If you are considering creating a website to publish information about yourself or your company, I strongly urge you to take a look at WordPress. The reason so many people use it is because it is extremely flexible, easy to learn and simple to use (both to setup and maintain).
It had been several years since I last built a WordPress website so I needed to relearn the whole process of what basic services I need and how they all fit together. Here is a report of what I did:
1) Signed up with a web hosting company (you can use the free WordPress service at wordpress.com, but there are limitations on what you can do there and with your own hosting contract, you’ll spend a little money (less than $10 per month at this writing) but you can really take advantage of the full power of your website). I chose blue host because of their reputation and excellent customer service.
2) Installed WordPress there are detailed instructions on how to do this on many different places including wordpress.org but one really nice feature of using blue host is that they have a system for doing the WordPress install built into their hosting service.
3) Watched the video series bluehost WordPress Walk-Through on YouTube and I was pretty much up and running in a few short hours.
4) Bought the book WordPress for Dummies and started reading. Remember to download the bonus chapters For Dummies Store downloads tab
Your milage may vary and I’d be interested in hearing your story so let me know what your experience has been.