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Price Value
8.5/10
Performance
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Control Panel
8/10
Customer Support
8.5/10
User Feedback
9/10
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1&1 Hosting is the easy choice for Best Domain Hosting - for 2 years running!


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1and 1 Hosting has offered hosting services since 1998. In the decade and a half since bursting onto the scene, 1and1 Hosting has become one of the most recognizable and sought after hosting services in the industry. This 1and1 Internet hosting review notes that this is rightly deserved: the company provides a wide range of service options and versatility at competitive prices.

Both Linux and Windows users, for example, are able to use 1and1's hosting services. This is a nice and convenient feature that is not found with many hosting services – especially when you note that the cost for hosting on either of these platforms is identical. This 1and1 Internet hosting review also found that 1and 1 accommodates current popular protocols such as Windows ASP and .NET 3.5 framework applications.

In addition, 1and1 Hosting offers a unique dual hosting package that increases the overall reliability, security, and vitality of their services. This feature essentially means client websites are maintained at two separate geographic locations and data centers. In short, this 1and1 Internet hosting review found more than enough reason to agree with the continued high performance ratings this service receives.

Price Value

During our 1and1 web hosting review, we found that the company offers competitive and reasonable prices for all services provided. As with many such hosting services, 1and1 offers a number of features bundled into service packages. 1and1 has 4 primary packages for users:

  1. Web Hosting Business - $4.99 a month (1st year)
  2. Web Hosting Unlimited - $3.49 a month (1st year)
  3. MyWebsite Personal - $4.99 month (plus 30-day free trial)
  4. MyWebsite Business - $9.99 a month (plus 30-day free trial)

Each package has a number of unique features to satisfy a wide number of user requirements.

1and1 hosting also offers a wide selection of other reasonably priced services as well. This 1and1 Internet hosting review notes, for example, that the cost to access 1and1's Dynamic Cloud Server ($24.99 a month) is a highly competitive option relative to other similar services.

Reliability

For website owners, the reliability of hosting services is a key factor in deciding which web host to choose. This 1and1 Internet hosting review found that 1and1 has a number of features that all but ensure customer satisfaction.

One of the primary ways in which 1and1 maintains reliable service is through its Dual Hosting capability. One problem that other hosting services encounter is that if and when a mishap disrupts service at its data center, websites go down until the issue is solved and services are restored. 1and1 resolves this dilemma by hosting its client websites on dual servers at separate data centers in different geographic locations. The user’s website files remain in sync and updated in both locations. If one data center experiences a disruption, the user’s websites will not be affected due to the additional site.

Further, users can take satisfaction in the fact that 1and1 ably serves well over 10 million clients. With 70,000 servers in use spread over 7 locations, this 1and1 Internet hosting review confirms that 1and1 has taken every measure to ensure continued service and security to the websites it hosts.

Control Panel

Website owners will often experience frustration and dissatisfaction when they are unable to interact with their website in a manner they desire. This is often due to the control panel interface provided by the hosting service. A thorough assessment by this 1and1 web hosting review discovered that 1and1’s proprietary control panel is a very user-friendly application that is easily customized to optimize use.

Website owners and webmasters will find that activities such as email use and domain management are easily controlled with the provided interface.

Customer Support

1and1 understands the need to provide timely assistance to customers when they experience website difficulties. This 1and1 Internet hosting review notes that 1and1 provides both email and phone contacts for sales and technical customer support. Both of these options are available 24 hours a day, every day, except on national holidays. There is also a robust FAQ section that tackles many of the common difficulties that users encounter.