1and1 and UK2.NET are both reputable UK-based web hosts. In this post below, we are going to make an in-depth comparison between 1and1 and UK2.NET, in respect of pricing, features, performance, and customer support. After completing those comparisons, we will give the most reliable suggestion that which web host is better for customers’ websites.
About 1and1 and UK2.NET
1and1 (www.1and1.com) is a famous budget web hosting provider, and also part of United Internet company. It can offer a wide range of products based on both Windows and Linux. With over 2 decades of development in web hosting field, 1and1 can successfully provide shared hosting, virtual private servers, cloud servers and dedicated servers. Up till now, 1and1 has served 15 million of customers around the world.
As for UK2.NET (www.uk2.net), a European web hosting providers, who was founded in 1998. UK2.NET is the part of the UK2 Group, who has hosting brands in America. Also, UK2.NET is an experienced web hosting provider who has launched shared hosting, VPS, and dedicated servers since inception.
1and1 vs. UK2.NET on Pricing
Recently, it is a good time for customers, because many web hosts are making spring promotions. Well, 1and1 and UK2.NET are just two of them.
1and1 now offers extremely high discounts on its shared hosting solutions. Taking the basic shared hosting package as our example, if customers the shared hosting for only 1 month contract, the basic shared hosting starts at normal pricing at £5.99. However, if customers buy it for longer contracts, they will get up to 83% discounts from the monthly pricing. That is to say, customer can get 1and1 basic shared hosting at only £0.99/mo.
This promotion is only valid for the initial contract. If customers are happy with 1and1 to continue the second contract, they will receive 17% discount on the longer terms of contract, namely, starting at £4.99/mo.
Even better, 1and1 offers 30 days of full money back guarantee, meaning that customers can have full 30 days as e trail period. If they are not satisfied with 1an1, they can cancel account within the first 30 days and receive a full refund.
Compared with 1and1, UK2.NET also has exclusive discounts on its shared hosting solutions, but it is higher than 1and1. Normally, UK2.NET shared hosting is from £3.95/mo. 50% discount on UK2.NET shared hosting will make UK2.NET shared hosting starts at £1.98/mo which is valid only for yearly plans.
Considering the billing terms, the different pricing, and money back guarantee, we think 1and1 has more competition than UK2.NET.
1and1 vs. UK2.NET on Features
Now we will compare the features from 1and1 and UK2.NET. Because the two companies both design 3 shared hosting plans, to see the differences and similarities clearly, we decide to take their smallest shared hosting plan as the instance.
1and1 Basic shared hosting and UK2.NET smallest shared hosting plan both contain unlimited web space and unlimited traffic. Both companies offer one free domain name and free SSL Certificate in all shared hosting plans, while 1and1 has DNS management and 100 subdomains. Both companies’ shared hosting can support multiple websites and UK2.NET smallest shared hosting can support 10 websites.
Besides, 1and1 also includes up to 600 MB RAM, diverse domain types available, 20 MySQL databases, 100 email accounts, 2 GB email storage per account, and anti-spam as well as anti-phishing, but UK2.NET only has 1 MySQL database.
Both companies offer 1-click application installer. UK2.NET offers Softaculous app installer, giving the potential to install over 100 applications. 1and1 1 Click and Build application comes with over 140 apps, safe mode and free mode. More than that, 1and1 shared hosting basic plan also has optional website builder and design software for free.
In addition, both companies have multiple scripts languages, including PHP, Perl, SSI, Python and Ruby, but 1and1 can offers the latest version of PHP, Perl Syntax Checker, and CGI output monitor.
1and1 shared hosting include much more features than UK2.NET shared hosting. Besides what we have mentioned before, 1and1 also offers 20 FTP accounts support, 1&1 WebspaceExplorer, 1&1 control panel, protected directories, Secure Shell Access, IPv6, 1&1 SiteAnalytics, and other more.
1and1 vs. UK2.NET on Performance
1and1 provides 100% fast and 100% available guarantee for all shared hosting plans, while UK2.NET smallest shared hosting plan does not includes uptime SLA.
In hosting package, 1and1 offers new features to make fast loading times. Up to 600 MB RAM and optional CDN (besides basic plan, the other two plans include CDN as a standard feature) are the enhanced features to ensure fast speed. Besides, 1and1 has geo-redundancy to handle worldwide customers’ location requirements.
Take a closer look at 1and1 data centers. At least 70,000 physical servers are running in 1and1 seven premium data centers. Due to multiple connections between seven data centers, 1and1 has the ability to deliver nearly 100% uptime.
As for security issues, 1and1 does appropriate preparation. Each shared hosting has the option of 1&1 SiteLock basic support. Each plan includes automatic updates, password-protected directories, updated firewall, as well as webspace recovery, and the backup will be done daily.
UK2.NET makes good use of redundant locations, too. Each data center is using premium Cisco platform to create multiple network connections. All day and night monitoring and maintenance will protect servers from emergency. However, UK2.NET cannot give the promise to its smallest shared hosting plan. It turns out that 1and1 is confident to do better than the competitors.
1and1 vs. UK2.NET on Customer Support
As for support section, both companies has the fastest and the most convenient contact methods, which are phone call. Email is also available. UK2.NET also has live chat and ticket support.
In addition, 1and1 has an integrated help center containing many popular topics, featured articles, billing and account articles and more. UK2.NET has knowledge base to provide online resources as well.
So, in terms of customer support, both companies provide standard support to customers.
Which One is Better?
Comparing 1and1 and UK2.NET, we can clearly figure out 1and1 is better than UK2.NET. Although UK2.NET shared hosting plans include standard features to a support simple website, 1and1 provides more and better features to make its shared hosting easy to use and more powerful. Considering the lower pricing, better performance and both Linux and Windows friendly, we recommend 1and1 to UK customers.
For more information about 1and1, please visit www.1and1.com.