TonyMc - 5:12 pm on Mar 11, 2006 (gmt 0) --Tony
Hosting is pretty cheap. Definitely go with a Unix host (php, apache, mysql etc). I know of a pretty good host that gives way more bandwidth and disk space than you'll probably ever need for $8 per month...with unlimited domains and all that. As for software, I would suggest an open source content management system like Joomla. There are others but that's my favorite. Your host probably would even offer some sort of automatic installer for it. The thing about open source tools is that there is a whole community of people that can help you. That will get you started, allow you learn as you go and not cost anything for the software.