Namecheap was founded by Richard Kirkendall as a domain registrar in 2000 with the mission to give everyone access to a domain on the internet. Naturally, Namecheap started to incorporate hosting products as part of their business and now offer almost all types of hosting starting at extremely affordable prices.
Features and Ease of Use
Namecheap doesn’t really offer many options when it comes to higher-end hosting solutions. However, they do provide a handy set of features for those with more modest needs. The best thing is that these tools are easy to use and make for a great user experience. They provide:
- Domain registration services and are in fact primarily a domain registrar
- Free domain transfers
- Email hosting
On top of the standard features, they also have to follow to offer:
- Managed WordPress hosting: Have a dedicated technician look after your WordPress website/domain and server 24/7.
- Free or PremiumDNS packages: Depending on your budget, you can choose the enhanced availability and security of VeriSign-powered PremiumDNS.
- App Marketplace: You can easily install extra features and functionality to your hosting solution such as G Suite, Weebly, or EasyWP.
As you can see from their space-themed website, Namecheap puts a lot of emphasis on being modern, fun, and accessible. You will be able to manage your domain or website using either cPanel or WordPress (or both) which are both fantastic platforms and possibly the best in their respective categories. If you want to migrate your domain, their technical support staff will take care of it for you. Installing apps is also done with only a few clicks.
Pricing and Support
True to their name, there are some very affordable hosting products available on Namecheap for those who don’t have enterprise-level needs. Although there are no free plans, they do offer a 30-day money back guarantee on all subscriptions. Hosting products in U.S. datacenters come at no extra cost while a minimal fee applies if you want a U.K. data center. The pricing plans for Namecheap are very straightforward and you can choose from monthly or discounted yearly billing:
- Shared hosting: All shared hosting comes with WordPress an cPanel, is based on the latest Dell technology and with unmetered bandwidth. There are three options:
- Stellar: 20 GB SSD Disk space and 3 websites
- Stellar Plus: Unlimited disk space and websites
- Stellar Business: 50 GB “Pure” SSD disk space and unlimited websites
- Managed WordPress hosting: Their 24/7 managed WordPress hosting is the most affordable product. However, it comes with a few limitations, such as a single website per plan and only 10 GB of storage.
- Reseller hosting: These products are for those who want to manage websites on behalf of clients and is divided into three products that differ in storage space and number of websites.
There are also a number of VPS hosting and dedicated server options.
When it comes to customer support, you can reach out either via 24/7 live chat or by submitting a ticket. The response times for live chat is usually very good. However, sometimes it’s frustrating trying to solve an issue with text correspondence instead of on the phone. The customer support staff is usually eager to help you solve a problem quickly.
For those who want to run their own website without major requirements, the shared hosting or managed WordPress hosting options should be very appealing. You can also opt for either U.S. or U.K.-based servers based on your needs. However, Namecheap is not the best if you require large-scale server infrastructure.
- Modern and easy to use platform
- Flexible payment and billing plans
- S. and U.K. datacenters
- Offers managed WordPress hosting
- Plans are limited to individuals and small businesses or resellers
- Complicated SSL Certificate setup