Are you not tired of paying extra on domain names, WHOIS guard, SSL certificates, web hosting and email services? How silly of me to ask that, Of course you are! Well, today is your lucky day as I bring to you a company named Namecheap.
Namecheap is an ICANN-accredited domain name registrar and web hosting company. It is based in Los Angeles, California and was founded in the year 2000 by Richard Kirkendall.
They provide quality services and products at an affordable and reasonable price. You will get a discount on your first year and even save a couple of bucks when you use their monthly coupons. Sounds interesting? Do continue reading to learn more about Namecheap.
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Registering a New Domain Name At Namecheap.
You can simply register a new domain name using the search bar on their website. Or just forget about their homepage and go straight to their PROMO page. That is where you will get their best offers! You can get some domain names for only $0.88 and even their WordPress hosting that is priced at $1 (less than a coffee!).
Registering a domain name at Namecheap steps:
- Search for desired domain name using the search bar.
- Add it to cart.
- View cart and select add other products (add-ons) on your cart – if necessary.
- Confirm order.
- Login or create an account.
- Pay for the order.
Transferring a Domain Name You Already Know to Namecheap.
There are two ways you can use Namecheap’s services if you already have a domain name. Firstly, you can transfer your domain name and get extra years, WHOIS Guard protection with your name. Or you can just use their hosting packages with a domain that is not registered with them. This can be done by changing or updating your domain’s name servers.
If you choose to transfer it to Namecheap, I can tell you that the (domain) transfer process is easy and fast.
Doing a domain transfer may seem like a long or complicated process for beginners, but it is not. You can believe me on that one. In fact, I have been there. I also, had that fear of transferring a domain name and you know what they say…
Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will.
To cut the story short… I overcame my fear and ended up transferring the domain name to Namecheap. To be honest, it was easy and straightforward than I would have ever imagined.
The great part is that the domain transfer won’t take too long (depending on your current registrar). If you are using GoDaddy it may take plus or minus thirty (30) minutes.
In my case, I approved the transfer process at 12:32 am. Surprisingly, the transfer process was complete at 01:20 am. I mean, in less than an hour my domain name was already transferred to Namecheap. It will take longer (5 days) if you don’t confirm the transfer process on your current registrar’s dashboard – under transfers.
You can transfer a domain to another registrar if your domain meets the following requirements:
- Your domain has been registered with your current registrar for more than sixty (60) days.
- The transfer protection is turned off.
- You have removed your domain’s privacy (or WHOIS) protection.
Also, you won’t lose the remaining years or months when you transfer your domain name.
Now let me mention some of the reasons you should transfer your domain to Namecheap.
- You get a discount and only pay $9.69 or even $8.88 on the first year if you use a coupon on .com (KING COM) domains. Their .com renewal price is $10.69 whereas a .net domain costs $11.88 and renews at $12.88. You can check their website for other domain extensions.
- Get a free WHOIS guard or privacy protection for a year (when you buy a new domain or when transferring a domain to them). NEW: Namecheap offers the protection for free now. Yep! You get it for free when you register or transfer a domain name and it DOESN’T need to be renewed.
- You’ll pay only $1.99 for a Comodo Positive SSL Certificate (first year only) when you transfer a domain and when buying a new one.
- You get a free SSL certificate for every Namecheap’s hosting package you buy.
- You get to try their free private email hosting plan (free for two months). If you like it, you can then buy it.
- Their Live Chat support is superb! Available 24/7
- Their dashboard is simple and their checkout doesn’t overwhelm you with products to buy (unlike GoDaddy).
- Supports Credit and Debit Cards, PayPal and you can even top up your account.
- Lastly, their Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are always on point! Trust me you don’t want to miss that.
Are you paying attention to the free products? Great add-ons right?! I know 🙂
Namecheap For Hosting
I find their hosting plans quite pricey for small businesses or blogs. This is definitely true, especially if you own one blog or website.
Their first plan (called Stellar) costs only $15.44/y (it renews at $30.88) and has the following features: 20 GB SSD Accelerated Disk Space, Unlimited Bandwidth, cPanel control panel, An up time of 99.99 percent (100% Up time SLA), Total Security, Softaculous installer and can host up to three websites.
For WordPress lovers: Namecheap has a hosting plan for you called EasyWp. If you ACT NOW you can get the WordPress for only $1. The WP starter plan cost only $22.88/y and renews at $29.88 with the following features:
- Simple and quick WordPress setup.
- SSD Storage of 10 GB.
- 50k visitors per month.
- Easy website backups
- 24/7/365 Support from Namecheap.
What’s new? They have added new plans, namely: Stellar plus, Stellar business, EasyWP Turbo and EasyWP Supersonic.
Stellar Plus Hosting – Features.
- Unmetered SSD Accelerated Disk Space.
- Unmetered bandwidth.
- Unlimited websites.
- Website builder
Stellar Business Hosting – Features.
Great for e-commerce websites
- 50 GB Pure SSD Disk Space
- Unmetered bandwidth
- Unlimited websites
- Website builder
Considering the features provided, you can see that their hosting plans are not pricey after all. However, you should use their hosting packages if you have a minimum of three websites or blogs. For those who own one website or blog, it is advisable to use it when your business is doing well or you may spend more than you make.
SSL Certificates, Custom Email and WHOIS Guard
A Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate will protect your visitors’ data like credit card info, email address and so on.Their SSL certificates starts from $9.00 per year. Don’t forget, you can get the SSL certificate for $1.99 when you transfer a domain or when registering a new one.
Their email packages start from $9.88 per year and with a custom email address your business will sure look professional.
WHOIS Guard will protect or hide your details (email address, your residential address, name, phone number). This is to ensure that you don’t get spam messages and to protect you from identity theft. It costs only $2.88 per year and you get it for free when you register a new domain and when transferring one.
Without a doubt their WHOIS guard is cheap compared to other registrars.
Like I said earlier their Live Chat support is superb! You can contact them any time and they will definitely respond to assist you. If you are not in a rush to get a response, you may consider sending them an email. They will reply within 24 hours! If it is urgent then their Live Chat support will definitely do.
There’s no product or company without cons, so here are Namecheap’s cons:
- No phone support.
- They don’t offer renewal coupons. You only get discounts for the first year, or when you add more years on your products.
That’s not all though! They do offer other great hosting plans and products. Make sure you check them out and thank you for reading this post. Do share the post to your friends, cheers.