This is the Ionos hosting Review. Let’s dive in…
Over the years, IONOS has maintained its dedication to making technology easy to understand and use. The company has since expanded to serve more than 8 million global customers and host more than 12 million domain names.
1&1 Ionos primarily is a web hosting company that provides other services like website builder, domain registration SSL certificates, cloud hosting and virtual private servers. 1&1 Ionos is recommended for hosting users with small online businesses or beginners because of its reliably cheap hosting plans, security consciousness with all-round packages that culminate into pocket-friendly hosting services.
1&1 Ionos offers the following web hosting plans.
- VPS Web hosting
- Dedicated Server web hosting
- Cloud web hosting
- Shared web hosting
- WordPress web hosting.
1&1 Ionos has one of the cheapest hosting plans on the online market. Their Essential hosting plan costs $4 with a storage space of 10 GB. You have Basic CPU and MEM resources with 1 GB of SSD storage. Their Business hosting plan interestingly is at $1 per month for larger web projects. It comes with a free domain for 1 year, unlimited storage, and unlimited websites. Wow! Very affordable!
The Expert web hosting plan is coined to be for larger web projects and costs $14 per month. It comes with Sitelock for malware, CDN, and unlimited storage. In comparison with other hosting service websites, it is very affordable if you are looking for the cheapest hosting plans on the internet.
Lets breakdown hosting prices according to the different hosting services that they have.
The cloud hosting plan on 1&1 Ionos is broken down into classes of M, L, XL, and XXL. M is offered at $15 per month while L is $10 higher which $25. XL is at $35 per month and XXL is at $65 per month.
Shared hosting is provided at $4 per month (Essential package), $8 per month for the Business package, and $14 being the highest for Expert hosting plan.
Meanwhile, VPS hosting is charged as below;
- VPS S: $2 per month
- VPS XL: $30 per month
- VPS XXL: $40 per month
- VPS M: $10 per month
- VPS L: $20 per month. The VPS hosting is being promoted at $20 for the first 6 months.
Dedicated hosting is one of the most costly types of hosting offered on web hosting sites, prices as high as $119 per month! However, with 1&1 Ionos, the prices are relatively cheaper. Their dedicated hosting plans range between $75 per month to $170 for SSD and NVMe storage.
For HDD storage under dedicated hosting, prices range between $70 – $140 each month.
WordPress hosting is relatively cheaper going for prices between $15 to $65
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Below you can see some of the main features – including storage – for the Shared, Cloud and VPS hosting plans:
|Domain||Free domain||Free domain||–||–|
|10 – 100||10 – Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|SSL||SSL Wildcard Certificate||SSL Wildcard Certificate||SSL Wildcard Certificate||SSL Wildcard Certificate|
|Storage||10GB – 500GB||25GB – 200 GB||50GB – 160GB||50GB – 160GB|
Free Domain and 1&1 Site Builder
- Nearly all plans come with a free domain name registration and ample amounts of storage, subdomains, and email accounts.
- Easily install popular web applications.
Tons of Scalable Cloud Options
- hoose a pre-defined starting configuration, with available sizes ranging from “M” to “XXL,” for affordable and easy entry into the cloud.
- IONOS Cloud allows users to deploy in 55 seconds or less, with load balancing to distribute traffic and ensure optimal performance for your website.
SEO and Marketing Tools
- IONOS email marketing plans integrate subscription forms and build engaging messages that resonate on all devices.
Performance and Security
- IONOS offers managed server packages with optional performance enhancements in addition to the full slate of web hosting features.
Ionos Web Hosting Pros
- Committed Hosting Technology
What 1&1 Ionos lacks in storage space and limitations, it makes it up well with modern technology servers. For hosting, they have A8i, L-16, XL-32, and XL-64 software tiers. Their SSD plans get 2.4GHz Intel Atom C2750 CPU, 8GB of RAM, 240GB of storage, and unlimited monthly data transfers. Their HDD based services have a lock on 1,000 GB storage worth. For the most expensive, NVMe, it comes with four-core CPU, 64GB of RAM, 1,000GB and unlimited monthly data transfers. Best of all, their dedicated host plans come with SiteLock to combat malware and viral problems.
- Emphasized Customer Support
Their customer support is awesome. For every customer that signs up with 1&1 Ionos, you receive a dedicated support assistant. You are given 100% full attention for any queries through live chat, email and well tailored tutorials. That is worth my dime because then, you have your interest and queries satisfied as you venture into hosting to grow your website.
- Mixed Bag of Features
When it comes to features on 1&1 Ionos, well its a mixed bag. Their cloud hosting and dedicated hosting plans are strong, only to be trolled by their poor VPS and Shared hosting services.
1&1 Ionos has other features that work seamlessly with their available servers. They include;
- Linux- or Windows-based systems work with it.
- Easy-to-use website creation tools including WordPress.
- 100 email accounts
- Unlimited traffic for all plans.
- HDD, SDD and NVMe build options. Their storage capacity extends from 100 GB to 500 GB.
- Reliability and Performance
As a website owner you ned a web hosting service that is issue free from malware attacks and has no server breakdown. Your website mst be running smoothly.
1&1 Ionos is it has 99.98% uptime. This means faster web speeds, page load speeds is great and caching is automated. Hrank stats is a website that ranks hosting sites according to their speed performance and 1&1 Ionos was ranked at 99.8%.
- Ease of Use
Surprisingly it is easy to use 1&1 Ionos control panel interface. Once it is installed you will find that you monitor your site and interact with apps needs. It is important that you don’t get problems trying to use a cPanel that you do not understand.
So, 1&1 Ionos took a step further and designed a customized cPanel of their own. Some users complain it is clunky compared to the industry customized cPanel dashboard but it is relatively easy to use.
- Security Features
1&1 Ionos has SSL certificates that come with a Geotrust encryption (this offers encrypted exchange of data on yur site for users). Also with SiteLock you are able to combat any malware and external attacks. To beef up ypur security though means you can purchase this service at $49 per year.
Ionos Web Hosting Cons
- Lack Reseller Hosting Plans
Amongst web hosting services, 1&1 Ionos has no current Reseller hosting plans. Their services are therefore still limited in such areas.
- Limited Storage Options
1&1 Ionos storage options are limited. Hosting services like dedicated server host plans have unlimited packages at a costly price. Most hosting plans are limited to 10 GB like ‘Essential‘ host plan.
- Hidden Costs
Though 1&1 Ionos web hosting prices upfront are cheap, once you decide to purchase their services, all sorts of add on features start popping up required to purchase hence stretching your pockets thin in an unexpected way.
- Cancelling A Contract is Rigorous
Though 1&1 Ionos provides for contract cancellation it is tricky because you have to request for it by email and wait for confirmation. In this quote below, we see clearly that the power to do this is vested in the hands of the web hosting company. Read this below from their Terms and Conditions:
“4.2 You may cancel your contract with Us either by telephone, through Your Control Panel, by letter and email. Once We accept Your cancellation request, You will be provided with written confirmation of cancellation. Cancellation requests by letter and email need to be received at least three working days prior to your renewal date.
Cancellation requests will not be deemed to have been received and accepted until We have issued Our written confirmation to You.” ‘Written confirmation’? No problem. ‘At least three working days prior to your renewal date’? Fair enough. ‘Cancellation requests will not be deemed to have been received and accepted until We have issued Our written confirmation to You’?
Your cancellation request has to be approved by the web hosting company.
We would not recommend this hosting site for beginners because it is not user friendly. However it would work for large web sites and projects. As for your money worth, yes you can save a fortune using their services.