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Namecheap Inc.
Namecheap Logo.png
Type Private company
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, USA
Area served Worldwide
Key people Richard Kirkendall (Founder & CEO)
Mohan Vettaikaran (CTO)
Matthew Russell (Vice President, Hosting)
Industry Web services
Products Domain Names, Web Hosting, WhoisGuard, SSL Certificates
Slogan(s) Address your life!
Alexa rank positive decrease 982 (April 2014)[1]

Namecheap is an ICANN-accredited domain registrar and web hosting company, based in Los Angeles, California. It claims to have over 3 million domain names under management.[2][3]


Namecheap was founded by Richard Kirkendall in 2000.[4]

In November 2010, it was voted the best domain name registrar in a Lifehacker poll.[5]

Again, in September 2012 it was voted as "Most Popular Domain Name Registrar" in Lifehacker polls.[6]

In March 2013, Namecheap announced that Bitcoin would be accepted as payment.[7]

Anti-SOPA advocacy[edit]

Namecheap maintained a strong anti-SOPA position.[8] [9]

After the pro-SOPA position of major registrar GoDaddy caused massive calls for the boycott of GoDaddy on Reddit, Namecheap announced Move Your Domain Day for December 29, 2011, offering a reduced price with the coupon code "SOPASucks" and declaring that it would donate $1 from each domain transfer to it to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.[10]

Later Namecheap accused GoDaddy of being in violation of ICANN rules, causing delays with domain transfers from GoDaddy to NameCheap,[11] an allegation which GoDaddy contested.[12]


Namecheap has previously used the following logos.



  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ "About Us". Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  3. ^ "Namecheap Reaches 3 Million Domains Under Management". 2012-05-09. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  4. ^ "About Us - Our Team". Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  5. ^ Fitzpatrick, Jason (2010-11-09). "Best Domain Name Registrar: Namecheap". LifeHacker. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  6. ^ Henry, Alan (2012-09-18). "Most Popular Domain Name Registrar: Namecheap". LifeHacker. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  7. ^ Tamar (2013-03-05). "Namecheap Now Accepts Bitcoin". Namecheap. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  8. ^ Tamar (2011-12-22). "We say NO to #SOPA (our official stance)". Namecheap. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  9. ^ Weber, Harrison (2011-12-27). "Namecheap cashes in on SOPA with MoveYourDomainDay". The Next Web. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  10. ^ Mitchell, Jon (2011-12-27). "Namecheap Pokes Go Daddy over SOPA with $1 EFF Donations". ReadWrite. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  11. ^ "Namecheap accuses GoDaddy of stalling anti-SOPA defections". 2011-12-26. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  12. ^ Lord, Timothy (2011-12-27). "The GoDaddy Saga Continues". Slashdot. Retrieved 2014-02-08.