How to create an actually good website?

Anybody have experience or advice on how to create a website?  I have two ideas in mind that I would like to have one for:

1) A forum (similar to WSO) for a niche video game community I am part of with little online presence other than Reddit.

2) A professional website for my small real estate business that would be very simple, basically just 1 page with a description of the company, contact info, photos and listings of current properties / spaces for rent.

What is the best way to do this?  Are there any good 3rd party companies that specialize in this, and if so what are their typical costs and timeline like (both for initial design/build of the website and ongoing costs)?  Do I need I need to hire multiple people - like a coder and a graphic designer?  I don't have any real IT/coding experience, but I would definitely be willing to learn the basics at least for ongoing site maintenance/administration after its made, even if its not realistic to learn enough to do actual design/creation of the website myself on a quality level similar to WSO or other professional business websites.

Hoping [WallStreetOasis.com] might have some suggestions since I really like the set up, aesthetic, and functionality of WSO a lot more than probably 90%+ of forums I've used.  Any other advice greatly appreciated!

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Sep 14, 2021 - 11:08am
Monty Burns, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Well 1 and 2 are drastically different things. I don't know shit about making a forum similar to WSO, but I know that it's way more complicated than #2. #2 you can literally hire someone for a couple hundred bucks and they'll spit one out for you. I've done it multiple times with Wix Pro, and if you're only looking for a simple one page website than you really can't go wrong there. With Wix you don't even need to know coding, the UI is super friendly and after a while you'll get the hang of it if you're deadset on doing it yourself. But if you're looking to make a forum I would suggest reaching out to someone who knows what they're doing, makes the process a whole lot easier.

Jan 26, 2022 - 6:53am
SouthSidde, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hello guys, I wanted to create something of my own in the world of IT and decided to start with a website, I was looking for a cool server for it for a long time and only recently I found a dedicated server with gpu and it's really a cool server, my website works just perfect on it, I recommend !

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Sep 14, 2021 - 11:48am
m_1, what's your opinion? Comment below:

1) A forum (similar to WSO) for a niche video game community I am part of with little online presence other than Reddit.

There's prepackaged software available for forums. WSO is a custom build on Drupal IIRC. WSO has been around for a while though and a lot of the new/good software available was not around then. I would use that to start as costs will be very low. Look @ Xenforo etc.

2) A professional website for my small real estate business that would be very simple, basically just 1 page with a description of the company, contact info, photos and listings of current properties / spaces for rent

Wix. I have full time dev resources and still use Wix for our firm site b/c it's brainless and anyone can edit it + takes 20 min. :)

Dec 15, 2021 - 12:48pm
Malta, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Seconding this. For simple sites Wix is all you need, no reason to make more headache than needed. Programming well takes time and Wix does it more cheaply and faster.

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Sep 14, 2021 - 11:53am
Memberberries, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Word of mouth, I hired someone to build my website. Not ultra complicated, but ya know, there were complicated aspects to it. Paid him several grand and he did a great job. He also has an eye for design, which helps. You get a nerd who is just good at coding or building websites and he may make a pretty ugly website, even if it works really well. My guy did a great job on design.

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Sep 14, 2021 - 11:57am
PEarbitrage, what's your opinion? Comment below:

1) This is entirely scope dependent.  For example I would bet that WSO has at minimum 500K in web development costs in it.

2) www.squarespace.com

Sep 14, 2021 - 4:22pm
chumpchimp, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I have experience in web development. The way I would approach this is getting to grips in python with a package called Flask and then maybe do a short crash course on SQL for the back-end development of your website.

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Sep 17, 2021 - 8:12am

Thank you all for the very helpful replies thus far.   Seems like Wix and Squarespace are a no brainer for #2.

For #1, I should also add that I want to include a blog feature with the forum to attract traffic and provide for thorough, easily searchable write ups of the most popular topics.  Are there any particular recommendations for the Blog + Forum combo?

Sep 17, 2021 - 8:18am
PEarbitrage, what's your opinion? Comment below:

As mentioned by m_1 the form software packages will work for that as well.  You just need to include a blog segment.  Pretty straight forward,there are also blog editing systems that will allow you to no code the design of the blog posts.  Don't know what they are called, will ask my developer. 

Sep 17, 2021 - 12:27pm
financeabc, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I have created multiple websites, mostly Homestead one with Wix.  None of them look very nice, as I know next to nothing about technology and building websites.  However, my goal was not to create great looking websites.  My goal was to create websites that rank high in search engine results. Despite knowing very little about technology, I have a pretty good idea of what is important for SEO.  

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Oct 5, 2021 - 4:55pm
osd32a, what's your opinion? Comment below:

very nice tips for beginners like me!
thanks ;) I tried to make my first website a few months ago, and it was really hard to choose the best hosting for the best price. I have a WordPress blog, so after reading some web hosting reviews I understood that the most suitable for me is Bluehost. It offers a sufficient number of price variants of hosting services, which are also available to bloggers or freelancers with small and non-demanding websites.

Dec 12, 2021 - 6:01pm
dengamoyaodna, what's your opinion? Comment below:

There are many different ways to create a great website, and many programs and platforms have been created for this purpose. But recently saw an iPad for Web Design article where I learned that I can develop websites using an iPad. This made me very happy since moving around takes up most of my time, and I could not devote all my time to this activity. Good luck, everyone!

May 23, 2022 - 10:03am
pxxlsiski, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I've never created a website myself I just used a website builder, because I thought that the advantages are worth it. First of all, it's – Easy to use – building a website with such a tool is very intuitive. You will have a big choice of beautiful website templates and you can easily personalize every element you want; – Time – if your website must be ready "for tomorrow", a website builder is the best choice. You will be able to create your webpage very quickly. Working with a web developer would take you much more time. But the disadvantages exist as well and the one I felt the most was - Slow loading time – as you don't have much impact on code, you will not be able to optimize your website if it's slow. No one likes waiting forever for page content. So once I encountered that I started using https://linko.app/ that reports about such errors and I fix that with my friend who is a developer. 

May 30, 2022 - 7:37am
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