Thanks for the reply and the links - useful. I may, when time allows, have a go at combining those two pages into one.
There are certainly some useful tips in those pages - but I fear (for me, at least) there is no 'guide' as to how to make a simple web site. As I mentioned in my post, a lot of educated coders (!) may think this is 'obvious' and 'easy' - but for the average user, without coding skills, it is not easy at all. I would not even have any idea how to make a template!... and less idea still how to style a template with CSS! A horizontal menu?....how do I do that? etc. etc.
If I was able to download the template and CSS files for splitbrain.org, then I would have a chance (maybe!) of understanding how a web site template is made. Now, I don't expect you to release your copyrighted work! But it is an example of a 'live', current dokuwiki powered web site, that meets modern standards and expectations, and which is responsive - exactly what we need! But it isn't even in the list!.... https://www.dokuwiki.org/dokuinstall
If there was a 'basic website kit' with a simple template and CSS file, and brief notes on how dokuwiki is used for such a design, then I feel I could move along much quicker. Indeed, I'd be happy to experiment with real designs. I don't expect everything to be done for me, but I'm basically a user, not a coder. People like me need a head start!
I'm attaching some very rudimentary outline designs of simple web page structures. If one (or all) of these was made into simple templates, then it could encourage idiots like me to get into using dokuwiki for web sites. It would take me weeks, months, even years to code the necessary files. For some people amongst our brethren it would probably take just a few hours.
Is it possible?....
(p.s. one thing I am good at (!) is writing guides to help simpletons (like myself) to understand and operate what is otherwise complex technology. I have done this for a living. I'd be more than happy, and interested, to make such a guide if and when I get to understand it myself! :-D )