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1and1 review – pro’s and con’s

Website: 1and1.com
Owner: United Internet
CEO: Robert Hoffmann
Headquarters: Montabaur, Germany
Overall Ranking: 70 (out of 100)
Designed for: Newbie – Professional

Anyone can tell you the pro’s and con’s of any website host. So I recommend that you not only read one review on a website host that your considering, but a few.

Your going to spend endless hours on that hosting platform building your website and maintaining it over time, so make sure it has everything your going to need.

At the time of this Post, 1and1.com has
a .99 cents sale on .com domain names

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 Of course those prices are for the first year and then it goes up. As you can see the renewal prices, (ones with a line through them) are higher. Altogether the regular, or renewal prices, are not that far from other domain hosting sites.

They do have pages of other extensions, (.biz .shop .fun .organic etc.) more than other sites I have looked at. And as with other sites, some of them do get quite pricey.

 Hosting

The basic plan $7.99 a month, (.99 cents/mo special) get you 2.5 GB ram, 100 GB storage, 1 website, 500 email accounts, 1 domain, ssl certificate and 24/7 service.

The unlimited plus plan $9.99 a month, (special $4.99/mo) gets you, Up to 6 GB RAM, Unlimited Storage, Unlimited Databases (1 GB SSD), Unlimited Websites, Unlimited E-mail Accounts, 1 additional Domain free for 1 year, SSL Certificate and 24/7 Service.

Unlimited Pro $14.99 a month, ($8.99/mo special first year) gets you, Up to 9 GB RAM, Unlimited Storage, Unlimited Databases (1 GB SSD), Unlimited Websites, Unlimited E-mail Accounts, 1 additional Domain free for a year, SSL Certificate, 24/7 Service, SiteLock Basic and CDN with Railgun™.

1and1 is now owned by a German company called United Internet. Upgrades can be costly and in some cases necessary for you to build your site. Product sales are geared to get you signed up, but there is limited training.

Here is a screen shot of their TTFB or time to first byte speed,
which has improved greatly from the previous year.

Brief summery of customer reviews:
Carl says: Website is down due to error on their part, no site for a week
Mike says: They are Thieves, stole 3 domain names 1month after I bought them
Emily said: Nothing but problems, wish I never knew them
Ani says: Its a good service but not the best you can find
Colton said: Signed up but it took days before I had my Domain
Shahin said: They truly value their customers
Dale says: Cheep hosting for a starter site

Pro’s :

1.  30 day money back guarantee
2.  24/7 support
3.  99% uptime (they claim)
4.  Offers Linux- or -Windows-based servers

Con’s
1.  Costly upgrades
2.  Negative reviews on support
3.  Downtime can last hours according to customer reviews
4.  WebsiteBuilder Plus tier is required to add codes into site templates

Designed For: First timers looking for a cheep start up

Tools and Training: Limited training, there is a charge to upgrade to WordPress, WP Basic ($6.99 per month), WP Plus ($9.99 per month), and WP Unlimited ($14.99 per month).

Support: Claims 24/7 but customer reviews says it could be 45 minutes to an hour for reply.

My Opinion: From all the reviews I have read it seems the support and downtime issues started a year ago. Does have a cheep start up costs. The charge to upgrade to WordPress is an issue for me since I like the ease of working with it. 

Have no money but still want an online business?
You can find that information here

Other reviews

 [ GoDaddy ]  [ Wealthy Affiliate ]  [ namecheap ] [ipage] [FatCow] [1and1]
[ HostGator ]  [Website builder]  [BlueHost]  [Web.com] [justhost]

Hope this was helpful and all my best to your success.  
Doug

PS: Please leave a comment if you have a minute….Thanks

 

 



2 Comments

  1. Thank you for this review I am always looking for cheap hosting services for my web development course I am taking and for clients, I build sites for. I will look into these guys and see if it is something I can work with. The Technical support issues may make it not worthwhile though.

    Rob

    • Hello Robert,
      I am glad that it was helpful to you. I did have a few of my sites there but have since moved them to Wealthy Affiliate. It just made sense for me since I do have more sites now then I use to, and at Wealthy Affiliate I can have up to 50 for the same fee. Plus I love all the classroom and training.
      But I am glad that it provided you with some more fuel to make an informed decision.
      All my best, Doug

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