Namecheap Hosting Review 2019
In the year 2000, Richard Kirkendall has founded the Namecheap, which is known as a reputed domain name registrar company. Namecheap is an ICANN accredited domain registrar. As per the reports, Namecheap is considered as one of the most growing company. Since from their beginning days, Namecheap is committed to providing top-notch services for its customers. Over 10 million domain name has been hosted by Namecheap, which shows their position in the global marketplace.
Namecheap is known for providing a wide range of products and services such as unique & poplar domain names, SSL certificates, top-notch hosting packages, WordPress, website builder, WHOIS privacy system. As compared to the other companies, they provide these services at an affordable price also.
Domain Name Registration
The company has started its business as a domain registrar company. However, through the time they managed to expand their business by offering many hosting packages.
By purchasing any of their hosting plans except WordPress plans, you will be able to access the cPanel, which is highly appreciated by the industry.
Several benefits of cPanel have been depicted underneath:
- The graphical interface of the cPanel makes it easy to access.
- Email usage along with the setup.
- File management.
- You can manage the database.
- You can back up your information.
- Softaculous app manager.
Content Delivery Networks
Content Delivery Networks or CDN play a huge role in order to speed up your website. However, you can easily set-up your own CDN.
CDN provided by the Cloudflare is suitable for most of the websites. Unlike many other companies, Namecheap does not offer any CDN with their hosting packages.
Due to this, users need to consider Cloudflare and merge it with their existing hosting plans provided by Namecheap. By accessing their knowledgebase, you can easily conduct the entire process.
The company has a number two datacenters, which are located in Phoenix, AZ, and Nottingham respectively. By considering the shared hosting plans, you will be able to choose your data center.
However, no information available regarding those server’s security aspects like backup power, guards.
The company offers backups during their server restoration process only. They perform a weekly backup process, which is considered as standard.
You can easily back up your website content by using the restore/backup facility in cPanel. Namecheap will give you complete assistance in case you lost your data.
Important note: if you decide to terminate your account, there will be a service charge ($15) applicable for recovering your website.
Several security facilities have also been offered by the company that is mentioned below:
- Paid SSL certificates
- WHOIS guard for free
- Paid premium DNS
- TOTP 2FA
- Paid Virtual private server
You will get an SSL certificate for free with any WordPress plans. In order to run an e-commerce site, that is imperative.
In order to ensure the safety of your data, Namecheap has introduced TOTP 2 FA. Due to this, you can securely access your website from another device.
Each of their shared hosting plans comes with the cPanel tool, which is considered as Namecheap’s website builder.
Their website builder is very easy to use, as it is a template based drop and drag builder. You can choose among over 200 templates. Look wise, templates are very well designed.
Some features of the website builder are provided below:
- Thanks to the drag and drop facility, you don’t need to know any coding.
- Social media plugins, video adding, accepting payment.
- It offers over 45 languages.
- E-commerce is competent.
- Mobile responsive.
No additional charges you have to pay for those above-mentioned features, which is pretty remarkable.
Just like other existing companies, Namecheap is also offering 99.9% uptime assurance with each of their hosting plans.
It is good to know stuff that due to the 99.9% uptime guarantee scheme, you can also face eight hours of annual downtime as well.
As per my own experience, the company kept its promise by providing good uptime. Though, downtime can last up to an hour as well.
If you face over 1hr of downtime, the company is committed to giving you a refund for this inconvenience. This might hamper their reputation in the market.
The loading speed of your page is very crucial, which determines your online success. As per the reports, customers don’t like to wait for long while surfing a website.
Namecheap uses solid-state drives, which ensures good loading speed.
As per my own experience, I received 625ms loading speed, which is not that impressive. However, there were 2 separate periods.
Earlier, their loading load speed was clocked 912ms. Due to this bad performance, the company made some changes in 2018, June. After the changes, average load speed was clocked 419ms, which is not that bad as compared to the earlier phase.
You will get this loading speed even if you have purchased an average hosting package.
Namecheap is considering the fastest servers from top-notch companies like Supermicro, Dell, and HP. Each of their business along with shared and reseller hosting servers are powered with 16 GB ram, RAID protected 4 hard drives and 2 processors.
Knowledgebase and Customer Support
The company is known for assisting its customers through live chat and tickets. Unlike any other companies, they do not provide assistance through a phone call, which might leave you in trouble in case of any urgency.
My personal experience with them was pretty good, as I got my reply within 2 minutes.
Money Back Guarantee
You can claim your money back, in case you are not satisfied with the services provided by Namecheap.
Some major things to consider while claiming for money:
- Unlike many other companies, Namecheap offers only 14-day money back assurance.
- Money back guarantee is not applicable for dedicated IP address, license and server management.
Namecheap is known for supporting the Net Neutrality and has donated over $390,000 to “Electronic Frontier Foundation and Fight” since 2011. It is a non-profit organization, which works in favor of “defending civil liberties in the digital world.”