I am starting a half dozen blogs I want to hast multi-site instead of having 6 log ins. They will be low traffic initially but within a year may get a few thousand visitors daily.
I know I want to use a LOT of add-ins, extensions, themes and the like.
After reading this (and having run a busy website in the 90's) I know I need a lot of add-ins in the short term and long term to achieve what I want just as a small sample:
=> Gravity Forms (I assume I will buy a copy/pay extra)
=> PageLinks To
=> BBPress or other well reviewed forum (still researching)
=> Post Control plug-in
=> Security like WordFence, WordPress File Monitor, WordPress Exploit Scanner, WP Security Scan
=> Choice of AWStats, Google Analytics, JetPack or other stats software
I want to run a website with the excellent WP Engine and all the bells and whistles. I am a programmer and can install such things but I also am very busy so would prefer a host that offers these kinds of things in a standard way that they install and support.
I could host a Linux box with Amazon and do this all myself but I have always preferred to deal with experienced veterans who have been at this awhile so I can focus on the content and my reader base rather than the technical nuts and bolts.