There are several service providers that I have worked with for years and recommend to my clients.
I am an affiliate of some of these companies, but I only recommend companies and products that are excellent at what they do.
Domain Names: Dynadot has low-cost domains with free private domain registration. This is important! It prevents your personal information from being posted online with your site domain information.
Website/Blog Hosting: BigScoots Managed Hosting has the best customer service I’ve found. They have been my chosen host for the past 8 years.
Site Building Blocks and Theme: For the past two years I have built exclusively with the GeneratePress theme and GenerateBlocks. They give me the flexibility to create just about any site layout with unique design features. Also, sites built using GeneratePress are some of the FASTEST loading sites online today.
WordPress Themes: StudioPress premium Genesis themes are some of the most stable, well-coded themes available. I used them for more than 8 years and they remain a good alternative to GeneratePress, if need be.
Updated Legal Policies: Termageddon is the only service I know of where you can get CURRENT legal policies (privacy, terms of service, & disclaimer policies) that stay updated all the time. Service is included for my Maintenance/Care Plan clients but recommended for everyone.
Spam Protection: CleanTalk AntiSpam protects not only your comments but also your contact forms, opt-in forms, and more from spam. This GDPR-compliant service is included for my Care Plan clients but recommended for everyone.
SEO Optimization: SEOPress is a GDPR-compliant premium SEO plugin that includes more features than Yoast (although Yoast is also fine and meets GDPR as well.) This service is included for my Care Plan clients. Non-care plan clients receive the free (and very functional) version of SEOPress.
Evergreen post promotion: MissingLettr creates custom promotional post graphics from your content and sends them out at scheduled intervals to enable your posts to continue to bring in new traffic after the initial influx. We LOVE this app!