Find out what the client wants first. This involves setting up a meeting and discussing their ideas for the website.
Now that I know exactly what the client wants, it's time to sit down and think about what approach I should use and how I will incorporate what the client wants into the website.
Using Photoshop and good old pencil & paper, I have to see how the site looks and which user interface better suits the client. Color schemes and templates play a major part in how simple or how complicated a website appears. During the design process, the client is always consulted after a design section is drafted.