Getting set up for the first time with Plex is like the beginning of a very long journey. From the first few gigabytes of content as you experiment with the various configurations and options, to the massive multi-terabyte databases now enjoyed by many Plex users, you’ll likely have a lot of fun along the way as you learn the ins and outs of this great software.
To conclude this article, I’ll mention below a few resources that interested users can visit as they start to explore Plex. Thanks for reading and feel free to contact me if you have questions.
Plex User Resources
Your first stop for answers to questions or troubleshooting should be the official Plex forums and support page. Here you’ll find thousands of users and developers willing to help you out, as well as a wealth of information from users who have already encountered and solved most of the common issues.
If you plan to use Plex to stream to Roku boxes, a great resource is Rokoding, a site set up by a Roku and Plex enthusiast that discusses the best ways to encode your videos to ensure smooth playback on those tiny Rokus.
Unsurprisingly, reddit has a Plex subreddit where you’ll find all sorts of troubleshooting advice, tips, and stories from other Plex users.
Plex vs. XBMC/Kodi
Plex Media Server stands alone among current media software platforms. Nothing in any other ecosystem comes close. But XBMC/Kodi has many fans, and offers some features that aren’t found in Plex Home Theater. Wouldn’t it be great if you could manage your media with PMS, but play it back with XBMC?
Of course it would. That’s why some intrepid developers created PleXBMC, a Kodi add-on that lets the software see a Plex server as a video source. Most users will likely opt to stick with PHT, but for XBMC/Kodi lovers, this may just be the best of both worlds.
Show Off Your Server
Once you’ve got your Plex server configured, take some time to show it off! The HTPC community over at AVS Forums is a great place to discuss your media setup, the size of your library, hardware, and other tips and tricks from longtime HTPC users on a number of platforms.