1&1 is one of the older companies in the web hosting and server industry. It started when a small German company took over a troubled online marketing service called T-Com in 1988. Today, over 6,500 employees help clients set up web hosting services, hosting products, and other products that help businesses establish their online presence. 1&1's web hosting service, called MyWebsite, is a low-cost product that allows individuals and small businesses to build their presence online.
Boasting a wide array of web locations across the world, 1&1 has 13.64 million customers using paid services with over 19 million registered domain names.
DigitalOcean is a relatively new company in the hosting business. They were established in 2011 when CEO Ben Uretzky launched DigitalOcean as a TechStars startup company. DigitalOcean is headquartered in New York City, New York. Overall, we found their hosting services pricing paradigm very straightforward and easy to understand. DigitalOcean doesn't target big businesses, but helps small developers immensely. We found that DigitalOcean offered several features that could help clients, including an easy-to-use "one click" app installation feature that lets users install WordPress templates and themes very easily. The company provides cloud hosting for its customers and has several plans from which they may choose. The company has a robust and reliable network of servers in North America, Europe, and Asia.
GoDaddy is a hosting company that specializes in shared, VPS, and dedicated hosting, name registration, web site design software, and e-business services. The company was founded in 1997 as Jomax Technologies, and changed its name to the memorable GoDaddy in 1999. In 2011, it was ranked the world's largest domain name registrar by Tier 1 Research, and it is consistently ranked as one of the best places to work in its headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The company offers domain registration, hosting, SEO consultation, and other services to its customers. GoDaddy has become one of the leaders in the industry via its quality products and sometimes edgy advertising. The company is an international presence and has been widely recognized with numerous awards for its innovation.
Network Solutions is a brand of Web.com that focuses on providing affordable websites for small businesses. They also offer domain registration, which will be discussed later in this review. In 2007, Network Solutions was one of the largest (top five) providers of domain names for clients, competing with GoDaddy, and held 6,659,150 domains for clients. Network Solutions is also one of the largest innovators in the Pay Per Click, Search Engine Optimization, and online marketing. Network Solutions opened in 1979, originally providing consulting services for IBM business machines. Since the late 90s, Network Solutions has focused on domains and website hosting.
Rackspace was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. They have over 5,000 employees worldwide with hundreds of thousands of customers around the world, including 40 percent of the Fortune 100. Rackspace specializes in hybrid cloud and is the founder of OpenStack®, the open-source operating system for the cloud. They are able to deliver customized infrastructures to fit their customers' IT needs. Their products can run on the public cloud, private cloud, dedicated servers, or a combination of platforms. Rackspace's award-winning Fanatical Support® helps customers successfully architect, deploy, and run their most critical applications. They are also featured on Fortune's list of 100 Best Companies to Work For.