Heart Internet is discontinuing their free service
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free services will always be discontinued. The best bet for never having to worry about it, is to pay a big company with relatively cheap options to host for you.
As for setting up your own, if you were to leave it on 24/7 and buy a UPS for minor power glitches, the skills requires are not much. The main thing would be getting a static IP from your ISP as well as forwarding port 80 to your machine from your router. That should be a simple html interface on your router.
To keep your email and web addresses, register a domain. Then you can choose from pretty much any provider that supports you using your own domain, and your addresses are always the same. Just don't let the domain expire!