Google Pages is very simple and intuitive to use. Best of all; the free hosting service does -not- automatically insert loads of advertisements like many other free hosting services do.
No technical knowledge required as you see what the finished page will look like every step along the way:
The editor is simple to use and lets you choose from a set of templates and layouts without having to write a single line of code:
The online editor solution offers one big advantage over the work offline and upload to the server option: you can edit your site any where, any time. Google has a -lot- of bandwidth and takes cares of backups so it beats hosting a site at home over a ADSL connection.
I guess they will offer custom domains like they do for gmail soon.