After 2+ Years of testing, let’s package up all the Namecheap Test Results and find out how they’ve performed so far…
Namecheap Review – Testing Method
- Prior to testing, I have setup identical content on all 8 Live Test Sites
- Each week over 80,000 speed & uptime tests are run using independent tools, GTmetrix & Pingdom
- Test results below are from 04 Apr 2016 to 07 Jul 2018
Test #1: Speed
The GTmetrix Speed Test checks how long it takes for a website to fully load using a desktop internet browser. This test is then repeated every hour throughout the week (1,340 times).
- From the time they were added in Jan 2017, Namecheap’s speed has consistently been in the bottom half of our hosts. While their rank of 5th in the first half of 2018 was their best so far, they were only just ahead of our 6th placed host and the gap to 4th was significant.
- Namecheap is currently ranked in 8th place in our Speed Rankings.
H1 2018 Results
H2 2017 Results
H1 2017 Results
View the Weekly Speed Tests
Test #2: Uptime
The Pingdom Uptime Test confirms that the website is actually accessible to visitors. This test is then repeated every minute throughout the week (80,640 times).
- While Namecheap tend to experience downtime each week, the duration was usually short in 2017. This resulted in a 4th place ranking at the end of 2017. The first half of 2018 has seen Namecheap drop significantly in the rankings, largely due to a poor 3 week performance where there was 183 minutes of downtime from Week 94 to 96.
- Namecheap is currently ranked 7th in our Uptime Rankings.
View the Weekly Uptime Tests
Namecheap Review – Overall Test Results
The Overall Ranking accumulates the results from the speed & uptime tests to determine the #1 Host.
- The early signs for Namecheap indicated they were below average when it came to speed and above average with uptime. The concern is how their performance has dropped away in 2018, especially in terms of their poor uptime results. They have a lot of room for improvement as we head into the second half of 2018.
- Namecheap is currently 8th in our Overall Rankings.