Namecheap Hosting Review

Rated 4.3
4.3/5

Are you thinking of going with Namecheap? and want to know about their negative and positive Points before buying?

That’s a great thing and another great thing is that you also land on the right page of the Right website.

because we write all the pros and cons of Namecheap honestly to make this real Namecheap review

So Now Let’s Come To what you have come here for. Let’s Do the Namecheap Review.

Namecheap Review

Our Ratings

Speed
3.2/5
Features
4.7/5
Uptime
4.9/5
Customer Support
4/5
Overall Ratings​
4.3/5

Ratings By Other Websites

Website 1
0/5
Website 2
0/5
Website 3
0/5

PROS

  1. Cheapest Prices
  2. 100% Uptime Guarantee
  3. 30-day money-back guarantee
  4. Free Website Builder
  5. Free Domain Privacy
  6. Free Website Transfer

Cons

  1. Lack of Data Centers
  2. High Renewal Prices
  3. Low Speed
  4. Support People can’t solve Big Issues
  5. Domain Transfer Fees

The company that was operational in 2001 by Richard Kirkendall, is now one of the Top domain registrar companies. That is NameCheap, which acquires the fourth-highest hosting customers among all.

It controls 3.5 Million hosting customers and 8 Million domain names. They are providing very affordable and cheap domain name registration for new users as low as $ 0.99 with extra freebies.

They have partnered with brands like Dell, to build server technology and its Supermicro server delivers the innovation for hosting network infrastructure.

With NameCheap, you will have lifetime domain privacy protection and full DNS access. If NameCheap is good with domain, does that mean they are good with hosting service too?

To examine this, i have purchased the stellar plus plan of shared hosting. We will monitor and test every necessary factor of good hosting. Let’s jump on it.

Features Availability
Auto Backup Yes
Plan upgrading process Yes
Unique IP Yes
Access without domain No
Storage Type RAID-10 protected HDD Storage
Free SSL Let’s Encrypt SSL
Memcached No
Speed optimization No
Cpanel Yes
Auto install CMS (WordPress, Magento) Yes
Free Trial No
MoneyBack Guarantee 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee
Pricing $1.88/mo for 24 months term (Stellar Shared Hosting)
Data Center Location 3 Datacenters in USA, UK and Europe combined
Site Migration Free, with Migration Specialist

Performance (Rating: 3.2)

Having fast speed is a blessing for website performance. An increase in loading speed means the bounce rate of your website is high.

If loading speed time takes more than 3 sec, it can increase your bouncing rate by more than 57%. NameCheap is still improving in website speed performance.

The loading time of NameCheap is 1.05 sec, and the Server response time is 0.4 sec. They are fair and decent in website speed. For US and Canadian Audiences, they have a good loading time of 600 ms.

NameCheap is using Supersonic CDN, a superfast content delivery network. Its integration with SSL certificates and Content Management System will bring good user information security and Smooth Compatibility with WordPress.

You can easily set up this feature and optimize many cache options to super cache the multimedia like video, audio, and files. Supersonic has high bandwidth and can give you faster loading times.

Advanced Supersonic CDN is a perfect match for an e-commerce website that gives you Global coverage with secured servers. Their powerful security protection can fight against Traffic congestion, DDoS Attacks, and Counter SQL injection.

The best part of this CDN is less downtime and monitored security which leads to Good SEO Ranking. Supersonic has many paid plans with Many perks and the best features to strengthen your website.

 

Uptime (Rating: 4.9)

Ultimately, Uptime is becoming the most important thing on your website, and why shouldn’t it be?

Would you prefer a website with 404 errors? No, Right! High Uptime Means the number of times your website is active on the internet.

NameCheap has 99.99% Uptime which means the website is hardly down for less than 2 minutes in a month.

NameCheap is monitoring your site every 5 minutes. They have Uptime guarantee of 100%. This is a very surprising and high Claim. If your site is down for 1 hour, the hosting service will be free for 1 day and so on for every hour.

 

Security (Rating: 4.6)

NameCheap is very prepared with its High-Grade Security suites like CodeGuard and Leech Protection. They have put every effort to provide you with a secure experience.

CodeGuard is an automated website plugin or tool. It will monitor your site 24/7 and inform you regarding any site changes. It is an add-on service to backup your site with encrypted files on cloud platforms and forms a one-click restoration system. The Backup will be for 2 weeks.

Leech Protection is a cPanel security feature to stop multiple unauthorized login attempts. You can put in a maximum number of attempts over 2 hours. This will safeguard your site from brute force attacks.

I have reviewed 30+ hostings, and NameCheap is the only one that is providing Fast VPN (Virtual private network). VPN is securing your site by hiding IP addresses and letting streaming or browsing anywhere safely. You can connect multiple devices simultaneously and Browse freely with no one collecting your data.

To protect your password, Two-factor authentication is installed. Unblock any restricted website with a VPN service.

Even your domain is protected with WHOIS Protection and private domain registration. It will hide your name, contact number, address, and user login. The domain will be protected from junk calls and spam emails. This privacy protection will be free for a lifetime.

Of course, features like Free SSL certificates, Virus Scanner, Hotlink protection, and DDoS protection via Supersonic are also included.

And the best and last part is Premium DNS. It is known as the Domain Name System. It is polymath security features that are keeping your website active, protecting your Domain details, providing fast blazing speed, avoiding dropped requests, securing visitors requests worldwide, and so on.

 

Features (Rating: 4.7)

NameCheap does not leave any stone unturned. They are a bank of Hosting features. You named any feature and they have it.

First, they have free Domain Registration for new users and Free migration service. For Migration, you will get Transfer assistance from their expert to migrate your website in less than 24 hours.

Cyber Insurance is included in NameCheap features. Today, Cyber attacks have increased by 175% worldwide. Many data breaches and system failures are causing websites too much money. Cyber Insurance is a security insurance plan where you will get your website damaged in terms of money by paying a small premium.

You can build your website by using free and paid website builders. Strikingly can create mobile-optimized websites. Paid website builder Site Maker can create beautiful desktop websites. They are filled with many SEO-optimized and attractive themes.

Supersonic CDN for fast speed, Uptime Monitoring, NameCheap VPN, G suite for a centralized Email solution, free Logo Maker, and Blog Building App “Ghost Machine” are also included in your hosting plan.

They even have NameCheap Legal to register your website legally and incorporate it into business and form Proper LLC.

Some features are so unique like

1. Validation.com – to prevent online fraud by verifying the ID of online Customers.

2. Weebly – to build an online store.

3. Relate – For Scheduling Online content on social media and collecting honest feedback from customers to build trust.

 

Support (Rating: 4.0)

Have you explored the knowledge base of NameCheap? You must do that. They have many detailed Blogs, Guides, Articles, Tutorials, Process Explainer, and “How to” Videos.

They will even update you about their updated version of services. Live Chat and Ticket Support System is available 24/7.

Having these best resources, they still lack in their Human resources. Customer Support is friendly and responsive. But they aren’t good with hosting knowledge.

You ask them about “How to enable DNS” & they will forward you some articles that are not good since we know how to search on Google. This mistake is repeated many times, and I don’t know how to get over this.

 

Value for Money (Rating: 4.3)

NameCheap is empowering more than 1 Million business owners. This number is enough to check their credibility. If you ask my opinion, it would say that NameCheap is the best choice for you.

They have decent Speed, especially for the North American Audience, Good Uptime with a guarantee, Excellent security, and many features to support your website. Their Customer Support is still not good. But if you are a pro website owner, then a knowledge base is enough to help you.

Even if you don’t like their hosting after purchase, you have the first 30 days to claim the refund. For New Domain Registration refund, Claim is available within the first 5 days. Non-refundable things are Domain, Add-ons, hosting service, free trials program, and Renewal fees.

 

 

Hosting Pros (Detailed review)

NameCheap is among the top 5 hosting providers. NameCheap has its pros and cons. Let’s discuss its pros.

 

1. Cheapest Price

NameCheap is offering its hosting at the lowest price. They have low-price plans among all other hosting providers. But how? As you know, Hostinger is considered as affordable hosting among all.

For context, The entry-level plan of Hostinger will cost $1.99/mo whereas NameCheap will cost only $1.88/mo. This doesn’t seem very big now.

But if you purchased the plan for 48 months, the total cost of Hostinger is $95.52 whereas NameCheap is $90.24. This calculation is enough to show its affordability.

2. 100% Uptime Guarantee

NameCheap has a 100% Uptime guarantee and I do not doubt it. The Average Uptime of NameCheap is 99.99% and they even reach 100% uptime during some months.

Also, you have their guarantee. If they fail to fulfill their 100% uptime promise, the hosting service will be free for 1 day on every hour your site was down.

3. 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

NameCheap will refund your money in the first 30 days if you don’t like their service. You have got a full one month to try their service.

Of course, Free domain registration will cost $7.99 if you ask for a refund. It is non-refundable.

4. Free Website Builder

NameCheap has many free website builder tools for every type of website. Such as

  • Weebly – To build Online Store
  • Strikingly – To build mobile-optimized websites
  • Ghost Machine – To build Blog and News publishing platform.

All these website builders have several attractive themes. They have Clean UI and fully SEO-optimized web pages.

5. Free domain Privacy

It is necessary to protect your domain information from Brute force attacks. An unprotected domain will reveal your personal info like your name, contact number, user login, etc.

NameCheap is offering free lifetime domain protection. Your domain will be protected by WHOIS Protection. It will prevent fraud, identity theft, and Unwanted email spam.

6. Free Website Transfer

If you have purchased NameCheap hosting, you need to transfer your website from the previous host to NameCheap. It was a hectic and costly process.

Now, NameCheap will transfer your website for free. They will transfer the full cPanel website within 24 hours and with only 5 minutes of downtime.

You will get full assistance from NameCheap Support. If they fail to transfer in less than 24 hours, they will credit the amount of the first purchase of shared hosting.

 

Hosting Cons (Detailed review)

We have discussed its pros. NameCheap looks good but it is too soon to judge. Let’s uncover its cons.

 

1. Lack of Data Centers

NameCheap has only 3 data centers located in the USA, UK, and Europe. But all of its hosting service servers don’t properly work in these 3 datacenters. There are different restrictions on different data centers.

  • For the USA datacenter in Phoenix, Shared hosting, VPS Carriers, and dedicated servers are available.
  • For the UK datacenter in Timico, Shared hosting plans and Reseller Packages are available with $1/mo as an additional fee.
  • For the Europe datacenter in Amsterdam, Only shared hosting plans are possible along with an additional fee of $1/mo.

These limited data centers and additional fees cost too much while choosing the nearest data centers for the closest potential audience.

2. High Renewal Prices

Having a high renewal price is very common among hosting providers. NameCheap too has high renewal prices that are 2x than entry-level price.

The entry price of stellar shared hosting is $1.88/mo. but the renewal price is $3/mo. But this is still okay. Many other expenses need renewal like Domain name, domain transfer fee, website, and many more.

3. Low Speed

NameCheap has one of the worst speed performances. The loading time is 1.05 sec whereas the server response time is 0.4 sec.

This low speed will take time to load your web pages. and it will increase the site bounce rate. One of the main reasons for low speed is the lack of data centers.

4. Support People can’t solve Big Issues

NameCheap used to have good customer support. Now, they are just crap. The Support is not helpful and responsive.

They will refer you to some articles if you ask any questions or your issue. Their support team cannot solve bigger issues. Even, their instructions are not detailed and problem-solving.

5. Domain Transfer Fees

For shared hosting plans, NameCheap is offering Free domain registration for 1st year. You need to purchase atleast a yearly plan to avail free domain registration.

But if you have an existing domain. You have one of its cons which shouldn’t be. I mean who takes the domain transfer fee? Yes, NameCheap is taking a domain transfer fee starting at $9.58/year for the .com domain.

Also, you have to pay a domain transfer fee along with a domain renewal fee after one year of hosting purchase.

 

Hosting Pricing

NameCheap provides many types of hosting plans. These hosting plans are different from each other due to extra features, functionality and offers. They have Shared Hosting, WordPress Hosting, VPS Hosting, and Dedicated Servers.

All these plans come in 1 month, 3 months, 12 months, and 24 months periods. Here, we will talk about 24 months period plans. Let’s understand them one by one in detail.

 

Shared Hosting

Shared hosting is a Popular and Entry-level Option that allows the various website to be hosted on a single server. You must share all resources and offers provided by the hosting provider. They have 3 plans in shared hosting: Stellar, Stellar Plus, and Stellar Business.

This Plan is attractive for small and medium-sized businesses. If you are an influencer, freelancer or new creator, this shared hosting will be useful for launching a new blog, showing portfolios, and starting a new business.

They have faster website speed with WordPress optimization and a User-Friendly Control Panel. With its high quality and Feature-rich hosting, it is a fast and reliable hosting provider to run your website at an affordable price.

They have added various convenient offering in their plans like –

  • Free Domain (for 12 months)
  • Free SSL (Automatic Installation)
  • Free Supersonic CDN
  • User friendly cPanel
  • Security features like WHOIS Domain privacy protection, Backup Manager, Virus Scanner, Hotlink Protection, SSL Host Installer
  • Software like, E-Commerce, Google apps, Softaculous Script Installer, Project Management, etc.
  • 100+ Apps with 1 click install and Google apps
  • Unmetered bandwidth
  • Free Website Builder
  • 100% Uptime Guarantee
  • 24/7/365 Customer Support

Apart from various features that we will mention below in the Table along with plans, they have Two Unique Features integrated. First, No-Downtime Free Single Website Transfer which will keep your website online while migration. You will get Transfer Assistance. Second, Web stats Tools like Latest Visitors, Resource usage, Google Analytics Compatible, Bandwidth Stats, etc. these statistic keeps you updated about Website progress and issues.

Now let’s have look at our pricing table. Remember that they have some features and offerings in common among different plans. So, we have mentioned them above.

Hosting Plans Stellar Stellar Plus Stellar Business
Websites 3 Unlimited Unlimited
SSD Storage 30 GB Unmetered SSD 50 GB
Monthly Visitors 10,000 25,000 1,00,000
Email Accounts 30 Unlimited Unlimited
Backups Twice a Week Twice a Week + Auto backup Twice a Week + Auto backup
Cloud Storage Included with EU datacenter Included with EU datacenter Included with EU and UK datacenters
Parked Domains Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Sub Domains 30 Unlimited Unlimited
Price (US Center) $1.88/mo $2.98/mo $4.98/mo
UK & EU Datacenter + $1.00/mo + $1.00/mo + $1.00/mo

 

These plans are beginner friendly, and developer can easily make changes in them. If you want a dedicated IP for your website, Just pay $2.00/mo.

 

WordPress Hosting

This hosting is specifically WordPress optimized to get a safer website with easy migration, better security, and faster loading speed. WordPress is known for easy to build websites. They are very scalable and customized CMS solutions today. You will get various wordpress tools and resources for free or at a low cost.

With already installed WordPress, you get WordPress optimized stacks like WP-CLI, PHP8, and many more. You can have many free themes templates for design and premium plugins like Jetpack license. You Can start for FREE in the WordPress Hosting without Commitment. They are like free trials for 30 days without Credit card details.

They have added various convenient offering in their plans like –

  • Free Domain (for 12 months)
  • Free SSL and Free Supersonic CDN (not for starter plan)
  • User friendly cPanel
  • Security features like WHOIS Domain privacy protection, Backup Manager, Virus Scanner, Hotlink Protection, SSL Host Installer
  • Software like, E-Commerce, Google apps, Softaculous Script Installer, Project Management, etc.
  • 100+ Apps with 1 click install and Google apps
  • Unmetered bandwidth
  • Free Website Builder
  • 99.9% Uptime Guarantee
  • 24/7/365 Customer Support

Along with these offerings, they have introduced two new features which are not easily available. First, they have FREE wordpress website transfer. It is a very simple and efficient process to transfer your website without any downtime. Second, one-click backup and restore to save you work. Also, you will get maintenance mode and Single login Dashboard to manage all the websites.

Now let’s have look at our pricing table. Remember that they have some features and offerings in common among different plans. So, we have mentioned them above.

Hosting Plans EasyWP Starter EasyWP Turbo EasyWP Supersonic
Websites 3 100 100
SSD Storage 10 GB 50 GB 100 GB
Monthly Visitors 50,000 200,000 5,00,000
RAM 1.5x More 2x More
Bandwidth 100 GB Unlimited Unlimited
CPU 1.5x More 2x More
Price (Yearly) $24.88 $48.88 $54.88

This hosting is specially optimized for WordPress based Hosting. With powerful next-generation cloud platform, they are giving 3x faster speed than standard WP on shared hosting. They have One dashboard to manage all the websites on single dashboard with single login.

 

VPS Hosting

VPS Hosting is very secure and reliable hosting. They will get secure virtual hosting like dedicated hosting at half the cost. It has strengthened the security and enhanced performance of the website. VPS hosting is managed by a team of technical experts which helps you to focus only on business parts and not technical parts.

Server management will handle cPanel, technical operations, performance, customer support and customize of the website on your behalf. This secure hosting solution will give you peace of mind and total hand-off management of your server.

They have some of the common features useful for every VPS hosting plans –

  • Dedicated IP
  • Full Root Access and Control over SSH
  • Operating System (OS) Selection like CentOS, Ubuntu, and Debian.
  • Choice of Server Management
  • IPV4 Support
  • 24/7/365 Customer Support
  • Site Auto backups
  • Easy Customizable and Powerful VPS Security
  • Top Level Data backups with double RAID protection and Cloud technology
  • 20x faster and powerful hosting performance

Along with these common features, we have 1 Unique feature introduced by NameCheap hosting and that is Multiple Operating Systems. They have 3 types of OS on their hosting platform for maximum speed and stability. CentOS, Ubuntu, and Debian are the best options for VPS Hosting. They have multiple Architecture, which is lightweight, fast, highly secure, efficient, and highly Customizable.

Now let’s have look at our pricing table. Remember that they have some features and offerings in common among different plans. So, we have mentioned them above. VPS has 2 hosting plans.

Hosting Plans Pulsar Quasar
vCPU Cores 2 4
SSD Storage 40 GB Raid 10 120 GB Raid 10
RAM 2048 MB 6144 MB
100 GB backup Storage Included with Complete Management
Dedicated IP 1 IPv4 Upto 2 IPv4
Bandwidth 1000 GB/mo 3000 GB/mo
Price $9.88/mo $17.88/mo

High-availability and Scalability are the reasons that VPS hosting is used in various fields. These features give them better speed, power, security server management and affordability to launch any size app or website. All these VPS are in isolated and private areas which protects their data and increase bandwidth threshold.

They are very beneficial hosting in Server Software Testing, Collaborative File Editing, Media Streaming, Project Management, Social Networking, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Video Teleconferences, Server Security Hardening, etc.

 

Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated hosting is basically an individual physical server for 1 entity or business. They are resource rich server used by big organization to handle heavy traffic and protect their multiple websites from unlimited malware attacks. It has high storage capacity, hyper fast loading speed and reliability.

They offer different types of Dedicated Server Management like Self-managed, Basic, and Complete. Self-managed plan is used for technical geeks and advanced users like system administration, IT Administrator, web developers and System Networking. You have whole command on all the resources provided by hosting providers.

There are many common useful features we have in the dedicated hosting plans –

  • Smart Routing technology keeps the server running by rerouting bandwidth spikes.
  • Ethernet Uplink connection to handle sudden increase in traffic by exchanging of multiple data center points.
  • FREE setup, Free SSL with 2048-bit Encryption and Free SSD storage
  • FREE Launch assist for migrating and optimizing your website with No downtime.
  • Free 50 GB Backup storage and 8 MB CPU cache
  • FREE cPanel and WHM included for database, subdomains, and central dashboard.
  • Easy Server Management with OS security patches and auto updates
  • Multi-layer defense and High grading Security against DDoS attacks.

They have cover up every aspect of best hosting features. But they are also using Bare Metal server and commercial High grading security to make the system perform better and defend cyberattacks.

Now let’s have look at our pricing table. Remember that they have some features and offerings in common among different plans. So, we have mentioned them above.

Hosting Plans Entry Level Medium Level Advanced Level
Intel CPU Specs Xeon® E3-1241 v3 Xeon® E3-1275v6 Dual Xeon Gold 5218
Cores/Threads 4 cores @ 3.5 GHz 4 cores @ 3.8 GHz Dual 16 cores @ 2.3 GHz
RAM 8 GB DDR3 16 GB DDR4 128 GB DDR4
Disk Space 2 x 240 GB SSD 2 x 1 TB HDD 4 x 1 TB NVMe
Bandwidth 100 TB/mo 100 TB/mo Unmetered & 500 GB backup storage
Price (Yearly) $671.88 $896.88 $3103.88

Dedicated Hosting are built for startups who have sensitive users’ information. This hosting avoids any kind of vulnerabilities or network outrage and breaks your speed barrier.

 

Hosting FAQ

Is NameCheap trustworthy?

NameCheap is a 2 decades old hosting company. They controlled more than 3 Million websites across the world. Over the years, they are exceptional in their service and have built different types of good digital products to enhance the user experience. They are trustworthy to me.

 

Final Words

After reading this review, if you ask my recommendation regarding NameCheap. I am fully convinced that NameCheap is an exceptional and trustworthy hosting provider.

I will recommend this hosting to freelancers, product-based companies, and eCommerce websites. NameCheap is the best option for US and European audiences, especially North Americans who will get good website speed.

Apart from its slow speed and inconsistent customer support, NameCheap has everything an average website needs. Affordability, Better Security, good uptime, and lots of features to enhance the website.

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