NamecheapLess than 2 minutes to setup – domain name is a hidden cost
While Namecheap doesn’t specificly advertise Wordpress hosting, they offer an all-in-one solution through their Apps market place. Namecheap currently only offers one package – with additional in-app purchases – which starts at $8.88/year for the first year, any additional year will be $48.88/year.
Upon selecting the default $8.88/year package, you’ll be asked to either create a new account, or sign in with your current Namecheap account. Since Namecheap uses apps, you’ll need to give EasyWP access to your wordpress account.
Since Namecheap only offers one package, there’s no hassle in selecting from different packages, and you’ll be asked to input your payment information straight away. My only complaint on this is that they require you to input a postal code, while some countries don’t use this, but other than that it’s all straight forward to get started.
While it wasn’t mentioned a domain name would not be included, throughout the process I assumed it would be, only after I gave them my payment information they asked me to buy a domain name. Luckily they give you a temporary domain name so that you can continue with the Wordpress installation. After inputting a temporary domain name, there’s one final step where you can either setup a default Wordpress installation, or use a more advanced configuration. I went with the default settings.
Much to my surprise, that was all, after about 30 seconds I had a fully working Wordpress site with a default theme up and running. You’ll receive an email with the username and password for your Wordpress admin account where you have full control over your Wordpress site.
The benefits of automatic updates are pretty obvious. They just happen, in a stable and secure way, and that’s one less vital aspect of managing your WordPress site that you have to deal with or worry about.
Namecheap doesn’t have automated backups by default, but they do allow you to backup your entire site through their dashboard.
SSL Certificates are enabled by default for temporary domains. For custom domains you’ll need to enable them seperatly.
While Namecheap has live support, they prefer that you go through their FAQ first by yourself. This makes it slighly harder to reach a real person. Their FAQ is quite extensive and should be able to help you with any problem.
Support staff is friendly and helpfull.
While I was able to delete my Wordpress site through the EasyWP interface, this didn’t actually cancel my subscription. In order to cancel your subscription, you’ll need to go to your Namecheap account, and cancel your subscritption under the Apps section.
Cancelling your subscription is fairly straight forward and they didn’t try to make it harder than it has to be.
Upon contacting support, I was also able to get a full refund.
Namecheap only offers one plan: 8.88/year and $48.88 for the following years. While it’s nowhere mentioned a domain name is included, they also fail to mention it isn’t. So keep in mind that you’ll have additional costs if you want a domain name.
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My overall experience with Namecheap was rather good, despite having to pay extra for a domain name, the entire signup experience was quick and easy. I had a Wordpress site live in less than 5 minutes.