Namecheap

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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!
Website www.namecheap.com
Alexa rank positive decrease 982 (April 2014)[1]

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

History[edit]

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 maintains 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]

Logos[edit]

Namecheap has previously used the following logos.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Namecheap.com 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". electronista.com. 2011-12-26. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  12. ^ Lord, Timothy (2011-12-27). "The GoDaddy Saga Continues". Slashdot. Retrieved 2014-02-08.