I want to start a website, but have no experience in this field. I've heard of Wordpress being a simple way to do things.
However, it seems that Wordpress is mostly for blogs, without the ability to completely control where things go on the page. Is this true? I need to be able to build pages from scratch. Can I do that with Wordpress? Can I add text, graphics, videos where I want? Can I add room for advertisers? Can I link to PayPal, for payments if needed (with my site getting feedback so it can act accordingly)?
If not, what are my alternatives for doing this by myself?