You can build a fair web page manually and a better with Word 2002 (however I still use vi for the finer points). But to get a professional grade Site you need professional tools. Many of the tools are proprietary and not portable or supported by many hosts. However Microsoft FrontPage is not restricted to the toy world of Microsoft dominant desk tops masquerading as servers.
I found many useful explanations as well as practical examples in this book and on the CD. I found chapter 45 "Managing UNIX Web Sites" best to explain to someone new to the industry the advantages of having a Shell Account and being able to control your own security. This chapter is also a good lesson on portability. After using FrontPage to build the initial sight you can use the rich UNIX environment to go beyond. Chapter 46 "Using FrontPage with Unix Web Servers" helps show the proper file location conventions. It also covers adjustments that may be needed to accommodate the UNIX environment including case sensitivity, and the preferred use of 4 character extensions when used.
More than just the description of the tool, this book gives you the whole concept of a web site and how squeeze the most out of it using FrontPage 2000.