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1&1

6 Ratings

Namecheap

7 Ratings

1&1

6 Ratings
Score 7.6 out of 101

Namecheap

7 Ratings
Score 9.8 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

1&1

I run five websites off of 1&1 for different outshoots of the company. For our web needs it works perfectly. We have a midgrade hosting package and it works perfectly. I know if issues arose from traffic or storage space 1&1 would have a solution for us.

Namecheap

Namecheap is definitely a great option if you wish to purchase your domain names separate from your hosting provider. They've been great for our domain name hosting, but I don't know much about their web hosting or email options. However, I am of the philosophy not to have too many eggs in one basket and to use separate services so you have independence to choose your providers.

Pros

  • Their uptime is outstanding.
  • They have great customer support with real people.
  • They have all the technologies available I need to run my website.
  • Their dashboard is easy to use.
  • Cpanel interface is fantastic and allows for 1-click installation of a few CMS
  • Namecheap has a great search function for purchasing domains and looking up who already purchased a domain.
  • User Interface for the checkout process is flawless

Cons

  • I wish they'd let you use other SSL providers.
  • Compatibility with certain browsers (which has been resolved as of late)
  • The word "cheap" now shows up on your WhoIs records (they used to have another name on web records)

Alternatives Considered

Rackspace I find to be too pricey for the service they offer. Pagely is very much WordPress oriented. I've had downtime with both that I haven't experienced with 1&1.
Namecheap is great in that they don't try to up-sell you like so many companies. My limited experience with Bluehost was notorious for them trying to pile on add-ons and features that, even after I cancelled my accounts with them, auto-renewed years later. Namecheap is incredibly straightforward with their purchasing, emphasizing in particular on domain names. The only up-sell they even attempt to make is for their domain name privacy service, which is inexpensive and, I imagine, a popular feature for privacy-oriented people or people who create personal websites and don't need their home address listed with their domain.

Return on Investment

  • There is no downtime so we appear dependable to our customers.
  • The cost of 1&1 is very reasonable.
  • Cost-effective means of buying multiple domain names

Pricing Details

1&1

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Namecheap

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details