I’ve hosted websites on and off since 2016, first starting by using the free service 000webhost, then self hosting off of my Dell PowerEdge T100, then self hosting off of an Acer Aspire Revo, and then a HP 8000 Elite SFF, so it’s fair to say I have a little experience in this area.
I’d been looking for cheap hosting for a few weeks, when I bought a few .com domains from Namecheap and just happened to stumble upon their hosting plans (after being practically begged to buy it at checkout).
I picked the Stellar Shared Hosting plan, since I’d been looking for hosting at around the price they were offering, I had a little look and was happily surprised by what I found – features included:
- 20GB SSD Storage
- U.S Based Hosting
- 300,000 File Limit
- Unlimited Bandwidth
- 30 Email Accounts (inc. unlimited forwarders)
- 3 Domains
- 30 Subdomains
I did have a few complaints with this offer though, mainly around the 300,000 file limit and extra ~80p for U.K based hosting. The 300,000 file limit makes the hosting impractical for services such as FileRun, but probably will be fine for the standard user.
Speed, cPanel and Email
The hosting is fast. Super fast. I live a 12-hour flight away from my server yet even heavy pages load really fast on my 60↑, 15↓ internet connection, it’s much better then my old, self-hosted webserver was!
cPanel is, ugh, okay – shall we say? It’s got some good features, and allows for Google Authenticator two-factor-authentication, but it would definitely be daunting for a first-time user. cPanel can be accessed at both example.com/cpanel and cpanel.example.com, plus a weird way through Namecheap. It’s great that you’re only a few clicks away from free WordPress with cPanel through Softaculous, and I’ve seen worse file managers.
The email is great, 30 accounts and unlimited forwarders, but the webmail could be better. I personally decided to install Rainloop webmail instead of the Namecheap options – Horde and Roundcube. A standard Rainloop installation would be a very welcome feature, Namecheap.
Namecheap support is amazing, live chat is fast, free and easy, and the staff are super useful.
It goes without saying, the pricing is fabulous. If you also bought a domain with Namecheap, you can have a fully working site for around £3.50 a month – what a deal! As a side note, domains are charged annually (but you can pay in advanced), and hosting is monthly or annually. Oh, and you can often get a discount with the browser add-on Honey, I got a few quid off of my domain with them (not a paid advertisement).
I was looking at cheap hosting for quiet some time, and AWS was looking to be the best option. I did look at Hostinger, it owns 000webhost, but they lock you in with a 3 year plan – which is tacky and put me off the company. But, after hours of research, I chose Namecheap for the reasons in this post.
So, what’s the verdict?
If you have a small to moderate site, or just want a nice custom email, go for it – it’s cheap, fast, reliable and you’re only a few minutes from help! If you’re bigger, consider AWS or a bigger plan.
P.S, a friend of mine made a post about this hosting – have a look at that as-well before buying :).
Website developer (HTML, CSS, PHP, Bootstrap) and blogger. I’m @jacobasammon!