My better half started using WebX5 since we wanted to be able to write a diary, add and position pics and generally muck about while being somewhere other than paying in an internet cafe, i.e. sitting under a tree, on a beach etc not online. Paying someone else to start it would not really work then since we won't be anywhere near the person who could hopefully fix it!
She's since found that a little too limiting, though if you want something really simple its OK, but we weren't asking a lot!
So we now have Serif WebPlus 10. Either of these programs do not cost much, but X5 is simpler. She had a live usable site 36 hours after opening the X5 box having done nothing like it before.
Both take a lot of learning, they have instructions but often don't have the answers you want, part of the learning process may be redoing everything you've just done cos the font and framesize doesn't suit some pc's for instance, mucking up the whole format with pictures and text overlapping.
The specific problem for us with X5 is for a diary you don't really want one long list of entries, by the time you've added pics it becomes a huge 1st page to download (read). So you introduce layers, eg 1st is The Trip, 2nd is UK, then 2010, then the date, four only allowed. So you could have an unmanageably big list with a years worth of entries scrolling off the bottom of the page, but its not obvious there is more than you can see, and while moving the cursor down its easy to slip off the side meaning you have to start again. Annoying. You can't right click to enlarge a photo, so the nice small pixel size you need for fast page download is all you get. And you can't attach anything, like a manual you've found useful, a fuel price spreadsheet etc etc.
And, no spell check
WebPlus 10 has a good support network if you can get online, a huge helpful manual although still with holes, and a spellcheck and webcheck (advising you of things that might not work when uploaded). You can attach better quality pics on seperate pages so the users initial download speed stays high, although this may make the periodic upload of your updates a lot longer. It has a lot more features, but takes longer to learn. You may discover a fab new way of presenting a page when you've already too late to change it!
With either you then end up with the software on your C drive, the website on that or a seperate hard drive, and just the revisions and updates on a pendrive you then take to the internet cafe for speedy (!?) upload. (WebPlus 10 searches your sites files and picks out all those you've altered saving you having to remember!)
Best advice would be to make a totally fictitious website to learn with. Then after a week of solid graft, when you discover all the things you should have done, you'll only be binning something of no value. Only a couple of days work making a solid start on what you do want will then have more chance of it turning out how you had hoped.
If you can write code then go the whole expensive hog and get Dreamweaver. But whichever you may go with, you end up with a product and skill that may make you some money en route or back home?
You can see the out of date X5 site she did here
Independent overland travel through Africa in a Unimog called Moglet
the updated site with WebPlus10 is still being updated
The stickers with the website address on the side of the truck came from here
DiveSigns.com: Reflective hard wearing vinyl stickers for all your diving needs..., Be Seen When It Counts
made with SOLAS tape backing, which is durable, tough and what gets put on liferafts etc. The black stealth tape is cool but not quite as reflective. You could buy SOLAS tape on Ebay etc, and black lettering from lotsa places I'm sure! I've put a clear protective film over the letters because tree branches were doing a good job of pulling them off, but the tape is stubborn stuff!
Serif update and restructure completed, so hyperlinks, forward/back buttons and an eaier to use site all round!