I'm aware that 1&1 is to be avoided at all costs and that's like a rule of thumb for domaining, but we all slip sometimes so please bear with me.
March 2016: Bought 3 domains from them. Used my personal account with all my legit details. Paid with my personal paypal. Nothing fishy. I developed one of the website into a big site that started pouring traffic. I invested heavily in content($x,xxx) and hired very skilled writers that were experts in the niche. The site started ranking on 4-5 position just months after I started posting and I was so happy. Just when I was about to place some ads and monetize the site, something terrible happened.. More on that later.
June 2016: I start a PBN creation service and started registering lots of domains with the intention of selling. Some were ordered by clients, some not. I registered 8 domains with 1and1 in the period of June-August 2016. All domains had a separate 1and1 account with the intention of pushing the domain to a client. Paid for them with my personal paypal that I used for my primary account
16th Nov TRAGEDY STRIKES! All my domains, including my 3 in my personal account get suspended without any notice. They all go into redepmtionPeriod. My personal 1and1 account gets locked(was probably locked a few weeks ago, but never noticed) as well as some of the client accounts. Some client accounts were completely deleted along with their domain names. This is when the torment begins..
1and1 do not have any official email or chat for support. Only phone. US phone. I do not reside in US which means long distance calls and my bad spoken English will come into play. An option I try to avoid at all costs. Googled a few emails and sent them an email, few days no reply. Found their facebook page and luckily a person named Tara responded. Told her my troubles and she said it's best to call them. Okay.. Called their tech support phone on their website, a non-native English speaker(far better than me though) tells me my account is set for suspension(WHAAT??) doesn't provide a reason. Tells me the security team can tell me, but they are not in working hours right now. I call the security team next day, nobody picks up.. after a few more tries I learned it's thanksgiving and they are feasting on a big juicy turkey for dinner while I pull the last bits of hair I have left for supper.. Black Friday also not working.. Weekend, yup that turkey needs to be digested well.. Finally monday comes I call them and a miserable guy called Matt says in a mumbling voice your account is set for termination like it's just an ordinary every day thing. But why, how what is the reason, how can I get back my domains?! Dunno, it's just set for termination says lazy Matt.. Call the tech support maybe they can help you transfer out the domains to a different host.. (I wouldn't stay with you even if you paid me for it I think in my head) So I call the tech support which is the first phone line again and explained my case for like the 50th time and a guy literally asked me to spell out my domains to him so he can escalate a ticket to the necessary department. I spent half an hour spelling one domain name, I was exhausted. It was clearly some kind of ploy to keep me busy and wear me out. But I'm not giving up, I'm made out of steel! I listened to hard-rock / metal in my teen years, I can endure pain, hit me harder! So we hang up, but I realized the guy sent a request for one domain only. I call again and a different rep picks up, Leo. This guy was the only concerned rep I have encountered and started asking many questions. The only downside? I waited on the phone while he was typing out the ticket. And it got VEERY long. I sat like an hour and 10 minutes with this guy listening to him typing out every word I said in his own interpretation. M'Kay I can endure, I'm strong.. So at the end he says I will transfer you to my supervisor so you can explain to him. Please go ahead! Then picks up Steven from the Security Department(again). So I tell him the whole issue again and he says okay let me put you on hold. I agree and the call drops. I though it was some kind of glitch with skype and call them again. Went through the whole explaining again and asked to speak to Steven in the Security Dept. and apologized for dropping the call..
Steven: it didn't drop! - in a rude voice!
Me: Then why did you hang up?
Steven: Because I don't believe your story sir!
Me: What exactly you don't believe?
Steven: I don't believe a single word you said!
So I start explaining my stance all over again and he interrupts me instantly
Steven: I don't believe anything you say because I called all of the numbers of your clients and nobody picks up
Me: Okay if you don't believe then how about my account? I'm a real person, I exist, I can provide ID or proof whatever is necessary?
Steven: You've committed a fraud sir!! We don't want to do any business with you! Do not call us again!
I never did anything even remotely to FRAUD!!!!!
1&1 .com domain transfer offer for $0.99 is a scam:
there is no $0.99 domain offer
The web site page to transfer a domain is disabled (intentionally malfunctioning): used AIX, Linux (Kubuntu), Windows 10, with firefox, chrome, chromium, MS Edge, MS IE, firefox and chrome on MS:
all browsers give the exact same result, down to the page source (on file): registration is made not to work via the web page
So I called.
I called twice. The first time I called I asked when this will be fixed, I got the answer that this must be a temporary outage and will be fixed with in 2 hours.
I called back two days later, after I had the exact same issues. I got the same answer at first. Told the agent that has been this way for two days.
Agent offered to do the domain transfer over the phone.
Well.... no way I give my information to a person not even knowing if he is an employee of 1&1 or of some call center in some other country.
This is definitively an upsale issue, there is no transfer without going through a sales agent. I did not give my data, asked again when this will be fixed, got the same lame answer.
Then the agent put me on hold to find out if there is a workaround (after all the excuses about browser, or "oh, Linux, try Windows...).
The workaround offered was the following (very shady, scammy...):
go online and buy a hosting package and a domain transfer, then remove the hosting package from the shopping cart
" (paraphrased, shortened to the method )
This is exactly it: I did not even try, looking on the web giving 1&1 my credit card is a very high risk to get a charge applied that others had a hard time to ever get back, mostly not, with the old tricks not to answer phone calls selectively, not answering email, etc.
I bet also that in the workflow of this proposed transaction I would need to buy that package first and then be able to do that transfer, with no way to avoid at least the first charge for the packet.
I did then my homework before calling back and registering through an agent: please go yourself and google for peoples' experiences with 1&1 and getting money back, or being overcharged, or being continued to be charged for terminated services, and not getting their money back.
Please remove 1&1 from this list.
If I could give 0 stars I would. I did lodge an FTC complaint about the practice offering something and at the same time having the execution of the offer disabled, and my suspicion that there is no such offer without actually buying a hosting package (see the agent's "solution" to the issue!).
RIP OFF! Billing for privacy and billing for domains are at 2 different times good luck getting your money back when you cancel and transfer away before your domain expires. Hope they lose their business!
I don't think I was surprised by the ratings I saw here, but in comparison to other ratings, I was in shock that in comparison, 1 and 1 was so low. There is a lot to not like about them, and these are my reasons:
1. The Control Panel Interface
I have been a long time customer for years, and the Control Panel interface was clunky, but really not all that bad several years ago. They just change it too much. Companies do change their interfaces, and if you are with them, you have to roll with the punches. My largest complaint is that they try to make it TOO EASY for people to use, which tech-heads like me, get irritated about.
2. Name Server / MX Records / A-Record alteration
In the past, you could easily add MX records, and make changes to settings for CNAME records, but not for A-records... unless you did call technical support and ask for that specifically. Today's interface is too busy and you still can't cleanly know what tyou're doing without help at times.
3. Email usage (1-and-1 Email vs. MX Records to Google or ZOHO)
Domains still get 1 free email, and up to 100 forwards to other non-domain based email aliases. In it's hay-day, Google offered 10 free emails, which I use with one of my domains. That said, if you tried to use the mail service with 1-and-1 which I did on a different domain - it's a completely different interface, which over the years - the way you get there changed about 3 times. Totally frustrated me to no end, and it goes to their own stability of managing their own internal products.
4. Customer Service RE:billing issues
Un-F#$&ing real!!!!!!! Some first line people totally suck as in this case! With one account, I told someone I saw something strange - I thought an account was hacked. When I poked around I thought my domain was being transferred away from me, it wasn't... but that didn't stop the person on the other end of the phone to say "Yes, I see you cannot renew you're domain, sorry." Now the misinterpretation on the site's domain controller was my fault as well, but the same representative, who DID NOT APOLOGIZE FOR THE FIRST STATEMENT, made a second statement that said my renewal fee would show up via email. I was angry, confused, and asked to speak to a US-based supervisor (who assured me all was well).
My reasons for staying with them:
1. Customer Service RE:billing issues - Round 2
This again... which is a mix of good and bad. I called to make sure a domain that was set to auto-renew would not auto-renew. After telling the person over the phone to only do this with one account, they did exactly what I asked, and the domain was gone. The next day, I received a cancellation alert. 9 days later, I saw a charge for a 14.99 renewal for the domain I effectively cancelled. Afer a lot of bad words, I called their billing support person, who saw the problem on their internal systems, and promptly submitted the refund, to which was indicated vial Email the next day.
2. Name Server / MX Records / A-Record alteration - Round 2
On a positive note, when you get to the network team, and have all the evidence of something working, they will make back-end changes to A-name / MX / C-name records on your behalf in minutes.
They have sales every now and again. To boot, when you buy a domain for a year, there is a check box you can select (or just ask them) to make your domain a private domain... all this at no cost.
4. Creating sub-domains
I complained about their clunky C-panel, but it is decent enough to get to some things. Create sub-domains is easy and operates just like an independent website (good for me who uses Weebly).
My #1 complaint is that you HAVE TO STAY ON TOP OF THEM.
My #1 compliment is that when you get to the right person, they are very helpful, but the process can take time.
My #1 recommendation, if you change your Control Panel, update all the how-to documents on the website.
With all that, If I could give them 3.6 starts I would, but I'll round up to 4... but if you folks at 1-and-1 read this... I am begging you to make this interface better, and PLEASE update the support pages with other OEMs and vendors you work in conjunction with.
ATTENTION !!! 1und1.de is the worst domain company I ever deal with ! german support plays dumb, could not understand what Id privacy is, din't want change my residence address, they discriminated me because of my place of origin! The supervisors do NOTHING to solve the issue! At the end the 1und1.de were charging me with fees although I have exported my domains long before. If you are german and like going to courts you are at the right company, all others beware of this people a def. non-go!
I would give 0 stars if possible, the company has literally no chat support... and they don't respond to emails for anything. Calling in is a really big hassle and when trying to register domains, the customer support team has to MUANUALLY APPROVE and I have LOST a few domains because 1and1 took forever to approve domains ... AVOID THIS REGISTRAR at all cost if you can otherwise if you think the 1$ transfer in is worth it and save a few bucks then it is up to you. but please think really thoroughly before sticking your hand into an ant trap.
Unlike the below reviews, my experience with 1&1 has been Ok. Don't get me wrong, it's not great, by a long shot, but not as terrible as I've heard. Main issues are there interface is very old and site is hard to navigate. Fortunately, I've not had to call their support so can't speak for that.
They make their .com price very cheap for first year then have high renew costs if you don't transfer away. However, if you're aware of that then you can take advantage of it.
By far the worst registrar and host I've ever used. Lets forget the fact that they wait like 24 to 48 hours to let you have access to the domain. Lets forget that their prices beyond the first year are ridiculously priced. But time and time again I find issues with their services. Last major problem I had, I changed my nameservers but their system never updated the values. Took weeks to resolve.
1&1's initial pricing is very low for some TLDs (like .com and .net), but don't be fooled. This is a classic "bait and switch" and the price increases drastically after the first year. Their interface is old and clunky and makes it very difficult to transfer domains away. Even after you transfer your domain out, you'll still get marketing emails from them referring to you as a customer and trying to sell you services you don't need.
My advice is to spend a bit more and go with a company that's actually reliable. Personally I'd suggest Name.com, Gandi, or Hover (in that order).
Super slow, impossible to set-up with git pages. Help totally unhelpful
Signed up for a domain with private registration. Several years later, found the details of this domain registration (with my name, address, phone number, etc.) indexed and archived by multiple sites. When I called 1&1, they were rude and unhelpful!
Had one domain on 1&1 a few years ago. Didn't like the interface, so transferred it out to 123-Reg. I continued to receive sales calls ('We'll build your website for you!') for some time afterwards, which did not endear them to me.
Poor interface, difficult to transfer out, patchy support, told me to pursue support on a phone number that does not work, makes it confusing and nearly impossible to stop renewals and then sets a collection agency on you for renewals you do not want. Avoid at all costs.