I`ve faced with the same problems like you faced right now. Information overload. That`s why I`m sharing the resources that I purchased and have the rights to share with others, which means it is FREE for you to use such as clip-arts & web templates that you can use.
However, my advice for new beginners like when I started off, I highly recommend Sitesell (http://www.sitesell.com)
which will handle most of the technical stuff such as hosting, domain, research, autoresponder and it also helps you to promote to the search engines. It also comes with video guide to teach you step by step how to build your website as long as you know how to use Microsoft Word.
I would recommend you get your site up as soon as possible because this is just beginning and the most important is to be able to let others find your site. Wish you have a great success.