Wordpress has to be one of the greatest pieces of software around on the internet. Dreamhost helps make installs real easy, so its definitely something one can get started on without any kind of website building background.
I recommend the "advanced install" because well, its not really that advanced and it leaves you a lot of opportunity to learn about how the software works and ability to customize the site more to your liking. You'll also be able to use any of the free templates available, and recently some really high quality ones have been released for no charge.
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