1 & 1 : Domain Names Sites Review

Company Profile

Established in 1988, 1&1 still holds true to its founding values of strength, reliability, and competitive pricing. That commitment has been duly noted: today 1&1 serves nearly 13.5 million customers and manages approximately 19 million domains. 1&1’s thoroughly eco-friendly data center in Kansas has earned 1&1 recognition as a Green Power Partner with the EPA. Although 1&1 is well known as a domain registrar, it also offers web hosting, web building tools, and eCommerce and marketing solutions.

Domain Services

Every domain registration with 1&1 essentially mimics a web hosting plan: the package registrants receive includes a 5-page parking page, free private domain registration, and one email account complete with 2 GB of storage. You can also choose to transfer your domain from another registrar for no additional charge.

1&1 offers hundreds of TLDs and strives to regularly make new ones available to its customers. Certain domains can even be pre-reserved with absolutely no obligation to follow through on the purchase.

Additional Services:

If you’d like a few more features than the domain registration plan alone offers (though you should note that 1&1 is one of the more generous web-hosting-esque domain registration packages in the business), you can also choose to purchase one of 1&1’s selection of hosting plans. 1&1 hosting plans’ 99% uptime guarantee is backed by top-notch hardware (Foundry and Cisco routers), as well as software installed in 1&1’s highly secure data centers across the US and Europe, and state-of-the-art updates are regularly provided by both Parallels and Symantec. 1&1 also offers a wealth of other web services, including email, marketing and eCommerce services, and a range of website building tools.

Basic Pricing

TLD 1-Year Price
.com $.99 first year (renews at $14.99)
.net $.99 first year (renews at $14.99)
.org $8.99 first year (renews at $14.99)
.info $8.99 first year (renews at $14.99)
.biz $14.99
.us $14.99

Customer support

1&1’s state-of-the-art infrastructure affords it an unusually high degree of reliability, minimizing your need for troubleshooting for customer service. 1 &1 maintains a blog about company, products, business updates, as well as advice articles and tips, in addition to its extensive FAQ. If you do need to get in touch with a customer support representative, you can fill out a contact form through your account or call one of 1&1’s various phone lines for bilingual (Spanish and English) support.

1&1 also reaches out on a variety of social media outlets Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Google+, and Flickr - making it simple to keep in touch with the company.

Bottom line

If you’d like a domain registrar that offers a domain registration more or less equivalent to a basic hosting plan, 1&1 is ideal for you. 1&1 has a host of other features to recommend it: prices that are hard to beat, a technically impressive infrastructure, quality customer support in both English and Spanish, and an admirable commitment to sustainability.

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