Having a reliable website hosting company is one of the most important decisions you will make when starting an online business. WPX Hosting is what I use because they use lightning fast servers designed to work best with the next app on this list WordPress. They also have amazing support and nothing is ever too much trouble for them to fix even if it was your own fault your website blew up. Yes it happens and its good to know you have WPX on your side when it does.
ALTERNATIVES TO WPX HOSTING
This is an interesting new company offering cloud hosting and a large suite of over 60 valuable plugins - like WPMU Dev just cheaper starting at $12 per month. View demo here
Yes WordPress is free and open source but thats not the reason I recommend it. With the largest developer community in the world, WordPress shines as the website publishing platform that can do it all. Whatever your mind can conceive their will be a plugin for that, which saves you time and money on costly developers.
Elementor is a page builder for WordPress that gives you the exact design tool to make WordPress look like a professionally designed website. You will find no ugly blog layouts on your website when using Elementor (free version here) and Pro version has unique features that allow you to build entire websites without using a dedicated theme. This makes your website faster and gives you full control over the entire layout of your website and not just what the theme designer allows you to edit.
ALTERNATIVES TO ELEMENTOR
Cloudways is a good alternative to WPX Hosting due to its focus on speed and because you can start for as little as $10 per month.
Like Elementor this plugin has a free version and the ability to be a complete theme builder using the Beaver Builder Theme. Many people praise how easy to use Beaver Builder is for their clients.
As your website popularity grows, you will probably want a membership system to support your most loyal fans with some special content. When that time comes Member Mouse should be high on your list to implement. It gives you the webmaster a lot of flexibility to create products, membership levels that protect the WordPress content you choose. It also integrates with PayPal, Stripe and other payment gateways.