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Hey layouteditor, I understand your trouble very well! And though I’m far from being a good frontend developer myself I found starting learning HTML/ CSS with very cool. It is free and teaches in a playful manner with achievements and all.

You can stick to PS for all designing purposes, because you should have a clear picture of what the sites going to look like before actually setting it up in real code.

For the editor choose what you like. DW should be fine as ist supports Syntax highlighting and indentation. You will need that. I personally prefer Espresso. But that one is only for Mac. There are some great editors out there (Coda, sublimetext, codekit, DW, codewrangler…)

If you want to develop your site live but not public you should take a look on local development with mamp or xampp. They let you set up a database and everything you need to Run a wordpress installation on your machine. No need to do it online.

Hope that helps you a bit…