Founded in 2000 and based in Los Angeles, NameCheap is well-known as a domain registrar which has found its place in the web hosting space too. Having over three million domain names under its management, Namecheap is known for being an inexpensive option for domain registration as well as web hosting. Let us take a look at how NameCheap fares in the share web hosting business. Does it live to its claim of being the cheapest or does it fall short of expectation in quality and service?
Read on for a comprehensive review.
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Namecheap has two redundant data centers options to choose from – one, the United States and the other, the United Kingdom. The hosting prices on these two data centers differ, with the US option being the lesser priced. In our review, we would only be looking at the US Data Center option. As for the hosting infrastructure, they have 4 data centers (3 primary and 1 secondary).
Namecheap uses a combination of SSD (solid state drive – hard disk technology) and the latest hardware to offer superior performance at affordable costs. In fact, they claim that their shared hosting service is 50% faster than the competition.
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The guaranteed uptime as advertised is 100% which is quite incredible. As always, please refer the terms and conditions carefully and you would see that in the fine print, the guaranteed uptime is 99.9% which is in no ways less than its competitors. However, the advertised page says that if they fail to meet the 100% SLA uptime they would issue account credits.
NameCheap offers four options of Shared hosting plans. On subscribing to the Value plan for just $9.88 per year (around $0.82 per month), you get to host up to 3 domains (web sites). You get a storage capacity of 20 GB and ‘unlimited’ bandwidth. You can create 50 sub domains. Free Marketing tools include Attracta for SEO optimization. You also get other 100+ apps with one click install and the Softaculous script installer. On the email front you get 50 free email accounts with an overall storage limit of 2 GB. The CloudFlare ensures better performance and high level protection against spam comments, DdoS Attacks, SQL injection etc. Back up is done twice a week. On the database front you get to create 50 MySQL databases with PHP MyAdmin. You get 50 FTP user access and also SSH jailed access.
This plan from NameCheap comes at $19.88 per year (around $1.66 per month). It gives you the flexibility to host 10 websites. 50 GB of SSD accelerated disk space is allocated for you and you get ‘unlimited’ bandwidth. You get 100 email accounts while you can create upto 100 sub domains. FTP access can be given to 100 users. The biggest plus is you have the liberty to create 100 MySQL Databases as well as 100 Postgre SQL databases and also get PHP myAdmin/PHP PgAdmin Access. The CloudFlare CDN technology balances the requests to the server and speeds up the performance. The websites are backed up twice a week.
At just $29.88 per year ($2.49 per month), the Ultimate plan offers unlimited SSD-Accelerated Disk Space. You get unlimited bandwidth and can host up to 50 web sites. All features of the Professional plan are included, in addition to having unlimited sub domains, unlimited FTP user access, unlimited email accounts, unlimited databases on MySQL and PostgreSQL.
Business SSD plan:
Business SSD plan is the biggest plan offered by Namecheap in the shared hosting space and still comes at a price of just $19.88 per month. This shared hosting plan provides you ‘unlimited’ hosting of websites, 20 GB pure SSD disk storage space, and 5000 GB bandwidth. The Business SSD plan also offers CloudFlare Railgun for improved performance of static pages by caching and prevention of spam comments, SQL injection, DdoS attacks etc., as well as PCI (Payment Card Industry) Compliance. You can also set up unlimited email accounts and you have unlimited email storage space on their server. Backup facility includes twice daily and once weekly. You can create unlimited sub domains and create personal nameserver, e-Accelerator (to optimize PHP scripts), xCache (server side caching to help load pages faster), besides having all the features included in the Ultimate Plan.
For the price that you are paying, NameCheap offers more security features. Besides, having the CloudFlare technology for all plans, they also use the latest hardware and software firewalls. Virus scanner, Leech Protect and Spam Assassin are part of every shared web hosting plan. You also get to use CodeGuard Backup, Hostlink Protection, SSL host installer, and SSL/TLS manager.
Namecheap offers the cheapest shared web hosting plans available as of now. As with most other web host this is a marketing strategy to lure new users.Renewal is quite expensive compared to the initial plan but still holds its place as being the cheapest among the rest. The minimum duration you can pay for is 12 months! There is a 14 day money-back guarantee for all the plans.
Migration Services:Website (domain) migration assistance is provided totally free of cost.
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You get 24×7 Live Chat Support throughout the year. There is also a 24/7 Help desk support available, but no phone support. However, Priority Support is available for Business SSD plan users wherein your tickets are prioritized for quick resolution.
Whether you are a beginner or an expert in managing web site, Namecheap has all the plans to suit your requirement in the shared web hosting space. As far as security and features are concerned, their basic plan offers much more than those provided by other web hosts for a throw away price. The only dampneris the lack of phone support facility.
With their experience and reputation of being a low cost shared web host without compromising on the features offered, Namecheap offers you great value for money while giving their competitors plenty to think about the renewal pricing too.
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