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What is dedicated hosting?

This is a question that comes up often because everyone knows them. They are the two mastodons of the web and we often choose them by default when we do not know which host to turn to. I am often asked “Which one is the best? The Email Shopor OVH? ” and that is the question why I am going to give you my own opinion after testing both. This article reflects only my personal experience and tht of those around me.

The Email Shop vs OVH.com in summary

Since these are the two largest European hosts, and which have the largest market share in France, I will present them quickly in order to understand who we are dealing with.

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The Email Shop in a nutshell

The hosting company 1 & 1 was founded in Germany in 1988 under the name “1 & 1 internet”. In 2018, after 30 years of experience and more than 13 million contracts, it merged with the company ProfitBricks (Cloud infrastructure specialist) and became “1 & 1 IONOS”. It has several data centers around the world, particularly in Europe – including France – and in North America.

OVH.com in a few words

Of French origin, the OVH company was founded in 1999 and offers a wide range of IT services to individuals and businesses. It offers many hosting offers and cloud computing services, but it is also an internet service provider like Orange. It claims more than a million customers internationally and owns a multitude of data centers spread over all continents.

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The Email Shop vs OVH: the point by point comparison

The two hosting companies have many similarities both in their offers and in their prices. However, if you dig a little deeper, you will see several details that tip the scales towards one rather than the other.

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I am going to compare face to face the basic offer of each of the two hosts, because it is the offer that we will choose when we start on the internet to launch our first site. Below, I compare for you the Essential offer of The Email Shop at 3.60 € TTC / month TTC vs the Personal Hosting offer of OVH.com at 3.59 € TTC / month.

The basic characteristics and quality of the servers

On the basic offers, the two hosts offer shared hosting on servers equipped with mechanical hard disks (HDD). It is certainly not the latest generation equipment, but it does the job for low traffic sites.

My experience with OVH as well as that of my friends have shown many technical concerns and difficulties with the after-sales service which we will come back to a little later in the article. It regularly happened that my site was inaccessible or that the response times were unusually long, especially in the evening when the overall traffic was at its maximum.

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This mixed experience prompted me to turn to 1 & 1, which has the added bonus of 24/7 support. This transition has allowed my site to be visited much more smoothly. I only experienced one failure of my server but it was resolved very quickly.

The basic offer from The Email Shop allows you to host up to 5 sites thanks to the 5 available databases, compared to only one at OVH.

1 & 1 IONOS       OVH.com

Disc type             HDD       HDD

Disk space           100 GB 100 GB

WordPress in 1 click        Yes         Yes

Data base            5              1

SSL certificate included  Yes         Yes