Q: Why do you recommend 1&1 and WordPress for newbies? I am a newbie and the installation for WordPress is too technical for me. And I’ve learned since that there are some hosts that have 1-click installation for WordPress, saving time and money, even if the monthly cost is higher. So, why do you recommend 1&1 for newbies when their system does not support WordPress installation?
A: There are a couple reasons why I suggested 1&1 to newbies. They offer a variety of hosting packages and are attractively priced.
Also, I like their interface a lot. CPanel is a popular user interface on many hosts, but I actually prefer the 1&1 admin area for intuitiveness.
And with regards to not supporting 1-click installation, they actually have a blogging tool in their interface that is powered by WordPress. It’s called “1&1 Blog” under “Website Applications.”
Plus, you can install WordPress if you or a friend knows how to do it. It’s just not available in 1-click.
Alternately, another host to consider is LivingDot. I’ve used them for a number of blogs. They will install WordPress for you and make updates at no extra cost upon request.
Anyhow, the “1&1 Blog” option is a streamlined version of a full WordPress install. That won’t work for more advanced users, but I think it’s very sufficient for newbies.