I am in a similar sitution to Steve & Krister....I do have an existing website which I designed, but didn't build.
I am an Art & Design professional (in the Fine Art sense, Graduate, Post grad teaching and intermittently, producing my own stuff), so with only Photoshop Elements under my belt and working alongside my much more 'techie nephew', I had an idea of what I wanted it to look like, so we worked on the basic design & got it so far.
We then encountered some problems and it was passed onto 'a friend of the family' who was at Uni, studying for a degree in computing. Having no website experience or HTML use, I subsequently paid him from time to time, quite generous (I think), amounts, to upload further images to the site.
However, I can no longer afford this way of doing things and my webhosting manager, has suggested some of the solutions mentioned here, Joomla, I think, ......
The existing design is really just an archive of past work, with a lot more images to load. I want to extend it to enable me to sell current work (& reproductions of work), in conjunction with other sites that I use (such as Ebay & Etsy), so I really have to get this sorted out asap.
The problem for me is that I like my design, don't want to start from scratch, so I am looking for something that has the ability to 'read' and work with what I have so far and then be able to replicate that format.....so that I am then able to continue to use it without having to learn html etc....I have come across something called 'PERCH'....that isn't free but is supposed to be able to do this......I would be very interested to know whether anyone in the forum has had experience of 'PERCH'.........?
Thanking you in anticipation....