Wow! Namecheap is FAST!

by Zeus66
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I've used 1and1 for domain registration for years, but recently decided to check out Namecheap after someone I greatly respect touted them. They were right!

1and1 is actually a bit cheaper, but they can take several hours to get you all set up. Then, it can take a few hours after that if you do a nameserver change to point the domain to your hosting server.

With Namecheap, it has been really fast! I've set up 4 domains in the past few days and each time the entire process (ordering + changing nameservers to my host location) took about 20 minutes total. In other words, I registered a new domain, created the add-on domain at my host, pointed the Namecheap DNS to my hosting server, and it was accessible within 20 minutes. That's really fast!

Well worth the extra buck or so I spend to get a new domain each time. So, if you're looking for recommendations on domain registrars, take it from someone who has been in this game for years now - use Namecheap. Speed matters, and you don't want to have to wait around for a slower registrar to get everything jamming for you.

John
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  • Profile picture of the author Ken Strong
    I've always used Namecheap, so I'm used to how fast they work. I forgot that it's not always like that. They're not the cheapest but I like them.
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    • Profile picture of the author sanssecret
      I've never used anyone else so I had no idea that Namecheap were particularly fast. I just thought that's how long it took for everyone. :confused:

      Recently moved all my sites to new hosting and although I was expecting it to take up to a couple of days, the sites were live on the new hosting account in about 7 or 8 hours. Is this fast? I honestly don't know because it's the first time I've ever moved hosts.
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      • Profile picture of the author bizwebstart
        I use Namecheap and think they are great.

        There is a bit of a delay if you register sites that aren't a .com

        I am in the UK so .co.uk domains can take a couple of hours to activate but that is not a problem.

        Used to use the hosting company to get domains but it causes major problems if you want to move

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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Callen
    Yep, another TWO THUMBS UP from me!
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  • Profile picture of the author Texjd
    They are really fast if you setup the namerservers when you register. The other day I was doing 3 registrations and setup the hosting before I went to namecheap. When I logged out of namecheap and tried the domains they came up. Now that is fast.

    Can't beat that kind of service.
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  • Profile picture of the author Will P
    I like NameCheap.com its one of my top picks for domains. In terms of getting a domain with privacy its actually cheaper than most IMO. Could be that the Whois privacy comes free with each domain registered..?
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve_Dougherty
      I was the same way John. Started with 1And1 because of the price and eventually realized the same as you, that the overall process with Namecheap is way faster, and the price difference of a dollar something is less than a penny a day.

      Plus, after you have 50+ domains registered with them you can ask for a permanent coupon that for $9.28 you can get domains renewed, registered and the privacy protection renewals for 99 cents a year.

      Their new hosting service isn't half bad either.

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  • Profile picture of the author steelhead
    Yep, I concur. Been using NC for three years and always assumed it would take at least 24 hours for nameservers to resolve. BUT, in November I registered four domains and had them all resolved within minutes.

    But, I already had a hosting service. The time to resolve for a new hosting account may be the only bottleneck.

    Takes a bit of looking to find everything and execute the privacy option, but once you do it a few times, it becomes EZ PZ
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    • Profile picture of the author jasondinner
      Namecheap ROCKS.

      In fact you can get your sites up and running even faster if you point the DNS inside your account FIRST, then add it to your host.

      I'm usually up in less than 5 minutes.

      I'm running a dedicated server, so that may make a difference.

      But nonetheless, the are great. They'll even give you a frequent domain registration coupon code you can use.

      Saves you like 90 cents or something like that
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  • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
    No auto renew with credit card killed NameCheap for me. If you empty your credits, be ready to lose your domain.

    I'll wait the extra day and get lifetime privacy and autorenew with 1and1 or GoDaddy.
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  • Profile picture of the author NerdBoySEO
    Namecheap are pretty awesome. now if only they were able to sell Australian extensions life would be good - the aussie providers are all just lacking
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    • Profile picture of the author AJsVRE
      Originally Posted by Steve_Dougherty View Post

      Plus, after you have 50+ domains registered with them you can ask for a permanent coupon that for $9.28 you can get domains renewed, registered and the privacy protection renewals for 99 cents a year.
      Yup! This is exactly what I was going to post. Namecheap is great, and once you have 50+ domains with them, you get the permanent coupon that works with all your renewals!

      Originally Posted by Jesus Perez View Post

      No auto renew with credit card killed NameCheap for me. If you empty your credits, be ready to lose your domain.

      I'll wait the extra day and get lifetime privacy and autorenew with 1and1 or GoDaddy.
      You'd only "lose your domain" if you don't actually check the email that you used to sign up with. When your domain gets close to expiring, you get A METRIC TON of emails about it from namecheap to warn you. (starting at like, 2 months out you get 1, and then it just keeps increasing in frequency from there - they want to make sure you know, and I definitely appreciate it!)

      Beyond that, never used 1and1, although I've heard of the slowness. Wouldn't touch GoDaddy with a 10 foot pole now.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
        Originally Posted by AJsVRE View Post

        You'd only "lose your domain" if you don't actually check the email that you used to sign up with. When your domain gets close to expiring, you get A METRIC TON of emails about it from namecheap to warn you. (starting at like, 2 months out you get 1, and then it just keeps increasing in frequency from there - they want to make sure you know, and I definitely appreciate it!)
        That's good to know. However, I'd rather login once ever 3 years to update my credit card's expiration date than login 2-3 times a month to renew via Paypal. I have over 70 domains and they all expire sporadically throughout the year. This is something I *absolutely* want on autopilot.

        Again...if they implement autorenew with credit cards and offer lifetime privacy (instead of 1 year), I'll be all over it. Otherwise, I'll keep waiting. The 1and1 12 hour DNS wait doesn't bother me. I can still setup the site and DB via my host's IP.
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        • Profile picture of the author James Campbell
          Originally Posted by Jesus Perez View Post

          That's good to know. However, I'd rather login once ever 3 years to update my credit card's expiration date than login 2-3 times a month to renew via Paypal. I have over 70 domains and they all expire sporadically throughout the year. This is something I *absolutely* want on autopilot.

          Again...if they implement autorenew with credit cards and offer lifetime privacy (instead of 1 year), I'll be all over it. Otherwise, I'll keep waiting. The 1and1 12 hour DNS wait doesn't bother me. I can still setup the site and DB via my host's IP.
          There are more horror stories about 1and1 than I can count for BOTH hosting and domain registration.

          A friend of mine really got screwed by them, as have 100's of other people.

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  • Profile picture of the author imguru
    I like namecheap because they're cheap. If you want SPEED, try godaddy! IF you set your name servers while ordering and have set up the hosting before hand it goes live pretty instantly
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  • Profile picture of the author RaulK
    I agree with the previous post. GoDaddy is really fast, skip their offers, set your nameservers, pay right away. You'll be up and running in minutes.
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  • Profile picture of the author Melody
    If you flip websites - NameCheap is one of the easiest when it comes to pushing the domain name to the new owner. Just have them open an NC acct, and it's a one step process!

    I haven't made a transfer recently at GD - but the last time I did it took several days for the change to take place - which is big if you are also going to upload the site for the new owner.

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  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    Namecheap rocks. And they are REALLY fast.

    Usually I buy a domain name, check "Express Check Out" option - with default configuration - and 2 minutes later, when adding it in my CPanel, it's already available.

    Can you say FAST?

    And yes, their structure is very solid, fast and intuitive.

    Go Namecheap!
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  • Profile picture of the author Natlex
    Namecheap is by far the best for me, and they dont try to constantly upsell me to other products like godaddy does !
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  • Profile picture of the author Fox30
    I love namcheap...there is nothing better IMHO.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rsberg
    I've been usgin them for a while as well and agree completely...they are awesome!
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    • Profile picture of the author fiero
      I use namecheap exclusively so can't compare with other service. I like the 1st year free whois privacy and also like the customer service. I once bought and registered a domain name that is not covered by whois privacy (certain country extension is not covered) which I asked for cancellation. I got money back into my account within 24 hrs.
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  • Profile picture of the author mydavis3
    I like namecheap they're fast. But the only thing I don't like about them is that you have to have at lease 50 domains in order to get a renewal discount. I have 27 domains and need to renew 5 at the moment and they will not give me a discount.

    I have 2 with Godaddy and was able to get a coupon code to renew 1 domain.

    Namecheap is fast and the support is excellent.
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    • Profile picture of the author Riz
      Namecheap are simple, easy, hassle free and very fast.

      The auto renew is not really a big issue as you get ample warning from them.

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