When I started looking into creating a webpage I started with free software like Netscape Navigator Gold or Microsoft FrontPage Express, that are not available anymore today. So I switched to Microsoft Frontpage , but I am not very satisfied because it can suddenly do things you don't want. So I think I have to look at Macromedia Dreamweaver or Adobe GoLive .
In the meantime I am using HomeSite V 1.2 from September 17, 1996. It is freeware. The original site for Macromedia HomeSite is , but for convenience I put a link on my page to download the old version from my website.
Anyway I needed some ideas what to put on my page. Although I found some templates, I noticed that content comes first. Later on I realized that you have to present it nicely. First I looked at how not to do it with Web Pages That Suck by Vincent Flanders who also helps you Fixing Your Web Site. Later on I found a book that helped me to present it with Learning Web Design by Jennifer Niederst.
To see how it looked like see http://www.archive.org/ under http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.mfranck.com/.
Although this is a newer page I still used some animated gifs to get some color.