13 May 13 4:29 am
AffiloTheme is actually an add-on for WordPress. Wordpress is like the engine that drives the car, and your "theme" is the flash paint job, fancy stereo, sun-roof and all that stuff. It changes the way your website looks and behaves, but it's still Wordpress at the core.
AffiloTheme is a theme that's been designed specifically for affiliates, so it includes a lot of functionality that you'd normally have to dig around for, or pay someone to do for you.
If you buy AffiloTheme separately (or if you get it with AffiloBlueprint) we actually provide you with hosting for 1 website, 1 year free of charge. With that you can just click a couple of buttons and it sets up your website for you, all ready to go with AffiloTheme already installed.
If you don't want to get AffiloTheme, that's fine too. There are lots of other themes out there with different functionality. Just find one that you like. You're not necessarily tied to one... you can try out a bunch of different ones.
There are a lot of hosting providers out there... I use Hostgator myself and I've never had any problems. I can host as many sites as I like on it, and it costs me $9.95/month. It doesn't matter whereabouts you physically live, you can buy hosting that is located anywhere. I'm in New Zealand, and my hosting is in US. Most of the best hosting (and the cheapest) will be located in the US.
I've recently been looking at Namecheap.com hosting, basically because I buy my domains through them and they seem very sensible. I don't know how it stacks up, but it's a couple of bucks cheaper than Hostgator.
I wouldn't recommend GoDaddy... That's another one you'll hear people talking about. I can't speak for their service -- it might be just fine -- but figuring out how to do anything on their website is enough to make you pull your hair out, even if the hosting is pretty darn cheap.
The main thing I can think of that you need to check is that your hosting comes with some sort of control panel that will let you install WordPress. HostGator does, NameCheap does. Most will.
Also don't get sucked into any "super duper website builder" bonuses you might get with your hosting. These generally aren't all that good.