Overall Satisfaction with Namecheap
Namecheap is used as the primary provider of all my domain names, both business and personal. In the last 2 years, I have only used Namecheap for my domain names and they have become my domain registrar of choice. This solves the issue of having domains across many different providers and allows me to centralize all my domains. It addresses all my domain needs as well as domain privacy, which is included for free, unlike other providers.
- 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.
- When I registers a new domain, I wish it would automatically apply my nameservers of choice. I find myself having to go in and edit the nameservers every time I register a new domain, which seems to be often. However, I will say they do make it easy to update in bulk and it updates pretty quickly.
- Renewals could be more transparent. They offer some of the best prices on domain names but some of the domain names are only 99 cents. But when you read the fine print, it says they will renew at xx.xx dollars, sometimes 20-30 dollars. This is mostly with odd domain suffixes so doesn't really effect me too often.
- Domain transfers could be more affordable. I think that since they are gaining business when they transfer in a domain, they should make it more affordable to do so. At one point, I wanted to transfer about 10 domain names to them and ended up having to pay around $8 for each one. They could make this more affordable to compete with competition. I have used other domain providers that not only transfer a domain name in for less cost, but add an additional year to it as well.
- Namecheap has had a positive impact on my overall business objectives. We have been able to register more domains in less time and for less cost. The process of finding a domain and checking out couldn't be easier with these guys.
- The free whois privacy has saved us from many headaches because while it is free, it also prevents many annoying telemarketing calls and emails since our information is not floating around on the internet.
I switched from Name.com. While Name also makes it easy to checkout, their domain prices and renewal prices are much more expensive, in the long run. The cost to renew a domain at name.com made me want to transfer to NameCheap. I have since transferred all domains from Name to Namecheap and have not regretted my decision. Other companies offer intro pricing but then charge you badly when it's time to renew.
Namecheap is well suited for anyone wanting to register a new domain. Their prices are extremely hard to beat and the renewal costs are also acceptable. They make the search easy so it's the best place if you aren't sure which domain name you want yet. I cannot think of any scenarios where it would be a bad idea to use Namecheap. You can't beat the free whois privacy.