There are number of places you can register a domain name. 1and1 is another registrar and a web hosting company that a lot of customers use. 1and1 is a giant company just like GoDaddy. They offer web hosting, but a lot of people are surprised to hear that they are one of the largest registrars, too. You have probably seen them in magazines or advertised online. In previous articles on tbwhs.com I have compared NameCheap and GoDaddy to see which one was actually cheaper for purchasing domain names.
If you’re completely new to purchasing a domain name I would suggest that you read this article first. Typically, webmasters like to register their domain names with the same company that they purchase their web hosting with. I prefer to purchase my domain names through NameCheap and then host them with InMotion. Often times you get a free domain for a year or sometimes for the life of your account, if you choose them as your web hosting provider. You do get a free domain name whenever you sign up with 1and1’s web hosting plans, which I do like.
However, I don’t recommend 1and1 for web hosting because of the negative feedback I have gotten on them over the years. I did want to check them out for registering domain names. Maybe, I will find them to be a good solution for registering domain names, though. In this article you will learn if it’s worth it or not to register a domain name with 1and1.
Different Domain Extensions
1and1 does offer a plethora of different domain names to purchase. There are 650+ domain extensions that you can buy! I can say they do offer more than most registrars. Certainly, your going to be able to find something that you want for your website with 1and1.
You can always make your domain names private with 1and1. The first year you buy your domain you do get privacy protection. However, after the first year it is no longer free. It will cost $2.99/year.
As an example I am going to use .com domain names. They offer .com domain names for $.99 for the first year. The price does go up to $14.99 each year after that. This is one of the same tactics that GoDaddy uses. The price does go up to the exact same price as GoDaddy charges.
There is a 7 step process in order to transfer your domain names away from 1and1. They do state on their website that it can take 5 days to transfer a domain name. This is a lot longer than other companies. Then, it will take another 24 to 48 hours to propagate over. Overall, your looking at about 5-9 days for a simple transfer.
1and1 is quick to send your account to the debt collectors. This is a huge complaint that a lot of webmasters have been moaning and groaning about for years. See this thread on WebHostingTalk.com about 1and1 billing practices. If you don’t pay your bill, or more commonly your credit card expiration expires and you fail to recognize this it will be sent to collections. This will add a bill of $18.95 in order to unlock your account.
Most registrars make it easy to change your DNS settings. However, with 1and1 it’s a hassle. Meaning, there are a lot of unnecessary steps that you need to go through in order to change your DNS. For instance, if you have a domain name you bought through another company and want to point it to 1and1 servers it feels like 1and1 would just prefer you transfer the domain name to them. Remember it will take 5-9 days for the transfer if you choose to move it.
Most registrars allow you to login and cut and paste your DNS settings. Not with 1and1 though. You have to follow a 8 step process.
You really have to make sure your paying attention when you purchase products or services with 1and1. One thing that I don’t like about 1and1 is they will try to upsell any and everything to you. Simply, trying to register a domain name could actually end up costing you more with introductory offers that will cost you substantially more later on down the road.
They will cold call you and try to upsell you different products and services, too.
Overall, 1and1 for a registrar falls short for a number of different reasons. They complicate the simple process of pointing your DNS, try to upsell you various products, raise prices drastically, have billing issues, etc. Yes, they are very successful with advertising and have become one of the most well known companies in the registrar and web hosting industry, but they are a company I don’t recommend.
You could save money and a lot of hassles later on down the road by avoiding 1and1 altogether. I would highly recommend you purchase your domain names with NameCheap, though. They are much easier to work with, cheaper, and the customer support is far superior.