Hi! I'm hoping you can help me make a smart initial decision. I'll try to keep it short.
I want to start a blog/podcast and in the near future start selling e-books, courses, etc. So I don't want to start with shared hosting – I want to go straight to managed WordPress hosting.
There seems to be several good choices, but something like StudioPress Sites muddies the water. That option would cover a lot of things for a newbie like me for me, like SEO and site backups, but apparently, it's got limited customization options without code.
Then I enamored with everything the Thrive suite of products offers, but I don't have a clue if you have to use a Thrive Theme to use them. Or can you use all of the Thrive plug-ins with the Genesis framework and/or a Studiopress theme?
And one more confusing factor for me – services like ConvertKit and Gumroad have been recommended to me, but I don't understand if they are redundant with the Thrive suite of plugins, or can you use them with either Studiopress themes of Thrive themes?
As you can see, right now I'm suffering from a major case of “paralysis by analysis.” I would greatly appreciate any pointers you could give me!
Hey I totally get that.
So first the hosting, there are many managed WordPress hosting options these days that are very affordable. I recommend the managed hosting at InMotion Hosting and A2 Hosting.
The Thrive suite of plugins is great, however their current themes are not great. They are busy working hard at making a new theme, but its going to take them some time. If you want to use the products from Thrive Themes, I would recommend using the Astra Theme.
I generaly urge people to not use any of the Studiopress themes because they are so ridgid, any changes to just about anything will require custom code. So you have to accept them they way they are or allocate development money for every change you want.