If you're getting Front Page, make sure it's not an Express version (which often comes free with Windows). If you use a recent full version, you can create your web-pages WYSIWYG style (i.e. just click, type, add pictures where you want), but it then has the ability to show you your page entirely in HTML code.
This will look like gobbledygook at first, but if you look up some HTML on the net, you will start to learn what certain bits of code do. And once you've got to that level, you can tinker with the code to position things exactly where you want them, get them looking exactly how you want them, and you can start making your web-page do little tricks using Dynamic HTML (which again, you can nick off other web pages).
Front Page also allows you to publish straight to the internet. With Express, it lets you save your pages, then you have to get other software to let you upload your pages to webspace.
Newer versions of Word and Powerpoint let you publish documents as web-pages too (just Save As HTML file), and if you are creative, you can definitely build a good-looking simple website using just those...
My work is too sticngy to buy me web publishing software, so I build sites using Powerpoint and Word...
...or you could pay someone who has actually learnt all the skills necessary, to spend about a tenth of the time, to produce a set of webpages that look like a professional created them, for not very much money at all.
That way, you don't have to buy software, or learn new skills, or phaff around for days, and you have a really good sight.
of course, haveing just read your original post, you do actually want to learn the finer arts of web design, so my advice is to enroll on a course, and learn that way, because all the software, hardware, etc is provided.