Re: Best website building tutorial for newbie?
Sandi - I'd recommend Wordpress too as it's Free, easy to use, has a huge user base, and there are all kinds of great, free and inexpensive templates that can help you get online in minutes with a great looking website.
I think knowing a little CSS/HTML like Ankesh mentioned might be helpful if you really want to tweak/customize things a bit, but I don't think it's something you have to know in order to get up and running with Wordpress.
Most web hosts offer a 1-click install to setup WP in your hosting account, and if you google "free wordpress template" you find plenty of good options. My latest design secret though is a place called themeforest.net and you can find some super themes there for $10 - $40 that can be customized to suit your needs pretty easily.