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HostMonster VS 1&1 (US)

HostMonster VS 1&1 (US)

Web hosting and that’s all they do or a dizzying array of hosting products to choose from? That’s the question you are posed with when deciding to go with HostMonster or with 1&1. It all depends on your business needs.

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Pricing

For a limited time, HostMonster is offering web hosting for a mere $5.95 a month – down from $6.95 per month. With a free set-up, a free domain name or domain transfer and free site promotion, HostMonster offers a great deal at a low price.

If your business needs more in the choices given for hosting, 1&1 has what you need for a nice low price. With 4 different hosting accounts starting at just $3.99, you get a lot of features packed into a nice economical monthly fee. Each account comes with at least 1 included domain, your choice of Linux or Windows based hosting, and a 90-day money back guarantee.

Products and Services

Beyond the variety of hosting accounts offered, 1&1 also caters to those needing e-commerce products, dedicated and virtual servers and several Microsoft based products for all your email and Sharepoint needs. For a control panel, 1&1 has their own private control panel giving its customers easy access to emails, files, domains and everything else required to ensure your site runs smoothly.

HostMonster offers the simplicity of one hosting option to choose from and a rather nice affiliate program that rewards referrers with $65 for each new account. The control panel of choice for this company is cPanel – well-known and very simple to use.

Web Hosting Features

Though only offering the one option for hosting, HostMonster loads each account with tons of unlimited features. Email accounts, forwarding email accounts, hosted domains and ftp accounts to name just a few they offer. You can choose from extra and easy to install programs such as Joomla or WordPress, tools and software for social networking, image gallery programs and more. If you have scripting concerns there is no need to worry – HostMonster equips each account to handle PHP, Python and even Ruby on Rails.

1&1 offers their user friendly WebsiteBuilder to create a fantastic site on the spot, a simple photo gallery tool, unlimited monthly bandwidth as well as unlimited hosted domains. While not unlimited, you get a large number of available email accounts (600 with the most economical hosting choice), a CGI library and support for PHP 4 and 5. Step up one level in hosting and you can add in Python and Perl to that scripting support.

Customer Service

The Help Center at HostMonster is filled with an extensive knowledge base, video tutorials, “getting started” wizards and even a cPanel documentation area. If you require more personalized support, you can use their online ticket support or even call toll-free 24×7.

Support from 1&1 is available directly from the customer control panel, via online FAQs, email and by toll-free phone call. The company also offers “Netviewer” – a secure way to receive online assistance from their support team.

Recommendations

Both companies offer some great services, options loaded accounts and fine support systems. Based purely on available hosting options, Hostmonster is a clear winner with not only several choices for web hosting but a variety of other hosting needs to choose from.

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