1and1 Review

August 28, 2012 4:13 pmComments OffViews: 184

1&1 makes our list of top ten cheap web hosts and stands out for making ecommerce web design easy. Shared hosting for both Linux and Windows plans are available. During special promotions the Unlimited plans for both platforms cost just $3.99 a month for the first year. A domain with private registration is included. 1&1’s Unlimited hosting plan is the choice of many small and medium-sized businesses because of its more than 200 profession-specific webpage templates with 65 “click and build” applications.The 1and1.com Unlimited plan includes unlimited webspace and traffic volume. You’ll get a domain name, 500 subdomains, 500 email accounts and a wide range of programming options: PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby, SSI and Zend Framework.

1&1 Prices

We’re big fans of the current price on 1and1.com’s Unlimited web hosting plan. For just $3.99 (but normally $6.99) you get a vast suite of one-click applications and can apply them to scores of professional-looking templates. Subscribers also get free stock images from iStock.

This web host’s starter plan, on the other hand, doesn’t compare well against those of others in our hosting reviews. The starter plan, which is usually $4.99 month, limits your webspace and only includes two easy-install applications. A free domain name isn’t included and domains cost either $3.99 or $9.99 through 1&1 depending on whether you choose a .com, a .net or another domain name type.

Rich Features for Linux and Windows

What’s included in the 1&1 Unlimited plan? You’ll get:

  • Unlimited monthly traffic volume
  • A domain name (.com, .net, .org, .info or .biz)
  • Private domain name registration
  • Dual hosting*
  • 500 email accounts
  • Drag-and-drop web design
  • Unlimited storage space
  • 500 subdomains
  • Anti-virus and anti-spam
  • Email autoresponders
  • Email forwarding
  • Website analytics
  • 5 MySQL databases
  • Daily server backups

*1&1 uses dual hosting. In other words, your website data is simultaneously store at two data centers for extra security and stability.

Instant App for Building Websites

A subscription with 1and1 includes an easy website builder. Even if you have no website development experience, you can build up to three professional-looking websites of twelve pages each with the free wizard. Included for your use are more than 20,000 graphics, a database of iStock photos and a dynamic content catalog. The dynamic content catalog helps you display news and other ever-changing information. Flash is supported.

WebDesk

The 1and1.com webdesk is an organizing center for online work. Here you can manage emails, calendars, spreadsheets, and all your files. Your file storage space is unlimited with the Unlimited plan.

Advertising Credits

1&1 helps give business a boost with advertising vouchers. You’ll get $100 for Google AdWords, $50 in Facebook credits and $50 for Bing/Yahoo.

Customer Support

Customer service is available 24 hours a day via telephone and email. You can also use the forum to get advice from other customers and 1&1 agents.

Money Back Guarantee

1and1.com hosting plans include a 90-day money back guarantee. Guarantees also apply to their eShops and other products. Check out 1and1.com for more information and to sign up.


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