How do I set up a website without spending thousands of dollars? Can I do it myself? I just need something very simple.
I'm dumb. I need step-by--step written instructions....
Reply: You are not dumb. Answers in a few days, feel free to comment and add incite.
Setting up a website is no easy task. Realistically, the best way to do it is to bride a tech to do it for cheap.
There are some great bits of software out there where you can do a lot of things yourself. Believe it or not, Adobe Dreamweaver can get you started using many of the skills you already have in Word or the like. In a situation like this, I would find a tech to do very specific, transactional, things.
You can have him register your domain name and set you up with some basic hosting. At the max, registration should cost $50 for a few years of registration. Max $15-$20 per month per hosting with appropriate discounts for contracts longer than one year.
Now start playing around in Dreamweaver. When you like a page, save it. Later on, figure out how you want the website structured, starting from the homepage down. Once you have a few things together, send them off to the tech to put together. You can also have him find clip art or make complex items like flash or java.
It will take time and a really friendly tech, but it could work.
There is always the build your own website sites. Google will do the rest.