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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 Jan 18 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
2017-01-18100.000 %0 mins0515 ms
2017-01-17100.000 %0 mins0516 ms
2017-01-16100.000 %0 mins0541 ms
2017-01-15100.000 %0 mins0511 ms
2017-01-14100.000 %0 mins0476 ms
2017-01-13100.000 %0 mins0479 ms
2017-01-12100.000 %0 mins0509 ms
2017-01-11100.000 %0 mins0493 ms
2017-01-10100.000 %0 mins0510 ms
2017-01-09100.000 %0 mins0510 ms
2017-01-08100.000 %0 mins0529 ms
2017-01-07100.000 %0 mins0475 ms
2017-01-06100.000 %0 mins0459 ms
2017-01-05100.000 %0 mins0504 ms
2017-01-04100.000 %0 mins0567 ms
2017-01-03100.000 %0 mins0534 ms
2017-01-02100.000 %0 mins0540 ms
2017-01-01100.000 %0 mins0556 ms
2016-12-31100.000 %0 mins0583 ms
2016-12-30100.000 %0 mins0587 ms
2016-12-29100.000 %0 mins0558 ms
2016-12-28100.000 %0 mins0556 ms
2016-12-27100.000 %0 mins0505 ms
2016-12-26100.000 %0 mins0515 ms
2016-12-25100.000 %0 mins0534 ms
2016-12-24100.000 %0 mins0513 ms
2016-12-23100.000 %0 mins0515 ms
2016-12-22100.000 %0 mins0523 ms
2016-12-21100.000 %0 mins0529 ms
2016-12-20100.000 %0 mins0543 ms
2016-12-19100.000 %0 mins0571 ms
2016-12-1899.931 %1 mins1598 ms
2016-12-1799.931 %1 mins1690 ms
2016-12-1699.931 %1 mins1708 ms
2016-12-15100.000 %0 mins0630 ms
2016-12-14100.000 %0 mins0577 ms
2016-12-13100.000 %0 mins0561 ms
2016-12-12100.000 %0 mins0571 ms
2016-12-11100.000 %0 mins0540 ms
2016-12-10100.000 %0 mins0539 ms
2016-12-0999.792 %3 mins2542 ms
2016-12-08100.000 %0 mins0537 ms
2016-12-07100.000 %0 mins0499 ms
2016-12-0699.306 %10 mins5506 ms
2016-12-0599.931 %1 mins1495 ms
2016-12-04100.000 %0 mins0485 ms
2016-12-03100.000 %0 mins0466 ms
2016-12-02100.000 %0 mins0498 ms
2016-12-01100.000 %0 mins0537 ms
2016-11-30100.000 %0 mins0391 ms
2016-11-29100.000 %0 mins0410 ms
2016-11-28100.000 %0 mins0421 ms
2016-11-27100.000 %0 mins0452 ms
2016-11-26100.000 %0 mins0491 ms
2016-11-2599.931 %1 mins1405 ms
2016-11-24100.000 %0 mins0391 ms
2016-11-23100.000 %0 mins0401 ms
2016-11-22100.000 %0 mins0394 ms
2016-11-21100.000 %0 mins0389 ms
2016-11-20100.000 %0 mins0394 ms
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