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LAST UPDATED: July 23rd, 2020

Founded in 2000, Namecheap is an ICANN-accredited domain registrar and technology company. Namecheap is one of the top domain registrars and web hosting providers in the world with over 10 million domains under management.

Understanding that having online presence is a necessity, Namecheap offers domain and web hosting services at competitive, affordable prices. Namecheap aims to also create a culture of integrity by delivering transparent promotions and no unwanted upsells. As a company offering web hosting services, Namecheap is dedicated to security and privacy.

All of its products are researched and tested to meet or exceed industry safety standards. Namecheap offers a variety of services:

  • Domain Registration
  • Web Hosting
  • Professional Business Email
  • Integrated Applications
  • Domain, Web Hosting, Wordpress, and Email Transfer

The Good

  • Web Hosting Plans
  • Domain Registration
  • Website Building
  • WhoIsGuard Privacy and Security
  • Promotions and Deals

Web Hosting Plans

Namecheap powers over 1.5 million websites of every size and budget through shared, WordPress, reseller, VPS, and dedicated server plans.

  • Shared Hosting Plans — Shared hosting plans are entry level web hosting plans where one physical server hosts multiple sites and hosts which reduces costs. All shared hosting plans include unmetered bandwidth, a free website builder, domain name and privacy protection, free automatic SSL installation, free supersonic CDN, free migration, 100% uptime, 24/7 customer service, and a 30-day money-back guarantee. The Stellar Plus and Stellar Business plans include unlimited websites and autobackup. The Stellar Business plan includes cloud storage. 
  • WordPress Hosting Plans — Namecheap's WordPress hosting plans called EasyWP allow customers to create and customize websites through WordPress. With plans starting at $3.88, Namecheap is not only the most affordable WordPress hosting provider, it is the fastest with a fully loaded time of 0.7 seconds and 192 milliseconds to first byte. The plans allow easy growth starting with 50,000 visitors on the starter plan and scalability as visitors grow. Customers can be assured that their website is always live with a 99.9% guaranteed uptime. EasyWP also includes a user friendly dashboard so a client can manage their WordPress sites in one convenient place. In addition to these benefits, Namecheap’s WordPress hosting plans include connecting any domain to a WordPress site, simple backups, free positiveSSL, free CDN, SFTP files access, maintenance mode, and 24/7 customer service.
  • Reseller Hosting Plans — Namecheap offers reseller hosting plans that allows a reseller to purchase Namecheap’s hosting provider resources wholesale and resell them to a client for a profit. These plans are ideal for web developers, web design firms, or web hosting entrepreneurs.
  • VPS Hosting Plans — Through a Virtual Private Server (VPS), resources are fully isolated in its virtual environment which allows greater stability and performance. Through Namecheap’s VPS hosting plans, a client’s VPS is completely customizable. Clients can choose operating systems (CentOS, Ubuntu, or Devian), get root access to the server, and install a cPanel. Namecheap’s VPS hosting plans have scalability that allows clients to start small and grow as the business expands. Benefits in Namecheap’s VPS hosting plans include free website domain name and privacy protection, full root access and operating system selection, client's choice of server management, top security standards, free transfer of existing websites to Namecheap, and a 30-day money-back guarantee.
  • Dedicated Server Plans — With a dedicated server plan, a client has access to an individual server without having to share it with other users. Namecheap’s dedicated server is based in the Phoenix NAP datacenter, located in the United States. Clients can choose from entry, medium, or advanced plans based on business needs. Benefits included with all dedicated server plans are same-day setup, free migration, 99.9% uptime, and 24/7 customer service. 

Domain Registration

Namecheap’s experience in domain registration is evident through its management of over 10 million domains. With the company’s free Beast Mode, consumers can search thousands of domains in seconds, filter and prioritize results, and select and purchase domains all in one place.

Beast Mode helps consumers find domains through domain hacks, category selection, alternative suggestions, and collaboration mode with other friends or colleagues. In addition to domain registration through Beast Mode, Namecheap offers domain transfers, personal domain registrations, PremiumDNS, and FreeDNS services.

Website Building

Through Namecheap’s shared web hosting plans, clients have access to a free website builder that contains over 200 fully equipped templates. For clients with existing sites, Namecheap makes transferring their website easy through the website builder’s import ability. The website builder has a user friendly drag and drop interface and has E-commerce payment tools and gateways such as Paypal, Skrill, and Easypay. Sites made through Namecheap’s website builder have responsive designs; the website will look professional across all devices whether it be a phone, tablet, or computer. 

WhoIsGuard Privacy and Security 

With each domain registration, Namecheap provides free lifetime WhoIsGuard privacy protection to keep sensitive data safe. When a domain is registered, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) requires contact information from the registrar that is added to an accessible database. WhoIsGuard protects this contact information from spammers, marketing firms, etc. by displaying generic WhoIs contact information. It is guaranteed by Namecheap as the best domain privacy protection.

Promotions and Deals

Namecheap is renowned for its competitive and affordable pricing. The company offers various deals for its services and products ranging from domains and SSL certificates to email and hosting packages. A majority of the deals are for the first year of service. Namecheap maintains transparency by disclosing the regular pricing that will be charged following the first year of service so clients are not caught off guard.

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The Bad

  • 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee 

30-Day Money-Back Guarantee

Although Namecheap has a 30-day money-back guarantee, it is not as generous as other competitors. HostGator has a 45-day money-back guarantee and Dream Host, InMotion, and Web Hosting Hub have 90-day money-back guarantees.


The Bottom Line

With some of the most competitive and affordable pricing in the domain registration and web hosting industry, Namecheap is a good option for small businesses looking to build their online presence on a budget.

We recommend evaluating plan limitations to determine if Namecheap’s web hosting plans will help meet business online goals. If a more generous money-back guarantee is important for a consumer, we recommend comparing Namecheap with other web hosting companies for a cost/benefit analysis.

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Mackenzie Gilbert, AZ

I have been using Namecheap for a couple of years now, good value for the money. I had my first call with customer service this past week and it was a little subpar. Their verification system is onerous and does not allow if you can't remember the expiration of your cc. They should give options on how to verify someone.

3 years ago

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Cody Enslow Pleasant Grove, UT

I bought some websites through here and I never had any issues. I was properly reminded before I lost the sites I bought the url for. I didn’t need them so they didn’t charge me again.

3 years ago

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Suwandy Santa Clara, CA

Namecheap offers the great price for hosting packages and lowest price on renewals. Support staff is very friendly and provide quick solutions.

4 years ago