In my Namecheap hosting review I’ll tell you why I think Namecheap is a good deal.
Namecheap started business as a domain registrar… a place where you can buy domains.
In 2008, I started buying all my domains at Namecheap since they were consistently, almost always, the cheapest place to buy domains.
Back in 2015, I began to accumulate a bunch of small clients where I hosted their websites, and during that year I decided to separate my own sites from those of my clients.
(By the way, that is a very good idea. I should have been slapped for mixing them in the first place 🙂 )
So, I decided to host my own sites on A2 hosting, and some of my clients I decided to host with Namecheap hosting.
I was looking for cheap hosting and even though I didn’t know much about hosting with Namecheap, I decided to take the risk and go with them since they had always been such a good domain registrar.
What impressed me first was that they were very cheap.
I got their plan to host unlimited domains, and I think for the first year I paid less than $60.
They didn’t force me to buy 3 years in advance like some of the hosting companies do, in order to get the cheap price.
How does Namecheap Rate?
Whats the bottom line?
I am still very impressed with Namecheap hosting. They have never given me a hassle.
If they’ve had any downtime, it was really of a short duration and to be honest, I can’t remember any downtime.
I’ve been with them 4 years and none of my clients have complained about hosting… not even once.
Their support is good and I’ve only used their chat sessions to resolve my problems.
I have one client who (I don’t want to get too technical here) routinely sets up their email client to make thousands of calls to the server per hour to check their mail, and I’ve had to contact Namecheap’s support numerous times to unblock their ip address from accessing the server.
(Every hosting company in existence will block an ip address that makes more than 500 or so calls an hour to a server).
Namecheap has always been very helpful.
Anyway, I am very happy with Namecheap and for what I need, its been a great experience.
So now that you know my personal feelings about Namecheap, lets talk about the specifics…
Not bad at all. (That’s the first year, by the way…subsequent years for the ‘Stellar Plus’ plan are $52.88 per year… still not bad at all.)
Also, if you don’t plan on ever having more than one or two sites, go with the ‘Stellar’ plan.
Namecheap has other plans (like VPS, Reseller, etc…) but I don’t recommend them if you are starting out. They tend to be more complicated and more expensive and the LAST thing you want to do is to complicate something that should be easy.
The plan that I have, and the one I recommend is their Stellar Plus plan.
Because it has no restrictions on disk space or bandwidth; and of course, it offers unlimited number of hosted domains. In other words, you can host as many sites as you want.
The other important thing you should look for these days is: ‘Do they have SSD‘?
(SSD = Solid State Drives, i.e. chips, not mechanical disk drives. They are much faster.)
The answer is Yes.
Namecheap hosting is really good if you want to host a site that is not ‘intensive’.
What do I mean by that?
If your site is (or will be) primarily text, with a normal amount of images, and videos that are hosted in YouTube or Vimeo, then Namecheap is a great solution for you.
But, if you have, for example, an e-Commerce store with 10,000 items and 30 images for each item, you will need another hosting solution.
I always recommend beginners to start out with good cheap hosting and later on, if need be, move to a stronger more expensive solution.
Why? Because at first, the stronger hosting options are basically a waste of money.
It takes time for you to build up content and followers. You simply won’t need the more expensive options. Save yourself the money.
In summary, I can recommend Namecheap hosting with a very clean conscience.
It has been excellent for me… I currently host about 15 sites in my account, and some of the sites are quite large (but they aren’t ‘intensive’).
I have been happy with my decision to use Namecheap, and I think you will be too.