I’ve noticed that a lot of times when I publish a post, there’s an advertisement for WordPress.com Premuim. I don’t know exactly what you get with it, but it says it’s $99/year. If you get a domain name with that, then that might be a sweet deal. I’d never use it though. I’d just host my own WordPress installation on one of those shared hosting providers.
All of the Warrior Forum morons use Hostgator. I’d never use Hostgator, but there are lots of other shared and VPS hosting providers that would be well suited for running a good WordPress site.
But the WordPress.com premuim service might be a good thing for someone who doesn’t want to deal with, or who isn’t good at, all of the technical matters related to running a web site. Nothing wrong with that.