1and1 Hosting Review

1and1 Hosting developed out of the minds of a marketing company back in 1992. Recently, they have experienced significant growth, going public in 1998 after their IPO. Commencing their hosting business back in 1998, 1&1 Hosting quickly became a dominant force in the industry in Europe. In 2003, they launched their US division, servicing customers directly in North America. With over 4 million customers, 1and1 Hosting has grown into one of the largest web hosting companies in North America.

For roughly the same price, you can get Linux/Unix and Windows/NT based hosting plans. A rare occurance in the hosting industry. You can also receive 1-5 free domain names relative to the package that you purchase.

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Hosting Ratings:
Price Value 8.5 / 10
Performance 9 / 10
Reliability 8 / 10
Customer Support 8.5 / 10
Control Panel 8 / 10
User Feedback 8.5 / 10
Overall Grade: 87%
 

Price Value
1&1 Hosting is a great choice for value when compared to other web hosting companies. You have the choice of Linux/Unix or Windows-based hosting packages for the same price, which is unique to 1and1 Hosting. More often than not, the Microsoft hosting packages are more expensive, as the company has to obtain licenses to operate their servers.

Reliability
1&1 Hosting operates over 28,000 high-end servers in four different data centres that can be found worldwide. Two of the operating centres they run themselves, using their own backbone and top carriers such as Sprint and Level 1 to ensure server uptime. With a guarantee of 99.99% uptime, having this type of stability is key to running any kind of business on the internet.

We have received few complaints regarding uptime with respect to 1and1 Hosting. They are known in the industry for their very good reliability.

Control Panel
1&1 Hosting provides you with a proprietary control panel (based on Plesk control panel) with an easy-to-use interface. You can configure and control all aspects of your website, including e-mail management, domain management, hosting account, etc. online. The control panel is good enough to get the basic jobs done, but it is still not as good as the industry-standard CPanel when it comes to feature-rich programs.

Customer Support
With1and1 Hosting, we have heard several varying takes on their customer support and technical teams. Their technical support is available toll-free 24/7/365, which is an advantage over other web hosts who offer limited hours of support. In addition to the telephone support, you also have unlimited access to their 24/7 e-mail support for various website issues. Furthermore, their comprehensive FAQ and detailed Knowledge Database provides an excellent customer bulletin board to answer questions on a variety of support-related topics.

Hosting Plans
Linux/UNIX Plans
1&1 Beginner: 10 GB diskspace, unlimited bandwidth @ $3.99/month (includes 6 months free and 1 free domain)
1&1 Home:
150 GB diskspace, unlimited bandwidth @ $5.24/month (includes 6 months free and 2 free domain)
1&1 Business: 250 GB diskspace, unlimited bandwidth @ $4.99/month (includes 6 months free and 3 free domains)
1&1 Developer: 300 GB diskspace, unlimited bandwidth @ $19.99/month (includes 6 months free and 5 free domains)

Windows Hosting Plans
1&1 Beginner Windows: 10 GB diskspace, unlimited bandwidth @ $3.99/month (includes 6 months free and 1 free domain)
1&1 Home Windows:
150 GB diskspace, unlimited bandwidth @ $6.99/month (includes 6 months free and 2 free domain)
1&1 Business Windows: 250 GB diskspace, unlimited bandwidth @ $4.99/month (includes 6 months free and 3 free domains)
1&1 Developer Windows: 300 GB diskspace, unlimited bandwidth @ $19.99/month (includes 6 months free and 5 free domains)


Dedicated Hosting Plans
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