Namecheap

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Namecheap Inc.
Namecheap Logo.png
Type of business Private
Founded 2000; 17 years ago (2000)
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, United States
Area served Worldwide
Founder(s) Richard Kirkendall
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 Increase 2,063 (June 2016)[1]

Namecheap, Inc. is an ICANN accredited registrar,[2] which provide services on domain name registration, and offer for sale domain names that are registered to third parties (also known as aftermarket domain names).[3] It is also a web hosting company, based in Phoenix, Arizona. The company claims to manage more than seven million domain names for its approximately three million customers.[4]

History[edit]

Namecheap was founded by Richard Kirkendall in 2000.[5]

In November 2010, it was voted the best domain name registrar in a Lifehacker poll.[6] Again, in September 2012 it was voted as "Most Popular Domain Name Registrar" in Lifehacker polls.[7]

In March 2013, Namecheap announced that Bitcoin would be accepted as payment.[8]

In May 2014, Namecheap was put on notice due to a breach of their Registrar Accreditation Agreement with ICANN.[9]

Anti-SOPA advocacy[edit]

Namecheap maintained a strong anti-SOPA position.[10][11]

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.[12]

Later Namecheap accused GoDaddy of being in violation of ICANN rules, causing delays with domain transfers from GoDaddy to NameCheap,[13] an allegation which GoDaddy contested.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "namecheap.com Site Overview". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  2. ^ "InterNIC - Registrar List". InterNIC. 2017-04-23. Retrieved 2017-04-23. 
  3. ^ "Domain Registration Agreement". Namecheap, Inc. Retrieved 2017-04-23. 
  4. ^ "InterNIC - Registrar List". InterNIC. 2017-04-23. Retrieved 2017-04-23. 
  5. ^ "About Us - Our Team". Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  6. ^ Fitzpatrick, Jason (2010-11-09). "Best Domain Name Registrar: Namecheap". LifeHacker. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  7. ^ Henry, Alan (2012-09-18). "Most Popular Domain Name Registrar: Namecheap". LifeHacker. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  8. ^ Tamar (2013-03-05). "Namecheap Now Accepts Bitcoin". Namecheap. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  9. ^ "NameCheap Gets Slapped By ICANN". 2014-05-03. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  10. ^ Tamar (2011-12-22). "We say NO to #SOPA (our official stance)". Namecheap. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  11. ^ Weber, Harrison (2011-12-27). "Namecheap cashes in on SOPA with MoveYourDomainDay". The Next Web. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  12. ^ Mitchell, Jon (2011-12-27). "Namecheap Pokes Go Daddy over SOPA with $1 EFF Donations". ReadWrite. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  13. ^ "Namecheap accuses GoDaddy of stalling anti-SOPA defections". electronista.com. 2011-12-26. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  14. ^ Lord, Timothy (2011-12-27). "The GoDaddy Saga Continues". Slashdot. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 

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