I've spent a little time this week using Protopage, an easy to manage widget-driven website. Totally free, you can create as many protopages as you like (apparently). I'm playing around a little by creating one to be used to deliver some of the content for some day-long Web 2.0 workshops later this week and also another one for use inside Desire2Learn.
You can load your own background graphic, although the one shown above is one of their stock backgrounds. You can change the color scheme. You can make it private, semi-private, or public. Anyone can move the widgets around but only someone logged in with editing rights can make permanent changes. This has good possibilities. My first effort.