Always start with a plan. There's nothing like that "new site smell", but before you begin building anything, review this content-driven process checklist to help set you up for success on the web.
Even if you're a seasoned professional designer, developer, or content creator, it's helpful to roll-back and looks at the process through fresh eyes. Doing so can dramatically improve your productivity along with the site's usability, accessibility, findability (SEO), and overall quality.
While these steps focus on creating a new project, they can certainly be applied to any existing project or content review.