If you’re looking for a feature-rich, affordable web host, 1&1 Ionos offers a wide array of packages, including shared, cloud, virtual private server (VPS), WordPress, and dedicated hosting. Even better, 1&1 Ionos (the recently rebranded 1&1) is a strong contender in all those hosting categories, boasting excellent uptime and stellar customer service that will appeal to small and large businesses alike. In fact, 1&1 Ionos truly excels in cloud web hosting. For that, it reigns as the co-Editors’ Choice in that category.
Shared Web Hosting
Shared hosting is one of the most popular forms of web hosting, due in no small part to its low cost. With shared hosting, your website splits system resources (and the associated cost) with the many other sites that have also been set up on that same server. Shared hosting isn’t very powerful hosting, but it’s cheap web hosting. Sometimes that’s all you need.
1&1 Ionos offers a standard monthly web hosting charge, but it reduces the price if you’re willing to sign up for multi-month or annual packages. Unlike GoDaddy, 1&1 Ionos lets you choose a one-month plan with any package tier. GoDaddy requires you to sign up for its pricier Deluxe, Ultimate, or Maximum plans (starting at $10.99, $16.99, and $24.99, respectively) to get a one-month option. GoDaddy’s pricing method may not have much (if any) impact on large businesses, but a cash-strapped blogger will appreciate 1&1 Ionos’ one-month basic web hosting option. The shared web hosting is available in either the Linux or Windows flavors.
The entry-level Business package (starting at $9 per month) includes a free domain name you can keep as long as you use 1&1 Ionos. The plan also offers 100GB of storage, 25 email accounts, 25 databases, and the ability to handle roughly 100 visitors per minute. That number may sound skimpy, but shared hosting is always skimpy; a Reddit hit will typically greatly impact a shared site’s performance. Ionos may just be one of the more honest companies in the game. After all, “unlimited bandwidth/monthly data transfers” is very often a myth.
The Pro plan (starting at $12 per month) ups the storage to 250GB, email to 100, and databases to 100. It can handle approximately 200 visitors per minute. Expert (starting at $16 per month) has 500GB of storage, 500 email accounts, 500 databases, and the ability to handle close to 300 visitors per minute.
Those are good plans for, say, a mom-and-pop shop that just wants to list its inventory, but HostGator offers superior shared web hosting packages for a wider range of users. Not only does HostGator offer Linux and Windows servers, but it has unlimited storage, email, and monthly data transfers at each shared hosting tier. That’s impressive.
VPS Web Hosting
VPS hosting is a step up from shared hosting. It’s a more powerful hosting option that sees your site leverage more server power. VPS hosting isn’t quite cheap hosting, but it isn’t overly expensive, either. You’re less likely to notice slowdown because other sites that share the server get a big hit.
1&1 Ionos’ cloud-powered VPS offerings (starting at a wallet-friendly $10 per month for 1GB of RAM, 50GB of storage, and unlimited data transfers) give you the essential tools for building a website that can handle the rigors of the internet better than traditional shared web hosting. You can outfit the Linux- or Windows-based servers with up to 8GB of RAM and 160GB of storage, with the company’s top-tier, $40-per-month VPS XXL package.
1&1 Ionos has quality VPS web hosting packages, but Hostwinds, the Editors’ Choice for VPS web hosting, tops it by offering unlimited storage and unlimited domain hosting. Hostwinds also offers Minecraft VPS hosting starting at $8 per month.
Cloud hosting is becoming increasingly common. It differs from traditional hosting in that it spreads resources across multiple servers, whereas traditional hosting pulls power from a single server. 1&1 Ionos has embraced this type of hosting whole-heartedly, offering multiple tiers of managed and unmanaged cloud hosting that can be outfitted with the Linux or Windows operating systems.
The plans start at $0.014 per hour (with a maximum $10 per month charge) for a single-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 50GB of storage, and unlimited monthly transfers. The offerings max out at $0.486 per hour for a 16-core CPU, 48GB of RAM, 500GB of storage, and unlimited monthly data transfers. There are managed and unmanaged options, as well as customizable plans.
Simply put, 1&1 Ionos’ cloud hosting packages are excellent. So much so, that I deem 1&1 Ionos a co-Editors’ Choice for cloud hosting. Here’s the breakdown: If you want enterprise-class cloud hosting, 1&1 Ionos is the way to go. DreamHost, on the other hand, is the co-Editors’ Choice for smaller-scale sites that need a less demanding cloud hosting service.
Dedicated Web Hosting
When it comes to non-cloud hosting, you won’t find anything more powerful than dedicated hosting. This hosting type allows your site to leverage a server’s full power, as it exists on the server all by itself. No system-resource sharing here. Serious, mission critical site-runners should consider dedicated hosting as soon as they can afford it.
1&1 Ionos has four Linux- or Windows-based dedicated hosting tiers: A8i, L-16, XL-32, and XL-64. The plans come with either traditional hard disk drives (HDDs) or solid-state drives (SSDs) that alter the price a bit. For example, the SSD-based A8i plan starts at $75 per month for a 2.4GHz Intel Atom C2750 CPU, 8GB of RAM, 240GB of storage, and unlimited monthly data transfers. The HDD-based version, on the other hand, starts at $70 per month and has a 1,000GB HDD. The most expensive plan, XL-64 NVMe, comes with a four-core CPU, 64GB of RAM, 1,000GB SSD, and unlimited monthly data transfers. All of 1&1 Ionos’ dedicated hosting plans include Sitelock malware protection and the RailGun content delivery network (CDN) for faster page loads.
Compare these plans with those of AccuWeb, which has five excellent tiers of configurable, Linux- or Windows-powered dedicated hosting servers. The most affordable is the $105-per-month plan that includes 8GB of RAM, 1TB of storage, and 20TB of monthly data transfers. The top-tier plan, which starts at $360 per month, boasts a baseline 16GB of RAM, 1TB of storage, and 20TB of monthly data transfers. As with the VPS plan, AccuWeb’s Windows-based dedicated hosting plan lets you create up to 250 email accounts; with a Linux-based dedicated plan, you can create unlimited email accounts.
Regardless of the plan you start with, you can outfit AccuWeb’s dedicated servers with up to 512GB of memory, 2TB of storage, and 50TB of monthly data transfers. As a result, AccuWeb Hosting‘s dedicated hosting plans reign as the category champ.
WordPress Web Hosting
WordPress: It’s the world’s most popular content management system, one that has enough flexibility to power a blog or a Fortune 500 company’s website. There are two ways to get WordPress up and running on a 1&1 Ionos server. You can install WordPress on a standard server or you can sign up for managed WordPress. 1&1 Ionos has three Linux-based WordPress packages: Essential ($9 per month), Business ($11 per month), and Pro ($15 per month). The plans are of the managed variety, so 1&1 Ionos gives it the white glove treatment in regards to handling backend matters.
Essential offers 25GB of SSD storage, 10 email accounts, the ability to host one domain, and and one free URL. Business tosses in 100GB of SSD storage, 100 email accounts, and the ability to host two WordPress projects. Pro, the most feature-packed of the three options, boasts a 200GB SSD, 500 email accounts, and five unlimited WordPress projects. All the plans have automatic malware detection and removal, automatic WordPress updates, A Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate, and a curated list of recommended WordPress themes.
That’s a solid offering, but A2 takes the crown as the PCMag Editors’ Choice for WordPress hosting. Available in standard and managed varieties, A2’s top-tier Unlimited plan (starting at $36.98 per month), offers unlimited site hosting, email, and monthly data transfers. It also comes with a free SSL certificate.
For more information on the extremely popular content management system, please read How to Get Started With WordPress.
Reseller Web Hosting
If you’re looking to get into the web hosting business, but don’t want to deal with infrastructure matters, reseller hosting is the way to go. Unfortunately, 1&1 lacks reseller plans, so you must look elsewhere for that type of hosting.
PCMag recommends Hostwinds, the Editors’ Choice for reseller hosting. Hostwind’s plans, starting at $25 per month, have unlimited email, storage, and data transfers. On offer are dedicated and VPS packages of both the Linux and Windows variety, as well as shared hosting, which is limited to Linux. The servers have the same RAM and storage amounts as those that Hostwinds supplies directly, which is not always the case. Hostwinds also lets you apply your own branding to the servers you rent, and it supplies 24/7 tech support, too.
Setting Up Shop
A 1&1 subscription grants access to 1&1 Ionos MyWebsite, which leverages the excellent Duda website builder. Thus, it uses a more standard layout, with the main toolbar on the left-side rail, rather than the previous version’s right-side rail. For a detailed look at the site builder, see our Duda review.
Email marketing is an important business tool, so it’s no surprise that 1&1 Ionos offers a dedicated 1&1 Ionos E-Mail Marketing packages. These tools gives you an overview of your email traffic, address management, distribution information, and more, starting at $4 per month.
If you want to sell products, the 1&1 Ionos e-commerce builder (starting at $10 per month) lets you pick one of several layouts and designs. This is not part of the basic web hosting plan, but rather an add-on option. There’s a lot of dragging-and-dropping and adding prefab elements, but there wasn’t much I could manually tweak in my testing. 1&1 Ionos prompts you to (optionally) enter your sales tax ID and whether you want to display items with or without the sales tax included in the price. You can add products, list delivery methods and accepted payment types, and more. There’s also a customer database for keeping track of your customers.
1&1 Ionos also has dozens of apps that can be used to improve your website, including Amazon Deals and OpenTable.
1&1 Ionos includes a GeoTrust Dedicated SSL Certificate (encrypted website security that protects data exchanges between users and your site) free of charge with its server, Developer Shared Hosting, and Developer eShop packages. If you don’t have one of those plans, you can purchase a GeoTrust Dedicated SSL Certificate for $49 per year.
SiteLock, available as a Basic package ($2 per month) is a feature offered by 1&1 Ionos to protect your website from hackers, malware, and unauthorized access. If you opt to display the SiteLock Trust Seal on your website, your visitors will see real-time verification that the site is secure.
Website uptime is a vital element of web hosting. If your site goes down, clients or customers will be unable to find you or access your products or services. It’s in your best interest to find a reliable web host that can keep your site up and running. Otherwise, customers may go elsewhere—and they might never come back.
To evaluate reliability, I use a website-monitoring tool to track my test site’s uptime over a two-week period. Every 15 minutes, the tool pings my website and sends me an email if it is unable to contact the site for at least one minute. The data reveals that 1&1 Ionos was incredibly stable during my testing. In fact, it didn’t go down once! As a result, you can count on 1&1 Ionos to be a rock-solid foundation for your website.
Excellent Customer Service
If you have any problems with your hosting plan, or simply have a hosting-related question, you can rest easy knowing that 1&1 Ionos has 24/7 email, web chat, and telephone support. How a company’s customer service department responds to your complaint or query is vital, so I tested 1&1 Ionos’ mettle by placing a call on a weekday morning and evening. I wanted to know the difference—if any—between 1&1 Ionos’ standard web hosting and its WordPress hosting offering.
About one minute later, a 1&1 Ionos support person fielded my call. The rep correctly stated that the WordPress hosting lets 1&1 Ionos automatically update WordPress and any installed plug-ins—something that users would otherwise manually handle with 1&1’s standard offering.
I tested the other aspect of 1&1’s customer service by emailing this question on a weekday afternoon: “How do I import my existing WordPress.com blog into a 1&1 Ionos account?” About an hour later, a 1&1 Ionos reply that contained a correct, detailed answer was in my inbox. In addition, 1&1 Ionos has a call-back feature that lets you schedule a time for when a company rep calls you to solve a problem.
New to 1&1 Ionos is its personal consultant service, which is available to anyone who’s signed up for hosting. The free service connects you to an agent who offers hosting tips and advice. For example, I learned how to use 1&1 Ionos’ web-building software. You can also use the service to learn how to grow your audience by having your business appear on Google Maps. It’s a handy service that more companies should duplicate. The personal consultant is available via web chat, email, or telephone.
1&1 Ionos offers a decent 30-day money-back guarantee, and you can cancel the service at any time. That said, DreamHost leads the pack with an impressive 97-day money-back guarantee.
Is 1&1 Ionos the One?
1&1 Ionos offers feature-packed hosting (particularly in the cloud hosting department), excellent customer service and uptime, and a useful website builder. That said, if you want reseller hosting or larger storage capacities, you must look elsewhere, such as the Editors’ Choice award-winning Hostgator.