Those of you with author websites: how did you go about doing it?

I've bounced between a bunch of blogging platforms over the years, but I'm starting to feel like I need a central hub of my own. I want to make a fairly simple website for myself--basically just an author bio and a list of publications--but I have very little idea how to go about doing it.

I've seen Squarespace advertised a lot by Youtubers lately who make their own websites and they seem really well done... but Squarespace sites are also about 200$/year to maintain. That seems like a lot to me, but then, I have no frame of reference. Is that a lot? Is that thrifty? No clue.

I was hoping others on here could share their writer website experiences. Where did you go to get a website? How'd you set it up? Do I need to brush up on my HTML? (Do website makers even use HTML anymore? Oh god, I feel old. Haha)