I came straight over from millionster.com who has a horror story about 1and1 hosting , which would easily qualify for any Dean Koontz novel. Reading it makes you want to cringe, it sure made me want to.
What I Hate
There are things that I don’t like about 1and1:
- They give you these cryptic logins for your MySQL account and for your FTP username.
- They host MySQL databases on different servers, so all your PHP scripts that naturally go to localhost will have to have something else defined.
- There is no statistics package installed. Now AwStats or anything and you don’t have access to the logs so you can’t install your own.
- And they are shared, and shared hosts in general usually suck.
What I Like
There are a few things I like about them:
- They’re cheap
- They’re low priced
- They’re inexpensive
- They allow multiple domains.
Looks like we have a tie: 4-4 . But seriously, 1and1 hasn’t given me much of a problem since I’ve signed up to them about 7 months ago. I just renewed my subscription and purchased two new domains from them.
More Horror Stories
After Juans post, I did do a search and found some similar horror stories, most of which dealt with canceling the account. People have been sent to collections agencies, etc. I guess I won’t have a problem until that day comes. But for right now, at least till my contract is up, I’m stuck with them. I don’t mind really. I just host a few small blogs, none of which should put undue stress on they’re shared server and give them a reason to suspend my account, which is a known problem with a lot of shared hosts.
What Are Your Options?
The alternative is to do a lot of research. I’ve been through Globat, Micfo, LunarPages, and a few others. All had things I liked and disliked (mainly the price on each of them). Bottom line is you get what you pay for, usually. But more importantly is knowing what you’re paying for. If a host charges $2.99 a month, don’t expect the world. Do your own backups so that in a disaster you’re not relying on tech support. Here is how you can pick a better host.
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