Namecheap Hosting Review
So I sent 50 Virtual Users to my Website to check and see how many users it is able to handle today. We, Will, Talk About NameCheap Shared Hosting Plans.
Hi Guys, My Name is Gurprit I am using Namecheap for 1 month on that basis, I am writing my experience where I will have a detailed review where we will see step by step what are the contents. The Pros and Cons and Everything A-Z Related to NameCheap Shared hosting. Let’s get started with this Shared Hosting Review of Namecheap.
Namecheap is a brand popular for domains and it uses its branding to promote the hosting WP services. So let’s see whether their hosting services are as good as their domains.
So let’s start with their overview, Whenever you login into your dashboard you will see a dashboard panel you will see here Validity, Disk SpaceBandwidth, DomainServer Location, IP Address. You can directly go to Cpanel from here PHP Admin and Email Account will be accessible from here.
It shows Statistics Below. It is a Custom Dashboard When you go to Cpanel Here you find: Exclusive for Namecheap Customers like Namecheap SSL is Exclusive Feature, Apart from that, every feature can be used without an Exclusive Tag.
Server Response Time
Let’s Start with its Server Response Time US has a Good Server Response Time, but it has slowed down while reaching Bangalore. Google Recommends 200ms, So its Server Response Time is Good Except in India and Other Asian Countries.
Next, Let’s Talk about Uptime, I am using it for 1 month and I have not faced any problems related to Uptime. My Hosting was Down for 3 Minutes. If I talk about the last 30 days, I got 99.987% Uptime which is good for shared hosting. So I didn’t face any problem in Downtime.
If I talk about Website Speed, The speed in New York and Cities in the USA was good under 2s my pages are loading in the USA. If I talk about Speed in Banglore and other Asian countries. I am getting a speed of 5s and 10s. So for Speed, it is Good for the USA but outside the USA it is not good.
Average First Visit
If I talk about Average 1st Visit, I am getting a 6.9s Average 1st Visit which is very high. It is having a Good Speed in cities of USA. If you go to Tokyo, Paris, or Mumbai you will get up to 25s Uptime. So it is Okay in the case of Speed.
If I talk about Cache Manager. You won’t find any Cache Manager in the case of Namecheap. You will have to install a Cache Plugin on your WordPress. I have used the W3 Total Cache.
I have done the Load Test. Hosting is incomplete without a Load Test. Through a Load Test, we are able to determine the No. of Users a Website can handle the Response Time and Time duration for handling.
We are able to determine such things through Load Test. So I sent 50 Virtual Users to my Website to check and see how many users it is able to handle so its Results were Quite Surprising, Up to 29 users the Response Time was good.
But the moment it reached 30, 31 to 43 users, its Response Time increased to 15s. So this was quite disturbing, that up to 43 users its response time increased to 15sSlowly the Response Time started to decrease to 50 users the response time got to normal.
It was fluctuating a lot and it changed to 5s. 50 active users were up to 5 mins on a website you can check their performance by Requests rate. So these were the 50 active users, they made requests and they started to decrease.
There were High Peaks in the Middle, which is not a good sign. There was another Problem, that total of 8000 requests were made, 8000 requests mean action performed on the website. I have loaded CSS Images, it all comes under 8000 Requests. Out of the 8000 Requests, 1000 Requests Failed.
This was because CSS was not loaded, Certain Images didn’t Load, which was a server problem, not the website problem.
Failure of 100 Requests is a Big Problem. As you can see that as soon as the requests started to increase, I sent 26 requests and in all 26 times, it caused errors. So It means that the CPU RAM has been utilized at this point. When I Lowered down my Requests and then increased them after some time, it started taking requests. So it means that the CPU and RAM need Upgradation. So what do you mean by this Test? It means that up to 30 users, you can use this hosting, When users are above 30 this hosting will start creating problems.
Talking about Data Centers, You will find them in the USA and UK only. India, Asia, Australia, Singapore you won’t find any Data Center. If I talk about Backups, in their basic plan you won’t find any backups there is a catch: When you read about their backups, it says that” Backups are Twice a week”In a question mark, they have mentioned that it is not guaranteed you cant control the backups or see it or restore it from your end. So if you feel the need for Backups, you will have to contact customer care and tell them about your situation.
Then they will check in their backend that whether you have taken a backup or not. If you have taken a backup, then only they will restore it for you. I didn’t like this concept of ‘twice a week backup plan’And there is another catch. Here they have not used the off-server backups I asked this in a chat session and they said that they have stored backup in a special location which is absolutely not fine.
Inode Count & CDN
If I talk about Inode Count, you will find 3 to 6 lakh Inode Count, which is decent for a Shared Hosting. If I talk about CDN, you won’t get any CDN. In EasyWP you use to get CDN but here you won’t get any CDN. In SSL, they have applied certain Terms and Conditions, They will provide SSL for Free for up to 50 Websites. This is great but there is a catch that it’s free only for 1 year. For next year’s renewal, you will have to pay for it. So this is the story of SSL Customer Support is not available on the phone calls.
24X7 Live Chat support but according to my experience: it was the worst. My customer care experience was really very bad. You can ask only basic Questions and in that, they will provide their FAQs, Link. They say to go through their own FAQs. If you ask a technical question, they create a ticket, then that ticket is answered/ not answered It takes around 2-3 days to resolve your issue.
Pricing, Return & Domains
If I talk about Pricing, They have provided 3 Plans1. Stellar Plan 2. Stellar Plus 3. Stellar Business. They have given these 3 Plans, According to me, the Best Value for Money Plan is Stellar Plan. We can take this for Rs.200 Per month you get 20GB SSD, 3 Websites, Free Domain Names. You can create 50 Emails by that domain name.
You don’t get a Backup on this Plan. If you want to go on Stellar Plus Plan, you will get this at Rs.360. But according to me, it’s not a Value for Money Plan. But if I talk about the Value for Money Plan, then it’s the Stellar Plan, if you want to take hosting from Namecheap.
If you want to go on Rs.360 Plan. It’s better you take hosting from A2 Hosting, A2 Hosting Swift Plan which is Rs.361 and you can take this for 4 years you can also claim refund anytime you want if you want to go above this plan then SiteGround is the best.
So these are the options available if you want a Value for Money option then Hostinger is also a good option you can claim the refund within 30 days you will have to contact Customer Care, they will provide easy refund claims, I have tried it myself you will get One Domain for Free for 1 year you will get Free Whois Protection and a Temporary Domain.
If you don’t have a domain and want to test a website you can do that by using a temporary domain.
Migrations, Software, Sitebuilder, Pros, Cons & Bottom Line
If I talk about Migration, you will get free migration. You will get this with any hosting, you should contact support. They will migrate your Website and WP Website for Free. If I talk about Software it is Apache 2. x Based, PHP 7.3 Version PHP 7.4 Version would have been better, as speed improvements have been made, especially for WP.
You get a 7.3 version in which you can run WordPress, Python, Perl, and NodeJS. You can also find SiteBuilder where you can easily select templates It’s Okayish, I have no Expectations for it So before I jump to the pros and cons of this hosting if you liked this detailed review hit the like button.
Because it really takes some effort to do a detailed review like this. So now coming onto the pros. You get good Uptime, you get free migrations and if you want to host a website you get a good speed. Their first plan is a Value for Money Plan and you get many options and you also get C Panel.
If I talk about the Cons, This is not ideal for 30+ visitors. Here, Speed Outside USA is not good. Their Customer Care Support is not Good. The Backup System is not good and you get only 2 data Centers. Coming onto the bottom line. I am having a neutral feeling about this.
Namecheap is the best in the world for domains, that’s my opinion. But they will have to work for hosting. There is a lot that they have to do to improve their hosting service. If you are on a small website and you are on a tight budget.
You can use Namecheap Hosting. So that will be all for this one. Like and Share.