DISCLAIMER: This is not a paid, promotional or affiliate-linked post. My intention to promote Namecheap.com is purely because of my excellent experience with them and I want to pass the benefit of their excellent service to my blog readers.
I joined Namecheap.com in 2008, almost by accident. They had started off their Christmas Twitter Trivia Contest that December and I decided to try my luck. I had planned to win a single domain name credit and transfer the domain to Name Cheap (they give you credits to either purchase, renew to transfer domains) for this blog so that I would not have to hunt around for that $10.00 to renew the domain for the following year. Needless to say, I ended up winning credits for 4 domains.
For the next couple of years, I had the opportunity to do business with them. My domain renewal was well covered for 4 years; so I had the flexibility to divert the fund towards other areas, such as hosting, design fees for my other projects, etc.
Namecheap proved to be an excellent domain registrar. No more I had to deal with the clutter at my former registrar (He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named! – You Know Who ). But that wasn’t the best part. Namecheap had freebies and deals that only an insane company could offer. Free Whois privacy, free SSL certificates, incredibly low cost hosting, the cheapest renewals… , the list goes on.
Namecheap’s control panel is so clean and easy to navigate that my 90 year old grandma could easily register a domain, set up her hosting and be online in minutes. Gone were the days of pages upon pages of up-sells and promotional sh*t. I knew then that Name Cheap was destined to become bigger and better.
So it did not come as a surprise when Name Cheap was voted the best domain registrar earlier in December, 2010 in an independent poll. People had already vouched for Name Cheap’s superiority in the industry on various blogs, forums and newsgroups, however, the poll finally gave them something to point to in order to justify their point.
Why the need for Superbowl commercials when there is twitter? If you follow Name Cheap on Twitter (by the way, I highly recommend following them), you may notice that they very effectively use the twitter platform to market themselves and their products. Various twitter contests are conducted throughout the year in which popular electronic gadgets are given out as grand prices in addition to the hourly domain giveaways worth thousands of dollars. A contest is currently running in which $500 can be won per week and a grand price is worth $5000. You may wanna check that out here.
Of course, the big one is held two weeks prior to Christmas; The Namecheap Holiday Trivia Contest. Every hour, a trivia question is generated, which you need to answer in order to win domain credits. The top scorers win the grand prize; the latest and greatest electronic gadget in the market. Take a look at the contest page for more information. By the way, I was one of the grand prize winners in the 2010 contest.
I would be at a loss if I don’t mention the 24/7 dedicated customer support from Name Cheap. Various options exist for you, as a Name Cheap customer, to access their support; twitter, Facebook, Phone, Email or live-Chat on their home page. And don’t be surprised if you get a few extra advice for free. Name Cheap support is renowned for going out-of-their-way in order to help their client…and non-clients too.
So, if you are looking for extremely cheap domain and hosting coupled with excellent efficiency, tonnes of freebies, excellent customer support and the most important of all… down-to-earth attitude (even from their CEO), then look no further than Name Cheap.