NameCheap was founded in 2000 by Richard Kirkendall and was rated the best domain registrar company in 2010 by Lifehacker as a testament to their affordable prices and easy-to-use interface. They are known for making it easy to pay for domain registry, announcing their BitCoin payment method in 2013. NameCheap is also known for their strong anti-SOPA position, offering a “move your domain day” in 2011 on Reddit.

 

Rank Chart
.com Price
WHOIS Privacy
Our Score
#1
$8.99
Yes
9.5
#2
$10.99 - 12.99
Yes
8.6
#3
$15
Yes
8.1
#5
NameCheap Logo
$10.69
Yes
7.5

The Good

Price

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.

Security Features

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.

ICANN Accreditation

Yes

The Bad

ICANN Fees

There is a mandatory Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) fee of $0.18 for each domain registration, renewal or transfer. Namecheap chooses to add the ICANN fee onto the final purchase price during checkout. This will be added to the listed price for some domains at the time of purchase. Although the fee is only 18 cents, it does change the advertised price and puts off some customers. For example, for a Namecheap .com domain, customers think they’re paying $10.69/year but they end up paying $10.87 at checkout. Some domain companies don’t mention whether or not they included the ICANN fee with the price so there is some transparency issues with those companies.

Number of TLDs Available

Namecheap offers under 100 domain names to customers. Some companies offer around 100 or more different TLDs, while some offer over 500. This puts Namecheap on the lower end in this area.

Bulk Price

Customers wanting to purchase domain names in bulk can buy up to 50 domains with NameCheap at once. This is less than some competitors who offer up to 500 domains for bulk purchasing. Namecheap does not offer bulk discount pricing as a few companies do who offer discounts for purchasing a certain amount of domain names at once. Namecheap does, however, offer coupons for certain purchases of multiple names.

Cross Selling

When checking out on Namecheap, customers encounter a total of 5 upsells. These include: web hosting, web tools/apps, PositiveSSL, private email and Google apps for work. While some domain registration companies make consumers go through several additional screens of sales pitches in order to buy a domain name, all of Namecheap’s upsells are on one page. There are no pop-ups, landing pages, just boxes to check or ignore. The way their upsells are placed, you don’t have to “go through” them to get to the final checkout page, which is better than a few popular domain registrars who try to sell you additional services and products with more aggressive upselling techniques. Namecheap’

Mobile App

Namecheap is one of the few companies that offers access to mobile apps along with app subscriptions; however, they do not appear to offer an app specifically to manage domains. On the app marketplace on their website, the apps are for managing and creating websites. Among the few companies who offer apps, there are some who do offer customers a mobile app that allows customers to manage their domains from a iOS or Android device.

Customer Support

Surprisingly, Namecheap does not offer phone support. They do offer Live Chat, a Knowledge base page and a Support page with common questions and answers. Customers will find that on the Knowledge base/Support page, a Namecheap representative answers questions posted in the comment section in real time.

When starting a Live Chat session, you have to give your full name and email address associated with your Namecheap account. This means Live Chat is only for current NameCheap customers, isolating new potential customers just wanting to learn more. Customers can also submit a support ticket through their website.

The Bottom Line

Namecheap’s prices for both .com and alternate domains definitely lives up to its name. Their annual domain name prices are extremely cost-effective due to the free add-ons like WHOIS domain privacy. Customers looking for mobile apps for domain management will find Namecheap only offers apps for website building and maintenance. Customers may be disappointed in the lack of phone and email support.

Price

NameCheap has several different domain pricing options available for different domain names for one year:

  • $10.69/year for a .com
  • $11.98/year for a .net
  • $11.48/year for a .org
  • $10.47/year for a .info

Bulk domain options are also available at different prices.

 Additional Services Prices

There are additional services available with NameCheap for the following prices:

  • You receive a WhoIsGuard for free, whenever you transfer or activate a new domain that is eligible, a $2.88 value.
  • You receive a Comodo PositiveSSL certificate for $1.99 for every new product purchase, except domain renewals.
  • Shared hosting is also available, with the most popular option being $7.48/month.
  • VPS hosting starts at $19.99/month.
  • Dedicated hosts start at $99.99/month.
  • Private email hosting starts at $9.99/year.

Hosting Services

NameCheap offers hosting services, as well. We found that their most basic shared hosting plan starts at $3.98/month, offering 25 GB of storage space, unlimited bandwidth, and up to five websites.

Domains Supported

NameCheap supports a wide variety of domains, including .com, .net, .org, .me, .mobi, and others. These domains are priced differently and are industry specific.

Accepted Payment Types

NameCheap accepts American Express, MasterCard, and Visa as credit cards. There are also payment options available for Google Wallet, PayPal, BitCoin, and Dwolla (which is only available for US customers).

Support Types

NameCheap has a formidable support platform for its customers. Customers can initiate a CRM support ticket or participate in a live chat with a NameCheap technician. The support ticket system will result in an email from NameCheap. Other support options include a formidable knowledge base center and support forum for clients who want easy do-it-yourself solutions.

Additional Features

NameCheap offers the following additional features and services when registering a domain:

  • DNS performance: A solid dynamic DNS supported by data centers around the world makes it so that dynamic IP addresses maintain a stable website and uptime. URL and email forwarding are also included for free.
  • Solid Security: WhoIsGuard is included free for a new product (a $2.88 value) and an SSL certificate costs only $1.99.
  • Flexible Controlincludes easy-to-use domain forwarding.

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    February 7th, 2016 Homer Glen, IL

    I’m on this site researching a replacement for Namecheap. I do have another registrar account, but it’s time to look for who’s new and who’s doing the best job.

    After being with Namecheap for 12 years I’ve finally had enough of their lousy support, crappy service, and arrogant attitude. Their trouble began years ago when they decided that they needed a new and ‘fluffy’ web site. For a company that’s in the internet business, they can’t get their web site right to save their life.

    The straw that broke the camel’s back? I was trying to renew six domains. Placed them in the cart, reviewed everything on screen, and clicked “Pay Now”, anticipating a redirect to a page where I could select my payment type. Nope. The geniuses at Namecheap have it set up where it ‘defaults’ to automatic payment, using the wrong CC (that’s a whole other issue – getting a ‘default’ set up), then goes into payment mode, and with no other option available, it declines. Of course it declines. They need the security code that I was never able to provide!!! And, I wanted to use to use PayPal, but again, never given the option.

    I then opened a chat session to resolve this. After 26 minutes with someone unable to unlock my account, I asked for a supervisor. Nope. Way too arrogant to ever allow that. They simply disconnected, without replying, after my request.

    This morning I get an email telling me how inept I am. I was supposed to change the default cc BEFORE trying to do my renewal. Of course, there’s NO notice of that anywhere on their site. I was supposed to somehow intuitively know that.

    Well Namecheap, don’t you worry. You keep that arrogant attitude – there’s plenty of choices. At one point I had over 70 names registered with them. Soon, that will be zero.

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    October 2nd, 2014 Pleasant Grove, UT

    I love using namecheap because the have competitive pricing, free whoisguard, and an easy to use website. I have no reason to stop buying from Namecheap.

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