will take you several hours each to fill out. Several Hours. Each.