The industry standard for web design programs is Adobe's Dreamweaver. If you visit Adobe's site, you (or your parents) can download a 30-day free trial of the program. That's more than enough time to build a simple site. There are other free programs out there for doing sites, but the end results look like dog poo. Pretty hack. Awful. Yes, there are websites for making sites, but you're restricted to using their templates (usually) and won't learn anything about actual web building. Head to the library and check out HTML for Dummies, Websites for Dummies, and Dreamweaver for Dummies. Those three books will be enough to explain the terminology and basic functions. When you've got a feel for what you want, lay out your website on paper. Start collecting graphics and content. Once you've got all of that rounded up, download Dreamweaver, Flash, and Photoshop. You'll have 30 days to make the site of your life. Ain't homeschooling great!?
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