Siteground is a premier hosting service recommended by the likes of WordPress, Woo Commerce, and Yoast. It's used by over 2,000,000 businesses and it's perfect for someone starting out with a small blog to 100,000 visitors a month.
WPengine sets the standard for hosting services. If you're looking to grow your business and want the most versatility in building a website, then WPengine is the best option to take. They are pricier but with the options and service, it's justified.
Content Management System
WordPress is the most popular Content Management System (CMS). Over 450,000,000+ websites use WordPress to manage all their content. WordPress.org is free and open for anyone to use; not to be confused with WordPress.com.
If you're starting an e-commerce business, the most popular platform choice is Shopify. It's used by over 1,000,000 businesses worldwide. It's easy to use and can be easily customized to showcase your unique company brand.
Astra theme is a versatile, light weight, and SEO friendly WordPress theme. It's one of the fastest growing themes of all time, used by over 800,000 users. It also works seamlessly with most major page builders for endless customization.
WordPress Builder (No Code Required)
Beaver Builder allows you to easily customize your website without knowing how to code. It's a robust theme builder that allows users to build their website with customizable prebuilt modules that works with most WordPress themes.
(Beaver Builder Required) Ultimate Addons is created by the same people who created Astra theme. It extends the capabilities of Beaver Builder and allows you to do amazing things with your website that you couldn't without.
Learning Management System (LMS)
(Plugin) LearnDash is a plugin for WordPress that allows you to transform your website into an online classroom. With it, you can build an intuitive member based learning curriculum all on your own WordPress site.
Teachable is a standalone online course creator that allows you to create professional online courses without a website. If you do have a website, you can connect your site to your teachable account seamlessly, while retaining your brand feel.
Monster Insights is a must have WordPress plugin that allows you to track and analyze your website visitor data. Over 2,000,000+ websites are using monster insights to see real-time stats and use the data to make improvements.
If you're building an affiliate business or have an affiliate component to your business, Thirsty Affiliates will make organizing and tracking your much easier. It allows you to cloak long ugly urls with customer branded urls, all in one place.
UpdraftPlus is one of the most popular WordPress backup plugins. If you don't want to lose all the work you've done on your website through an error or security breach, you'll want to backup your entire website with UpdraftPlus periodically.
Slow website? No problem. WP Rocket is the premier plugin to speed up your site through caching, file compression, images on request, and more. It's beginner friendly but robust enough for tech wizards that want that extra oomf in site speed.
Getting customer emails and interactions are essential to a profitable online business. WPforms allows you to create engaging contact, payment, survey, newsletter, registration and other forms that can be used throughout your website
If you want to add a chat feature directly on your website, Crisp Chat allows you to do just that! It's a much more affordable option than many other leading chat plugins but still provides almost all the same capabilities.