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1&1

6 Ratings

Namecheap

9 Ratings

1&1

6 Ratings
Score 7.6 out of 101

Namecheap

9 Ratings
Score 9.7 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

For purchasing and managing domain registrations, I've been very happy with Namecheap and would happily recommend them to my colleagues. When Google started offering domain registration, I was tempted to begin using them for all my new domains. They offer simple pricing and Who Is Privacy protection is included. The main catch? They're just more expensive then Namecheap. Why pay Google $60 for a domain I can get through Namecheap for $30? (and I'm not talking about a first year sale price).As much as I love Namecheap, they're not my choice for quality hosting. It's not that their hosting is bad, but in my opinion their are better options. However, I do maintain a hosting account with Namecheap for myself.

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.
  • Domain search: When you search for a domain you'd like to register, they provide a list of alternative options using other top level domains (TLDs)
  • Domain management: Managing domains in Namecheap is nice and simple. Plus, if you need to transfer ownership of a domain to another Namecheap user, the process is quite easy.
  • Domain sales: Namecheap always has some great domain sales/promotions going on. Need to pick up a domain for 88 cents? Check Namecheap.
  • Account security: They offer two factor authentication vie their Namecheap app. With that app, you're able to approve or deny login attempts. In my estimation, this is both easier and more secure than having a two factor auth security code emailed or sent to you phone.
  • Support: Their live chat support is a great option for getting in touch and solving any issues you might be having.
  • Hosting: They have some great low cost hosting options.

Cons

  • I wish they'd let you use other SSL providers.
  • Dashboard layout: Occasionally I find myself struggling to find the right page to go to in the dashboard. Overall it's a decent design/layout, but I think there's room for improvement here.

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.
Prior to using Namecheap, I had primarily used GoDaddy or Network Solutions. However, both companies sites and service left a lot to be desired. Outside of winning on price, in some cases, Namecheap's offering is far better in every aspect than what GoDaddy has to offer. And in the case of Network Solutions, it was far more expensive and things like DNS updates would always take multiple attempts and not show up for long periods of time.Aftering making the change to Namecheap it was very apparent how much better their service is and it didn't take too long to migrate all of our domains over to them.

Return on Investment

  • There is no downtime so we appear dependable to our customers.
  • The cost of 1&1 is very reasonable.
  • Quick uptime means that we don't have to spent a lot of time troubleshooting or setting up the site.
  • Their support has saved us many hours

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