Best Shared Web Hosting

Solid Shared Web Hosting For Beginners In The New Decade

Looking for affordable but robust personal or business shared web hosting from a worldwide trusted provider? Look no further than Namecheap.

This company has evolved its product offerings from domain registrations to include basic hosting, content delivery network (CDN), dedicated servers, reseller hosting, VPS hosting, VPN, and more. Namecheap continues to exceed its customers’ expectations even as they expand into new areas.

To reach out to core hosting customers, the company offers a multi-plan shared web hosting. These plans offer great value for money.

One of the plans is priced as low as $1.44 pro-rated monthly for the first year for the hosting of three sites. Unlimited domain shared web hosting starts at $2.44 pro-rated monthly but increases to $4.88 pro-rated monthly after a year. The latter price is still quite affordable.

Let’s take a closer look at why Namecheap’s shared hosting might be for you.


PROS


1. UNLIMITED EVERYTHING

All standard shared web hosting plans come with unlimited bandwidth. Depending on the plan you choose, you may also get unmetered SSD storage, unlimited email, and unlimited domain hosting.

In case you want more power, you can upgrade your hosting plan at any time to get Managed WordPress Hosting, dedicated servers, and VPS hosting.

2. AWESOME UPTIME

Uptime is an integral part of customer satisfaction. Fortunately, this hosting company has an unbeatable uptime. They guarantee an uptime of about 99.9%. If they fall short, your account will be credited.

3. GREAT SITE SECURITY

A top host must take site security seriously. Namecheap’s dedication to this cause is evident as it offers customers FREE Positive SSL certificates, automated backups, state-of-the-art infrastructure with every component fully redundant, and evenly distributed server loads. You can feel secure that your site is fully protected should the unexpected occur.

4. FREE SITE MIGRATION

Yes! As a new customer, Namecheap will migrate your website from your old host for FREE. The migration service also inlcudes a FREE one-year registered dot website domain name and free WhoisGuard domain privacy protection.

5. GOOD SUPPORT

How good it is that as a customer you get round-the-clock customer support from live representatives? All hosts don’t offer round-the-clock support. But with Namecheap, you get support from a 24/7 help desk and live webchat. An extensive knowledgebase is also available to help you better understand the services sold.

A 30-day money-back guarantee is available should you not be happy with the support or any other aspect of the hosting.

6. THE ‘IT’ FACTOR

A top hosting brand known around the world cannot rest on its laurels, otherwise its reputation would suffer. Namecheap continues to evolve from its core business of domain name registration to include services such as business card maker, chargecard prevention, free logo maker, and LLC set-up assistance. When you add solid 24/7 live chat support and robust security into the mix, you can be sure your website is in good hands.


Cons


A. Charges For Non-U.S. DATA CENTERS

Some hosts offer both European and U.S. data centers. Namecheap’s customers’ websites are ordinarily only hosted in U.S. data centers – a slightly limiting factor. Here’s why.

The closer your website is hosted to your customers’ location, the faster your website will load for those customers. So, if your customers are located predominantly in North America, and you host your website on Namecheap’s U.S. data center, you should have faster loading times than if your blog were hosted on a European data center.

If, however, you have predominantly European based customers and your website is hosted in Namecheap’s U.S. data center, what would become of your site speed? Well, all other things being equal, your site won’t load as quickly as if it had been hosted in a European data center.

If you wish to have your site hosted in Europe, namely, a U.K. data center, Namecheap charges an additional cost of $1 per month. This price is low, but even still, it would be helpful for customers to have free access to more global data centers

B. FREE CDN BUT…

Namecheap offers both free and paid content delivery network service (CDN). Using this service is one way to “get around” the lack of global data centers.

This service distributes your website content closer to your visitors’ location by using a nearby CDN server. There are multiple CDN servers worldwide. Consequently, visitors experience faster page loading times.

Unfortunately, this CDN is only available to customers who use Namecheap’s  EasyWP Managed WordPress plan or have domains and DNS registered with the company. Shared hosting customers are not eligible for now. That said, you can use a free CDN such as Cloudflare.


CONCLUSION


Namecheap shared web hosting company does what it says on the tin. It has responsive support, is affordable, and takes site security seriously. I like the fact that the company compensates clients should it fall short of its uptime guarantee.

It would have been great if the company also offered data centers outside of the U.S. at no extra cost, but there are free and low-cost ways to deal with this issue.

Overall the company offers good hosting, especially for beginners.