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Ionos Hosting Review: Is It Worth Your Investment In 2024?

Ionos Review

Over the years, Ionos (previously 1&1) has earned a decent reputation for its affordable and reliable hosting services.

As an SEO specialist and expert in hosting services with over a decade of experience evaluating and comparing different providers, I’ve decided to conduct a thorough review on Ionos. 

I’ll deliver an unbiased, data-driven Ionos hosting review so you can decide if it is the best hosting company for your website.

Ionos Overview


Ionos has been around since 1988 and can be considered one of the old kids on the block.

Over the years, it secured a reputation for being a cheap web host with some of the most affordable hosting services around. It currently manages domain and hosting services for over 8 million people worldwide.

With a focus on customer satisfaction, Ionos’s extensive experience gives them a keen understanding of what businesses need from their hosting services, making them a trusted partner for millions of customers around the globe.

Our Verdict:

Speed Average of 811.52 ms response time

  • Not the best speed performance in our tests, so you’ll need to optimize your site exceptionally well.
Uptime Decent

  • 99.98% average in 2022
Support Decent

  • 4.5 / 5 from 45,447+ reviews on Trustpilot

Live Chat, Phone Support, Email Ticketing & Knowledge Base available.

  • Great unlimited hosting plans
  • Great 24/7 customer support
  • Memory optimized VPS hosting
  • CPU optimized VPS hosting
  • Excellent uptime in our tests
  • Free domain name with cheap hosting
  • Free SSL certificate available
  • Free professional email
  • Daily backup and recovery
Hosting Plans Available Shared Web Hosting, Managed WordPress hosting, Windows &, VPS, Dedicated & Reseller
Best Suited To Small businesses, DIY website creators, beginners & startups due to its ease of use and affordability.
Pricing Starts at $0.50/month for shared hosting and only $2/month for VPS hosting. Renewals start at $5/mo
  • Reputation built over decades
  • Affordable & great value for money
  • Great unlimited plans
  • Decent uptime & reliability
  • Acceptable loading speed
  • Intuitive & beginner friendly
  • Limited customer support
  • Can’t sign up from everywhere
  • No free website transfers

1. Reputation Built Over Decades

Ionos has been around for over 30 years and is older than most of the hosting providers in the current market.

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From what I’ve learned that’s how it has remained one of the cheapest hosting companies while still offering feature-rish packages.

2. Affordable & Great Value For Money

I can personally vouch that Ionos is hands down one of the most affordable hosting providers on the market, and it has been for many years.

Despite its affordability, Ionos never compromises on the quality of its services.

Since I’ve used Ionos on a few of my clients’ websites, I learned that the company offers a broad spectrum of features that cater to diverse needs, from basic shared hosting for small-scale personal projects to more robust dedicated and VPS hosting for large enterprises.

Ionos often runs promotional offers that further boost their affordability factor, demonstrating their commitment to making high-quality hosting accessible to all.

3. Great Unlimited Plans

In my line of business, I realized that many web hosting providers advertise unlimited hosting even though it’s not always truly unlimited. For instance, there’s a difference between an unlimited hosting service and one that’s unmetered.

  • Unlimited: No limits placed on resource usage and no additional fees charged regardless of how much you use.
  • Unmetered: A hosting provider will not track how many resources you use, but a fair use policy may be in place that limits your access.

Ionos offers two unlimited shared hosting plans with no limits on the number of websites you can host, how many visitors you get each month, or the storage you use.

And considering both plans are less than $16 per month at their most expensive, that’s still a pretty good deal.

4. Decent Uptime & Reliability

Uptime relates to how reliable your hosting servers are, and it is one of the most essential hosting metrics we test and measure.

Since I’ve utilized Ionos for a few of my projects, I can attest to their uptime performance which is an impressive 99.90% rating.

No hosting provider can claim 100% due to the risk of unforeseen natural disasters.

However, in our tests, Ionos has had a much higher uptime average over recent years, with 2022 averaging 99.98%.

5. Acceptable Loading Speed

Apart from uptime, I prioritize website speed since it allows my business to keep up with transactions and deals in real time.

A fast load speed is now more critical than ever for your website to deliver a great user experience. It is also a factor that affects SEO performance.

Your hosting provider can affect your site’s loading speed. If your site is on a slow server, there’s not much you can do to improve your speed score just by optimizing your website more.

When it comes to Ionos, we’ll be honest in saying the speed performance wasn’t the best we’ve seen. However, it is within the realm of acceptable, with an average of 811.52 ms loading time.

6. Intuitive & Beginner-Friendly

After using the platform myself, I can attest to the hosting’s user-friendly interface.

Ionos is quite suitable for beginners for simple websites or small business sites. It doesn’t use a classic cPanel (a web hosting control panel) type of dashboard. Instead, Ionos’ team has developed a custom dashboard that some consider simpler and easier to navigate than cPanel.

IONOS cPanel Dashboard

In the dashboard, you can handle all of the basic and common tasks you could complete with cPanel usually, such as:

  • Domain registration & management
  • Setting up SSL certificates
  • Creating email addresses
  • Checking your site’s statistics

7. Limited Customer Support

Ionos has much better support than many of its competitors. However, it’s been slow to integrate live chat support for customers and pre-sales support, and it can also be slow to respond at times.

I also found that some support was limited, with the agent offering very minimal responses that sometimes lacked enough context to answer the questions asked.

There are other companies we’ve tested with far better support in both availability and the quality of service delivered. If this is a deal-breaker for you, we suggest you check out our post on the best hosting providers for alternative options with better support.

8. You Can’t Sign Up From Everywhere

Another limitation that might be a deal-breaker for you is that Ionos only allows you to sign up from limited countries. If you’re in a country outside of its approved list, you may not be able to access its services.

Restricted countries include (but are not limited to) China, Iran, Egypt, Morocco, and some Eastern European countries.

9. No free website transfers

I remembered when I have to migrate my website to a different hosting service, I was disappointed that Ionos doesn’t offer free website migration service to help you out with this process.

Website Transfer

However, if you need assistance from Ionos, there is limited information in the knowledge base to support beginners and non-technical users with the process.

You may be required to pay Ionos’ support to complete the process.

Hosting Plans

If you’ve decided Ionos is worth consideration, here are the details on all of its hosting plans.

1. Shared Hosting

Shared hosting is the most popular hosting option due to its ability to remain affordable, even in the long term. The same is true of Ionos’ services, with its shared hosting costs starting as low as $0.50/month for up to one year.

Hosting Plan Promotional Pricing Renewal Pricing Features
Essential $4/month $6/month 1 website, 10GB storage, 10 databases.
Business $0.50/month $10/month Unlimited websites, storage and databases.
Expert $8/month $16/month Unlimited websites, storage and databases. Plus malware protection, CDN and site analytics.

All of Ionos’ shared hosting plans also feature:

  • Free domain name for one year
  • Free SSL certificate
  • Free professional email address
  • Daily backups and recovery
  • Free 24/7 support

In addition to the number of resources available, each plan also increases the quality of the processors and memory used on the server.

Hosting Plan Performance Level Website Visitors Memory
Essential 1 of 5 Up to 100 visitors/minute 384 MB PHP memory, up to 512 MB RAM
Business 2 of 5 Up to 200 visitors/minute 768 MB PHP memory, up to 6 GB RAM
Expert 5 of 5 Up to 500 visitors/minute 896 MB PHP memory, up to 19 GB RAM

2. WordPress Hosting

WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system (CMS) for building blogs and websites.

Ionos offers three options for you to get up and running with WordPress hosting:

  1. Self-Managed: Install WordPress on your Ionos Linux server and maintain updates and backups yourself.
  2. Managed WordPress: Ionos’ team manages your WordPress installation and server updates so you don’t have to worry.
  3. Managed WooCommerce: If you run an eCommerce store on WordPress, you can have Ionos’ team support with the management of your servers and security.
Hosting Plan Promotional Pricing Renewal Pricing Features
WP Hosting From $1/month From $4/month From 1 website, up to 10,000 visitors/mo, 25GB storage & 9GB RAM.
Managed WP Pro N/A From $18/month From 1 website, 2 GB RAM & 10 GB storage.
WooCommerce Hosting From $1/month From $4/month From 1 website, up to 10,000 visitors/mo & 25GB storage.

3. Windows & Hosting

On the Windows side of things, Ionos offers three tiers though they are slightly more expensive than its shared and WP hosting.

Hosting Plan Promotional Pricing Renewal Pricing Features
Business $5/month $10/month 1 website, 100GB storage, 25 databases & up to 200MB RAM.
Pro $6/month $12/month Up to 5 sites, 250GB storage, 100 MS SQL databases & up to 400 MB RAM.
Expert $10/month $20/month Up to 50 websites, 500GB storage, 500 MS SQL databases & 2GB RAM.

All of Ionos’ Windows and ASP.NET plans also include a free domain for a year, free SSL certificates, and free professional email addresses. However, the amount of memory offered on these plans is limited. In this case, Ionos’ VPS plans may be a better option for you.

4. VPS Hosting

VPS hosting is a step up from shared since it offers more security and protection. It is more expensive than shared hosting. However, it also provides you with a space on a shared server that’s entirely yours.

This prevents your website from being affected by another website that got hacked or used more than its fair share amount of resources which would slow down your site if you did not have your own partition (like with shared hosting).

Ionos offers three types of VPS hosting plans:

  1. Standard VPS: Average balance between memory, processing power, and storage.
  2. Memory Optimized: More RAM and storage than on standard plans.
  3. CPU Optimized: More CPU cores and storage than standard but less RAM than memory-optimized plans.
Hosting Plan Promotional Pricing Renewal Pricing Features
Standard $2/month $2/month From 1vCore, 512MB RAM and 10GB storage.
Memory-Optimized $8/month $15/month From 2vCores, 6GB RAM and 80GB storage.
CPU-Optimized $6/month $9/month From GB RAM & 80GB storage.

Ionos also offers great customization options to configure your server to your requirements.

5. Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated hosting is the most powerful type of non-cloud hosting. You get access to the entire server and its resources for yourself. You can also often customize your server’s technical specs, so you get the best performance out of it.

Hosting Plan Promotional Pricing Renewal Pricing Features
SSD Dedicated Servers From $45/month From $65/month From 8 cores (Intel Atom C2750), 8GB RAM & 240GB SSD storage.
HDD Dedicated Servers From $47/month From $47/month From 4 cores (Intel QuadCore), 12Gb RAM, 1TB storage & unlimited traffic.

6. Cloud Hosting

Ionos offers multiple cloud hosting tiers, which can each be configured to your requirements.

Plans start at an affordable rate of $0.0056 per hour (with a maximum $4 per month charge) for a single-core CPU, 512MB of RAM, 30GB of SSD storage, and unlimited monthly transfers.

For users with more robust needs or enterprise websites, you can scale Ionos cloud server hosting up to 24 CPU cores, 48GB of RAM, and 480GB of SSD storage.

All in all, Ionos offers great cloud hosting plans suitable for small websites through to enterprise needs.

Hosting Plan Monthly Pricing CPU RAM SSD Storage
Cloud Server XS Max $4/mo 1 vCore 512 MB 30 GB
Cloud Server S Max $5/mo 1 vCore 1 GB 40 GB
Cloud Server M Max $12/mo 2 vCores 2 GB 60 GB
Cloud Server RAM M Max $16/mo 1 vCore 4 GB 40 GB
Cloud Server L Max $20/mo 2 vCores 4 GB 80 GB
Cloud Server RAM L Max $30/mo 2 vCores 8 GB 80 GB
Cloud Server XL Max $35/mo 4 vCores 8 GB 120 GB
Cloud Server RAM XL Max $65/mo 4 vCores 16 GB 120 GB
Cloud Server XXL Max $85/mo 8 vCores 16 GB 160 GB
Cloud Server RAM XXL Max $125/mo 8 vCores 32 GB 160 GB
Cloud Server 3XL Max $150/mo 12 vCores 24 GB 240 GB
Cloud Server 4XL Max $220/mo 16 vCores 32 GB 360 GB
Cloud Server 5XL Max $320/mo 24 vCores 48 GB 480 GB


1. Disk Space

Across the board, Ionos offers decent storage, especially when you consider it has two shared plans with unlimited hosting.

Its VPS plans are also a considerable step up from shared when you opt-in for the Memory-Optimized or CPU-Optimized plans. When we compared Ionos’ storage against competitors with similar prices, Ionos was consistently on top, even with its dedicated hosting plans.

The robust storage capabilities provided by Ionos extend further beyond their shared and VPS plans.

They have specialized packages that cater to different business needs and performance requirements, such as enhanced storage for data-intensive websites, e-commerce platforms, or media-rich sites.

The scalable nature of Ionos’ offerings allows you to adjust your storage as needed, ensuring that you always have enough space for your content, customer data, and other critical business information.

2. Backups

Ionos offers automatic backups on most plans. Here are the details of its backup policy for each type of hosting:

  • Shared: Daily backup and recovery on all Linux plans. Your backups will last up to 6 days and are automatically stored for easy access anytime you need to recover one.
  • WordPress: Daily backups and recovery are included on all plans for free, plus some plans get access to JetPack backups and 1-click restorations for free for 12 months.
  • WP Pro: Backup up to 2GB of storage daily. You can also manage your backups manually (if you prefer) or set up automatic backup rules. You can also use the backup function within the WP Toolkit.
  • VPS: You can back up your data (for an additional fee) with a third-party tool, Acronis.[1]
  • Dedicated: Automatic backups of your server are taken and held for six days. You can also recover deleted files from restore points, so you don’t lose vital data

Beyond the automated backup features, Ionos also places an emphasis on easy data recovery.

Ionos provides options for manual backups and customized backup rules, which offers flexibility for businesses with unique data requirements.

3. Security

Ionos includes standard security features that most hosting providers in the industry include. It also offers some free security services, such as free Wildcard SSL certificates which encrypt your website and protects the data exchanged between users and your website.

You can also access a GeoTrust Dedicated SSL for free on its Server, Developer Shared Hosting, and Developer eShop packages.

You can also purchase one of these certificates for only $20/year or go all out with a full GeoTrust True BusinessID Extended Validation SSL Certificate, costing a whopping $200 per year.

Ionos brings in additional layers of security through DDoS protection and a secure data center environment.

This commitment to security ensures that not only your website’s data remain secure but also maintains the trust of your visitors and customers.

Ionos Performance

Now that you’re familiar with what Ionos has to offer, let’s take a look at its performance.

1. Speed

Ionos’ speed leaves much to be desired for anyone seeking a web hosting company that offers the best performance.

2020 2021 2022
Response Time (ms) 749.10 916.50 740.89

In the last few years, I’ve recorded Ionos’ average response time as 811.52 ms. Compared to industry best practices, this is relatively slow. A loading speed under 100ms is considered optimal, and 100ms to 300ms is a more practical benchmark.

2. Uptime

What Ionos lacks in its speed performance, it makes up for with server reliability as it’s had decent uptime over the same time period.

2020 2021 2022
Average Uptime 99.99% 99.98% 99.98%

Ionos has an uptime score of 99.90%, which matches the industry benchmark. But its actual performance surpasses this by far.


IONOS Pricing

When we set out to find the cheapest web hosting provider, Ionos came out on top with the most affordable web hosting plan starting at only $0.50/month! The renewal price, however, is 20 times higher at $10/month.

At first glance, this doesn’t seem like the greatest deal with such an inflated renewal cost in the long term. But when you consider that you get unlimited websites, storage, and traffic for this price, it’s actually one of the best value-for-money hosting packages out there.

In fact, Ionos’ pricing is consistently on the lower end of the market, with some of its shared, VPS, and dedicated plans being significantly cheaper than most of its competitors.


Ionos has much better support than many competitors; however, it’s been slow with integrating live chat support and can also be slow to respond at times.

However, when you consider the experience most customers have with Ionos, it scores quite highly, with an average of 4.5/5 out of 45,000+ reviews on Trustpilot [2].IONOS TrustPilot

Ionos’ Website Development and Design Solutions

Ionos offers website development and design solutions simplified in three steps:

  • Initial call
  • Site design and build
  • Getting online

The company offers website design plans to cater to your needs and meet your budget. The image below summarizes their platforms:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is Ionos A Good Company?

Ionos is a good company to consider if you’re after low-cost, beginner-friendly web hosting for a small website.

Does Ionos Use WordPress?

Ionos uses a few different WordPress hosting solutions; however, it also provides a website builder that does not need WordPress to run.

Our Verdict on Ionos Review

Overall, I believe Ionos is a decent company to consider for your website hosting needs.

Based on my recent interactions with the hosting service, I can attest that they have flexible plans and offer some of the best value for money in today’s hosting landscape. 

With some of the cheapest plans available paired with generous, unlimited features, you simply can’t overlook the value Ionos delivers.

It is also a reliable hosting provider with an average uptime of 99.98% in recent years.

Our #1 Recommendation: Ionos

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Key Features:
  • Great Unlimited Hosting Plans
  • Great 24/7 customer support
  • Memory optimized VPS web hosting
  • CPU optimized VPS web hosting
  • Excellent uptime in our tests
  • Free domain name with cheap hosting
  • Free SSL certificate available
  • Free professional email
  • Daily backup and recovery

Article by

Matt Diggity

Matt is the founder of Diggity Marketing, LeadSpring, The Search Initiative, The Affiliate Lab, and the Chiang Mai SEO Conference. He actually does SEO too.

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