An aptly named company. Best place to discover and register domains.
August 16, 2018

An aptly named company. Best place to discover and register domains.

Brandon Zell | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Namecheap

As a web design freelancer, Namecheap is my choice for searching for and registering domains. Their domain search engine is great, they often have fantastic sales, and as of recently, they're including Who Is Privacy for free. Namecheap is also my top pick for quality, low-cost hosting.
  • Domain search: When you search for a domain you'd like to register, they provide a list of alternative options using other top level domains (TLDs)
  • Domain management: Managing domains in Namecheap is nice and simple. Plus, if you need to transfer ownership of a domain to another Namecheap user, the process is quite easy.
  • Domain sales: Namecheap always has some great domain sales/promotions going on. Need to pick up a domain for 88 cents? Check Namecheap.
  • Account security: They offer two factor authentication vie their Namecheap app. With that app, you're able to approve or deny login attempts. In my estimation, this is both easier and more secure than having a two factor auth security code emailed or sent to you phone.
  • Support: Their live chat support is a great option for getting in touch and solving any issues you might be having.
  • Hosting: They have some great low cost hosting options.
  • Dashboard layout: Occasionally I find myself struggling to find the right page to go to in the dashboard. Overall it's a decent design/layout, but I think there's room for improvement here.
  • Namecheap's low cost domain registration has kept those expenses as low as possible.
  • The ease of managing domains through Namecheap has made sure I don't have to waste time in that area.
GoDaddy is probably the most similar service I've used in terms of offering domain registration and website hosting. I've found I prefer Namecheap's domain search, pricing, sales, and management over GoDaddy's.

While Namecheap has great pricing on hosting, they're not my top pick for hosting client websites. In that regard, I would choose Flywheel or MDD Hosting, depending on the client's particular needs.
For purchasing and managing domain registrations, I've been very happy with Namecheap and would happily recommend them to my colleagues. When Google started offering domain registration, I was tempted to begin using them for all my new domains. They offer simple pricing and Who Is Privacy protection is included. The main catch? They're just more expensive then Namecheap. Why pay Google $60 for a domain I can get through Namecheap for $30? (and I'm not talking about a first year sale price).

As much as I love Namecheap, they're not my choice for quality hosting. It's not that their hosting is bad, but in my opinion their are better options. However, I do maintain a hosting account with Namecheap for myself.