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Namecheap Inc.
Namecheap Logo.svg
Type of business Private
Founded 2000; 18 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
Alexa rank Increase 1,991 (September 2017)[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]


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] In 2018, Namecheap relaunched Move your Domain Day to raise awareness of net neutrality.[13]

Later Namecheap accused GoDaddy of being in violation of ICANN rules, causing delays with domain transfers from GoDaddy to Namecheap,[14] an allegation which GoDaddy contested.[15]


  1. ^ " 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. ^ Jue, Aaron (2018-03-06). "Namecheap Relaunches Move Your Domain Day to Support Internet Freedom". Electronic Frontier Foundation. Retrieved 2018-08-02. 
  14. ^ "Namecheap accuses GoDaddy of stalling anti-SOPA defections". 2011-12-26. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  15. ^ Lord, Timothy (2011-12-27). "The GoDaddy Saga Continues". Slashdot. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 

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