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Namecheap vs Netlify: What are the differences?

What is Namecheap? Cheap Domain Names Registration. We provide a set of DNS servers spread across the US and Europe to deliver highly reliable DNS services to everyone. By choosing Namecheap.com as your domain registrar, you are choosing a highly reputable and reliable partner. Namecheap.com is rated 4.6 out of 5 - Based on 1,395 reviews via Google Checkout.

What is Netlify? Build, deploy and host your static site or app with a drag and drop interface and automatic delpoys from GitHub or Bitbucket. Netlify is smart enough to process your site and make sure all assets gets optimized and served with perfect caching-headers from a cookie-less domain. We make sure your HTML is served straight from our CDN edge nodes without any round-trip to our backend servers and are the only ones to give you instant cache invalidation when you push a new deploy. Netlify is also the only static hosting service with integrated continuous deployment.

Namecheap belongs to "Domain Registration" category of the tech stack, while Netlify can be primarily classified under "Static Web Hosting".

Some of the features offered by Namecheap are:

  • URL Forwarding (no-ads)- Redirect your domain visitors to any URL or website of your choice. You can cloak the URL to hide the destination.
  • Email Forwarding (no-ads)- Create and redirect @yourdomain.tld email addresses to other email accounts of your choice.
  • Reliable DNS servers- Modify record types like A address, MX, MXE, CNAME and TXT in real time and at no extra cost.

On the other hand, Netlify provides the following key features:

  • Global Network
  • Global Network
  • Instant Cache Validation

"Cheap" is the top reason why over 19 developers like Namecheap, while over 24 developers mention "Fastest static hosting and continuous deployments" as the leading cause for choosing Netlify.

According to the StackShare community, Netlify has a broader approval, being mentioned in 86 company stacks & 98 developers stacks; compared to Namecheap, which is listed in 46 company stacks and 33 developer stacks.

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What is Namecheap?

We provide a set of DNS servers spread across the US and Europe to deliver highly reliable DNS services to everyone. By choosing Namecheap.com as your domain registrar, you are choosing a highly reputable and reliable partner. Namecheap.com is rated 4.6 out of 5 - Based on 1,395 reviews via Google Checkout

What is Netlify?

Netlify is smart enough to process your site and make sure all assets gets optimized and served with perfect caching-headers from a cookie-less domain. We make sure your HTML is served straight from our CDN edge nodes without any round-trip to our backend servers and are the only ones to give you instant cache invalidation when you push a new deploy. Netlify is also the only static hosting service with integrated continuous deployment.
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      What are some alternatives to Namecheap and Netlify?
      GoDaddy
      Go Daddy makes registering Domain Names fast, simple, and affordable
      Gandi
      Gandi VPS Cloud Hosting offers you a flexible server with dedicated resources. The VPS virtualization is made possible by Xen technology.
      Amazon Route 53
      Amazon Route 53 is designed to give developers and businesses an extremely reliable and cost effective way to route end users to Internet applications by translating human readable names like www.example.com into the numeric IP addresses like 192.0.2.1 that computers use to connect to each other. Route 53 effectively connects user requests to infrastructure running in Amazon Web Services (AWS) – such as an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance, an Amazon Elastic Load Balancer, or an Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) bucket – and can also be used to route users to infrastructure outside of AWS.
      Google Domains
      It is a domain registration service which includes top website builders. The privacy is included at no additional cost. It also includes simple domain management tools.
      Wix
      Creating your stunning website for free is easier than ever. No tech skills needed. Just pick a template, change anything you want, add your images, videos, text and more to get online instantly.
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      Decisions about Namecheap and Netlify
      Justin Dorfman
      Justin Dorfman
      Developer Evangelist at StackShare · | 4 upvotes · 29.8K views
      Fastly
      Fastly
      Grunt
      Grunt
      jQuery
      jQuery
      Bootstrap
      Bootstrap
      Jekyll
      Jekyll
      Let's Encrypt
      Let's Encrypt
      Netlify
      Netlify
      GitHub Pages
      GitHub Pages
      MaxCDN
      MaxCDN
      #CDN
      #GoogleFonts
      #StaticSiteGenerators
      #Webperf

      When my SSL cert MaxCDN was expiring on my personal site I decided it was a good time to revamp some things. Since GitHub Services is depreciated I can no longer have #CDN cache purges automated among other things. So I decided on the following: GitHub Pages, Netlify, Let's Encrypt and Jekyll. Staying the same was Bootstrap, jQuery, Grunt & #GoogleFonts.

      What's awesome about GitHub Pages is that it has a #CDN (Fastly) built-in and anytime you push to master, it purges the cache instantaneously without you have to do anything special. Netlify is magic, I highly recommend it to anyone using #StaticSiteGenerators.

      For the most part, everything went smoothly. The only things I had issues with were the following:

      • If you want to point www to GitHub Pages you need to rename the repo to www
      • If you edit something in the _config.yml you need to restart bundle exec jekyll s or changes won't show
      • I had to disable the Grunt htmlmin module. I replaced it with Jekyll layout that compresses HTML for #webperf

      Last but certainly not least, I made a donation to Let's Encrypt. If you use their service consider doing it too: https://letsencrypt.org/donate/

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      Osamah Aldoaiss
      Osamah Aldoaiss
      UI Engineer | Maker at Triad Apparel Inc. · | 12 upvotes · 8.6K views
      atTriad Apparel Inc.Triad Apparel Inc.
      GitHub
      GitHub
      Netlify
      Netlify

      I use Netlify for all of my projects for the ease of setup and the huge Developer Experience they offer. From Netlify CLI, to the newly announced Netlify Analytics, we have no issues with Netlify and scaling is possible to a certain degree. We connect Netlify with our GitHub Repos and let all branches build to get a Preview. Also we connected our Domain with ease to it and were able to have the page be shown on our domain.

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      Reviews of Namecheap and Netlify
      Review ofNetlifyNetlify

      To start off, check this out: https://perfwars.com/netlify.com/vs/godaddy.com/

      If you are new to Netlify, it will take you less than 5 minutes to get your site up and running, 3 minutes if you are fast. To get started simply go here: https://app.netlify.com/

      Choose one of the following options to sign up: GitHub, BitBucket, GitLab, or you can use your email address.

      If you sign up with your email address, it will ask you to enter a 4 digit verification code that they sent to your email address.

      Once signed in, you will be shown a quick intro:

      1. SIMPLY PUSH TO DEPLOY
      2. FREE ONE-CLICK HTTPS
      3. NEVER HAVE TO LEAVE TERMINAL

      These are three huge benefits of Netlify over most other hosting platforms.

      OK, now that you have signed up and gone through the highlights, you need just select new site. From there you can either link a Git repository or just drag and drop your site folder into the browser window. Your site will be uploaded and available for browsing within a minute or so.

      Once your site is on Netlify, you can setup a custom domain by selected the settings tab, if you are not already there, then click edit next to domain. Simply put your domain in, save and then follow instructions on Netlify's documentation page on how to set up your DNS: https://www.netlify.com/docs/custom-domains

      So easy! You are done setting up your site! Now for making changes and adding features. You no longer have to do crazy manual set ups to get SSL installed on your site, with Netlify even my grandma could do it! You can still use your own certificate if you prefer, but if you wanted it even easier, all you have to do is select "Lets Encrypt Certificate" from the SSL tab on your site in Netlify.

      When you select "Lets Encrypt Certificate", Netlify shows a dialog entitled "Automatic TLS Setup" and asks you to ensure that your DNS is set up properly before you provision the certificate. This is important, and it will be fine so long as you set up your DNS properly according to their custom domains documentation that I shared earlier. All you need to do here is click save. The SSL will start to work shortly and all http URLs will automatically be redirected to https! And the best part is, it is free!

      Recap of the setup process: 1. Sign up and verify your account 2. Link repository or drag and drop site folder 3. Change domain and setup DNS 4. True One-click SSL 5. Upgrade your site for more awesome features (Optional)

      That's it! You are done! Takes less than 5 minutes!

      Before I came across Netlify, I would often use drag and drop web builders because the complication of managing servers and setting up configurations to handle forms and SSL were too complicated. With Netlify however, all you need to do for form handling is to put in a little call out to Netlify to say, hey, this is a form I want you to handle. It is so easy! You already know how easy it is to set up SSL now too. I now have no fears in launching a site, setting up form handling and SSL.

      If you are interested in setting up the form handling, you can go here: https://www.netlify.com/docs/form-handling

      Netlify also has amazing and simple documentation. I have never had a problem figuring something out. If ever I have had a question, I have found a resolution with in 1-2 minutes in their documentation. They have thought of everything!

      My favorite tools in Netlify are the notifications! You can set up your form handling to automatically notify you via email or even Slack. I love Slack too by the way, and being able to get updates about my deployments or form handling via Slack is a huge plus.

      The notification integrations are my favorite, however, I still cannot get over how easy it is to set up SSL and form handling. They are by far the most useful features for me. Another very useful feature is being able to see a history of your builds and having the ability to restore to a previous build or download it. I have been unable to find any of these features in their simplicity anywhere else. Netlify is literally the easiest to use, most reliable and overall best hosting platform out there.

      One more mention, the founder of Netlify is involved in the JAMStack Revolution. Here is a quick blurb from their site (Looks Awesome!):

      JAM stands for JavaScript, APIs and Markup. It's the fastest growing stack for building websites and apps: no more servers, host all your front-end on a CDN and use APIs for any moving parts.

      Learn more about JAMStack here: https://jamstack.org https://github.com/jamstack/jamstack.org

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      Web Developer at codeBOX
      Review ofNamecheapNamecheap

      Namecheap may not be the CHEAPEST hosting provider (check out GoDaddy's disturbingly cheap shared hosting ) but I would also not consider it expensive. Hosting and domain registration are about $9 a month typically. Considering how high quality Namecheap's products are and how much customer support Namecheap provides, I would honestly expect their prices to be higher. But if you're patient like me and buy your domain and hosting package on Black Friday, you can get a year of registration and hosting for only $2.00!

      For someone looking for a hosting provider that is a perfect mixture of budget and features, Namecheap is the one!

      Also, I can't stress how great their customer support is. I would say their customer support agents are close to rivalling the support agents at WPEngine, and that's saying a lot because WPEngine is probably one of the most expensive hosting options.

      How developers use Namecheap and Netlify
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      datapile uses NamecheapNamecheap

      Namecheap is the best domain registrar in the universe, hands down. They provide a solid product (the domain-name blood that keeps us flowing online) at an extremely reasonable price, amazing management tools with a solid UI/UX on the control panel, and the CEO did an AMA on reddit (we love reddit).

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      ioi0 uses NetlifyNetlify

      Serves the main site through CDN. Provides super easy password protection and third-level domain for staging. Uses web hooks from Contentful and Github to know when to trigger new build and update the site. Perfect.

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      MassTimes uses NetlifyNetlify

      Netlify makes it super-easy for various team members to deploy whenever there's a push to our Git master branch. Automatic build, deployment, and setup on CDN.

      Avatar of GitDocs
      GitDocs uses NetlifyNetlify

      It's free and has so many features - just perfect for open-source projects like GitDocs.

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      BookAuthority uses NamecheapNamecheap

      We used Namecheap to register https://bookauthority.org

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      Loog uses NetlifyNetlify

      We use Netlify to host all of our Hugo sites with continuous deployment.

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      Adrian Harabulă uses NamecheapNamecheap

      free 1 year .me domain for students; condr.me

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      doodledudes uses NetlifyNetlify

      Super easy to setup to have your prototypes deployed with CI.

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      Circle Bot uses NamecheapNamecheap

      Namecheap is Circle's domain registrar.

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