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Is Namecheap reliable? Namecheap Uptime 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.

Uptime Test

This test is performed by measuring the % uptime of a host. Higher is better.

I use Pingdom to report website uptime. Pingdom is configured to make an HTTP request to the host every minute, and report if it is unreachable. It'll also report an error if the host takes longer than 30 seconds to respond (Yes, that's not actually down, but if your site takes that long to respond it is unusable in my opinion). Pingdom performs this test from at least 3 servers worldwide, and reports a problem if 2/3 servers do no respond.

This test is important if you are concerned about the reliability of your web host (this is important!)

Measuring uptime with Pingdom

Namecheap Uptime Test Results

Namecheap (full benchmark) performs mediocre in the Uptime test, with an average result of 99.93 percent. Its best run was 100.00 %, but has been as bad as 92.92 %. Namecheap's most recent result on Mar 23 was 100.00 percent. Namecheap has had a few significant outages (more than a few minutes) since I started testing them. It's nothing horrendous, but other hosts have better reliability.

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

Recent Raw Results for Namecheap

Date Uptime Downtime Outages Avg Response Time
2017-03-23100.000 %0 mins0465 ms
2017-03-22100.000 %0 mins0493 ms
2017-03-21100.000 %0 mins0534 ms
2017-03-20100.000 %0 mins0565 ms
2017-03-19100.000 %0 mins0590 ms
2017-03-18100.000 %0 mins0571 ms
2017-03-17100.000 %0 mins0541 ms
2017-03-16100.000 %0 mins0591 ms
2017-03-15100.000 %0 mins0579 ms
2017-03-14100.000 %0 mins0581 ms
2017-03-13100.000 %0 mins0593 ms
2017-03-12100.000 %0 mins0575 ms
2017-03-11100.000 %0 mins0578 ms
2017-03-10100.000 %0 mins0606 ms
2017-03-09100.000 %0 mins0637 ms
2017-03-08100.000 %0 mins0640 ms
2017-03-07100.000 %0 mins0613 ms
2017-03-06100.000 %0 mins0620 ms
2017-03-05100.000 %0 mins0603 ms
2017-03-04100.000 %0 mins0571 ms
2017-03-03100.000 %0 mins0555 ms
2017-03-02100.000 %0 mins0576 ms
2017-03-01100.000 %0 mins0548 ms
2017-02-28100.000 %0 mins0532 ms
2017-02-27100.000 %0 mins0512 ms
2017-02-26100.000 %0 mins0513 ms
2017-02-25100.000 %0 mins0661 ms
2017-02-24100.000 %0 mins0695 ms
2017-02-23100.000 %0 mins0689 ms
2017-02-22100.000 %0 mins0635 ms
2017-02-21100.000 %0 mins0624 ms
2017-02-20100.000 %0 mins0684 ms
2017-02-19100.000 %0 mins0657 ms
2017-02-18100.000 %0 mins0627 ms
2017-02-17100.000 %0 mins0515 ms
2017-02-16100.000 %0 mins0530 ms
2017-02-15100.000 %0 mins0540 ms
2017-02-14100.000 %0 mins0535 ms
2017-02-13100.000 %0 mins0532 ms
2017-02-12100.000 %0 mins0522 ms
2017-02-11100.000 %0 mins0522 ms
2017-02-10100.000 %0 mins0529 ms
2017-02-09100.000 %0 mins0504 ms
2017-02-08100.000 %0 mins0554 ms
2017-02-07100.000 %0 mins0583 ms
2017-02-06100.000 %0 mins0601 ms
2017-02-05100.000 %0 mins0598 ms
2017-02-04100.000 %0 mins0633 ms
2017-02-03100.000 %0 mins0585 ms
2017-02-02100.000 %0 mins0550 ms
2017-02-01100.000 %0 mins0561 ms
2017-01-31100.000 %0 mins0568 ms
2017-01-3099.861 %2 mins1566 ms
2017-01-29100.000 %0 mins0547 ms
2017-01-28100.000 %0 mins0575 ms
2017-01-27100.000 %0 mins0548 ms
2017-01-26100.000 %0 mins0579 ms
2017-01-25100.000 %0 mins0683 ms
2017-01-24100.000 %0 mins0551 ms
2017-01-23100.000 %0 mins0530 ms
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