1&1 MyWebsite: The Not-So-Good
Sadly, there’s a few more negatives than positives when it comes to 1&1 MyWebsite.
No Free Package
As we mentioned above, there’s no free package and not even a free trial. You have to sign up for a year’s package with 1&1. There’s a 30-day money back guarantee, but this isn’t as appealing as free taster. The lack of any free package is a glaring omission and will likely deter as many users, as it ties you into year-long contracts from the word go.
Another glaring omission from 1&1. If you want to sell anything on your 1&1 site, you have to create your site using a different builder altogether. This seems bizarre, until you remember that 1&1 don’t actually own the MyWebsite building tool at all, and it actually belongs to Duda.
You could still use MyWebsite to create a website for a business, as long as you don’t have a webstore in your business plan. Want to sell items directly via your site? Look elsewhere.
MyWebsite’s templates look, frankly, a bit outdated and are a real let down. They remind me, personally, of the way websites looked around 2013. The editing tools are pretty good, but when you’re starting from such bad templates, you have to polish hard to get any sheen.
Compared to templates offered by services such as Wix and Squarespace, these templates lack the polish and the slick user experience design we’ve come to expect.
Poor Blogging Interface
Even though 1&1 explicitly says that you can use its website builder to create a blog, you wouldn’t want to. Not only do the templates look outdated, but the actual blogging interface is poor.
Instead of working like a regular text editor with added functionality, MyWebsite’s blogging system uses a line-by-line editing system. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, but its priorities seem misaligned. You lack the stylistic control you get with blogging platforms such as WordPress, but you have the ability to add custom HTML code blocks. Bizarrely, the image editing system enables you to turn images into what, I guess, is 1&1’s idea of a meme, or put stickers over the top of the images.