Hello there! Welcome to the site.
Some easy ways to get started are the basics, as you said. You can type that phrase ,"the basics", into the search bar in the top right hand corner of this very page and it will pull up articles and forum posts related to that. Here's one to get you started:
I also suggest you scroll to the bottom left hand corner of this page and look under the help section. You'll find FAQs, Newbie Central and Tips (for spellcasting).
Best of luck!