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Namecheap Performance Review

Namecheap started as a domain registrar in 2001, but expanded into hosting in 2008. Their data centers are located in Phoenix, Arizona and Atlanta, Georgia.

I have purchased a hosting plan on Namecheap and set up a typical web site. I use that example website to run these tests. Learn more about how I test.

Here's the plan information I chose:

Plan NameProfessional
Cost$7.48/month
Disk Space100GB
BandwidthUnlimited
Uptime Guarantee99.9%
Money-Back Guarantee14 days
NotesSite was ready within minutes after I purchased.

Page Speed Test Results

This test measures the total time it takes to load a standard web page. Lower is better. Learn more about the Page Speed Test.

Namecheap (full benchmark) performs mediocre in the Page Speed test, with an average result of 3.37 seconds. Its best run was 2.85 s, but has been as bad as 72.71 s. Namecheap's most recent result on Apr 30 was 2.90 seconds. Namecheap proves that they have consistent, low page load times. While I bet it could be improved if they enabled compression and caching headers, their stats are something other hosts strive for.

Let's see if Namecheap is consistent in its page speed stats:

Uptime Test Results

This test is performed by measuring the % uptime of a host. Higher is better. Learn more about the Uptime Test.

Namecheap (full benchmark) performs okay in the Uptime test, with an average result of 99.93 percent. Its best run was 100.00 %, but has been as bad as 92.92 %. Namecheap's most recent result on Apr 29 was 100.00 percent. Namecheap has had a few significant outages (more than a few minutes) since I started testing them. It's nothing horrendous, but other hosts have better reliability.

Let's see if Namecheap is consistent in its uptime stats:

Support Response Test Results

This test measures how quickly the host's support team responds to your request. Lower is better. Learn more about the Support Response Test.

Namecheap (full benchmark) performs mediocre in the Support Response test, with an average result of 2.2 hours. Its best run was 0.1 h, but has been as bad as 6.0 h. Namecheap's most recent result on Mar 2016 was 2.2 hours. Something I like about Namecheap is their honesty. While most hosts hide the fact that they oversell (put more customers onto one server than it can handle), Namecheap admits they do it. They explain that not only is it the only way for a host to survive (profitably), but usually it's fine because 99% of websites don't get that much traffic (and aren't using all the resources they're allocated). Thanks for telling the truth, Namecheap.

Let's see if Namecheap is consistent in its support response stats:


Namecheap Versus Other Hosts

If you're trying to decide between Namecheap and another host, here's are some specific comparisons that will show you the differences in detail:


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