There is a lot of decisions to make when starting your new WordPress website. To make is easier to get going here is a Theme and plugins that get you up and running. These are the ones I always use.
favorite theme, Sydney, the free version.
Classic editor (if page doesnot update then deactivate and delete)
Contact Form 7
Invisible anti-spam for contact form 7
Elementor (frontend page builder)
Max Mega Menu
WordPress Simple HTML Sitemap
Cache Management "WP Optimize"
"Search & Replace" (use to make site secure. Replace HTTP: with HTTPS: )