Here are some resources to reference for building a simple site with org-mode. I've extensively used the sites listed as models for building the present site and expect to continue to reference them for some time.
Good resoures for setting up a custom sitemap as an index page.
Nice-looking basic stylesheet for site. I likely won't stick with this forever but it looks good for now.
This site includes a good overview of making list of posts with previews of the first few lines of text.
By Dennis Ogbe. The code I ultimately used for generating and showing previews closely followed that from this post.
Good tutorial covering the basics of publishing org-mode projects to html.
Here is a link to the site I'm making. Ultimately I will add a custom domain.