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    I amplanning a new website that will include lots of great features including a community, podcasts, store, & others. Planning such a project is a challenge obviously. Does anyone know of any good software (preferrably linux compatible) to help plan a website?
    I guess what I am looking for is something like a mapping software (sort of like the mind mapping software you can get). Any help would be greatly appreciated here!

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    Pen and paper?
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    Visio ( that's a windows program ) but I use it for wireframes on complex site planning.

    There are several "wireframe" programs out there, just can't think of any right now, I just use Visio because I already have it and use it for network mapping and layouts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m3n0tu18, post: 248776
    Pen and paper?
    Actually m3n0tu18 has a point - I always start with pen and paper - than when I have the basics down I go to a flowchart program. There's a good one I use - Edge Diagrammer. I started to use it in school to chart relational databases, but I have found it works just fine for site planning as well. Google it - last I saw there was a free trial download, but I believe it is for Windows only.
    For Linux specifically, I'm not sure what's out there, but I found this when I googled it.
    http://alternativeto.net/software/dia/about/
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    Nice find AM, thanks for sharing

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    These are all great answers. I have already done some basic pen & paper planning (making lists of features, pages, etc). I maybe should have been more clear, my apologies. Basically what I need is something I can use to show links between pages, features, and more. A drag & drop interface would obviously be preferred.
    The wirefreame suggestion by webzarus is actually pretty darn close. Viso does work on Linux under Wine. But I have found a few good ones that are either web based or have Linux versions:
    Lumzy (web-based): http://www.lumzy.com/index.cfm
    Mockup Builder (web-based): http://mockupbuilder.com/
    Wireframe Sketcher (Linux, Windows, Mac versions): http://wireframesketcher.com/download.html
    Pencil (Linux, Windows, Mac): http://pencil.evolus.vn/Downloads.html
    VUE (Visual Understanding Environment) (Linux, Windows, Mac): https://vue.tufts.edu/download/index.cfm

    Pencil & Lumzy seem the most promising for my needs.
    Thanks for all the help guys! I would never have found these if not for the advice I got here!


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