I have been, up to this point, strictly pve but I want to go to pvp. Is there a good source of info on PVP zones and what level is appropriate for wach zone? Also any good basic guides to PVPing in game? any links or resources would be appreciated
No zones ... just:
Cap and Hold
All of the above are restricted to each level (lt - lt cmd - commander, captain, admiral, va). Feel free to browse the PvP forums as you will find lots of useful info.
But having experience with PvP, you probably know the importance of accepting this truth. The importance of not letting a few warp core breaches ruin your fun is essential.
Be ready to give up abilities you really enjoy, in favour of abilities that you really need.
Also, in STO PvP, teamwork is insanely efficient.If you face a well-tuned premade you're toast...
Can you give an example or two of Abilities you really need? I have the toughest time with that. specifically science abilities. My main is an Eng I currently run with two sci boffs I switch out. 1 has sci team and tractor beam the other is sci team and transfer shield strength... neither pairing impresses me much.