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!