If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to build a website, you will most likely stumble upon the provider One.com at some point during your research. You can register domains and purchase storage space for websites and e-mails, all in one package.
The price depends on the amount of space you want, though to be honest, One.com is very generous in this regard. Every package always includes the One.com Website Builder. It gives casual users the option of creating a website without programming skills. In this review, we will find out what the website builder has to offer.
Unfortunately, unlike competitors such as Jimdo and Weebly, One.com does not offer a free plan. Instead, there is a 15-day money back guarantee. The standard duration of any plan is one year.
For really small projects that don't need more than 5 pages. Includes Beginner hosting package and Standard Website Builder.
For websites with up to 200 pages. Comes with a backup feature. Includes Beginner hosting package and Premium Website Builder.
The only plan that includes an online store.
Setup fee not included. Prices per month. Costs for domain names vary according to the suffix. One.com offers big discounts during the first year.
Pros and Cons of One.com
One.com offers one of the cheapest ways to get started with your own website.
Their templates don’t only look good but are also responsive.
No integrated blog
The blog must be hosted on a subdomain and uses a completely different editor.
Poor support quality
While it’s great that they offer 24/7 support via live chat, we weren’t happy with the quality of their answers.
Ease of use
The editor is easy to use. Elements are placed by mouse click and can then be customized.
Choice and flexibility of design (templates)
Modern and responsive designs are available. This enables ideal viewing conditions on mobile devices. Switching design templates is generally possible. However, in most cases, certain elements will be displaced, which means you will have to manually edit them afterwards.
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The editor is entirely in English. There is no specific feature that helps you create multilingual websites.
Your own domain name (e.g. .com or .net)
The domain and an unlimited (!) number of e-mail accounts are included.
Depth of navigation
The navigation can show as many levels of hierarchy as you like.
Widgets (small tools to add extra functionality)
Adding galleries and slideshows is simple. Unfortunately, there is no “find us” widget (e.g. with Google Maps).
You can add Google AdSense, banners, etc. by using the code element.
For $16.99 per month you have a no-frills online store that integrates seamlessly into your website. The range of features is very basic but offers everything you need for a small store. Payments processing is available via Stripe (credit card), Paypal and manual payment methods. The store uses SSL encryption.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Customizing page titles, page descriptions and page URLs are all possible. Experts can even create 301 forwarding protocols by using .htaccess.
The blog is created in a separate editor. Unfortunately, the available designs are a letdown. A mobile optimized version is generated for visitors on mobile devices. A simple commenting feature is included. We would not recommend this for ambitious bloggers.
There is a rudimentary tool for gathering statistics, but we would recommend using Google Analytics.
Contact forms can be implemented and customized.
Password protection & member areas
There is no simple password feature. This can only be accomplished by generating an .htpasswd file.
To get the benefits of a newsletter, you will have to use a third party provider.
Add HTML code
Code can be added by using widgets. Experts can edit the source code directly.
Incredibly generous. May be extended up to 2 TB. Unlimited traffic (download pages, however, are not allowed).
Backups & Restore
Using their backup functionality you can download a copy of your site. However, you can’t restore the site back to a specific point. If you need to restore, contact support, they have a 14-day copy of your site.
FAQ, introductory video, live chat, e-mail. Support quality was relatively weak in our tests.
The website tool is solid and feels businesslike. Once you get used to the interface, creating a website is simple.
One.com is a solid website builder that is interesting for very small pages with up to 5 pages. Publishing larger sites is relatively expensive, unfortunately.
One.com’s Website Editor makes it possible for beginners to create a website on a budget. Should you make a mistake somewhere along the road, you can always reverse your last couple of steps. The live support chat was very helpful during our review and could answer any open questions we had.
The low price does, however, reflect the limited feature set behind One.com’s Website Builder. If you need an online store, you can add one for an additional cost. The blog is also not an integral part of the website builder, but has to be added instead through a somewhat complicated process. But the biggest restriction is the page limit – using the regular website builder you can only publish five pages. Should you need more you’ll have to purchase Website Builder Premium. This increases the price to a level that is similar to Weebly and Jimdo, which offer much more advanced products.
If none of these issues bother you, however, this is an excellent choice to create modern, simple websites with text, images, and a contact form without too much effort.
Tip: Should their site builder not be up to your standards, you can run a proper WordPress site at the same low price at One.com.
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Is there a free One.com plan available?
No, but One.com has a 15 days risk free trial with money back guarantee and the first year is free.
I already have a domain name. Do I need to buy a new one?
No, when you sign up, just tell One.com that you already have a domain name.
How do I cancel my One.com subscription?
Contact support at least 30 days before your current subscription period runs out. You will then receive a cancellation link that allows you to end your subscription.
Latest Review Updates
10 Apr 2020 – Price update and new plans.
23 Oct 2018 – Included the results of our support test.
17 Jan 2017 – Now we feature the Restore & Back up section in the table
21 Nov 2016 – The standard package is now limited to 5 individual pages. To publish more you need to purchase Website Builder Premium.
27 Apr 2016 – Review of the ecommerce store added.
5 Oct 2015– The free period has been reduced from 12 to 3 months
20 June 2015 – Information about cancellation added
28 May 2015 – Initial review of the One.com Web Editor