Do I really need a server?
If you are looking to get your web project online, 1&1 is your best choice for server rental - no matter how large or small your project. Web servers essentially offer you everything you need to host all of your website data securely and within easy reach. In fact, good server hosting is crucial to a fully functional and accessible website that your users will want to return to again and again.
Web servers are perfect for larger projects with multiple languages and lots of data – particularly when you need to host many pages containing images or other storage-hungry files. Whatever your server requirements, 1&1 has a solution for you, with various options available that allow you to customise the components of your package. Decide upon which processors, storage and service options are best suited to your needs and select a package with the corresponding features. Whether it's with Virtual Servers, the Dynamic Cloud Server or Dedicated and Managed Servers – the hardware of all three solutions is housed in state-of-the-art data centres. Also, since your data is constantly backed-up and stored in two data centres within two different geographic locations, it is well protected against breakdowns and other technical faults.
How can I choose the most suitable web server package for my web project?
1&1 offers a range of server hosting solutions that cater for all server requirements – whatever the size and demands of your project. At 1&1, you can find three main types of server solutions – Virtual Servers, the Dynamic Cloud Server and Dedicated/Managed Servers.
For small to medium sized web projects, Virtual Server (http://www.1and1.co.uk/virtual-server) packages are usually sufficient. Within the 1&1 Virtual Server range, you can choose from four solutions, providing you with various amounts of RAM (2 GB to 12 GB) and storage (50 GB HDD to 400 GB HDD), with a choice of operating systems (Windows and Linux) and all supporting unlimited volumes of traffic.
If your web project requires the support of a performance boosting web server, particularly during periods of high traffic, the Dynamic Cloud Server (http://www.1and1.co.uk/dynamic-cloud-server) solution is the best option for you. The 1&1 Dynamic Cloud Server offers you complete flexibility when it comes to server management. Servers can even be switched off during periods when you don't require support, meaning that you only pay for the server performance that you have actually used.
The Dynamic Cloud server allows you to plan and configure output parameters according to your needs. For an idea of the options available to you and to give you an idea of pricing, take a look at our configuration wizard. Should your requirements change, you are free to change your initial configuration at any time with 1&1. Finally, for complex web and enterprise applications requiring maximum levels of support, the most appropriate server solution would be one of 1&1's Dedicated or Managed Server (http://www.1and1.co.uk/dedicated-server) solutions.
What is the difference between virtual, dedicated and managed server hosting?
The main differences between virtual servers and dedicated/managed servers come in terms of the hardware used, the computing performance and the available storage space. A dedicated or managed server is equipped with specific features and resources, meaning that the performance of the installed hardware is available exclusively to the user. This means that the user has sole access to the dedicated resources and also enables the user to dictate and manage how resources are used.
Dedicated and Managed Servers from 1&1 include servers with which you can freely determine your personal hardware configuration from different variants, allowing you to tailor the performance to the individual requirements of your web project. Here, you can determine the number of processor cores, amount of memory and storage space used. In contrast, virtual server hosting guarantees users a certain amount of computing and storage capacity, independent of the physical layout of its hardware.
How can I customise my web server to my current needs?
For small to medium sized web projects and database applications, 1&1's virtual server solutions are the perfect choice. They are particularly helpful as starting points for growing projects when you require extra support but are not yet looking to sign up for a full dedicated server or purchase an in-house server. At 1&1, you are able to upgrade your Virtual Server package at any time should you require more support for your current project. With RAM support of 2 GB up to 12 GB, and storage from 50 to 400 GB HDD, you're sure to find something to fit your requirements.
For web projects requiring temporary or seasonal support, for instance during periods of higher volumes of web traffic, you may want to consider the flexible Dynamic Cloud Server option. Here, you are able to turn the server on and off as-and-when you need to, meaning that you only have to pay for the performance used. You can tailor your performance level by determining your vCore, RAM and hard disk space requirements yourself.
What are the benefits of ordering either a dedicated or managed web server from 1&1?
There are numerous benefits of selecting this type of server hosting solution from 1&1. One such benefit is having full root access to your dedicated server. This allows you to take full control of features such as hosting multiple domains, integrating different web applications or implementing your own local mail server.
Alternatively, with managed server hosting, you can leave the administration up to 1&1's expert team. At 1&1, you are guaranteed top security, top performance as well as the very latest in web server technology. You have the choice of Windows or Linux operating systems and a host of additional features, applications and tools. Furthermore, with so many options available, you have the freedom to customise your server hosting experience to your exact project requirements.
At 1&1, you are always able to upgrade or downgrade your level of performance at any point – full flexibility to continuously tailor your package according to the requirements of your project. With a dedicated server package, you will also benefit from 24/7 telephone and e-mail support from a dedicated technical support team member – all free of charge.
What can I do if I choose a server solution and then change my mind?
Is your web project growing, fluctuating or somewhat unstable at the moment? Are you considering one of our server hosting solutions but see things changing in the near future? Not sure which package to choose? Don't worry! At 1&1, with a comprehensive range of server solutions on offer, you are free to upgrade or downgrade your package at any point.
If you need additional performance, simply contact us and we will upgrade your server hosting package accordingly. If your support requirements fluctuate over time, the Dynamic Cloud Server could be a great option for you. Here, you can control when your server is switched on and off so that you only have to pay for performance when you are using it and, more importantly, need it.
At 1&1, we aim for 100% customer satisfaction. Therefore, our server solutions include a 30 day money back guarantee. If you are considering one of our server solutions but you are still wondering how a server package can help your business, why not try it out for a few weeks to see? If ultimately it turns out not to be right for you at the current time, you can simply claim your money back.