1and1 VS BlueHost – Shared & VPS Hosting Comparison

1and1 is an experienced in the industry. Early in 1988, 1and1 founders established the company. As a Germany-based company, 1and1 has expanded its business in other major markets such as USA and UK. As for their service, this company runs business in domain name registration, hosting, website building, servers, emails and eCommerce.

BlueHost is a well-known company in web hosting market. Founded in 2003 in Utah, the company has grown into one of the biggest web hosting providers in a short period of time. Now, the company has over 700 employees and various hosing solutions covering shared hosting, VPS, WordPress hosting and dedicated servers.

As mentioned above, both companies are major providers in the market, so it is difficult to choose one from another. Therefore, we need to do a comparison between them. Because of the popularity of shared web hosting and VPS, we would like to focus on those two types.

Price & Feature – Shared Hosting

As for shared hosting, 1and1 only has an all-in-one solution with the price at $0.99/mo. Attention! This low price is only for the first three months. When it comes to the fourth month, you would be charged at $8.99/mo which is more expensive than the industry-average price.

BlueHost provides three plans for shared hosting, namely, Basic, Plus and Prime. Normally, the company rates them at $7.99/mo, $10.99/mo and $14.99/mo respectively. Recently, through the promotional link below, you can enjoy the up to 63% discount for these plans respectively. So, you only need to pay stating $2.95/mo only for BlueHost shard hosting service.

BlueHost Promotional Link Activation

Considering features, we select the popular plan Plus from BlueHost and 1and1 plan for comparison because they have the close regular price.

Feature 1and1 BlueHost
Plan In Comparison 1and1 Unlimited Plus
Website Space Unlimited Unlimited
Bandwidth Unlimited Unlimited
Domain 1 1
MySQL Yes Yes
cPanel Yes Yes
Add-on Domains Unspecified Unlimited
Marketing Offers N/A $200
Money Back Guarantee 30 Days Anytime
Price $8.99/mo $3.95/mo
Conclusion Not Recommended Recommended

From the table above, you may notice that 1and1 not only charges much higher than BlueHost but also lags behind in money back guarantee and marketing offers. So, through comparison about their feature and price simply, BlueHost wins.

Price & Feature – VPS

For people who run a medium-size business or large company, shared hosting can no longer meet their needs. Normally, they would turn to VPS for help. So, this review also does comparison on their VPS plans.

For VPS packages, 1and1 has four types of plans: Virtual Server M, Virtual Server L, Virtual Server XL and Virtual Server XXL. And now the price is $4.99/mo, $9.99/mo, $19.99/mo and $29.99/mo respectively. Similar to its shared hosting, the price is only for the first six months. For example, for Virtual Server M, you need to pay 12.99/mo after the first 6 months.

As for BlueHost, there are also four plans available: Standard, Enhanced, Premium and Ultimate. And the company rates them at $29.99/mo, $59.99/mo, $89.99/mo and $119.99/mo. Recently, VPS plans are on sale. Through the promotional link, you can have a 50% discount for the first month with the price at $14.99/mo, $29.99/mo, $44.99/mo and $59.99/mo.

Feature 1and1 BlueHost
Plan In Comparison Virtual Server M Standard
CPU 1 Core 2 Cores
Storage 50GB 30GB
Bandwidth Unlimited 1TB
IP 1 1
Root Access Yes Yes
Control Panel Plesk cPanel
Setup fees $9.99 Free
Price $4.99/mo $14.99/mo
Conclusion Not Recommended Recommended

Overall, two companies have little differences for their primary plans. But 1and1 provides smaller amount of RAM and only supports single CPU. Therefore, in general, BlueHost is recommendable for VPS.


1and1 cares a lot about reliability. Their US datacenter is under well protection like backup generator and cooling system so that even some extreme incidents happen, the datacenter and servers operate reliably. Overall, the company promises 99.9% uptime. But statistics show that they had 7 outages simply in 2014 with one serious outage included. Customer reviews also prove that 1 and1 performs poorly in uptime.

As for BlueHost, the company promises 99.9% uptime. According to data, the company only had two outages in 2014, which is quite normal in the industry. Because there are always some uncertainties, nobody can guarantee that no downtime would happen to your websites. Generally, BlueHost is doing ok in the part.

Customer Service

Both companies support email and phone. In addition, BlueHost also provides live chat service, which would be much more convenient than 1and1. As we all know, feedbacks and customer reviews are relatively more reliable than companies’ hypes. Thus, it is very necessary to hear that their real users say about them.

Surprisingly, there are almost 90% “Poor” for 1and1. Users complain that 1and1 support staffs are irresponsible and low-efficient. And even worse, some report that 1and1 cannot be trusted because sometimes they charge users extra fees. In comparison, the majority of users are satisfied with BlueHost although there are a few complains.


From analysis above, either for shared hosting or VPS, BlueHost offers more budget-friendly price and powerful features. More importantly, BlueHost is doing much better in customer service. So, we recommend BlueHost for shard hosting and VPS.