Namecheap was founded in 2000 by Richard Kirkendall. His goal was to create a provider with great domain service and outstanding customer service for an affordable price. Today Namecheap is already a leading ICANN-accredited domain name registrar and hosting company, managing 9 million domains for 2 million customers.
SSD VPS plan
At Namecheap you can choose from two plans if you want to host a VPS. The first plan comes with a dual core CPU, 2 GB of RAM and 40 GB SSD storage for $19.88/month or you can get the VPS Quasar plan with 4 cores, 6 GB of RAM and 120 GB SSD storage for $38.88/month.
Although they only offer two plans, they come with good features and on a really great price, so if you don’t need big performance it’s worth checking out. If you don’t like the service there is a 14 days money back guarantee, so don’t hesitate if you like them.
For operating systems you can choose from various versions of CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian and Fedora. The plans also include a dedicated IP address ( 2 in the case of the Quasar plan), 99.9% uptime guarantee and full root access.
These plans are unmanaged, but you can order two levels of management if you need. The managed option costs $30/month and only allowed on CentOS. With the managed option you still get root access, reboot access and server reinstalls, as well as monitoring.
With the fully managed options you lose the root access, reboot access and server reinstall option. However you will receive monitoring, priority support and external backups (20 GB per week). You will also get support and tuning for popular apps such as WordPress, Joomla!, Drupal, Zen Cart and open Cart. The fully managed option costs you $75/month.
Namecheap offers three shared hosting plan for a really affordable price. The first plan, Stellar costs $2.88/month and you get 20 GB storage, unmetered bandwidth, 2 backups a week and 3 hosted domains. Their strongest package, the Stellar Business costs you $8.88/month and offers 50 GB SSD storage, unmetered bandwidth, 2 backups a day and one each week, and unlimited hosted domains.
All of their shared hosting plans comes with cPanel access, more than a hundred free apps with 1-click installer and you can get a dedicated IP address for $2/month. There is a 30 day money back guarantee, however you can only refund if this is your first account and you have not refunded yet.
Their plans support WordPress and other popular CMS systems, so it is ideal for you if you want to try out hosting for a friendly price.
Namecheap offers 14 type of dedicated servers to order from. The most simple ones are armed with Xeon E3-1220 v3 processors, 8 GB of RAM and either 500 GB of HDD or 300 GB SSD storage. These servers will cost you $58.88/month. The top servers are loaded with Xeon E5-2620 v2 processors, 64 GB of RAM and 4 x 240 GGB SSD storage in raid 10. This top configuration costs $379.88/month.
The dedicated servers are only available in their U.S. based data center and you can order the same level of managements as with their VPS plans. Most of their servers comes with a 100% network uptime guarantee and usually setup in under 4 hours.
Data centers and support
Namecheap have data centers in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Unfortunately in their data centers in the United Kingdom they only offer their shared hosting plans and they cost one $1 more.
If you run into trouble you can reach their support over live chat, a ticket system, read the FAQ or the knowledgebase. Their user reviews are a bit mixed, but the money back guarantee makes it worth checking out.
In this Namecheap review we found that they offer plans for a good price and with a nice feature set. Sadly there are not many plans to choose from, and they are only available in the U.S.
We are participating in Namecheap’s affiliate program, but that does not affect any ranking or facts. We always give our own, honest opinion in our Namecheap review.
- Free domain
- Fair Pricing
- Good feeatures
- Only in the U.S.
- No high performance plans