Product description

1&1 gives you the option of choosing between shared hosting packages, VPS, and dedicated Servers. Each of these services is divided into packages meant to meet a variety of needs. If you are interested in shared hosting, you can choose from the following packages:

  • UNLIMITED PLAN – starting at $6.99 per month; up to 600 MB of RAM, unlimited storage, website building tools
  • UNLIMITED PLUS – starting at $9.99 per month; up to 1.2 GB of RAM, unlimited databases, unlimited storage
  • UNLIMITED PRO – starting at $14.99 per month; unlimited e-mail accounts, SiteLock Basic Security, Content Delivery Network

Their VPS service is recommended for anyone in need of more complex Internet hosting solutions. Its price starts at $4.99 per month and it offers Linux or Window based servers with up to 8GB of RAM, unlimited monthly data transfers, and 160 GB of storage. Dedicated servers are another solid option offered by 1&1. For this type of plan you have a choice of package price between $69.99 per month and $499 per month, depending on what you are looking for.

Accessibility

1&1 is an affordable service that includes a lot of features in the plans it suggests. It also boasts content management systems that make things even easier for those who prefer to leave this job to someone else. Also, you have a choice between Linux and Windows based servers, and this is always good news. As far as setting up your website goes, it is an easy job and there is no setup fee. The Basic Website Builder is intuitive and easy to use, with drag and drop features and preinstalled color schemes. If you want a little more creative features, you must opt for the Website Builder Plus add-on. 1&1 does not offer cPanel or vDeck, but it includes a custom control panel solution that does its job in managing all your account information. It depends on whether or not you have grown accustomed to working with a different tool. Also, keep in mind that if you are a first time user, you go with provider and its system, and you learn off it, their custom tool will be different from what you will get to use later on. So do not grow too attached to its features. Their customer service is worthy of praise, with the only downside being that they do not offer live chat. On the other hand, they have a very good response rate either via phone or e-mail, and the answers their agents give are helpful and detailed.

Tech Profile

This hosting service claims to offer:

  • Unlimited hosting space
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Free domains – depending on the package you choose
  • E-mail accounts – their number depends on the package you choose
  • 9% Uptime guarantee – checked
  • Secure FTP account
  • Linux or Windows based servers
  • Custom developed control panel
  • Latest generation processors and hard-drives for the dedicated servers
  • SSD storage
  • GeoTrust Dedicated SSL Certificate

Marketing Features

This hosting service claims to offer:

  • E-mail Marketing Manager (helps you create appealing newsletters)
  • Search Engine Marketing (fully managed ad campaigns)
  • SEO Spotlight (helps you improve your page ranking)
  • Website Checker
  • List Local
  • eCommerce Website Builder
  • Allows the installing of third party apps to improve the website

Cost Concerns

1&1 offers a 30 days money back guarantee. Their introductory prices are competitive and can top the offers of many others players on the market. However, their full prices truly reflect the quality of the package and the way in which it was thought up. There is an add-on for anything you want to improve about your package. One great thing about 1&1 is that you can pay on a monthly basis, although signing up for an annual contract can get you better fees per month. Still, it’s a great thing that you get to choose. Hence the only 30 day money back guarantee, which is equal to the minimum contractual period.

Downsides

  • Their money-back guarantee period is not very extended. Competitors offer longer periods.
  • They do not use cPanel or vDeck.
  • Their Basic Website Builder package is rather limited and you will need to get the Plus package for a more creative outcome.
  • Their basic e-mail marketing account can only send up to 100 e-mails. For more, you will need to get the premium package.
  • You cannot chat with client service agents.

Conclusion

Overall, 1&1 is a very stable and safe hosting service with amazing tested Uptime results. Their add-ons are well thought up and you can get a plan or configure your own with great flexibility. This is one of the top choices on the market.