ipage is solid
I absolutely love iPage. I signed up almost a year ago and have had noting but a great experience with them. I was apprehensive about paying for hosting and starting my own site, but their anytime money back guarantee sucked me in. I figured if it wasn't going the way I wanted that I would just get my money back.
My site has never been down, as far as I know. Getting setup was easy and instant. Started with their "drag-n-drop" site builder then eventually moved to dream weaver with FTP upload. Sitebuilders are great, but if you want total control you'll need an external html program.
I page was crazy cheap for what I was looking for. I got a nice discount through best damn web hosts and it only cost me $42 for a year and they gave me my domain name free. My suggestion for anyone just starting out is to check out this host.