Namecheap, Inc. is an ICANN-accredited domain name registrar, which provides domain name registration and web hosting, based in Phoenix, Arizona. Namecheap is a budget hosting provider with 11 million registered users and 10 million domains.
|Type of business||Private|
|Key people||Richard Kirkendall|
(Founder & CEO)
Mohan Vettaikaran (CTO)
(Vice President, Hosting)
|Products||Domain Names, Web Hosting, VPN, WhoisGuard, SSL Certificates|
Namecheap was founded by Richard Kirkendall in 2000. In November 2010 and September 2012 it was voted best domain name registrar by the Lifehacker blog community.
In March 2013, Namecheap started to accept Bitcoin as a payment method. In February 2014, the firm survived a DDoS attack that knocked 300 websites offline. In May 2014, Namecheap was put on notice due to a breach of their Registrar Accreditation Agreement with ICANN. In August 2017, when The Daily Stormer, a notorious neo-Nazi, white supremacist web site, was moving from one hosting provider to another, it briefly was hosted at Namecheap, but after two days, Namecheap canceled the domain. In July 2018, Namecheap was confronted by users of certain .co.uk, .uk or .de domains, who could not transfer and register their web domains.
Products and services
Namecheap sells a variety of web hosting services including VPS hosting, reseller hosting, WordPress hosting, dedicated hosting service and a number of shared hosting plans. The service also offers disk space, and a website builder.
After the pro-SOPA position of major registrar GoDaddy caused massive calls for the boycott of GoDaddy on Reddit, Namecheap announced Move Your Domain Day for December 29, 2011, offering a reduced price with the coupon code "SOPASucks" and declaring that it would donate $1 from each domain transfer to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In 2018, Namecheap relaunched Move your Domain Day to raise awareness of net neutrality.
Later Namecheap accused GoDaddy of being in violation of ICANN rules, causing delays with domain transfers from GoDaddy to Namecheap, an allegation which GoDaddy contested.
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