Domain.com Hosting Review

 

Though the name only has “Domain” in it but believe me it has much more to offer than that. It’s a web hosting company whose area of excellence is providing domains but at the same time, you will find web plans as well. With a decent site, this company is here with good customer support.

Uptime

The reliability or the uptime decides how stable a web hosting company is. Domain.com doesn’t claim any uptime guarantee and they reveal no uptime performance on the site but the company doesn’t seem to have any problem in keeping the sites up i.e. they have an impressive uptime record so far. So it’s a reliable company. A tier 1 facility provides its services with full redundancy, redundant cooling, 24×7 monitoring and another important factor UPS backup.

 

An overview

Domain.com provides almost all the kind of web hosting services like WordPress and VPS, but all the plans lack some of the features that other companies like DreamHost and Host Gator provide. All the plans with their respective pricings are split into Linux and Windows variants. They have very few VPS hosting packages. If you are looking for servers then this is not the company you could go with.

There’s a 30-day money back guarantee as well, but you need to be careful with it.

 

The Plans

  • Shared Hosting

If we look at the plans these are divided into two-

o   Linux Plans

There are three plans here, Basic, Deluxe and Ultra. You can check out the features of them on the site.

o   Windows Plans

Even here there are three plans with same names, each one of it has its own features, check them out.

  • VPS Hosting

Standard, Pro and Premium are the options that you will have for VPS hosting. The Standard plan doesn’t come with a control panel while the other two do. Other features are given on the site, just have a look.

  • Instant Website

Domain.com has something called Instant Website which they define as follows-

“ Quick, Hassle-Free Web Presence

One-page website with a modern, professional layout

An extremely easy, intuitive website editor

No technical knowledge required to set up”

It’s a very good option for small scale businesses and for personal use.

  • Website Builder

There are many tools available for building a website the best one being Weebly. The drag-and-drop builder helps you to build a site in no time with everything included contact forms, social media links etc.

 

DOMAINS

Domains the most attractive service of Domain.com. Just to have an idea, visit their site, you will have several options like nTLDs, private or bulk registration etc. You will have numerous options of a domain to select from.

 

Bottom Line

Bottom line would be, you can’t just strike it off from your list of potential hosting companies and nor could you blindly go with it. It’s a pretty good option for your domain solutions but there are better companies in the market for shared hosting at the same price. The major blemish would be limited features. It has a good infrastructure, good uptime record, user friendly interface and a responsive customer support BUT it has limited features. Lack of dedicated servers and month-to-month payment options just make it worse.

Anyways, just visit their site and have a look at it yourself.

http://www.domain.com/

 

 

Contabo Hosting Review

 

The company was not always known by this name, it was launched in 2003 under the name Giga-international. It might not be a much-known name in the US for hosting but in Europe, it is, especially in Germany. They have a very eye catching hosting products.

 

Uptime

Uptime in other words reliability is the key factor which decides the stability of your site. Though Contabo doesn’t claim or guarantee any uptime record, with my personal experience I don’t think it’s a matter of concern. Moreover, we shouldn’t forget that Contabo has some quality hosting server, a couple of data centres and really strong state drives.

The Plans

  • Webhosting

Since it’s a European company all the prices are given in Euros. There are three plans for web hosting with different prices and features. You may compare them on their site and select the one which fulfils your requirements.

  • Servers

If we talk about the servers, you get the option of customising them and capacity wise servers can be bought at different prices, again, mentioned in Euros.

  • VPS

VPS packages are something that could be considered as a plus point of Contabo. You get some very impressive specs at a very reasonable price. Majorly there are two options, either you for HDD + SSD Boost or 100% SSD, this totally depends on your requirements.

  • Colocation

Contabo facilitates you with the option of composing your own individual colocation solution from a range of choices available in Housing, Bandwidth and Power.

  • Domains

“N” number of domains are available to choose from, you can have the complete overview on their site.

Customer Support

They do have a 24×7 Tech support available at your will which actually does a decent job at addressing the grievances. Their support team operate from Germany and constantly monitor the hardware and network connections.

Apart from a very user-friendly customer support they have a very great policy of keeping their users first. Their way of presentation and working is user-friendly, which makes it simple for people with not that great skills in this sector.

 

Pricing

In Europe, as far as I know, no company promises such products with such customer friendly service at this price. So, given that we may call it reasonable at every level.

Back Ups

Contabo has another great feature, they offer a backup bolt on which allows a user to save encrypted backups via FTP. In addition to this, there’s a provision of 100% backup as well.

 

Ending Note

In the end, what we can conclude is, Contabo is professional host which has established itself in Europe. With two data centres and all the servers they have, they are gonna stay in this market. Probably it’s the best solution to your web hosting problems in Europe. The only issue is that they don’t provide overnight support in reference to their time zone, which could prove to be annoying sometimes. And here’s the last advice, do go through their money back terms and conditions because some quirks are hidden there.

 

Here’s the site link, take out some time and check it out yourself-

https://contabo.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

1&1 Hosting Review

1&1 Hostings

The 1&1 Hosting company again one of the leading Web hosting providers. It is the most prolific web hosting provider with the widest range of hosting products. They have established in 10 different countries including Germany, Spain, Great Britain and the United States of America. It’s not the company which gives you the most affordable service but you will certainly have a service with top quality.

All these are fine what actually matters is what it offers…

Uptime (i.e. Reliability)

1&1 stood firm in website monitoring test and proved to be incredibly stable with almost 100% uptime record, it could be relied on for a solid foundation of your company.

 

The plans and services-

  • Domain Names

You can select any domain name from the lot, you can register yourself your own private domain and so on. There’s a 1&1 Digital Guide available for your help.

  • Websites

You can have your own website on board with it, customise it use the available websites template and make it worth visiting and for assistance in doing so you can use the guide available on the site.

  • Web Hosting Packages
  • Fundamental Web Hosting

It comes with three options to choose from – Basic, Unlimited Plus and Unlimited Pro. The prices of these plans vary depending on the features they come with.

  • Linux Hosting

Even here you have three options, in fact, the very same options- – Basic, Unlimited Plus and Unlimited Pro. You can check the site for more details.

  • WordPress Hosting

The WordPress hosting has improved easy installation and is up to 50% faster with full SSD storage. The three options remain the same with different pricings. 1&1 has a very good WordPress hosting solutions which many companies fail to provide.

  • Cloud Hosting

Here just select your stack, choose the plan accordingly depending on your needs and you would be good to go.

  • Servers
  • Cloud Servers

1&1 has few options for cloud servers as well, here you have to select your configuration and then you have to choose your cloud server to fulfil your requirements.

  • Virtual Server Cloud

Then there’s virtual server cloud where resources are not shared through VMware virtualization. Choose your own plan.

  • Dedicated Servers

Dedicated servers, the most secure and reliable servers and easy system management. There a number of dedicated servers option to choose from, from different companies like AMD, Intel etc.

  • Email & Office 365
  • eCommerce
  • Online Marketing

These last three services are not exclusively provided by most web hosting providers but 1&1 does.

 

Now the Pros and Cons

Pros

  • 24/7 technical support
  • Money-back guarantee
  • Free daily backups
  • Unlimited traffic, emails, DBs
  • WordPress integration
  • 99.9% uptime guarantee
  • Wide range of web hosting products

Cons

  • User experience- not so great
  • Backend Setup

increases complexities

  • Speed

there are companies with better speed too in the market

  • Customer  Service

not the best, could be improved

Conclusion

I can’t just blindly recommend 1&1 to anyone. It certainly has many features which make it stand apart but the naively positive user experiences are not acceptable. All the wide range of products and services it provides are pretty impressive and even the price is not so high but still, you will find mixed reviews on the net. It could be the one with easy email setups, domain transfers, WordPress hosting etc.