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Namecheap, Inc.
Namecheap Logo.svg
Type of businessPrivate
Founded2000; 23 years ago (2000)
Area servedWorldwide
CEORichard Kirkendall
Key peopleRichard Kirkendall (CEO)
Hillan Klein (COO)
Sergii Smirnov (CTO)
IndustryWeb service
ServicesDomain Name Registration, Web Hosting, VPN

Namecheap is an ICANN-accredited domain name registrar[1] and web hosting company, based in Phoenix, Arizona. The company was founded in 2000 by Richard Kirkendall[2] and has since grown to become one of the largest independent domain registrars in the world, with over 10 million customers and over 77 million domains under management.[3][4]

Namecheap offers domain name services, including domain registration, transfer, and renewal, as well as domain privacy protection and other value-added services. In addition, Namecheap also offers shared hosting, VPS hosting, and dedicated servers.

Namecheap has been accepting Bitcoin as a payment method since March 2013.[5]

On 15 February 2023, Delhi High Court ordered Indian IT Ministry to block Namecheap and other domain registrars over cybersquatting and non-compliance with India's IT Rules, 2021.[6][7][8]


ICANN price caps decision[edit]

In July 2019, Namecheap was one of the organizations that filed a reconsideration request to ICANN asking for a review of the decision to remove price caps on .org and .info TLDs.[9][10] As of September 2019, ICANN has ignored such requests.[11]

Termination of service to Russian accounts[edit]

In February 2022, Namecheap announced that they would terminate services to Russian accounts due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, citing "war crimes and human rights violations". Existing users were given a one-week grace period to move their domains.[12] The company also announced that it would be offering free anonymous domain registration and web hosting to all protest and anti-war websites in Russia or Belarus.[13] Namecheap at the same time said it had over 1,000 employees located in Ukraine, comprising most of its support staff, mostly in Kharkiv (which was a major location of fighting).[14]


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  7. ^ Mathi, Sarvesh (2023-03-14). "Why Namecheap and four other domain registrars are blocked in India". MediaNama. Retrieved 2023-03-15.
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  9. ^ McCarthy, Kieren (July 29, 2019). "Dot-org price-cap scrap latest: Now ICANN accused of snubbing registrars with 'sham' public comment process". The Register. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
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  11. ^ Karanicolas, Michael (September 14, 2019). "What Is the Purpose of ICANN's Comment Periods?". Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  12. ^ Bode, Karl (February 28, 2022). "Namecheap Tells Russian Customers to Find Another Registrar Due to Russia's 'War Crimes'". Retrieved February 28, 2022.
  13. ^ Abigail Opiah (March 2, 2022). "Namecheap offers free web hosting and domain registration to Russian anti-war websites". Tech Radar. Retrieved March 3, 2022.
  14. ^ Murphy, Kevin (March 1, 2022). "Namecheap boss goes nuclear on Russian customers". Domain Incite. Retrieved August 26, 2022.