14 Jan Namecheap Review | Domains, Hosting Examined
In-Depth Namecheap Review
Richard Kirkendall founded Namecheap in the year 2000 with the idea that people deserved value-priced domains and great service. Since then Namecheap has established itself as the go-to domain registry company due to its low prices and easy-to-use interfaces. The company is a leading ICANN-accredited domain name registrar and hosting company, claiming over a million customers and more than three million domains under management. Our Namecheap review will go in depth about what the company offers, notable features of the products, and then what they cost and how you can leverage them to build your site. Let’s jump right in.
While they are best known for their dirt-cheap domains, Namecheap also offers a variety of services including hosting accounts, email and security products, and a large suite of add-on products. Namecheap does very well with their hosting services, but they truly excel in domain name registry. Their low prices, reliability, and laid back, non-pushy approach to selling has helped them earn the trust of bloggers far and wide. This review will touch on our experience with the company, and give you an unbiased look into one of the largest players in the domain game.
Available Hosting Products
Namecheap offers enough hosting plans to meet the needs of customers all across the board. Hosting services include Shared Hosting, Reseller Hosting, VPS hosting, and Private Email Hosting. Like our other reviews on here, this post will focus on Namecheap’s shared hosting because that is sufficient enough for most people.
Namecheap’s shared hosting comes in four different levels; Value, Professional, Ultimate, and Business SSD. Their hosting packages are a little more expensive than other hosting companies, but the additional cost can be justified by their excellent customer support, reliability, and add-on products. So which package do you choose? The one that best fits your needs of course.
If you are just starting out in the website field, we suggest you choose the Value hosting plan. This plan comes with 20GB of RAID protected storage, unlimited bandwidth, and the ability to add 3 domains to the account. This is perfect for somebody looking to get a small blog off the ground, and the ability to add on 3 domains leaves room for growth. This package comes out to be just 82 cents a month for the first year, and then renews at $3.24 a year after that.
If you are looking to host more than 3 websites, take a look at the Professional hosting plan. This plan includes 50GB of RAID protected storage, unlimited bandwidth, and the ability to add up to 10 domains to the account. This is great for customers who do not operate a bunch of websites. It takes a while to hit 10 websites, and most people won’t need to host any more than that. The price of $19.88 for the first year and $78.88 a year after that makes this a competitive priced deal in the hosting world.
If you are looking to really step your site game up, check out the Ultimate hosting package. The Unlimited RAID protected storage, unlimited bandwidth and ability to host up to 50 websites makes it perfect for the affiliate marketer or website enthusiast. We operate tons of small niche sites, and this account is perfect for us. If we do happen to hit the 50 site limit, we can always upgrade to the Business SSD, which is super fast hosting built for an agency. If you host websites for clients, give this a try.
What makes Namecheap really stand out is the dirt cheap domain names they offer. Through them you can register a domain name for only $10.87 a year (Most current price when registering in the United States). This domain includes free WhoIsGuard for the first year, and only increases to $2.88 the following year. With a coupon code (see below) you can register for domain names even cheaper! Other hosts such as Godaddy charge at LEAST $30 for these domains. You can see why Namecheap is loved so much by bloggers who buy domains regularly.
As touched on above, Namecheap’s hosting is priced fairly according to the industry. While is is not as cheap as Hostgator or Bluehost, it still is reasonable. One downside that we don’t like is that it limits you to domains, even on the Professional package. For $80 a year I would rather have no limit to the amount of domains I can put on my account. I don’t know, maybe I am being picky… But hey, that’s what this review is about, right?
Like many other web hosts, Namecheap provides a 99.9% uptime guarantee. But what sets Namecheap apart is that if they fall short of that guarantee, they will refund your money in full. Namecheap is one of the only hosts that offers money back because they realize the importance of happy customers. Namecheap’s 14-day guarantee ensures that you are always satisfied with their hosting, and it clearly shows that customer satisfaction is their top priority.
You can read more about the guarantee here.
As part of Namecheap’s campaign to provide the best hosting to customers, they offer many standard features with every hosting package. These resources can help everybody, from the most inexperienced beginner to the professional design agency. While the hosting packages include a ton of free resources, you can upgrade to the more advanced products like SSL certificates, private email, or a mobile-friendly website builder, just to name a few.
Each Namecheap shared hosting plan comes packed with features. The most notable are:
- Shared hosting for less than a domain name costs
- 100% uptime SLA
- Total security as standard
- WordPress and other apps included
- The latest Dell server technology
- cPanel control panel as standard
- Real people to help you 24 hours a day
- Easy upgrading makes scaling your website a breeze
- SMTP, POP3, IMAP webmail on every account
- SpamAssasin comes standard
- PHP MyAdmin comes standard
- Apache 2.X servers
- Advanced usage and site health statistics comes standard
- 24/7/365 live support
- Instant setup
- All of these and so much more!
- All Namecheap hosting services are backed by our pioneering Hosting Guarantee. This guarantee is a mark of the high quality you can expect from Namecheap and underlines our commitment to providing excellence in our hosting division. Our Hosting Guarantee explains that we treat each service you have with Namecheap individually. You can subscribe, modify or cancel any service you have with us at any time, without penalty.
Ease of Use
Namecheap is very easy to use. The customer interfaces are very simple, and cPanel makes it easy to find what you are looking for in your dashboard. Once you figure out how to enter your hosting company’s nameservers (given that you are using a different hosting provider) the entire process of registering a domain and setting it up on the domain is insanely easy, and can be done in a matter of minutes. Trust us, we got the hang of it and its easy as cake!
Namecheap prides itself on providing top-tier customer service. Their website reads prominently, “Need help? We’re always here for you”. And they do just that. They provide real people to help you 24 hours a day. Their support team works around the clock and is available via Live Chat and their Helpdesk to assist you with your hosting services whenever you need it. In addition to 24/7 help on demand, Namecheap also maintains a huge archive of video tutorials, API docs, and community forums ensuring that you get answers to your questions, no matter what they may be.
In all of our experience with Namecheap, we have never had an issue or bad experience. Seriously, not one. Never. I have had some technical questions (i.e. mostly regarding the technical aspects of SSL certificates, with compatibility and such) that customer support helped me understand. These guys know their stuff, and having them on your side is incredibly helpful. They bend over backwards to make sure you are happy and problem-free.
If you have grown your site to the point where you need additional resources, Namecheap makes is very easy to scale up and upgrade your hosting account. Shared hosting is usually adequate for most people, but the time does come when it gets outgrown. If you want to make money, you can resell Namecheap’s hosting to form your own business. VPS hosting allows you to run a virtual private server without all the technical know-how needed, or super expensive equipment. Lastly, a dedicated server allows your to run a large site at full capacity. These options are available on demand, and can be implemented very quickly when needed.
Our web hosting is covered by a few providers, so we don’t currently have a need to upgrade our Namecheap account. We can’t review our personal experience with upgrading, as we really haven’t really had a need to do so yet. When we do, however, we will post it to this review! We did once upgrade an SSL certificate and that was a very easy and hassle-free experience. Customer service walked us through the entire process, which added to our positive attitude towards Namecheap.
Namecheap is GREAT for domains, and pretty good for hosting too. While we love their domain registry services, we would steer people more towards Hostgator for hosting because in the end Hostgator just has more features at a lower rate. But if you are looking to register a domain, Namecheap will win every time, hands down. Register your domains now to start building your website!