Namecheap is one of the most well-known web hosting companies out there. Founded by Richard Kirkendall in 2000. Today it’s one of the biggest web hosting companies out there. But is it any good? Well, it’s not that simple. Namecheap webhosting product offerings include domain names, WordPress hosting, VPS, and dedicated hosting so there’s quite a bit to unpack here. I don’t expect you to read the entire article and as such I’ve divided it into several key sections, so feel free to skip down to the section pertaining to what you are looking for.
One of Namecheap’s core products is domain name registration. Compared to things like WordPress hosting or general web hosting, when it comes to domain registration quality is not really a factor so much as the price. When you register for webhosting, the company you registered through is required to keep you servers up and running and that’s when you are dealing with ongoing customer support for any issues that come up. On the other hand with domain registrations, once the registrar sends your info to ICANN to register the domain, that’s all that needs to be done from the web hosts end and the change of something going wrong is very low (in my experience I have never had an issue purchasing a domain name in the 10+ year’s i’ve been doing it).
Namecheap doesn’t charge a flat rate for all domains but rather a standard rate based on the TLD (Top Level Domain, like . COM, . ORG, or . NET). These rates range from $8.88/year for a . COM domains and go up from there. However the price to register is not the only price you should pay attention to. Most domain registrars will sell you the domain when you register for very cheap but make the price to renew higher. Namecheap is no different as it lets you currently purchase a . COM domain for $8.88 but the renewal is $12.98. My suggestion is to go off the renewal price when doing any budgeting for the cost of your site. There is also a domain marketplace where other Namecheap users can sell their domains. Here you can expect to pay anywhere from less than $100 to tens of thousands depending on the domain. However it should be noted that if your purchase say a . COM domain for $1, 000, the renewal will still be Namecheap’s standard price at $12.88
Namecheap also offers some nice features when you register your domain. One really nice feature is WhoisGuard. Different companies have different names for this type of service but the gist is once you register a domain name, if you do not have WhoisGuard, anyone can run a “whois” lookup on your domain and see your name, telephone number and home address, if you are intersted in learning more about this, I wrote an article that covers whois privacy more in depth. Namecheap knows this is a privacy concern and offers free WhoisGuard on all their domains so they overwrite your info with their own. Now with WhoisGuard, whenever someone does a whois lookup on your site they will get a “Generic Namecheap User” with phones and addresses listed as Namecheap’s offices, instead of your actual information. Most domain registrars sell this as a service so it’s nice to see that Namecheap offers it for free.
Lastly it’s important to consider which TLD you choose. In recent years there have been hundreds of new TLD’s registered so you can get a domain name like: thiswebsite.rocks or myawesomedesign.studio. These are fun names to register however if you decide to register a domain that has an extension like .studio or .rocks, my suggestion would be to also register the .com variant of that domain name (so if you register thiswebsite.rocks, also register thiswebsiterocks.com) just in case visitors may mix up how your domain name is spelled (remember most users by now have been conditioned to think of a website as ending in . COM)
In the early days of web hosting, if you wanted to host a website the only option you had available to you is running a server in your home and hope the power didn't go out. Web hosting companies quickly came along to solve this problem however when most hosting companies started out. All you could get were dedicated servers which are very costly.
This is where shared hosting came along. Shared hosting lets you share a single server with other customers, exponentially lowering the cost to rent a server for a month. Now instead of paying $50 - $100 per month to rent an entire server, you can rent a shared server for about $5 - $10 per month.
Namecheap recently revamped thier pricing model for shared hosting, introducing 2 year pricing for all tiers. This means you could be saving even more than previously at Namecheap. Below is a breakdown of sign-up and renewal pricing at Namecheap.
All tiers have sign-up and renewal pricing so you get the best deal the longer term you sign. To compound that you also have some hefty tier discounts that cut as much as 50% off the monthly cost.
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This is by far the cheapest tier and you do get one heck of a deal with an entire year of hosting costing just $1.44 per month, with th option to lock in the savings for an additional year at a total cost of just $29.76
As for renewal pricing, this tier renews at $2.88 per month which works out to $33.88 per year, not bad even after the promotional period is up.
This tier keeps is simple with features, you get the basics and not much else (which is perfectly fine given the price point). You get 20GB of storage space, unlimited bandwidth, 3 websites and 30 email accounts. This is plenty for starting a new site and it's clear Namecheap is aiming their tier at first time users. If you are just getting into hosting your own website, this is the perfect place to start.
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This is the mid tier for shared hosting at Namecheap and price bumps by $1 for the 1 and 2 year plans while jumping up to $4.88 for the monthly price.
Renewal price for this tier is $4.88 per month which works out to $57.88 per year.
As for features you get everything from the previous tier however you also get Unlimited storage in SSD form rather than a regular hard drive, unlimited websites and unlimited email accounts. If you want to keep the cost down but the Stellar tier just isn't cutting it, consider opting for this tier.
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This is the top tier of shared hosting at Namecheap, but even with the higher prices you still get a fantastic deal with a single year of hosting coming in at just $53.
This tier renews at $8.88 per month which works out to $104.88 per year.
This tier also gives you unlimited everything except they seem to limit the storage space to just 50GB. I'm not quite sure why they do this and it almost seems like a mistake. If it doesn't seem that you are getting much in the way of features over Stellar plus then that's because the benefits are in the details.
For one Stellar Business let's you host 600k files on your server rather than the 300k allowed by Stellar Plus. On this tier you have less storage for files, but are allowed store more files on the system, a major benefit if you are running a site that has a ton of files or a bunch of email accounts. Besides that the underlying server also gets more resource allocation and can "burst" up to 3x the initial allocation. I wrote a full review on Namecheap's shared hosting products if you want ot learn more about their shared hosting plans.
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For Wordpress hosting Namecheap has a product called EasyWP which is a fully managed WordPress environment. Having a fully managed Wordpress environment is great as you can focus on your site and not on things like keeping your server up to date and other maintenance that doesn’t add to your site.
Namecheap offers 3 tiers of EasyWP: Starter, Turbo, and Supersonic, ranging in price from $3.88/month to $11.88/month. Let break down the three tiers:
|Tier||First Month Price||Monthly Price||Annual Price (1st Year)||Annual Price (Renewal)|
|Starter||$0.01||$3.88||$22.88 ($1.90/mo)||$29.88 ($2.49/mo)|
|Turbo||$0.02||$7.88||$26.88 ($2.24/mo)||$68.88 ($5.74/mo)|
|Supersonic||$0.03||$11.88||$28.88 ($2.40/mo)||$98.88 ($8.24/mo)|
The Starter tier is the cheapest way to get into EasyWP, starting at just $3.88/month, this tier gives you 10GB of SSD storage space as well as bandwidth to support 50k users per month. This is a great place to start and for the money, it's the perfect way to start a Wordpress site.
The Turbo tier is EasyWP's midrange option and comes in at $7.88/month or $26.88/year for the 1st year.
This option gives you 50GB of storage, ups the bandwidth from 50k users to 200k users, and offers CDN and SSL support. CDN support here is huge if you don’t update your site that often. Basically after your site is deployed, it’s then cached so visitors are hitting the CDN and not your actual site. This helps in speeding up your site tremendously.
The Supersonic tier comes in at $11.88/month or $28.88/year for the first year. This tier gives you 100GB of storage space and supports 500k visitors per month. With that you also get a %99.99 uptime guarantee and just like the previous tier it comes with CDN and SSL support.
This tier is great for Agencies and Businesses that need the uptime guarantees and storage space. If you're just going for a personal website I suggest going for the Starter or Turbo options.
Overall I think EasyWP is a great place to host your website. They offer Managed wordpress hosting for considerably less than competitors so if you are just starting out and want a seamless Wordpress experience without breaking the bank, EasyWP is a great place to go. If you want to learn more about EasyWP you can read my full review on the service.
Namecheap also offers email hosting that you can get. While you could set up an email server and Wordpress server all on a single Stellar server, having them split up and individually managed in my opinion is the better route to go. Here’s a look at their email plans
Starter: Namecheap offers some seriously cheap email hosting starting at just $0.99 per month so you can get a whole year’s worth of email for just $11.88. Now granted this plan only gives you a single mailbox and 2GB of storage but if you are just in need of a simple email service then this ticks the box and comes in at a great price.
Pro: Pro offers you more features on top of Starter including 3 mailboxes and 30GB of storage for emails and 15GB for files as well as “Full Mobile Support” (not sure what this means, all the plans support POP/IMAP so this is really all you’re going to need anyways. Consider it marketing fluff). This plan is basically starter + more storage. As far as pricing it’s still only $2.82 per month which comes out to $33.88 per year.
Ultimate: The ultimate plan is really where you want to be though. It offers everything from the previous plans plus 75GB of storage vs 30GB in Pro and it runs on separate mail servers so your mail delivery is faster and less of a headache. I haven’t run this service so I don’t know the validity of how much better these mail servers are but at just $4.66 per month or $55.88 per year. This is on par with pricing for GSuite and Microsoft 365 but you get way more storage than either competitor.
Bottom Line. If you need basic email either for a contact page or communicating with customers then the Starter will do just fine. However once your mail needs increase I suggest skipping Pro and going right to Ultimate. It’s the best plan by far and the price is still highly competitive with other players in the space.
I personally host my mail with another provider and my cost per month is about $4.50 but that’s when I pay 3 years at a time. Namecheap offers more storage at less of a cost then any of their competitors (and I say this from experience in dealing with email providers) and if you use something like Outlook or Apple Mail you won’t notice a difference.
A VPS is much like shared hosting. You are basically renting a server from Namecheap. Now that “server” is virtual but you control the entire thing, how it’s run and you are the only person that has access to it. VPS’s are great as they offer power and flexibility but I should warn that most readers will not need this unless they are running a power hungry web application, a large Wordpress site, or a gaming server. Let’s take a look at their plans:
Pulsar: For $11.88 per month or $140.88 per year, you can get a virtualized server with 2CPU Cores, 2GB of RAM and 40GB of storage as well as 1TB of bandwidth every month.
Quasar: For $19.88 per month or $235.88 per year, you can get the Quasar VPS which offers 4CPU Cores, 6GB of RAM and 120GB of storage as well as 3TB of bandwidth every month.
Both offer the same feature set but with different specs for the server. All can run popular Linux distributions but cannot run Windows Server.
If a VPS is your own virtual server that you rent out, a Dedicated Server is just like the name implies, your very own dedicated piece of hardware that you rent from Namecheap. This gives you the most flexibility in hosting because you have complete control over your server. With a dedicated server you will be able to run large scale Wordpress installations, large email servers or even both at the same time if you choose.
Unlike all the other products here that have a set plan for you to choose from, each individual server will have it’s own price. Since it would be impossible to encapsulate all the products offered in a review.
Namecheap is a fantastic place to get your domains and web hosting. They offer competitive pricing on domains, hosting and email. I especially like their EasyWP service as I think it makes the whole process of setting up a Wordpress site much easier and very cost effective given their plans. Lastly I think their VPS service has a bit to be desired. While they do offer a generous amount, I wish their pricing was a little better as $140 is a steep increase from even the most expensive stellar plan.
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