NetObjects Fusion is one of the simplest programs to learn with.
You can download a trial of the latest version from the NetObjects website click here but it's a pretty big download so you might want to make sure you're on broadband, or get someone on broadband to get it for you if you are on dial up internet access.
Check out computer magazine cover disks as well. Many of them feature web editing software and though you'll be getting programs a year or two older than the most recent version, they will be free for the price of a magazine and are still capable of producing the goods.
There are products from Serif click here that are reasonably priced and other similar software is out ther if you hunt around.
If you're prepared to go 'code only' you can download AceHTML for free click here but compared to NetObjects Fusion it's a minefield and far more difficult to get to grips with.
Magazine cover disks are your best bet in the short term. I think Pesala, one of the regulars on this site uses an older version of NetObjects Fusion from a magazine cover disk and his site is not only vast in terms of just how much content he has on it for you and I to access, it looks the business as well.
His site is click here