The planning phase of any project is one of the most important, and it is often not used. I know at times, I get excited about a project, or just want to finish as quickly as possible, so I bypass the planning and go directly into designing
I have seen many websites that use so many different colors, that it becomes distracting, off-putting, and downright unattractive.
Use the color in situations where you are trying to persuade or convey a certain message, and make sure you use the color correctly, or the wrong effect can result.
An outstanding menu must consist of three main design features: 1) it must be understandable and react to the mouseover, 2) it must be exceptionally eye-catching and aesthetically pleasing, and 3) it must be clear, useful, and easy to function
Remember that 90% of the time people are looking for information when they enter a website, and they are looking for that information immediately.