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I'm a very technical guy that hasn't made a webpage since frontpage 98 was new. I know basic html, and have run IIS webfarms, but know almost nothing about the creative side.
But I've got an opportunity to make a promo site for some very cool people starting a local MMA show and I'd like to help them out. I'm going this gratis so simple and easy is preferred. It's got to look a bit better than some text in notepad. site should be simple and colorful, I don't know what interactive features if any they want yet.
So - looking for:
good guides to modern website creation.
advice on design tools since i assume frontpage still blows (free preferred, windows only)
good sites with design info, style guides, etc
recommended hosting company and guidelines for hosting plans?
whatever else I should know.
Thanks much guys,
I spoilered the original post since I was incorrect about what they wanted.
International Championship Fighting (http://icfighting.com/) is the site I've been asked to manage. They want a site redesign to clean it up.