- Other TLD prices
- ICANN fees
- Cross selling
- Customer support
- Simple domain transfer policies
1&1 charges an introductory price of $0.99 for a .com domain name. The actual price is $14.99/year, which is what customers pay once the introductory period expires. This may be unfavorable to some customers who may have purchased the domain for the extremely low price. $14.99/year is on par with the industry average price major competitors charge for a .com domain-although some domain companies offer a lower .com price of $8.99-$9.99/year.
Other TLD Prices
If you want to purchase other Top-Level Domains (TLDs) (.net, .co, .org, .info, etc), 1&1 charges introductory prices ranging from $0.99 to $19.99/year. Once the introductory period ends, annual prices range from $14.99 to $39.99/year.
Although the introductory prices are extremely discounted for alternate domain names, the actual prices are less competitive, with many TLD companies charging from $11.99/year to $16.99/year for the most popular extensions.
1&1 is one of the very few domain name companies that openly display their added ICANN fees during the checkout process. All Domain name registrars have to pay an 18 cent annual fee to ICANN for each domain name registered through them. Although this is inferior to companies who don't charge customers ICANN fees at all, it surpasses companies who are not transparent with their ICANN fees altogether. These companies don't mention whether or not they have these fees, causing transparency issues for customers. The downside is that customers have to pay slightly more than the price as advertised.
When checking out on 1&1's website, customers encounter approximately 5 upsells. These upsells appear "in your face" more than many domain registrars, who typically display upsells quietly as itemized additional features with boxes to be checked. Regarding the number of upsells, 1&1's 5 upsells are more than what the average company offers (2 upsells), making 1&1 less competitive in this area.
Similar to the majority of Domain Registrars, 1&1 offers customers a Help Center page with answers to commonly asked questions, such as how to transfer domains, website building tools, updating your domain's IP address, account and billing questions, etc. Other than a Help page, customers appear to be kept at arm's length. There is no phone number or Live Chat for customer support and the email support is "guided", meaning if you have a question, you click on the email icon on their contact us page. They ask "how can we help you today?" by offering a series of icons representing the services they offer: account & billing, email & office, domains, web hosting, mywebsite, servers, ecommerce and online marketing. When you click on the Domains icon, it takes you through a series of predetermined questions with a drop down menu of answers to what question you select. Most companies offer way more customer support than 1&1 with 24/7 support via telephone, live chat and email.
Simple Domain Transfer Policies
With such unavailable customer service, Domain Transfers with 1&1 appear to be straight forward, but customers may have issues if they hit a bump during the process.
To transfer a domain away from 1&1, the following conditions must be met:
- The domain has not been registered or transferred in the last 60 days.
- The domain must have public registration.
- The account containing the domain must be in good standing.
- The domain's contact information should be updated.
- The domain must be unlocked for transfer.
- The domain's authorization code is needed (if applicable).
These conditions are standard for most domain transfers to another domain. 1&1 does not appear complicated with a bunch of hoops to jump through. Some registrars are openly known for holding names hostage, making it difficult to switch registrars if you become dissatisfied.