Designing for websites is a lot different to designing for the print world. In website design you have to consider how a user might interact with the website via a navigation system and you can utilize animation to draw attention to certain content. Unlike designing for a magazine you can have different page lengths and you can open and close content within a page giving the design a lot more flexibility.
Design + Technology = Functionality
Below are some links that showcase what I consider to be good website design (there are many more which you can find for yourselves). It is important to look at what other companies are producing and what latest innovations are being utilized.
Both these websites show good examples of website design, primarily they show good use of CSS (hence their titles). CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) are essential in the good design of a website and allow you to easily change the display of content across your website.
Although I personally don’t recommend using a lot of Flash animation, the websites showcased in the link below do show good designs and range from corporate websites to individual’s websites.
Image is everything
Just the same as traditional design, good imagery is crucial in website design. Ideally try and get some professional photographs of your business or products. If you are struggling for images I find the two sites below very useful for both icons and photography.