1&1 Hosting And Other Tid Bits
I’ve read the good the bad and the ugly about 1 & 1 hosting. I don’t have an opinion on the matter other than I’ve been hosting with them since around 2006. In that time I have experienced all kinds of problems.
Their customers service is okay but I do have some cripes about it and maybe I can help you solve some of your 1&1 hosting problems.
WordPress, SSL, 1&1 Hosting
So I have another blog 🙂 that uses SSL. Of course I had to figure out how to the SSL certificate to work with my site.
I called up 1&1 hosting support and they gave me zero support.
They told me to ask my developer how to do it.
I explained to them I was the developer of my site and not a very good one at that. Long story short I purchased my SSL certificate from geotrust through 1&1 and was installed on my server. I still know how to get it to work with my site.
So without complaining anymore about this here is the solution I found.
You can install WordPress Https and as long as you have your SSL certificate in your root domain, the plugin will connect all the dots for you. You don’t have to worry about the htacess or any technical stuff.
It’s actually rather easy to connect SSL to your wordpress.
Of course 1&1 hosting was unwilling to even point me in the right direction it took me several hours to figure that out.
WordPress | 1&1 hosting | IonCube
It literally took me 3 days of pulling what little hair I have left on my head out. I followed 1&1’s instructions step by step and it wasn’t working. I visited tons of forums and still I couldn’t find a solution to the problem.
For those of you that host with 1 & 1 by now you realize that there are many different scripts and plugins out there that require IonCube Loader. Now I don’t know 100% what that script does, but I do know that it’s suppose to make it difficult if not impossible for someone to reverse engineer the code. ( I don’t know how true that is) but it’s what it’s suppose to do.
In any event, other hosting companies like Hostgator or GoDaddy have ioncube installed in their c-panels already. Not 1&1 though, you have to manually install it yourself. I was told by customer support that I had a Linux (64 bits) server… THATS WHAT THEY TOLD ME….
Fact is, after feeling totally desperate I went ahead and installed Linux (32 bits) and it worked fine. The steps 1&1 gave me to follow worked like a charm. So in this case the information on how to install it was correct, the information they were telling me on the phone was incorrect.
So that just goes to show you that sometimes tech support isn’t very helpful at all.
Some Food For Thought
If your serious about doing business online. It can get frustrating, sometimes you can’t afford to out source the work that needs to be done. But if you can try and out source the stuff your not good at. It will save you hours maybe weeks, months of your life.
If your using 1&1 hosting yes you can do pretty much anything you need to do with your website with 1&1 however if your not an experienced web developer I don’t recommend using them.
If your a total newbie and you don’t know what you need play it safe and use hostgator, bluehost, godaddy or a hosting company that uses a C-panel.
You can start on a shared hosting plan, however if you want your business to grow you are going to have to switch to a dedicated host. Choose wisely the hosting company you pick. Thus far I’ve stuck it out with 1&1 hosting.
However, I am very close to moving all my virtual assets to another hosting company simply because I am tired of using software, scripts etc that don’t play nice with the way 1&1 works.
If you are having difficulties with your 1&1 hosting ask a question in the comment section. There is a good chance I can point you in the right direction….