Web hosting is the biggest concern for most start-ups with a low budget, but when buying a hosting account we focus on Up-time, performance, support and pricing. If you are just starting out and intent to start a WordPress blog or want to host an HTML webpage of your company, then I recommend Namecheap hosting for you. Moreover, if you are a beginner in this field then Namecheap value plan would be the best plan for you because their support is just awesome and can help you with most issues you are facing. Now let’s see more on Namecheap Shared Hosting Value Plan Review.
Why is Namecheap Best For Startups?
Most startups have a low budget, less knowledge seeks better hosting and don’t plan to invest much before earning something. Namecheap Shared hosting plans starts from 8.99$, plan named ‘Value Plan’, that can provide almost all the basic needs to hosting a WordPress blog or an HTML web page.
You can get 20 GB SSD Accelerated storage space for this cheap price but the fact is most small WordPress blogs won’t use more than 3GB unless you install plugins and themes like trash.
Namecheap Shared Hosting Value Plan Review
What you get for $ 8.99
Here I’m gonna list some main highlights of the Value Plan
- Live Chat Support
- Beginner Friendly UI
- Top Notch 24×7 Support
- Basic features like in any Shared Hosting
- Tight Server Security
- Cloudflare Ready
- SEO Services
- Install 100+ apps Using Softaculous Script Installer
- 5.2 to 7.0 PHP versions available
- Unlimited Bandwidth
- 20GB SSD-Accelerated Disk Space
- Unlimited Parked Domains
- cPanel Control Panel Available
- Cloudlinux 2.6.32-673.8.1 Server ( Updated : 22-04-2016 )
- 14 Day Money Back Guarantee
- Webmail and Email Accounts with SMTP, POP3, IMAP
- PHP MyAdmin
- MySQL Databases
What Are You Limited With?
Value Plan has some limitations that you should consider
- You can only host 3 Domains. One is counted during purchase and rest as addon domains
- 50 Subdomains
- 50 FTP Users
- 50 Email Accounts, Email Forwarders, Email Autoresponders
- 50 MySQL Databases
- Annual Pricing
Server Features And Specs
Value plan supports
- Apache 2.X
- PHP 5.2-5.6, 7.0
- MySQL 5.X.X
- Python 2.6.x
- SSH Access (Jailed)
What it doesn’t offer
- Ruby on Rails
Server Tech Specs
Value, Professional and Ultimate packages are located on a new Dell M1000 blade system. This is a hybrid system that includes several servers which all share one external SSD-powered storage.
There aren’t many modifications in CPanel other than a news widget and Namecheap’s 1 Click SSL plugin, Google Apps integration and Codeguard Integration. Cpanel 188.8.131.52 is currently provided with the default themes that are ‘x3’ and Paper Lantern, paper lantern looks good but not the prettiest.
Server performance is a big concern as website speed is influenced by it. In the case of value plan, the minimum server response time is 0.22 seconds which is bit low but you can only expect that on an 8.99$ hosting. I tried some stress testing and was happy that the server could process 100 visitors simultaneously and 100 visitors at a time are way more for a startup blog but still, that will help your site from going down at small downtimes.
I have specified earlier that security is tight, its because most mod_security rules are enabled on the site and it makes your site less vulnerable. But it also has a downside that is some plugins may not work if some mod_security rules are enabled, in that case, you will have to contact support to whitelist that particular rule.
The best part that I like in Namecheap is their live chat support, if you have any issues then you can quickly open a chat support and just seek support.Of course, it won’t be like you chatting without a friend on Facebook! replies will take a little longer and at times, they will act too robotic.
You can easily setup email accounts and access its inbox using webmail, but in value plan, you are limited to 50 email accounts. There are more email features in addition to email accounts. You will be provided with ‘Apache Spam Assassin’, ‘Professional Spam Filter’, Email Forwarders, Auto Responders and more.
This is also a big concern, in value plan you will get :
- CPU : 20% of 12 x 2.40 Ghz
- RAM : 1024 MB (1GB)
- Swap Memory : 4096 MB(4GB)
- Input Output Usage : 1536 KB/s
- IOPS : 1,024
- Input-Output Usage : 1536 KB/s
- Entry processes : 20
- Number Of Processes : 200
- Storage usable : 19.53 GB
- File Usage : 300,000 Max
- Monthly Bandwidth Transfer : ∞
- Inodes : 300000
Cloudflare is a CDN service that provides free and premium CDN services, you can link and manage your sites to CloudFlare directly via CPanel. And free Railgun feature.
SEO and Marketing Features
Like many other hosts, Namecheap also provides free Attracta SEO tools.
Softaculous Script Installer
Softaculous is a script installer which provides a convenient way to install, manage and backup scripts. Using this you can easily install 100+ scripts with a few clicks, for example, see our guide on How To Install WordPress Using Softaculous .
Namecheap Value plan is the best for a startup with a low budget, there are more pros for this plan compared with this price tag and few cons, still it’s 100% worth of money. The best part of Namecheap that I love the most is their excellent support, from my opinion Namecheap really value and ❤their customers.