If I had to pick between FP or DW, I would go woth DW hands down. I personally wish FP did not exist. Over the years helping people with their sites, I have found that the ones using FP is a mess. Extensions can become corrupted at the drop of a hat. You are pretty much limited to using FP to upload files, unlike DW.
I guess everyone does not want to learn basic html, but if you consider the time it takes to learn how the software works, you could use that time learning html. Trust me it is not that difficult. If you want to learn html, I would recommend the following book: "HTML For The World Wide Web - With XHTML And CSS - by: Elizabeth Castro.
The book is not expensive, around 20 bucks, and it is very simple to understand. By the time you finish the book, you will be creating some nice looking web pages.
You can find the book at Amazon. Just type in either the authors name or book title.
Let me know what you think.