- Other TLD prices
- Security features
- Simple domain transfer policies
- ICANN accreditation
Namecheap lives up to its name with a $10.69/year fee for .com domains. This is less than many companies on the market, which typically go for $11.99 and up. This price is especially cost-effective due to the free add-ons Namecheap includes in the price. Many of their competitors do not offer free add-ons, making Namecheap's offer more appealing.
Other TLD Prices
In addition to .com domains, customers can purchase alternate Top-Level Domains (.net, .org, .co, .info, etc) at prices ranging between $9.88/year to $12.48/year. These extensions also have free add-ons that make them very cost-effective. The prices are not as good as some domain companies who offer the same price across the board for both .com and alternate domain prices, but are less expensive than many companies that charge customers an annual fee starting at $11.99 and up.
Namecheap not only has affordable domain name subscription prices, but they offer cost-effective security features as well. Customers receive one free year of WHOIS Privacy protection ($2.88/year afterwards) with each new domain registration. The $2.88/year price is the lowest out there -except those companies that offer WHOIS privacy for free indefinitely. WHOIS privacy protects a customer's personal information from being displayed on the WHOIS public database, where they are vulnerable to spammers, identity theft and telemarketers.
Customers also get a Value-Priced SSL certificate. PositiveSSL is one of the most well-known certificates in the industry, providing validation for a single domain in minutes. With your domain purchase, you're eligible for a one-year Comodo PositiveSSL Certificate for $1.99. It features 128/256 bit encryption and a $10,000 warranty.
Additional features offered include email/URL forwarding, customizable page parking, use of Namecheap's advanced control panel, registrar lock and more. All of these features make Namecheap more valuable and cost- effective than many of its competitors.
Simple Domain Transfer Policies
Namecheap offers several perks for customers transferring domains into their database. With every transfer, customers receive one year's free subscription to WHOIS privacy protection service. Transferring into Namecheap also gets customers a one-year Comodo Positive SSL Certificate for $1.99, similar to newly purchased Namecheap domains.
For customers who may be dissatisfied and want to transfer their domain to another registrar, Namecheap offers instructions on their Knowledgebase page.
Before initiating the transfer, Namecheap customers must make sure that the following applies to the domain:
- The domain is more than 60 days old
- The domain was not transferred between registrars within the last 60 days
- The domain is "Unlocked" for transfer ("Registrar Lock" is disabled)
- WHOISGuard is disabled
- The domain is showing valid and up-to-date information for the Administrative contact in the WHOIS
After the transfer at the new registrar is initiated and the auth code is provided, the new registrar will send a transfer approval email to the Administrative email address listed in WHOIS. Once the transfer is approved, Namecheap releases your domain in approximately 5 days. Some companies take up to 7 days, but a 5-day transfer is average. There are some companies that make it difficult to switch registrars, charge high fees or create delays to avoid losing business. Sometimes, because external transfers are not profitable for the domain company losing business, the company does not offer easy to find information on their website. Namecheap does offer this information easily with screenshots.