PROS / The web creator is intuitive and shows previews for desktop and mobile sites.
CONS / The money back guarantee is only 15 days.
VERDICT / Small business owners looking for very simple site creation without much expectations of disk space and traffic should consider One.com's introductory plan.
When shopping among the best shared hosting companies, you'll notice that a great introductory price is advertised front and center. Yet, when you sign up, there are always add-ons and yearly prices that come straight out of your pocket. One.com is a web host that boasts about its low prices but doesn't charge you anything extra unless you need it. We reviewed the Starter plan, which is the initial package of four possible types.
This Starter package has its merits, but it's also the least expensive for a reason. It's meant to provide space for a published blog or simple website. In our case, we built a simple site, with a few graphics, videos and pages to test the site creator. If you're a small business owner just looking to have online real estate that represents your business, One.com isn't a bad place to start.
This plan allows you to host one domain, subdomain, MySQL database and parked domain. Only running one site is generally the standard, but the other options make upgrading to a higher plan an eventuality. On the plus side, it does offer unlimited email accounts. In addition, the 15 GB available for disk space is fine for a simple site that shouldn't expect too much traffic. There is typically a setup fee and a cost for domain, but One.com's promotions waived those costs. Before signing up for this service, you should be sure it's one that you need, as the money back guarantee is a short 15 days, about half as long as most hosting services' guarantees.
The usability of this web hosting service was affected by how long it took to create an account. Even after paying the low initial cost, it took two days to receive confirmation that the hosting account was live. Also, there isn't a helpful walkthrough or instant tutorial that helps with the hosting account or email management. However, there is a walkthrough for the site creator. One.com does not use the standard cPanel that you see most other sites use. That doesn't necessarily mean that the dashboard is difficult, just different.
The feature we enjoyed using was the web editor. Often with other website hosting companies, the go-to creator is WordPress or an app you must download to use. One.com provides an instant creator that provides an intuitive experience. It also shows the preview for a web page as seen on desktop and mobile.
One.com may not be the best web hosting experience for anyone looking to hit the market in a big way. However, sites that require little more than a presence online can easily be created using this service. There is limited room to expand in the Starter plan, but One.com provides three higher-tiered plans to allow for flexibility.