Namecheap

Namecheap is an ICANN accredited domain registrar and web hosting company based in Los Angeles, California founded by Richard Kirkendall...

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Namecheap is an ICANN accredited domain registrar and web hosting company based in Los Angeles, California founded by Richard Kirkendall in 2000. They claim to have over 800,000 clients and manage over 3 million domains.

 

Namecheap suffer from two things when it comes to hosting. Firstly, they are primarily known as a domain name registrar, and secondly many people like to have their domains in a differently place from where they get their web hosting. There is good reason why you should keep your domains in a differently location, however when it comes to Namecheap you really do not need to be worried. Namecheap is one of those company’s that deserve their impeccable reputation.

 

Pro:

  • Reliable web hosting services – Fast and extremely reliable hosting servers (over 99.9% uptime), and they have been around for over 10 years. These are people you can trust to be around for a long time to come.
  • CPanel – They use the standard cPanel, which is extremely user friendly, and has all the tools and features that make managing your site very easy.
  • Great customer support – Their support staff know what they are doing. They have been around for a while, and you won’t find much bad against them precisely because their support is so good.
  • Experienced Domain Registrar – This used to be their core business (and we guess still is). They have developed a comprehensive interface to manage your domains that you will find easy to use. After using Namecheap you won’t ever want to leave.
  • Integrated Cloudflare – We are a big fan of cloudflare in combination with shared hosting.  Cloudflare can increase your site’s performance, whilst reducing the strain on your server, which for shared hosting matters.  We particularly like it when Cloudflare is able to be setup via a one-click install solution via the cPanel.  Cloudflare is one of the first things we recommend to implement when hosting providers try to get you to upgrade to a VPS due to CPU over usage.

 

Cons:

  • Short Money Back Guarantee – Namecheap only offers a 14 day money back guarantee which is far less than many other hosts.  We don’t think that you can truly evaluate a host in just 14 days, and if this were a less well known brand we would certainly advise you to proceed with caution.  Namecheap however, are well established, and extremely well known for their domain registration services so we don’t think you need to be overly worried about this.
  • Value Plan limitations – Be sure to check all the specifications of each shared hosting plan to ensure to get all the features you might expect from a cPanel host.  Their Value plan has several limitations, although most in all our time of hosting we have never used anyway.  So whilst it is worth checking, we doubt you will be worried about this.
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