Full refund from Bluehost is in process. The domain name has been released so I am (unless someone else registers it) free to "re-register" it.
I am unsure if I should go for separate registrar and web host or someone that does both; I definitely want private registration so personal info does not appear on whois.
The site will be blog format so the web host should be Wordpress compatible. I would like also like to generate some revenue (a lot would be great but that's not realistic starting out).
Original post: and think I made a few mistakes starting out
A few of my friends and I have been discussing creating a website/blog as an outlet about our prospective careers and projects.
I read that Wordpress is used by many personal sites (mostly blogs). I went ahead with Bluehost's web hosting. The other hosts seemed good as well but the "look" and pricing of Bluehost seemed the best (bandwidth, email, domain registrar etc). Laughing Squid (another host) looked to be the next best, but decided against it at the time. http://wordpress.org/hosting/
After the purchase, I logged in to Bluehost and checked out some of the features and setup a few email accounts. I'm currently in the middle of trying to install Wordpress (instructions aren't that helpful and no auto install as wordpress claims) but came across some comments on wordpress' discussion. Several discussions mention how Bluehost is slow and crashes resulting in sites being down and how they close account's or start limiting bandwidth if a site starts getting too much traffic.
I talked to some of my friends involved in this and we are considering "canceling" the subscription with Bluehost. I believe Bluehost gives a full refund within 30 days. The bill included hosting, free domain name, and private domain registration (so none of our info shows up on whois of the website). I am not sure if the charge for private domain will be refunded, though I think the domain name is released if you cancel within 3 days.
So if we decide to cancel with Bluehost what host/domain registrar should we use? We want to have a website that is not some subdomain blog site like wordpress.com (wordpress.org is for the wordpress platform). We would also like to have some ads etc to make some money (even if it is not much).