First, you should learn to make pages with html, just because that is how you will earn respect. However, when actually making a page you want others to view it is better to use a WYSIWYG editor. My fav is Netscape Composer, it comes free if you download the netscape browser. But don't forget to have a good understanding of what is going on behind the scenes because that will help you if you ever have a problem with your page. It will allow you to open the source and troubleshoot it easier than can be done on the WYSIWYG. Thats my advice.
"It's better to burn out, than to fade away."