Namecheap is an ICANN-accredited domain name registrar[1] providing domain name registration and web hosting based in Phoenix, Arizona, US. Namecheap is a budget hosting provider with 11 million registered users and 10 million domains.[2][3]

Namecheap, Inc.
Namecheap Logo.svg
Type of businessPrivate
Founded2000; 22 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 was founded by Richard Kirkendall in 2000.[citation needed][3]

In March 2013, Namecheap started to accept Bitcoin as a payment method.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]


ICANN price caps decisionEdit

In July 2019, Namecheap was one of the organizations that filed a reconsideration request to ICANN asking to review the decision to remove price caps on .org and .info TLDs.[7][8] As of September 2019, ICANN ignored such requests.[9]


  1. ^ "InterNIC - Registrar List". InterNIC. 2017-04-23. Retrieved 2017-04-23.
  2. ^ "Hosting Provider Namecheap to Stop Services for Russians Domains". Cyber Security News. March 2, 2022. Retrieved March 3, 2022.
  3. ^ a b Spadafora, Anthony (October 2, 2019). "Namecheap Review". Tom’s Guide. Retrieved October 28, 2019.
  4. ^ Bustillos, Maria (April 1, 2013). "The Bitcoin Boom". The New Yorker. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  5. ^ Bode, Karl (February 28, 2022). "Namecheap Tells Russian Customers to Find Another Registrar Due to Russia's 'War Crimes'". Retrieved February 28, 2022.
  6. ^ Abigail Opiah (March 2, 2022). "Namecheap offers free web hosting and domain registration to Russian anti-war websites". Tech Radar. Retrieved March 3, 2022.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Binder, Matt (August 9, 2019). "How the battle over domain prices could drastically change the web". Mashable. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  9. ^ Karanicolas, Michael (September 14, 2019). "What Is the Purpose of ICANN's Comment Periods?". Retrieved October 8, 2019.

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