Opening a browser and loading a website you built yourself is a great moment. If you or someone you know needs some help getting to that point, The Web Book is a free, roughly 300-page PDF resource of DIY web building.
There's a bit of interested sponsor promotion in The Web Book, as the author seems to derive a bit of income from steering readers to Hostmonster. That said, the book itself is a thorough, well-written text that explains not only how to buy a domain, get hosting and slap up some basic HTML, but how all those systems work. If you or a pleading friend are intrigued in the web beyond simply loading up a blog template, The Web Book looks like a great resource.