Welcoming the New German Overlords at 1&1
As I stated in previous blog entries, I’ve had enough of csoft.net. While nothing has happened with them in a while, I decided that since I needed to renew phoneboy.com anyway, now might not be a bad time to migrate the mail/DNS for phoneboy.com as well as my wife’s domain.
1&1 is a relatively new company in the US, but they are part of United Internet, which has been around for a number of years and is behind some of the bigger names in web hosting over in Europe. One service they do provide is: the cheapest registrar services around. $5.99 a year for a domain. That’s hard to beat.
If you want to do web hosting, they actually include the domain registration fees as part of their package. That means instead of having to pay a yearly fee to some third party in addition to your monthly web hosting fees, you just pay your monthly hosting fees.
Pretty much everything 1&1 does is automated, especially when it comes to setup. Their fairly comrpehensive web portal gives you up-to-the-minute status on your account creation process, domain adds/changes, etc. If you decide to go with a dedicated or root server (Marcelo and I are experimenting with a root server for Voxilla), they pretty much automate the setup of that as well.
The only thing I don’t like about 1&1′s service offerings is their webmail interface. It sucks. I’m not above installing my own webmail program such as the one referenced by a blog entry on Ravi’s [World]. That just means migrating my wife from one webmail program to another…