What is Namecheap?
🔥 What you need to know from the start is that Namecheap offers cheap web hosting and is a more old-school provider. So seeing it offer its own control panel combined with cPanel makes sense. And my opinion, well, it works… but is a bit all over the place. Compared to providers like Hostinger or Bluehost, the custom Namecheap web hosting control panel feels unnecessarily complicated and hard to follow. So if it’s your first hosting adventure, Namecheap might not be the best option.
🔥 If you have some experience, working with it isn’t that bad, and you get Namecheap cPanel for more complex tasks. But if you followed this channel for a bit, you know my opinion about cPanel. If it were still 2014, it would be a great option, but now most providers have much better and more accessible dashboards.
Namecheap Website Builder:
⚙️ Next in my Namecheap web hosting review, let me be absolutely honest, it’s great that Namecheap offers cheap hosting plans and a free website builder. But, at some point, a tool is so obsolete that it becomes, well, not useful. If I advertised my hosting with free Paint software from 2005, I would probably be booed off the stage. This is the situation with the Namecheap website builder. The most obvious concern is the templates. They look really boring and build still using old-school web designs in mind. Just look at some of them, does this scream 2022 or 2002? While you can still build sites like this, I can guarantee that these designs won’t make your users trust you more.
⚙️ But it works, right? Surprisingly, yes, it’s very unintuitive and requires a lot of time to get the hang of how it works. If we compare this to, let’s say, the free WordPress Elementor plugin, you can immediately see the difference. Even the design is much more fun to work with. Ultimately, I don’t recommend going with Namecheap just for the Builder, there are tons of better free alternatives you can find by subscribing to our channel.
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Are Namecheap Hosting Plans Secure?
🔥 Will you pay cheap and get the BEST security suite? Naturally, no, but, Namecheap isn’t some pushover and covers the basics of web security. For the standard web protection, each plan comes with free Positive SSL that is automatically installed for your website. It also adds DDoS protection and firewalls to make this a decent security package, but again, nothing to write home about…
🔥 What is a bit less ”standard” is the WHOIS Domain Privacy Protection that comes for free, as Namecheap states for a lifetime. For those who don’t know, every time you register a domain name, your details, like email, phone, and name are publicly available for everyone to look at. With WHOIS protection, instead of seeing your details, everyone will just see Namecheap details. This helps prevent spam or just keep your info private.
🔥 Another thing – I usually look for automatic backups in every provider I review. These have saved my butt more times than I would like to admit. So I have to give a point to Namecheap for adding them to shared hosting plans starting with the Stella Premium.
So to wrap up this Namecheap hosting review and answer – is Namecheap good? Yeah, for users wanting decent hosting on a tight budget. It might not be the best web hosting out there but it’s great for personal blogs or small projects. Sure it’s not the most beginner-friendly or super fast, but if you’re willing to get your hands dirty a bit, Namecheap will be a great choice for your next web project.