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Is Namecheap reliable? Namecheap Uptime Stats

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.

Uptime Test

This test is performed by measuring the % uptime of a host. Higher is better.

I use Pingdom to report website uptime. Pingdom is configured to make an HTTP request to the host every minute, and report if it is unreachable. It'll also report an error if the host takes longer than 30 seconds to respond (Yes, that's not actually down, but if your site takes that long to respond it is unusable in my opinion). Pingdom performs this test from at least 3 servers worldwide, and reports a problem if 2/3 servers do no respond.

This test is important if you are concerned about the reliability of your web host (this is important!)

Measuring uptime with Pingdom

Namecheap Uptime Test Results

Namecheap (full benchmark) performs okay in the Uptime test, with an average result of 99.94 percent. Its best run was 100.00 %, but has been as bad as 92.92 %. Namecheap's most recent result on Jul 20 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:

Recent Raw Results for Namecheap

Date Uptime Downtime Outages Avg Response Time
2017-07-20100.000 %0 mins0509 ms
2017-07-1999.861 %2 mins1491 ms
2017-07-18100.000 %0 mins0505 ms
2017-07-17100.000 %0 mins0509 ms
2017-07-16100.000 %0 mins0496 ms
2017-07-15100.000 %0 mins0476 ms
2017-07-14100.000 %0 mins0493 ms
2017-07-13100.000 %0 mins0527 ms
2017-07-12100.000 %0 mins0480 ms
2017-07-11100.000 %0 mins0511 ms
2017-07-10100.000 %0 mins0550 ms
2017-07-09100.000 %0 mins0567 ms
2017-07-08100.000 %0 mins0564 ms
2017-07-07100.000 %0 mins0548 ms
2017-07-06100.000 %0 mins0526 ms
2017-07-05100.000 %0 mins0557 ms
2017-07-04100.000 %0 mins0573 ms
2017-07-03100.000 %0 mins0557 ms
2017-07-02100.000 %0 mins0546 ms
2017-07-01100.000 %0 mins0524 ms
2017-06-30100.000 %0 mins0526 ms
2017-06-29100.000 %0 mins0530 ms
2017-06-28100.000 %0 mins0554 ms
2017-06-27100.000 %0 mins0555 ms
2017-06-26100.000 %0 mins0549 ms
2017-06-25100.000 %0 mins0546 ms
2017-06-24100.000 %0 mins0563 ms
2017-06-23100.000 %0 mins0589 ms
2017-06-22100.000 %0 mins0616 ms
2017-06-21100.000 %0 mins0644 ms
2017-06-20100.000 %0 mins0608 ms
2017-06-19100.000 %0 mins0618 ms
2017-06-18100.000 %0 mins0624 ms
2017-06-17100.000 %0 mins0641 ms
2017-06-16100.000 %0 mins0671 ms
2017-06-15100.000 %0 mins0592 ms
2017-06-14100.000 %0 mins0598 ms
2017-06-13100.000 %0 mins0570 ms
2017-06-12100.000 %0 mins0558 ms
2017-06-11100.000 %0 mins0549 ms
2017-06-10100.000 %0 mins0573 ms
2017-06-09100.000 %0 mins0591 ms
2017-06-08100.000 %0 mins0571 ms
2017-06-07100.000 %0 mins0558 ms
2017-06-06100.000 %0 mins0510 ms
2017-06-05100.000 %0 mins0496 ms
2017-06-04100.000 %0 mins0496 ms
2017-06-03100.000 %0 mins0496 ms
2017-06-02100.000 %0 mins0500 ms
2017-06-01100.000 %0 mins0534 ms
2017-05-31100.000 %0 mins0563 ms
2017-05-30100.000 %0 mins0569 ms
2017-05-29100.000 %0 mins0510 ms
2017-05-28100.000 %0 mins0581 ms
2017-05-27100.000 %0 mins0542 ms
2017-05-26100.000 %0 mins0532 ms
2017-05-25100.000 %0 mins0484 ms
2017-05-24100.000 %0 mins0531 ms
2017-05-23100.000 %0 mins0471 ms
2017-05-22100.000 %0 mins0479 ms
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