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That being said, with regards to hosting, I would recommend Amazon’s Free Usage Tier or their Cloud Services in general over BlueHost because of the greater control over the server when self hosting a site. As a novice, I used BlueHost initially and experienced a couple of minor outages, but at the time my sites were low traffic and the outages were insignificant. Overall, the experience was satisfactory and they are being included because of their value, and because of the fact that not all users possess the technical proficiency or the desire to self host a website.
Digital Ocean offers a $10 discount on the first month’s hosting fees and they offer easily deployable VPS’ for those users who would rather self-host a website.
Gravity Forms for WordPress is a full featured contact form plugin that features a drag and drop interface, advanced notification routing, lead capture, conditional logic fields, multi-page forms, pricing calculations and the ability to create posts from external forms. It is far superior to Contact Form 7 (free) and dependent on licensing, integrates easily with PayPal, MailChimp, Stripe, etc., and has many other Add-Ons as well.