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WebhostingPad VS 1&1

WebhostingPad VS 1&1

1&1 is a web hosting company that has roots in the industry back to 1992 starting in Germany. Through years of growth, the company began offering hosting products after it went public in Europe in 1998. Since then they have expanded throughout Europe, into the UK, and finally doing business in the US starting in 2003. A company in business this long in a volatile industry can certainly tout their 8 million customers, and over 10 million domains registered worldwide.

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WebhostingPad is a newer hosting company compared to 1&1, starting their operations in 2005. But since then they have found the right business model that has thrusted them into the top-ten of US hosting services with over 150,000 hosted domains. They offer only a single hosting plan, but that plan is something that obviously works.

How do these gigantic industry players compare with each other, and which one would you choose? We do a careful categorical analysis for you and offer our recommendation below.

Pricing

WebhostingPad offers an industry low price at only $1.99 per month with 4 years prepaid. If you can’t afford paying that much up front, consider their 12-month plan for only $3.95 per month.

1&1 offers four plans from beginner to developer. They offer an introductory rate of just $3.99 for 3 months on all plans. Thereafter, the plans sell for $3.99/mo for Beginner, $6.99/mo for Home, $9.99/mo for Business, and $19.99/mo for Developer plans.

Products and Services

WebhostingPad offers additional services with their plan, including a free website builder tool, $200 in credits to use for marketing with search engines and social media, and they offer the best control panel in the industry for their users with cPanel software. In addition, WebhostingPad throws in a 30-day money-back guarantee and a 99.9% uptime guarantee.

1&1 is built upon an abundance of features and services. For additional fees they offer domain registration, email solutions, marketing and listing services, and eCommerce tools. With the Business Plan customers also get a free site builder with hundreds of templates. And as for guarantees, 1&1 offers a 90-day money back as well as a 99.9% uptime guarantee.

Web Hosting Features

In the single plan from WebhostingPad clients get practically everything they need, including unlimited bandwidth, disk space, hosted domains, email accounts, and MySQL databases. Clients get a free shopping cart for eCommerce, as well as support for popular scripting and 3rd-party software.

The 1&1 plans all come with unlimited monthly bandwidth, but limited amounts of disk space, email accounts, and MySQL databases which are average for the plan types.

Customer Service

Both companies offer 24/7 customer support via phone and email. WebhostingPad also allows live chat support. 1&1 also offers “Netviewer,” which allows a technician to work right on your computer to diagnose and solve problems.

WebhostingPad offers a substantial online help center with tutorials and guides. However, nothing similar could be found with 1&1 for self-help, except an online customer forum.

Recommendations

It’s hard to go wrong with either of these two industry giants. While 1&1 has the experience, WebhostingPad offers the most comprehensive plan with the best service and features. Our recommendation goes to WebhostingPad.

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