Namecheap vs. Network Solutions

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Namecheap
Score 9.5 out of 10
N/A
Namecheap is a website domain name service offering providing easy domain name registration, and affordable hosting plans.
$5.98
per year
Network Solutions
Score 2.4 out of 10
N/A
Network Solutions is a website domain name registration service.N/A
Pricing
NamecheapNetwork Solutions
Editions & Modules
domain - .com
$5.98
per year
domain - .org
$8.98
per year
Business Email - Starter
$10.88
per year
domain - .net
$10.98
per year
Business Email - Pro
$25.88
per year
Shared Hosting - Stellar Business
$58.88
1st year Renews at $118.88/year
VPS Hosting - Pulsar
$118.56
per year
VPS Hosting - Quasar
$214.56
per year
Dedicated Server Hosting - Xeon E-2234
$915.88
per year
Dedicated Server Hosting - Xeon E-2236
$1175.88
per year
Dedicated Server Hosting - Dual Xeon Silver 4208
$2171.88
per year
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
NamecheapNetwork Solutions
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
NamecheapNetwork Solutions
Considered Both Products
Namecheap
Chose Namecheap
Namecheap is the best. Best price. Best service. Best UI. Best documentation. Best customer services. What impresses me the most about Namecheap is that they are there to do one thing really well. And they do it excellently. Unless something drastically changes, I will be a …
Chose Namecheap
Namecheap wins hands down on cost and ease of use. I have experienced zero compromise with using Namecheap. There was no trade-off to enjoy the cost savings. Namecheap does everything the other registrars do and more in some cases.
Chose Namecheap
Prior to using Namecheap, I had primarily used GoDaddy or Network Solutions. However, both companies sites and service left a lot to be desired. Outside of winning on price, in some cases, Namecheap's offering is far better in every aspect than what GoDaddy has to offer. And in …
Network Solutions

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Top Pros
Top Cons
Best Alternatives
NamecheapNetwork Solutions
Small Businesses
Shopify
Shopify
Score 8.8 out of 10
Shopify
Shopify
Score 8.8 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Shopify
Shopify
Score 8.8 out of 10
Shopify
Shopify
Score 8.8 out of 10
Enterprises

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User Ratings
NamecheapNetwork Solutions
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(12 ratings)
1.5
(6 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
NamecheapNetwork Solutions
Likelihood to Recommend
Namecheap
Namecheap is the absolute best domain registrar that I have used, and I have used just about all of the big names. They are priced right; they offer excellent customer service, their FAQs and documentation are excellent. They don’t spam you with offers for things you don’t want, and they don’t have misleading practices like hiding that the first-year fee is 1/10 of the regular annual cost. They don’t try to sneak in a change to your bill and charge you for multiple years when you’ve already set it to a one-year renewal. The only negative of Namecheap is its brand name. I have had a few raised eyebrows when I have told executives that we are using Namecheap. It doesn’t sound like a professional service. It sounds like a consumer service. This is terrible because they are the MOST professional service and reliable service of all the services I work with on a daily basis.
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Network Solutions
My experience with using Network Solutions hasn't been great. At best, it has almost feature parity with its competitors at a higher price. But when you tack on all the minor annoyances of being given interstitial ads for their other products or discount offers when logging in or performing a transfer, the all too common bugs where a feature doesn't work, and in my experience support takes at least a half-hour to understand your problem before even attempting to fail at a resolution. It just isn't worth it in my opinion. Go with a service with better support, features, security, and lower price.
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Pros
Namecheap
  • Domain registration is easy. This is big because when finding the perfect domain name, you have to do a lot of domain checking to see what is available. Namecheap not only makes this easy, but they recommend other domains that you might like instead, if the one you want is taken. They also allow you to sell domains and buy premium domains from other sellers if they are already registered to them.
  • Free Whois Guard & privacy. This is HUGE. All those annoying phone calls and emails you get the second you register a domain, they will stop when you start using NameCheap to register your domains. This is because they provide free Whois and domain privacy with all domains, for the life of the domain as long as it is registered with them. I love this and it is a huge selling point.
  • Easy updating and management of domains. This is a must. At many time, I need to update the nameservers of multiple domains at once. Namecheap makes it extremely easy to do this and allows for bulk updating. Things also seem to propagate quicker than other domain providers.
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Network Solutions
  • Network solutions supports TXT, MX, and CNAME records.
  • DNS changes propagate fairly quickly.
  • Network Solutions has a web management portal for maintenance of your account.
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Cons
Namecheap
  • I wonder if it's feasible to have bulk discounts or a loyalty program?
  • They may have this already, but features to buy and sell premium domains, or browse ones for sale, would be great.
  • We don't use their hosting because there are higher quality options, but it'd be great if they did better hosting so we could keep it all under one roof.
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Network Solutions
  • Support for Free Open Source 3rd party products you have to pay for the help
  • Calling Network Solutions during busy periods can lead to an overflow center which isn't as helpful as the domestic support centers
  • Pricing could be more competitive on domain name registration
  • Email boxes could have a larger capacity without having to pay for more space
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Usability
Namecheap
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Network Solutions
The backend for managing your domain is very easy to work thru once you learn where everything is and what it is for if you want to do it yourself. The company has toll free phone support 24/7 that can also make changes for you if you are away from your desktop or have an emergency situation where you can't make the change yourself. This is peace of mind knowing that there is help out there should you need it. You don't have to learn the backend if you want to have the Network Solutions customer support team help you. They are secure and won't make changes for anyone who calls, they authenticate you for your protection every time
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Support Rating
Namecheap
We very rarely have to reach out to customer support because the service is so quick, easy and intuitive to use. But when we have had to use it, the customer service was quick, reliable, answered our questions and addressed our problems without too much back and forth, and was native English speaking.
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Network Solutions
For the most part I've had excellent interactions with the customer support team I've dealt with at Network Solutions. When I've needed help with something like Wordpress, it hasn't always worked out so well but you can pay their techs for 1 on 1 help with these offerings, you just won't have the support for free. I've often been talked to on upsells for services that I particularly didn't need and found the offers to be annoying when the agents kept pushing me on an upsell instead of addressing my issue. It's hit or miss on that, perhaps it depends on the department you speak with.
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Alternatives Considered
Namecheap
Namecheap wins hands down on cost and ease of use. I have experienced zero compromise with using Namecheap. There was no trade-off to enjoy the cost savings. Namecheap does everything the other registrars do and more in some cases.
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Network Solutions
Based on my experience to date, I would rate Network Solutions easily at the bottom of the list. I have not previously and would not select Network Solutions, but have worked with it as related to sites and clients previously set up there.
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Return on Investment
Namecheap
  • Namecheap has saved us hundreds of dollars a year on services that we were required to pay extra for by NetworkSolutions that Namecheap provides for free.
  • Namecheap has made managing our domains simpler, saving us dozens of labor hours a year.
  • Namecheap has encouraged us to experiment with new domain names to see which ones work best. We couldn’t do this with our previous registrars because it was too hard to change from one domain to another.
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Network Solutions
  • Huge time sink for routine activities.
  • Higher direct costs than competitors with similar or better features.
  • Poor service leading to even more expense of time on the user's side.
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