Price: Domain names as low as
$.88, Hosting as low as $9.88
Founder: Richard Kirkendall
Rating: (3.5 / 5)
Namecheap Reviews Are Not Helpful.
The majority of people who have reviewed Namecheap give it 4-5 stars. Out of nearly 1 million reviews, less than 1,000 people have given it 1-2 stars. All of the 1-2 star reviews were from 2014 and beyond, so it seems as all those issues have been resolved over the years. Kudos too Namecheap!
The 3 star reviews were much newer, starting from today. From what I read were issues ranging from slow website, payment process issues, complicated interface, too many clicks to the purchase, not enough information to buy add ons. Unsure of what each are. It makes sense if you’re not a techy. Finally, that the live chat support representatives are slow at getting back to you.
The vast majority were 4-5 stars and said very good things about the product. If you want to read the reviews, you can do so here.
What are Namecheap’s Domain Names Offers About?
Namecheap offers the opportunity to get domain names for as low as .88 cents. They usually are ones that end in .site, .website, .space, .pw, .press, .host, .tech, .online, or .fun. Be careful, because that will be the promotion for the 1st year. Then it goes up from there. Be sure to get all of the information because you may want to keep the domain name for years to come. Their promotion right now include free WHOIS for 1 year, which is a privacy setting that hackers will not be able to get your personal information such as phone number or address. Again, you will want to take note what the additional charge is after the 1 year. Should you want to drop that feature, which I would advise against.
Other optional features for these .88 cent domains will be an add on for private email. This is a really neat feature to have. Watch out for what it costs after the first 2 months which are free. Then the popular SSL certificate which is a top tier add on to make your website more secure. I would recommend it to everyone. The first year is $1.99, then $9 after that. Watch out how these add ons can add up pretty quick!
As with most domain name providers, there is a domain search generator to help you find a good match for you and your website.
Most people, including myself preach that, domain names should represent your brand, be short and sweet, easy to spell and remember, and try not to infringe on someone else’s trademark.
You should know that premium domain names will be the .com, .org, or .net. The other domain names are less popular and may be harder for people to remember. That is important because you don’t want to lose any traffic due to a not having a top level domain (tld).
Namecheap also offers a domain Marketplace where you can buy popular domain names or sell them. This is a business that some online marketers get into; flipping domains. The idea is that if you have snagged a popular domain name that is high in demand, you can sell it for a hefty price tag. A pretty neat domain name like bitcoinhaze.com goes for $80k.
What is Namecheap Hosting About?
Don’t know what is hosting? Hosting is how you keep your website online. Domain name is the name of your website. Hosting is your place online. Servers store the information from your website. Then when a user requests it, the server will provide it. It’s important to use a reliable server.
Shared Hosting Plans
Value – $9.88 first year, then $38.88/yr after that. This plan will host up to 3 websites.
Professional – $19.88 first year, then $78.88 after that. Wider bandwidth. Will host up to 10 websites.
Ultimate – $29.88 first year, then $128.88 after that. Unmetered hosting for up to 50 websites.
Business SSD – $19.88 a month. 100% uptime guaranteed. That’s a big deal. Have you ever visited a website, and the server said that there was a problem. A business website can lose a lot of money for any time lost due to hosting problems. And website not being able to be visible to users. This plan hosts unlimited websites.
Features offered on their Shared Hosting:
- Promotional rates
- 100% uptime guarantee
- Secured Servers
- WordPress and other apps included
- Dell Server technology
- Offers free SSL certificate for one year
- Offers 24/7 support
- Upgrade capabilities – (as your website grows you can upgrade)
Other Hosting Packages
$8.88 first year, then $48.88 after that
WP Hosting gives the ability to build your website out right on WordPress. It is integrated into it. This is an excellent feature, and one that I would probably choose if I needed to. I use WordPress as my content management system, and it does not get any easier than this!
Have you ever thought about reselling hosting yourself?
Namecheap offers a Resellers Hosting packages:
Reseller 1 $16.95 -a package that helps your get started. Allows you to resell hosting up to 16 accounts, and 1000 GB bandwidth.
Reseller 2 $26.95 – allows you to resell hosting to unlimited accounts. Offers 2000 GB bandwidth.
Reseller 3 $36.95 – allows you to resell hosting to unlimited accounts. Offers unmetered GB bandwidth.
Reseller 4 $46.95 – allows you to resell hosting to unlimited accounts. Offers twice the disk space as Reseller 3 at 300 GB disk space.
Other Features of Reseller Hosting:
- WebHostManager -you can create and modify each account.
- Dell PowerEdge
- RAID 10 hard drives
- Create your own hosting packages for your clients
- Suite of tools such as a billing platform, and SSL reseller program
Virtual Private Server
VPS Pulsar $19.88/month – 2 GB RAM, 1000 GB Bandwidth
VPS Quasar $38.88/month – 6 GB RAM, 3,000 GB Bandwidth
VPS features include:
- Solid State Drive (SSD) storage
- Choose your Operating System and optional cPanel
- High performance network
- Quality guaranteed
- Easy upgrade/downgrade
- In-house security package
Dedicated Server Hosting
From $58.88 (8GB RAM, 10 TB Bandwith) – $379.88 (64GB RAM, 100 TB Bandwidth)
- Hosted in Tier 4 Pheonix Datacenter- features redundant power, network, climate, and security systems.
- Supermicro Server Hardware – features energy-efficient Intel processors, enterprise-edition hard drives
- Optimized Network
- Server Management -choose from self-managed, managed, or fully managed.
Private Email Hosting
You can try any of these packages for free for a 2-month trial:
Private $9.88/year – one mailbox included
Business $28.88/year – 10 GB email storage, 10 aliases per mailbox, full mobile support
Business Office $49.88 – 15 GB file storage, Collaboration tools, OX Text, OX Spreadsheet
- Web-based email
- Mobile Support
- Manage multiple email accounts under one roof
- Sharing capabilities for emails, documents, appointments, contacts, task lists
* You can get Namecheap’s assistance at no charge to help you transfer from one hosting provider to another.
My Final Opinion of NameCheap
I actually get an awesome deal from Wealthy Affiliate (WA) on domain name purchases. For $13.99 I get a .com, WHOIS, SSL certificate, and unlimited email accounts. But I am a Premium Member. If you are serious about online business, then you should definitely check it out.
If I didn’t use WA for my hosting and affiliate program. I would surely give Namecheap a try. You can’t get a negative vibe from their reviews because as for 1-2 stars, there are none since 2014. I am the type of guy which lets price drive me, so I would probably purchase from them. It would be either them or Bluehost.
Let’s face it, you have to have hosting anyway, so you may find a good deal with your hosting provider. Hosting is important though. Sometimes you may need to change hosting providers because of downtime, or slow response times.
Namecheap has the cheapest domain names I’ve found online. But don’t be fooled. I believe sooner or later, you will have to have an SSL certificate to even host a website online. Then namecheap charges $9 for that. It might not be worth it then. Or you may take advantage of the promotional rates. Those may not mean much, if you plan on keeping your domain for several years.
Do you have a personal experience with Namecheap? If so, I would love to hear about your experience with their products or service. As always, you feedback is appreciated. It really does help others.
Let me know in the comments below! 😀