This is a comprehensive guide to hosting your website with NameCheap. I write this guide is because I used NameCheap for my first website. It was a great process learning how everything works together and getting my site online. NameCheap provided 24/7 support so anytime I was stuck on something, I can just start a chat with a representative within minutes. However, I could not find one single guide that showed me how to do everything from start to finish. So I thought to write this guide myself to help others get started on their websites.
In this guide I will show you the process from signup for an account to getting your website online. I will split the guide into two parts. The first part of the guide will be on sign up, domain, and hosting. The second part deals with setting up your cPanel, email, SSL, and installing WordPress. If you already purchased domain and hosting from NameCheap, go to the second part of the guide: Part 2.
If you want to jump ahead to any part of this guide, click on the links of the Table of Contents below.
Table of Contents
1. Sign Up
You can use this link to go to their main page: NameCheap. On the top left corner of the site, you will find the sign up button.
Click on that and you will be taken to the Sign Up page.
Fill in the fields and click Create Account and Continue. Check your email now, you should have one titled Welcome to NameCheap.
Now go back to NameCheap and sign in with your information.
Once signed in, you will be redirected to the dashboard. This is where your domains, hostings, and SSL are displayed.
On the page, you can do a search for the domain name that you want.
It will give you a list of domain names available. Your domain might not be available for .com since it’s the most popular extension. If that’s the case, use other extensions such as .net or choose a different available domain. Don’t get too hung on a specific domain name.
After you are done with choosing domain names, add it to your cart. Let’s move on to purchasing your hosting.
Click on Hosting on the top right on choose Shared Hosting from the dropdown. There are other hosting services available but I think shared hosting is the most affordable choice. EasyWP is also an option but it has some restrictions such as only one EasyWP subscription per account and only one WordPress website is allowed. You are better off using Shared Hosting for a simple website.
Once you choose Shared Hosting, you can see different options available.
I went with the Value plan since I don’t have many sites but if you need more, you can choose other plans like Professional, where you can host up to 10 websites. Add it to your cart when done. Afterward, you will be asked the domain you want to use with the hosting service.
You already have a domain picked earlier so choose I want to use a domain in my cart. Pick the domain in the dropdown menu and choose Continue in your shopping cart.
If you live in the U.S., your only choice for hardware is USA Datacenter so add it to your cart and move on.
4. Check Out
Once on the Check Out page, There are a few things you need to take a look at before making payment.
1) Domain Registration
The registration is set to auto-renew but you only get the discount for the first year. If you have a domain extension that is different from .com or .net, you might pay more for renewing. Extension such as .club or .shop are much more expensive to renew.
NameCheap offer this service for free in first year domain registration. This service is a MUST. You don’t want to get tons of spam mails and potential identity theft. If I search for my website at ICANN WHOIS, WhoisGuard will protect my personal information like name and email from being displayed. You can purchase WhoisGuard for $2.88/year to have peace of mind.
I don’t use PremiumDNS but you can get it for $4.88/year if you are wary of DDOS attacks or run an online store. There are also other services like CloudFlare that offers CDN, DNS, and DDoS protection.
4) Hosting Plan
Discounted price is only for first year. Second year renewal will cost more but it’s still reasonable compared to other hosting providers.
5) Promo Code
NameCheap often give out promo codes on their Twitter so if you got lucky and grabbed one, enter it here to lower your prices down.
After you finished double checking everything, Confirm Order and enter your payment information on the next page.
This is the end of the first part. You can go to the second part of the guide to set up your website: Part 2. Feel free to ask if you have any question or leave a comment below.