Well, I did it, all by myself and am feeling a million dollars. In a few days, from scratch, without any spe******t knowledge whatsover, just following the tutorials from VodaHost web hosting and relying only on the forum and answers to two queries, I have a ten page website. Moreover, it has external links, scrolling banners and a flashpowerpoint and looks almost professional.
Now that I have accomplished this much I am going to work on it to enhance appearance and features. Miracles can happen!