A novice trying to use Joomla? Bit like me being asked by NASA to fix the shuttle! There is no CMS that is easy for a complete novice as a certain level of understanding and knowledge of PHP/HTML is a must.
You have been given the best advice - get someone who knows what they are doing to set one up. I have helped computer savvy people who haven't even been able to upload a CMS to a server in a week of trying because they have no idea what all the jargon means, let alone try to change anything on a theme or template!
If you are adamant you want to try yourselves, use Concrete5 CMS - by far the easiest thing I have ever set up, and by far the easiest thing I have ever amended as most of it can really be done with no knowledge. Its very very clever stuff and free. Most importantly, my customers think its by far the easiest thing they have ever tried, which says it all really.
You should be able to get someone to set up a CMS for you for less than £2-300.
I love Joomla! It's as simple, slick, or as complicated as you need it to be. But it's true genious? You simply can't outgrow it, and it's infinately customizable. It's really so easy. I am completely self-taught, and the community helps me anytime I need more answers. Actually, it's so easy to set it up for a truly computer impaired user. Just keep them at the "submit an article" stage, or where they just come in and enter an article, and then you come back later and check it out, make sure it's what they needed, and post it. Or, simply show then how to save as unpublished. Makes it so easy. There are so many templates out there for free, you can play with 50-100 of them, and never see the same thing twice. All that "playing" gives you an unprecedented amount of fresh ideas, and you're off and running. My fave? Joomlashack. I am not being paid to say it, they are just genious, and deserve the recognition. They have great tutorials!
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