Inc. gained nearly 400,000 active Web sites in 2004, making it the yearÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s
fastest growing Web host, according to statistics recently released by Netcraft,
an independent Internet research and analysis firm.
NetcraftÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s figures show that 1&1 registered 941,000 hostnames and 397,000 active sites
in the 12 month period between December of 2003 and December 2004 for a total of
21.9 percent overall growth. The additional sitesÃƒâ€šÃ‚Âwhich Netcraft pointed out
were gained organically and not through any acquisitionsÃƒâ€šÃ‚Âgive 1&1 a total of
2,216,469 active sites and 4,437,660 Web sites overall.
“1&1 has seen phenomenal growth in 2004,” said Mandy Davis
of Netcraft. “This performance builds on the strong growth seen in 2003, when
1&1 was also the fastest-growing hosting company in our worldwide ranking of
active sites. Significantly, 1&1 gained a large number of new sites in the
United States, where it entered the market early in 2004, as well as its
traditional strength in the European hosting market.”
“The Netcraft statistics affirm that our unique philosophy at 1&1 is being
welcomed by users worldwide,” said 1&1 Chairman of the Board Andreas Gauger.
“Our goal has been to serve as a one-stop Internet shop where customers can get
everything they need to easily and affordably establish a Web site of maximum
quality. As the statistics suggest, our approach is working.”
As Davis suggests, 1&1ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s brisk growth in 2004 was aided in part by
its success in the United States. Referred to by Netcraft as an Internet “giant”
because of its dominance in Europe, the company only established a U.S.
operation in September of 2003 and didnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t begin offering its full product line
until January 2004. By September of 2004 1&1 had already gained enough
market share to make it one of the countryÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s 10 largest hosting companies. As of
last month, 1&1 had registered 377,393 domains in the U.S., pushing its U.S.
rank to ninth.
In a November interview with The Web Host
Industry Review (thewhircom), Gauger attributed 1&1ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s success, both in the
U.S. and throughout the world, to “…the fact that we are very experienced in Web
hosting.” Additionally, Gauger said: “Our products are…very inexpensive to the
typical user and supported by strong marketing and technical
Gauger added that 1&1 will continue its aggressive
pricing and marketing campaigns toward gaining an even larger share of the U.S.
and international markets going forward.