1&1 Web Hosting was founded 12 years ago with the vision of bringing new online and telecommunications technology to the masses. From those humble beginnings, 1&1 has evolved to become one of the most recognizable and reliable web technology providers in the market.
In 1998, 1&1 went public with their IPO which was a huge success. The company’s share price tripled within hours of the release and they continue to demonstrate strong growth, both financially and technologically.
Now serving over 7.83 million customers worldwide and approximately 2500 new customers every day, 1&1 has more than proven their capability in the field of web hosting.
Focusing solely on their shared hosting services, 1&1 certainly does not disappoint. These hosting plans come in two basic flavors: Standard Hosting (on a Linux platform), and MS Hosting for those who need ASP and Access databases.
The Standard Hosting packages are broken into three options: 1&1 Beginner, 1&1 Home, 1&1 Business, and the 1&1 Developer. The 1&1 Beginner comes for $3.99 per month and gives you 10 GB of Web Space and Unlimited monthly tranfer volume, 1 FTP Account, 600 E-Mail Accounts and 2 GB of Mailbox Space.
Moving up to the 1&1 Home plan, for $6.99 per month, 150 GB of disk space, Unlimited GB of data transfer per month, 200 subdomains, and 1,200 email accounts are provided. 25 MySQL databases are also offered with this plan.
There is a special on the 1&1 Business package for a limited time only whereby you get the first 6 months at 50 % discount and then you pay only $9.99 per month.This comes complete with a domain name, 250 GB of disk storage,Unlimited GB of data transfer per month, 25 FTP accounts, and 2,500 email accounts. Support is offered for up to 200 subdomains. 50 MySQL databases are offered with this plan.
The 1&1 Developer plan has a limited time special offer - you get the first three months free and then you pay $19.99 per month. This includes all of the above, with 300 GB of Web space and Unlimited bandwidth, and databases, plus server priority, a Perl Script Monitor and Syntax Checker, and a GeoTrust SSL certificate. This Plan gives you 4,000 E-mail Accounts.
The MS Hosting plans have the same pricing scheme but offer Windows based functionality for ASP, FrontPage Extensions, and Access databases.
With an investment of over $25 million in their data centers, one would expect 1&1 to have an incredibly reliable network. Four data centers located around the world support the huge and ever expanding customer base of this organization. With industry leading 18,000 megabit connectivity, there is no way your site will run out of bandwidth. Whether your site is simply an online photo album or a fully functional, massive e-commerce monster, this company has everything under control to keep it up and running at peak performance.
The data centers are monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by specialists. There are also over 150 permanently recording video cameras, safety locks, and many more security features employed the data centers to ensure that everything keeps going without a hitch.
1&1’s data centers have joined with major Internet exchange points, such as Yahoo, Lycos, LINX, and more than 500 other providers to make your website faster and more accessible.
All of this amounts to a high performance hosting solution and a guaranteed 99.9% uptime, which is a promise that is obviously easily delivered upon.
Technical support is provided via toll free telephone number, email, the 1&1 Control Panel, and the Netviewer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Additionally, an FAQ section is provided to save you time on the simpler solutions.
1&1 has a long and proven track record and offers plenty of options at excellent prices. While it is unfortunate that the bottom level hosting plan does not include CGI, PHP, and MySQL support, it would seem more than worth the extra $5.00 per month to get that capability. Excellent customer support, high performance and reliability, and being a legacy in the industry make 1&1 a great choice.
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