Having said that, manually setting up SiteMesh is also a very straightforward process. These steps are also useful for setting up SiteMesh on an existing Web Application.
If you are using technology older than 2009 you should verify that your environment meets the SiteMesh requirements.
If you are a complete newbie to Java Web Application Development you should here is list of topics that you might want to Google before starting,
- What is an Java Application Server
- How to Setup the Eclipse with Tomcat
- How to Setup a Default Web Application
Maybe just direct them to a website instead of choosing specific technologies.
Install SiteMesh Manually