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Virtually all of these hosts have very easy-to-use utilities to create very nice home pages. They let you edit right from your web browser, add pictures, even include nice things like guestbooks and counters. These utilities are a great place to start.
My advice is to just pick a provider and jump right in. Get your feet wet. Yeah, your first efforts may not be perfect, but you've got to start somewhere. Enjoy yourself and have fun.
If you find after a while that provider that you chose doesn't meet your needs, switch and start over with another one. Until you find a provider that you are happy with (fast, easy-to-use, up most of time) keep you homepage small. Once you find one you are happy with, go to town.
Now spend some time working on it. Do a little every day if you can, or at least a few days a week. Just keep working on it. When you get a version of site that's "done" (all pages finishes, no under construction signs, links working, etc) submit it to search engines (http://www.internet-tips.net/Advertising/searchengines.htm) so other people can enjoy your work. Remember that search engines take a few weeks or months to list your site, so don't expect visitors overnight. Then practice using some of other promotion techniques discussed in "advertising" (http://www.internet-tips.net/Advertising/Advertising.htm).
Now just keep working on your home page. Get as fancy as you like. You'll learn about graphics, HTML, and many other things. You've begun an adventure which has more rewards than you can imagine.
At some point you will begin to push limits of free host/web based homepage editing technology. You will start to get frustrated because something you want to do is difficult or cannot be done at all.
Now is time to begin to learn about new things. Now you will want to learn HTML, perhaps buy a nice HTML editor and go to town. Most likely, by this time you will want to re-create your site anyway, so pick an editor and go for it. If you don't want to do whole thing over, there are techniques to get your site down to your own hard drive (learn about FTP). Perhaps you will need to find a new host - there are hundreds and hundreds of them.
There is an added benefit to doing all of this - you are learning skills which will be of use throughout rest of your life. This will be useful in many jobs, and if you become good enough, perhaps you will have found yourself a possible new career. At very least, you may make some new friends and have a great adventure.
It's better than sitting at home watching television, isn't it?
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