you're going to have to start with basic HTML and CSS. It will give you all the knowledge and power you need to achieve anything you want. You don't need any money, only patience, time and the thirst for knowledge
Start here for (X)HTML http://www.w3schools.com/xhtml/xhtml_intro.asp and here for CSS http://www.w3schools.com/css/css_intro.asp
Then once you're familar with the basics, look at Expression Web, use it to make a basic template and then look at the code in conjunction. If you understand what it did, good, if not, find out what it is you don't understand.
If you really want to hire someone, request references and get quotes. Be very, very specific on what you want, how much it will cost (contract) and when it will be completed.
About taking classes, there are good online tutorials online that you can work with at your own pace. If you ever get stuck, come back here for help.
That should get you started.
I need to be able to make my own website, or at least be able to update it. I bought Expression Web. I've bought several "dummy" books on building a website. I even downloaded CoffeeCup. I keep looking for a class at the Community College, but they all seem to be "flash", or a basic HTML class. I'm at a loss. I'm not sure which way to go.
I have a website I built using a proprietary product at GoDaddy.com. It's a website, that's about all you can say. The program worked like a graphics program and was easy to use, but limited.
I bought Expression Web and tried to build a site on rootsweb.com for my genealogy society. I used a template, thinking it would be easy. I ended up hiring someone to fix it. I couldnt' get it to upload correctly. Part of it didn't show up on the site and it "bounced".
I bought a new domain and just let the same person do my new site. Apparently, I am a pain, because she quit replying to my emails.
I asked someone what it would cost to upload an updated menu page each week and he agreed to do it for $100. a week. That's not what I call affordable.
So, at minimum, I have three sites out there that need updating. They are all very simple. They have no moving parts. However, I will need to add a "store" to my personal website this year.
I put an ad on Craig's list for someone to design a site, and had tons of offers. How do you choose? What kind of questions do you ask?
Can anyone suggest a class, or a product that is easy to use, or a book that isn't written in Greek. I don't mind hiring someone to do the initial programming, just not willing to keep paying every week to post menus.
I really hate being clueless.