Not sure who advised you, but I would stay away from 1 and 1. Do a little research, and you'll see thousands of complaints and horror stories online about them.
General rule of thumb: Hosting companies owned by EIG are crappy.
Anyway, you can use WordPress on basically any hosting company. I don't see what's wrong with going that route. Not sure
I recommend the same shared hosting company all the time here. Stablehost
is my top choice and one that I personally use.
I heard great things about EuroVPS
, but I never used them before. It's a company that I have on my "to-try" list. Lol. You might want to take a look at them too.