NameCheap VPS Hosting Review – Advantages and Disadvantages

NameCheap VPS Hosting Review – Advantages and Disadvantages

Oct 9, 2014

Namecheap is a US-based web company founded by Richard Kirkendall in 2000. As an ICANN-accredited domain registrar and web host, it claims to have over half a million domain users and more than one million web hosting customers. Be this valid or not, it is a host worth reviewing.

This review focuses on Namecheap’s VPS hosting. Our editors have carefully analyzed the advantages and disadvantages of its VPS plans by studying their prices, features, performance and technical support. Hopefully, readers can get a better understanding of its VPS hosting service.

NameCheap VPS Review

  • Reputation
    rating 2.5 of 5
  • Features
    rating 2 of 5
  • Speed
    rating 2.5 of 5
  • Reliability
    rating 2 of 5
  • Support
    rating 2.5 of 5
  • Price

Prices and Features

Namecheap offers four packages of VPS hosting plans, namely VPS Lite Xen, VPS 1 Xen, VPS 2 Xen and VPS 3 Xen. Xen price and resources vary from plan to plan. You can get a clear idea of their differences from the table below.

Feature VPS Lite Xen VPS 1 Xen VPS 2 Xen VPS 3 Xen
CPU Core 1 1 2 2
RAM 512 MB 1 GB 2 GB 3 GB
Disk Space 15 GB 30 GB 60 GB 100 GB
Bandwidth 100 GB 250 GB 500 GB 750 GB
Dedicated IPs 1 2 2 2
cPanel No Yes Yes Yes
Price $19.95/mo $29.95/mo $49.95/mo $69.95/mo

Namecheap claims that VPS 1 Xen is more popular than the other three plans. According to the table, we deem this claim well-grounded. It is no doubt that VPS Lite Xen is the most affordable plan but the resources are too limited. Most people are willing to pay ten more dollars for a complete package. VPS 2 Xen and VPS 3 Xen seem a little bit expensive. Comparatively speaking, VPS 1 Xen is the most cost-effective plan among the four.

Aside from differences mentioned above, the plans have common features, too. Similar features include 14-day Money Back Guarantee, Customized Configuration and Streaming Audio/Video, and Opening System. All purchases can be made by either PayPal or credit card. Discounts are available with a billing circle more than three months.


namecheap performanceThe name of each VPS plan suggests that Namecheap servers are equipped with Xen, a hypervisor which allows multiple operating systems to run on the same computer hardware at the same time. This is a common guarantee for speed.

The company locates its data centers on high-performance networks out of Altalanta/Phoenix. Besides, they have redundant Tier 1-powered network that guarantees speed and reliability for users around the global.

For people who demand higher performance, they can choose better server management. Currently, Namecheap offers three types of server management ???Self Managed, Managed and Fully Managed. Specifically, a Self Managed server is free but offers no monitoring service or any core service support, such as Apache, Exim, MySQL, FTP, cPanel and DNS, which are all included in their Managed servers and Fully Managed servers.

All VPS plans guarantee 99.9% uptime. Add-ons are available, too. For Fully Managed VPS users, they can get Extra Backup Storage for just $10.00/10 GB/mo as long as they are not VPS Lite Xen users. In a word, the company tries to provide fast and stable hosting service for its users.

Technical Support

Namecheap customers can find support from the Support Center, Status Upgrades, Knowledgebase, How-to Videos and Community Forums. The technicians can be reached 24/7 through live chat or email but not phone. Of course, this is a disadvantage. In case of network breakdown or urgent problems, users may feel extremely frustrated.

Other customer support includes:

  • 24/7 Help Desk Support – a place where you can submit tickets 24/7
  • Instant Setup – a software to setup your account once it is activated
  • Priority Support – the priority to get your requests processed


Based on the analysis above, we find not all Namecheap VPS plans are recommendable. In fact, We do not recommend VPS Lite Xen at all given its poor features. But we do think VPS 1 Xen, can be a good choice for those who want to promote their business with a fair amount of investment.

We’ve also reviewed dozens of other VPS hosting providers to find better choices for our readers. Here are three VPS hosts that exceed its competitors with regards to the factors reviewed above.