I run a small business with a limited budget. Can I really create a website that's cheap, mobile-friendly, and packed with great features?
Yes! People assume that it costs a lot of money to build a website, but that's simply not true. Our website builder was particularly created to help small business creating their own website fast and without previous knowledge. 1&1 makes it easy and affordable. Here's how the process works:
Step 1: Pick plan and domain
If you already own a domain, transfer it. If you don't have one yet, we'll help you find one. 1&1 hosting plans, which include a website builder, offer extremely competitive pricing for budget-conscious business owners.
Step 2: Create your website using our website builder
Using our setup wizard, choose from one of our hundreds of website templates, which include Web pages designed for many different industries. All of our templates are mobile-friendly, which means your customers can visit your site using their smartphones and tablets. Can you really get all of this from a website? Yes, you can.
Step 3: Use Web apps for a customized visitor experience
Using our Web apps, you can integrate social media, images you've stored in the cloud, and even online payments into your website. Let customers book appointments, track orders, watch YouTube videos, read content, and much, much more.
Bottom line: You don't have to spend a lot of money to create a beautiful, feature-rich, and surprisingly cheap website. It's not about how much you spend on a website - it's about how well it works for you and your customers.
I have a website already, but I like what 1&1 has to offer. Can I transfer my existing site without a lot of hassle?
Yes! You can handle the transfer a couple of different ways. Transfer the site yourself, backed by 1&1's tech support team, or let our professional Web team take it to the next level.
If you've already built a website for your online business, we make it as easy as 1-2-3 to transfer your site to 1&1. You are able to test our website builder for yourself for 30 days with a money-back-guarantee.
1. Pick your plan. Browse through our plans and choose the one that fits your business. The website builder plans differs in the number of pages which you can create, the number of selectable designs and a few other features. Pick the contract term and payment schedule that works best for your business.
2. Move your website to 1&1. We make it easy to move your content to our servers and to fit it into one of our free website builder templates. If you need support during the move, we're available 24/7.
3. Transfer your domain. Transfer your existing domain to us, and terminate your old contract. Your website is reborn, hosted by 1&1.
If you'd prefer a custom design to one of our templates, let a 1&1 professional website creator transform your existing website into a knockout showcase for your business. After creating your unique website design, the 1&1 team will:Optimize your website so that search engines can find itYour website always gets the attention it deserves when you choose a custom Web design.
Once I create a website, can 1&1 help my customers find it?
Yes! 1&1 isn't just in the business of offering free websites and affordable hosting. We offer several different options for attracting new customers to your site.
Get traffic from Google with search engine optimization (SEO)
Along with our website builder, 1&1 offers a set of tools. They're easy enough for beginners to use but powerful enough for SEO experts. In addition to optimizing your site when you first build it, you'll get notifications about your search engine ranking. Our SEO tools provide ongoing analysis of your site's text and structure to improve your Google rankings.
Connect your site with popular online marketplaces
If you sell products on eBay, Amazon Marketplace, Etsy, or other online storefronts, 1&1's Web apps will connect your customers with your online storefront. Do you sell real estate or manage property? Use 1&1 Web apps that showcase your listings on Zillow and Trulia. If you make your website with our Websitebuilder, you will get basic apps in different tariffs. In our eBusiness Suite all packets include industry apps, which will help you to build your own website.
Attract visitors from social networks
Whether you're active on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, or other social networks, our Web apps connect your social media accounts to your business website. If you own a restaurant, register your business with Foursquare so that guests can check in and find each other.
Take advantage of local search
1&1 can register local companies with Google My Business so that you're easy to find on Google Maps, Search, and Google+. You'll be able to display the same address, phone number, hours of operation, and more across all of Google's services.
After I create a website with the 1&1 MyWebsite and get new customers, I want to keep them coming back. Can 1&1 help me generate repeat business?
Yes! 1&1 offers valuable tools for lead nurturing and generating repeat business. Here's how we help our customers build relationships with their customers:
Step 1: Build website
Create a website with the our website Builder and host it with 1&1. Use 1&1 Site Analytics tools to learn more about your customers. Do customers find your site using Google, or do you get a lot of referrals from Facebook? Which of your Web pages are most popular? Where do your customers live? With 1&1, you'll learn the answers to these questions and more.
Step 2: Find and nurture leads
Create content for your customers, including blog posts, newsletters, downloadable e-books, and more.
Step 3: Make the initial sale
Our Web apps let customers book their first appointments or make their first online purchases from your business.
Step 4: Maintain the relationship
Keep customers coming back by sending them coupons and notifications about new products or services. Connect with them on social media. Offer a section on your website featuring the latest industry news and trends. With 1&1, you're always providing value and staying connected with your customers.
When my customers make a purchase on my website, is their payment information safe?
Yes. When you build a website free of charge, you can either create your own online store or use one of our Web apps to set up secure payment options from providers like PayPal.
If you want to create an online store or accept a higher volume of online payments and orders, check out our Pro tariff with the included Online Store. The online Shop offers powerful e-commerce features including shipping options, and the ability to accept secure online payments.1&1 provides you with access to world-class merchant services providers.
Your payment processor, whether it be Kredit Karte Merchant Services, PayPal, RBS WorldPay, or another provider, takes care of both payment processing and security. If you decide to accept online payments or build an Online Store for your business, visit your payment processor's website to learn more about how they protect your customers' payment information.
I don't know much about websites and programming. Will 1&1 help me if there's a problem with my website?
Yes! We make our online website builder straightforward and easy to use. However, if you need help to create your own website, our tech support team is available 24/7, every day of the year. For tech support, you can contact us via email or over the phone. If you send an email, we'll get back to you within 48 hours. For immediate problems, give us a call.
We use some of the most safe and modern datacenters in the entire U.S. If a piece of hardware in the datacenter fails, or if the datacenter experiences a power outage, we automatically connect to backup systems to keep your website up and running. Additionally, we protect our servers and our network using world-class security measures.
You can feel confident that your Web pages are safe and secure, and you can stop worrying that an attacker will crash your site. With 1&1, your business website stays up and running just like we do - 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days per year. You build your website - we take care of the rest.
Do I need any previous experience or expert knowledge to use the website builder?
To simplify the administration of our website builder technology, the backend view largely corresponds to the frontend view – meaning there are no complicated menus or navigations and you can always see what your changes will look like. A versatile text editor is included that allows you to easily edit font size and deal with other formatting tasks whilst images, video and links can also be integrated easily. Professional website building has never been so simple. By the way, when you make your own website using our website builder, the resulting site will be consistent with W3C standards.
Is it possible to embed a contact form or a forum when you make your own website?
No matter which purpose you make your own website for, some features are always useful to have. For example, a contact form is a great way for visitors to stay in touch and allows better communication through your personal website. In addition to this, a forum is a great place to answer frequently asked questions or provide continued aftercare for your products and services. Forums are also useful places to conduct polls and surveys.
Both of these elements can be easily added when being in the web design mode by using the simple drag & drop system. In this section, you will also find many other elements common to a website and by using the preview function, you can check how they sites will look on your browser once they are published. Here, you can also enhance your website with web apps such as location maps and social media connections.
Are there any security and legal aspects to keep in mind when creating a website?
When you build your website with our website builder, you can expect unparalleled safety and security. Your website will be safe for visitors and your data and software will be secured against hackers and other types of data loss. What's more, when you use our website builder, you will also be safe from viruses, malware and other threats.
Our high-performance data centres are subject to German data-protection standards which are among the strictest in the world. In addition to this, your website data is secured using geo-redundant servers, to ensure maximum protection. When transmitting data through our fibre optic connections, we ensure multiple security measures through encryption and the data is passed through an external firewall.
Of course, when you are building a website you will automatically think of the legal requirements found on professional websites. 1&1 can provide the necessary legal texts that deal with this issue. Finally, should you have any further questions or issues regarding security or legal operation, our experts are on hand 24/7 through telephone or email.
Can I create a website and include additional elements using HTML, CSS and PHP?
With our design templates and feature-rich Web Apps
These days, why is it popular to set up a blog when creating a website?
When you create a website with 1&1 you will also receive our MyWebsite Blog App at no extra charge. Direct contact with your customers is an integral marketing factor for customer retention. With a blog you can regularly update customers with news and topics of interest, as well as any new developments in your business or new products in your shop
. The blog function and the corresponding free app give you the power to create, manage and make comments on every blog entry no matter your location—even on the go. Meaning you, as website creator, can respond to your visitors anytime, and at lightning speed. You also have the ability to publish new blog entry ideas instantly. This gives you the edge when it comes to staying up-to-date and topical. You can use the free MyWebsite Blog App on Android or Apple smartphone devices.
The app enables the integration of YouTube or Vimeo videos in blog entries using various slider effects. You also receive alerts as soon as a reader comments on a blog entry, meaning you can respond much faster and you don't have to constantly check for activity yourself. Aside from maintaining relationships with your customers, a business blog also acts as a positive ranking factor for Google. Websites that regularly update content are rewarded by Google with a higher ranking. Discover the 1&1 Website Builder and Blog App: designed so that you can get the most out of your website.
The 1&1 Website Builder: how do I incorporate images and videos on my website?
It's a breeze to insert images and videos with the MyWebsite tool. Simply select "insert element" and then "basics". Now you can quickly and easily drag and drop images to insert them on your website. By using the button "edit image", you add image effects and also adjust the size, sharpness and focus. If multiple images are to be displayed in succession, then simply drag the element "image gallery" in the "image and videos" category to your site and then establish the sequence settings, such as how many seconds each image is visible before the next one appears. It's also easy to include videos as you build your own website - under "images and videos" you can display video material either as Flash Video or direct from YouTube as well as MyVideo. To embed clips from YouTube or MyVideo, you need only paste in the corresponding embed link to the video. That way your desired video is automatically linked to your website.
How to create a website and integrate social media accounts?
Integrating social networks is almost always recommended when it comes to creating a website from scratch. Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest form an integral part of the daily lives of many users. For this reason, the 1&1 MyWebsite tool enables you to incorporate your desired social media platforms directly on your website. Under the category "social networks", found in the menu tab "insert element", you can choose from various social media platforms. This way, you can display Facebook posts, profile pictures and other information on your homepage, successfully linking your website together with social networks. Simply enter the URL of your Facebook page or another network to complete the process.
I want to be found through search engines. How can the 1&1 Website Builder help?
Creating a website is only half the work - high-ranking search engine results are essential to a website's performance; around 50 percent of all purchases online are made using a search engine. In addition to this, it allows people to find your website online and helps you appear ahead of your competitors. For these reasons, it's important to have a sustainable, long-term search engine optimization strategy.
At 1&1, we provide you with all the tools you need for better search engine placement. When you create a website with us, the 1&1 Online Success Center will take you through your existing content, helping you to ensure that it's fully-optimized for search engine rankings. This process covers all aspects including verifying whether or not your website is compliant with the current search engine guidelines for HTML coding, keyword enrichment, and regular updates of your pages, plus more. We then provide you with personalized recommendations for the long-term improvement of your search engine rankings.
How do I measure the success of my website?
Being able to measure the success of your website is key to knowing what areas need improvement. That's why when you choose the 1&1 Website Builder you'll gain access to our SiteAnalytics, so you know exactly how well your website is performing at all times. With our platform, it's possible to discover which pages are the most popular with visitors and identify pages that need to be optimized. It's also possible to view click paths to gain valuable insights into how your customers use your website, helping you to improve functionality and create a website tailored to your visitors. Included in the range of analytics are visits, visit statistics, browsers, operating systems, ISPs and referring pages. What's more, we put all this in the palm of your hand; 1&1 SiteAnalytics can now be accessed using a smartphone or other handheld device - meaning you can check your stats anywhere, anytime.