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Is Namecheap fast? Namecheap Page Speed Stats

Namecheap started as a domain registrar in 2001, but expanded into hosting in 2008. Their data centers are located in Phoenix, Arizona and Atlanta, Georgia.

I have purchased a hosting plan on Namecheap and set up a typical web site. I use that example website to run these tests. Learn more about how I test.

Here's the plan information I chose:

Plan NameProfessional
Cost$7.48/month
Disk Space100GB
BandwidthUnlimited
Uptime Guarantee99.9%
Money-Back Guarantee14 days
NotesSite was ready within minutes after I purchased.

Page Speed Test

This test measures the total time it takes to load a standard web page. Lower is better.

This test is performed by submitting a typical web page served on the host to WebPageTest and recording how long it takes to load. This test web page is 56 KB of HTML, 287 KB of JavaScript, 51 KB of CSS, and 1,128 KB of images (these are typical according to the HTTP Archive). WebPageTest (a 3rd-party, vendor-neutral organization) uses servers located in Virgina and California to measure the page load waterfall in the latest version of Chrome, on a very fast internet connection. The test is ran 5 times each, and the middle (median) result is what is counted from each location. Then the east coast and west coast times are averaged, which should eliminate any bias due to server location. We're interested in first page load, not the repeat/cached view.

If you're really interested, I use the 'Load Time' measurement that's returned from WebPageTest for ranking page speed. I still collect other metrics such as TTFB (time to first byte), fully loaded time, and the speed index, in addition to server setting scores which are translated to grades. You can see these detailed values in the "Raw Results."

This test is important if your site resembles a typical website and you're concerned about speed (which you should be!)

Measuring page speed with WebPageTest.org


In September 2014 I updated this test to be more accurate, and you'll notice page speeds were a bit higher before then. The test used to be run only 3 times from one location using a simulated cable internet connection on Internet Explorer 11. The new method provides much more consistent results.

Namecheap Page Speed Test Results

Namecheap (full benchmark) performs okay in the Page Speed test, with an average result of 3.42 seconds. Its best run was 2.85 s, but has been as bad as 72.71 s. Namecheap's most recent result on Jan 18 was 2.96 seconds. Namecheap proves that they have consistent, low page load times. While I bet it could be improved if they enabled compression and caching headers, their stats are something other hosts strive for.

Let's see if Namecheap is consistent in its page speed stats:

Recent Raw Results for Namecheap

Date Location Load time TTFB Fully loaded Speed index Keep-alive Score Compress Score Caching Score
2017-01-18Dulles, VA3.2s0.3s3.4s1.7sAFF
2017-01-18San Jose, CA2.7s0.2s2.8s1.4sAFF
2017-01-17Dulles, VA3.1s0.3s3.3s0.0sAFF
2017-01-17San Jose, CA2.7s0.2s2.8s1.3sAFF
2017-01-16Dulles, VA3.5s0.3s3.7s1.7sAFF
2017-01-16San Jose, CA2.7s0.2s2.8s1.3sAFF
2017-01-15Dulles, VA3.4s0.3s3.5s2.1sAFF
2017-01-15San Jose, CA2.7s0.2s2.8s1.4sAFF
2017-01-14Dulles, VA3.1s0.4s3.3s1.9sAFF
2017-01-14San Jose, CA2.7s0.2s2.8s1.4sAFF
2017-01-13Dulles, VA3.1s0.4s3.2s1.6sAFF
2017-01-13San Jose, CA2.9s0.2s3.0s1.3sAFF
2017-01-12Dulles, VA3.1s0.3s3.2s1.6sAFF
2017-01-12San Jose, CA3.8s0.2s3.9s3.6sAFF
2017-01-11Dulles, VA3.4s0.4s3.6s1.7sAFF
2017-01-11San Jose, CA2.8s0.3s2.8s1.4sAFF
2017-01-10Dulles, VA3.4s0.3s3.5s1.7sAFF
2017-01-10San Jose, CA2.7s0.2s2.8s1.4sAFF
2017-01-09Dulles, VA3.2s0.3s3.3s1.7sAFF
2017-01-09San Jose, CA2.8s0.3s2.8s1.4sAFF
2017-01-08Dulles, VA3.5s0.4s3.7s2.0sAFF
2017-01-08San Jose, CA2.7s0.2s2.8s1.3sAFF
2017-01-07Dulles, VA3.3s0.3s3.4s1.8sAFF
2017-01-07San Jose, CA2.7s0.2s2.8s1.4sAFF
2017-01-06Dulles, VA3.2s0.4s3.4s1.8sAFF
2017-01-06San Jose, CA2.8s0.3s2.8s1.5sAFF
2017-01-05Dulles, VA3.1s0.3s3.2s1.6sAFF
2017-01-05San Jose, CA2.7s0.2s2.8s1.4sAFF
2017-01-04Dulles, VA3.4s0.4s3.6s1.7sAFF
2017-01-04San Jose, CA2.8s0.3s2.8s1.4sAFF
2017-01-03Dulles, VA3.4s0.4s3.5s1.6sAFF
2017-01-03San Jose, CA2.8s0.3s2.8s1.4sAFF
2017-01-02Dulles, VA3.1s0.4s3.3s1.7sAFF
2017-01-02San Jose, CA2.7s0.2s2.8s1.3sAFF
2017-01-01Dulles, VA3.5s0.3s3.6s1.8sAFF
2017-01-01San Jose, CA2.7s0.2s2.7s1.3sAFF
2016-12-31Dulles, VA3.2s0.3s3.3s1.7sAFF
2016-12-31San Jose, CA2.7s0.2s2.8s1.3sAFF
2016-12-30Dulles, VA3.2s0.4s3.3s1.8sAFF
2016-12-30San Jose, CA2.7s0.2s2.7s1.3sAFF
2016-12-29Dulles, VA3.1s0.3s3.2s1.5sAFF
2016-12-29San Jose, CA2.7s0.2s2.8s1.3sAFF
2016-12-28Dulles, VA3.2s0.4s3.3s1.7sAFF
2016-12-28San Jose, CA2.7s0.2s2.8s1.3sAFF
2016-12-27Dulles, VA3.1s0.3s3.2s1.7sAFF
2016-12-27San Jose, CA2.7s0.2s2.7s1.4sAFF
2016-12-26Dulles, VA3.2s0.3s3.3s1.6sAFF
2016-12-26San Jose, CA2.7s0.2s2.8s1.4sAFF
2016-12-25Dulles, VA3.1s0.3s3.3s1.7sAFF
2016-12-25San Jose, CA2.7s0.2s2.8s1.4sAFF
2016-12-24Dulles, VA3.5s0.4s3.7s1.7sAFF
2016-12-24San Jose, CA2.7s0.2s2.8s1.3sAFF
2016-12-23Dulles, VA3.1s0.4s3.3s1.7sAFF
2016-12-23San Jose, CA2.7s0.2s2.8s1.4sAFF
2016-12-22Dulles, VA3.1s0.4s3.3s1.6sAFF
2016-12-22San Jose, CA2.7s0.2s2.8s1.3sAFF
2016-12-21Dulles, VA6.2s0.5s6.4s2.2sAFF
2016-12-21San Jose, CA2.7s0.2s2.8s1.4sAFF
2016-12-20Dulles, VA3.2s0.3s3.3s1.7sAFF
2016-12-20San Jose, CA2.8s0.3s2.8s1.4sAFF
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