NameCheap is the second-largest domain name registrar out there. It is a strong supporter of net neutrality and has openly taken a stance against SOPA and GoDaddy.
Let’s see if this domain name giant beats the rest.
Ease of Use
You can buy a domain name relatively quickly. NameCheap keeps upsells to a minimum so you can get to checkout without obstruction.
Managing your account is fairly straightforward as well. All the options are laid out in one place, so you can quickly configure the DNS, manage domain lifecycle, or even do a domain transfer.
The only possible complaint is that some domain bulk purchase tools are a bit clunky. This is a really minor thing, though. The fact that this is all I can mention as a downside speaks of NameCheap’s effortless interface.
You’ll have an easy time managing everything, even if it’s your first domain name.
NameCheap has an ever-expanding list of 458 TLDs. It includes all the generic ones like .com and .org and has even newer specialty TLDs like .travel.
NameCheap only lacks some of the popular country code top-level domains like .it and .pl.
Unlike many other domain registration companies, NameCheap offers privacy protection for free. The freebie is useful, but note that the TLD has to support it.
Another freebie is two months of professional email hosting. You’ll have to pay $9.88 a year to continue using it afterward, though.
NameCheap offers its own VPN for $1.88/month, a logo design tool for free, and resells a bunch of services like G Suite. You can also get Sectigo SSL certificates at an affordable price—$3.88/year.
NameCheap also doubles as a hosting provider. If you prefer to get domain registration and hosting in one place, NameCheap offers a free .website domain name for as long as you use its hosting services.
Support is available through email and live chat.
There is no phone line. Having phone support would be preferable, but it’s less of a priority with domain names than with hosting services. The support can still work out your issues through the existing channels, though.
The support agents are knowledgeable and can solve domain name-related queries relatively easily. Support does have a nasty tendency to bounce you around from agent to agent, though.
If you’re just starting out, the knowledge base is respectable and easy to navigate. You’ll have an easy time picking up the ropes.
The price to purchase domain names always depends on the TLD. With NameCheap, this ranges from $8.88 for a .de domain name to $2,098 for .inc.
In general, NameCheap is more affordable than most registrars. For instance, .com domains cost $12.98—$5 less than with GoDaddy.
NameCheap also does you a solid and throws in free domain privacy—not only for the first term but forever.
NameCheap does not offer outrageous discounts on generic TLDs. If you’re looking to buy a .com or .net domain name and let it expire after the first term, a few registrars have better offers.
Otherwise, NameCheap has among the best domain hosting in the long-term, especially if you want WHOIS privacy.
NameCheap combines excellent prices, life-long WHOIS protection, and a wide variety of TLDs that can be managed through a functional and pretty interface.