You can waste a lot of time browsing the web, looking for how to do something when it comes to creating your own website from scratch.
Here is a starter list to get you going. It is being added to all of the time so check back often and/or request that a tutorial be written to provide the type of guide that you are looking for.
Web Design Tutorials in Drupal and WordPress
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