1and1 (www.1and1.com) is one of the largest domain registrars and web hosts in the world. It has been well-known for its cheap hosting solution since 1998. And in below 1and1 VPS Review, we will reveal why it’s not recommended.
By the way, at the time we wrote this review, the official site of 1and1 was offline. So, it’s a good reason we said NO to 1and1.
Main Features of 1and1 VPS Hosting
Here are details of 1and1 Virtual Server L:
- 20GB Disk, 512MB RAM, 500GB Bandwidth, and 1 IP Address
- CentOS 5 with Parallels Plesk Panel 10.4 (64-bit), but many VPS providers has already offered CentOS 6 to their customers
- Optional SSL certificate, and FTP backup
- Guaranteed subdomains, not unlimited
- SSH shell access
- Full root/administrator access for comprehensive system control
The price is of 1and1 VPS L is at $29/mo. Honestly, this is not a cheap one. InmotionHosting VPS, which shares the same price $29/mo with 1and1 VS L, but offers more features like 40GB Disk, 512MB/1GB Burstable ram, 750GB monthly transfer, 2 dedicated IP, free cPanel, nightly backup and more.
1and1 VPS Hosting Review on Speed
1and1 data centers are located in Kansas, US, which got 55,000 square feet- 5 server rooms provide space for 40,000 servers, and 60 Gbit connectivity.
Above is the performance testing we have done against 1and1 VPS. As you can see, in most cities, the page loading speed is around 2 second per request and for the cities outside US, it goes up to 3 second. The result is really normal. I think the main reasons for it are:
- 1and1 oversold its VPS service more than its competitors
- 1and1 hasn’t well-optimized its MySQL service. (We install WordPress in 1and1 VPS to test the performance).
1and1 VPS Hosting Review on Pricing
There are 3 VPS option offered by 1and1. The regular prices of these 3 plans are $29/mo, $49/mo, and 69/mo respectively. 1and1 offer $10-$20 off per month for the first year. So, please find the detail their price as following:
- Virtual Server L Plan starting at $29/mo
- Virtual Server XL Plan starting at $34.99/mo, and will be charged at $49/mo after 12 months term
- Virtual Server XXL Plan starting at $44.99/mo, and will be charged at $69/mo after 12 months term
Is 1and1 VPS Recommended?
Generally speaking, 1and1 VPS is not the right choice and it does not recommended by us. The company provides fewer features, poor VPS performance speed, and got many support complaints from its customers. When we tried to cancel the VPS account after testing, our phone was transferred for 3 times with 30 minutes waiting. It’s a really bad experience.
If you need an VPS, we would like to recommend our list of Best VPS Hosting. For example, you could consider VPS solutions from InmotionHosting, which starts at $29.95/mo only, but come with better features, speed, reliability and customer support. And according to the customer reviews at HostUCan.com, its customer satisfaction rate is at high 93%.