GoDaddy Vs Namecheap Hosting: Head-On-Head Comparison
GoDaddy and Namecheap are the two most popular hosting companies in the Economy Web Hosting category. Both of them have their fans and haters.
So, is GoDaddy better than Namecheap or is it vice versa? We will find out soon in this detailed Namecheap vs GoDaddy comparison.
So, without wasting time, let us get straight to the comparison.
Namecheap Vs GoDaddy Hosting Comparison Summary
Pricing (1 Year) Without SSL and Domain Name
.Website Domain and 50 Comodo Positive SSL
.Com Domain and Business Email For 1 Year
Number Of Hosted Domain
Control Panel And Software
cPanel with Softaculous
cPanel with Installatron
Page Load Times (Average)
Data Center Location
US and UK ($1/month extra for UK Data Center)
US, Europe and Asia
High Quality Chat Support
Average Quality Phone Support
Summary Of Comparison: Both GoDaddy and Namecheap offer great hosting products at affordable pricing. However, GoDaddy outperforms Namecheap in critical areas of Pricing and Page Load Times. Namecheap on the other hand is better if you heavily rely on customer support.
Our Recommendation Considering Value For Money
Namecheap Vs GoDaddy Hosting Detailed Comparison
Namecheap and GoDaddy are two companies that offer web hosting at a very cheap rate. So let us see how they stand against each other.
Unless otherwise specified, we will be comparing the basic plans of both GoDaddy and Namecheap. For GoDaddy, the basic plan is Economy plan and for Namecheap, it is the Stellar plan.
1. Godaddy And Namecheap Company Briefing
Before comparing the important the technical aspects of GoDaddy and Namecheap, let us go through in brief about each of these companies.
GoDaddy was founded in the year 1997 by Bob Parsons as Jomax technologies. It was later renamed to its current name, GoDaddy, in the year 1999.
GoDaddy is the largest domain registrar and one of the largest hosting companies in the world. As of April 2018, GoDaddy had 17 Million customers and 7000+ employees worldwide.
GoDaddy is known to provide cheap domains and hosting for the first year which makes it ideal for new bloggers and entrepreneurs who have a limited budget.
GoDaddy offers almost entire range of products related to creating a website. These products include Domain Registration, Shared Hosting, Managed WordPress Hosting, VPS Hosting, Dedicated Servers, Website Builder, Email Hosting, SSL certificates etc among other products.
Namecheap started operations in the year 2000. Since then, Namecheap has been growing consistently to gain over 2 million customers as of April 2018
Like GoDaddy, Namecheap is primarily a domain registrar who offers hosting solutions. However, they do not heavily promote their hosting products and domain registration continues to be their core business.
Namecheap offers several products which include shared hosting, dedicated server, SSL certificates, Email hosting, Premium DNS among several other services
2. Namecheap Vs GoDaddy Pricing
Pricing is one of the critical factors when it comes to buying hosting and more so when you are considering hosting companies who focus on price.
So let us find out who is the cheaper among the two.
Namecheap offers three plans for shared hosting. Their basic plan, Stellar, will cost you $2.88 per month.
What's good here is that Namecheap does not force you to go for long-term plans and you can get their hosting on monthly billing. However, if you choose to go with their annual plan, you will get further discounts and the hosting will cost you just $24.88 for one year which turns out to be around $2.07 per month.
Namecheap also provides free .website domain with their hosting plan. Given that people rarely use a .website domain, I doubt if that's going to be useful to most people.
Apart from this, Namecheap also provides free SSL certificates with their hosting plan. So, you do not have to shell out extra for buying an SSL.
GoDaddy, on the other hand, offers their Starter plan for $2.49 per month with any billing duration including monthly billing. However, this plan does not include a domain name.
Their most popular Economy Plan will cost you $7.99 for quarterly billing, 4.49 per month with annual billing and $2.99 per month with triennial billing. This plan comes with a free domain name and one free business email for the first year.
None of the above plans by GoDaddy includes a free SSL certificate. You need to buy it separately.
Considering this price, most people think that Namecheap is a better deal. However, with a special GoDaddy $1 Hosting offer, you can get the GoDaddy Economy Hosting plan for just $1/month with annual billing.
With this special price, your total cost for yearly hosting with a free domain name will be $12.18. The price includes compulsory ICANN fee of $0.18 which is charged only if you chose to get the free domain name. You also get the free business email at the same price.
If needed, you can buy an SSL certificate from Namecheap at just $8.88 for one year. So, the total cost of your hosting along with domain name and SSL certificate will be $21.06 which is still lower than Namecheap.
Below table compares the pricing of Namecheap with GoDaddy.
Without SSL And Domain Name
Without SSL And With .com Domain (Including ICANN Fee)
With SSL And Without Domain NAme
With SSL And .com Domain Name
3. Number of Hosted Domains And Subdomains
The basic plan of Namecheap allows you to host a total of three domain names; one primary and two add-on domains. You can also use up to 30 subdomains with Namecheap.
GoDaddy allows you to host only one domain name. However, they allow you to create up to 25 subdomains with their basic plan.
I am personally not a fan of hosting multiple websites on the same server. If you host all your websites on the same server and if anything goes wrong with the server, all your websites will be down at the same time.
However, if you cannot afford to buy a different hosting plan for your website, Namecheap turns out to be a better option for you as it allows you to host 3 websites.
4. Server Resources
The table below shows the server resources your websites can use without any restrictions. If you consistently cross these limits, you will be asked to upgrade.
Except for the disk space, Namecheap clearly wins when it comes to server resources. So unless you are planning to start an image heavy website that needs a lot of disk space, Namecheap would be better for you.
5. Control Panel And Other Software
Both Namecheap and GoDaddy provide cPanel control panel. All the features of the cPanel like Back-up and Restore, SSL installation, Email Account creation, stat readers like Awstats etc are available with both Namecheap and GoDaddy.
For software installations, Namecheap uses Softaculous which is the most popular software installer. GoDaddy, on the other hand, uses Installatron. Both Softaculous and Installatron work perfectly well without any issues.
6. Page Load Times
While more resources look good on the specifications sheet, not all hosting companies with a good number of server resources will perform better. So, let us find out how these two companies fare against each other.
For the test, I used Namecheap Basic hosting plan (Namecheap renamed the plan to Stellar Plan). The server was located in Phoenix, Arizona in the US.
For GoDaddy, I used the Economy Hosting Plan which was hosted on a server in the US. GoDaddy does not reveal the exact location of the server. However, with reverse IP check, the location was found to be close to San Jose, California.
To avoid any DNS related advantage, I created two sub-domains for the domain name hostingtests.co and linked each one of them to GoDaddy and Namecheap.
The website used for the test was a WordPress blog with random data and few standard plugins activated on them. The data generated for posts was junk data that also contained images.
I then used BlogVault plugin to create a clone of this website on both GoDaddy and Namecheap hosting servers. The only difference between these websites was the site title which I changed to "GoDaddy Hosting Tests" and "Namecheap Hosting Tests" to avoid any confusions.
No cache plugins were turned on for the tests. Below are the speed test results for Namecheap and GoDaddy from various locations for Pingdom, GTMetrix as well as WebPageTest.
Summary of Page Load Time Tests
Tool and Location
Pingdom from San Jose
Pingdom From New York
GTMetrix From Vancouver
WebPageTest From New York
Average Page Load Time
Details Of Page Load Time Test
Below are the details along with screenshots of the page load time tests for GoDaddy and Namecheap using different tools and from different locations.
Namecheap Pingdom Speed Test From San Jose in the US
GoDaddy Pingdom Speed Test From San Jose in the US
Namecheap Pingdom Speed Test From New York in the US
GoDaddy Pingdom Speed Test From New York in the US
As you can see, GoDaddy clearly outranks Namecheap from both New York and San Jose location with the Pingdom tests.
Let us find out how the two perform on GTMetrix from Vancouver in Canada.
Namecheap GTMetrix Speed Test From Vancouver in Canada
GoDaddy GTMetrix Speed Test From Vancouver in Canada
In the GTMetrix Tests too, GoDaddy was much faster than Namecheap. Finally, let us see the results for tests done using WebPageTest from New York location.
Namecheap WebPageTest Speed Test From New York in the US
GoDaddy WebPageTest Speed Test From New York in the US
At WebPageTest too Namecheap struggled a lot. You can also check the Time To First Byte (TTFB) for both Namecheap and GoDaddy. The former performed very poorly in this department.
Final Verdict For Speed Test
GoDaddy clearly provides faster page load times as compared to Namecheap in all the tests.However, results could possibly be different for higher traffic websites as Namecheap provides more RAM. But for new websites, GoDaddy is a clear winner.
Uptime is one of the most critical factors that one must consider before buying a hosting. A few minutes of downtime can lead to a missed sale which can cost you more than the price of hosting.
As such, Namecheap promises you 100% uptime guarantee, while GoDaddy promises 99.9% uptime.
A 100% uptime by Namecheap does look splendid on the papers. However, with my experience of dealing with several hosting companies, no shared hosting company is able to provide 100% uptime. And so does Namecheap.
Though, I failed to measure the exact uptime, having used both these hosting companies for more than a year, I can say that both these companies provide uptime which is very close to 100%.
Although, Namecheap had a slightly better uptime, but the difference was not enough to declare it as a winner. So, it's a tie again.
8. Data Center Location
If you have your audience from a particular location, it only makes sense to buy a hosting server as close to that region as possible. Of course, use of CDN has reduced the importance of data center location, but using CDN does not make sense if you are targeting audience from a city or even a small country.
Namecheap provides data centers in the US and UK. However, the data centers in the UK will cost you additional $1 per month over the regular price. So, if you are looking for UK data center, that will further widen the gap between the pricing of Namecheap and Godaddy.
GoDaddy, on the other hand, provides data centers in the US, Europe as well as Asia. No additional price is charged for using any of the data centers.
So, GoDaddy has a clear advantage over Namecheap when it comes to data center location.
9. Customer Support
Customer Support is the only are where Namecheap has a clear advantage over GoDaddy. Namecheap provides chat support that is quick and one of the best in the industry. The best part is that their representatives are eager to solve your query.
However, if you prefer phone support, Namecheap is not for you as they don't offer phone support.
GoDaddy provides phones support with toll-free numbers in most of the countries. A phone support is, of course, quicker than chat support. However, the customer support executives at GoDaddy have half-baked knowledge. If you have a simple query, they can get it resolved with ease, but they get stuck with complex queries.
That being said, GoDaddy has been working on their support and have improved a lot over the last few years. However, they still lag behind Namecheap who has the most awesome customer support team.
So, unless you hate chat support and prefer getting your queries resolved over the phone, Namecheap wins here by a big margin.
Both GoDaddy and Namecheap are good hosting companies if you are looking for shared hosting servers at a cheap rate. Like any other hosting companies, both of them have their pros and cons.
What hosting is suitable for you totally depends on what factors are more important for you. However, GoDaddy turns out to be a value-for-money option as it is way cheaper than Namecheap even if you consider buying an SSL certificate from Namecheap.
GoDaddy is also the quickest of the two by a huge margin. Add to it they have data centers in the US, Europe as well as Asia.
But, if customer support is more critical to you than page load times and if you can shell out extra for that, Namecheap will be the right choice for you.