What is the best way to start a website? Use a template? a web design service? It should be easy to do for a novice.

well there are many ways to make a site. it all depends on what you want to do and use it for.

as for the basics i would start off will learning html and css and then start integrating photoshop sliced images to make more of a look

That sounds good. Are there any websit design sites that help you put the pieces together and aid in creating the look you want?

Thank you, Itisnot_me. I will check them all out!

I think using a free template is a good idea for newbies

personally i don't think so. because if you want to change anything you might not know what to change to make it the way you want. i am talk from experience