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I guess I'm pretty much looking for recommendations on what books, e-books, or even online tutorials would help me out the most.
If you are fortunate to live by a university or college, go to their library and take advantage of their resources. See what books are worthwhile then go online and buy them from discounted book clubs or make photocopies of books at the library.
The question is what you plan your site to be about and for what purpose are you going to launch it? There are so - called site builders to use which you don't need any technical skills at all. Of course, that'll be just an amateurish one, but they will do to realize some minor project.
Otherwise, you should really follow the line the foregoing poster suggested.
Start with html/css once you have a very firm understanding of these two key items you can begin to look into scripting languages.
html/css is vital. I know there are various applications that build pages for you, but knowing how to code will become very important as you begin to work on more advanced sites.
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[edited by: mack at 9:26 pm (utc) on Feb. 9, 2006]
hah, yeah, I tried using some of them, but soon realized that because I had no idea what was going on behind the scenes, that those programs were of no use to me. :)
Start with a hobby topic - something you know a lot about, that way you can just write. Get a book on HTML. Pick one, any one, just try to find one that explains the process of getting a site up on the web too (ftp, etc)
Start with chapter 1, learn everything it has to teach you, go through what seem to be the most important parts of the book, until you have a website up and functioning.
Put ads on it (if you want to monetize it).
Decide where you want to go from that point based on your experiences.
My most established site, while edited here and there (headers, tables and images) with front page and DW since, is still basically built with my little fingers typing <head><td><img>.