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.