2019 October 2nd
Name.com first and foremost is a domain name provider. However, in the wide list of Name.com services, you'll also find web hosting, website builder, security services, and email solutions.
The provider focuses on providing an all-in-one affordable solution both for web beginners, small businesses, and even large companies. Besides that, Name.com promises to keep your website secure with several premium features.
In this Name.com review, we'll put the provider to the test and see if it can provide what it promises, and, more importantly - whether Name.com services are worth your time.
Without any further ado, let's start!
Name.com offers 3 plans to host your website - Startup, Namebuilder, and Unbelievable, with the pricing for Startup starting at $4.99/month. Namebuilder with significantly more resources will cost $7.99/month. For the Unbelievable, you'll need to pay $12.99/month.
The advertised prices are available if you choose a plan for at least a year.
With all of the plans, you'll be provided with a free domain for a year, Encryption Everywhere SSL certificate, and automated backups. Other plans differ in resources:
- Startup for $4.99/month will get you hosting for 1 website, 10GB storage space, 100GB bandwidth, 100 email accounts, and 10 MySQL databases.
- Namebuilder costing $7.99/month includes 25 websites, 100GB of disk space, unlimited email accounts, 1TB bandwidth, and 50 MySQL databases.
- Unbelievable for $12.99/month gives you unlimited websites, disk space, bandwidth, emails, and databases.
Also, each of the plans is managed from a user-friendly cPanel, so everything looks really great so far!
But there's one thing I like about Name.com even more.
You can choose any plan length from 1 to 10 years and they all will cost the advertised price. However, if you choose the 1-month billing period, the pricing slightly increases.
- Startup $4.99/month becomes $6.99/month
- Namebuilder $7.99/month becomes $10.99/month
- Unbelievable $12.99/month becomes $16.99/month
But there's also catch.
The cheap prices are available only for the first term (just another reason to opt out for that 10-year plan). After the renewal, you'll experience another pricing increase.
Startup will cost $9.99/month, Namebuilder will cost $14.99/month, and Unbelievable pricing jumps to $24.99/month.
Not so affordable anymore.
Anyways, Name.com still has a lot to offer for the price. You can see which plan matches your needs in the table:
|Disk space limit||10GB||100GB||Unlimited|
|>How many domains allowed||1||25||Unlimited|
|Website Builder||Not included||Not included||Not included|
|Website Templates||Not included||Not included||Not included|
|Assisted Website Transfer||Not included||Not included||Not included|
|Money back guarantee||30 days||30 days||30 days|
|Customer Support||Support tickets, knowledge base||Support tickets, knowledge base||Support tickets, knowledge base|
|Choice for server location||No||No||No|
|Free Automated Backups||Nightly||Nightly||Nightly|
One more thing to add. When checking out, keep a close look at all the add-ons as some of them are pre-selected.
Name.com seems to have everything you might need from a host - great server performance, full-featured services, and all that presented in a clear way.
So, let's take a look at the details.
Name.com’s hosting services ranked on the exceptional level whether you are submitting a query from the USA or anywhere else in the world.
The servers are graded A and the US times average at 50ms. If you host for Europe audiences, expect the response times to be averaging at around 100ms. Asia is slower but still great - 200 to 300ms.
If you want a quick web hosting provider, this would definitely be an option. They have obviously put much work into making sure their customers get fast service.
Name.com includes a lot of things in its hosting packages. The best part is - you get the same premium features whether you choose the cheapest or the most expensive plan.
That includes a free domain name, SSL certificates, and even nightly backups that are usually paid with other hosts.
The one feature beginners might miss is a website builder.
Beginner Friendly Hosting Management
Name.com offers cPanel with all of its plans. cPanel is the most often used hosting management panel that is not only intuitive but very functional as well.
So, from a beginner to web professional, everyone will be able to manage their hosting with ease.
And if you don't know how one thing or another is done, there's a huge cPanel community with tutorials for every small cPanel detail.
While Name.com has some good features, it's still lacking good customer support, clearer pricing, and a website builder.
In this part of Name.com review, let's take a look at the drawbacks of the host.
Poor Customer Support
Name.com has only ticket support and a knowledge base. If you were having a major issue and needed help, that's the only way to get it.
And the response times of the ticket support are not impressive. You might be left waiting for over a day. Though the agents seem to know what they are doing really well. So at least that's good.
Name.com pricing is affordable for the first term. And fortunately, you can choose a 10-year plan to get away with cheap hosting for a long time.
But after renewal, pricing jumps significantly. You also need to be careful about upselling attempts in the shopping cart.
Website Builder Sold Separately
If you wanted to build your own website, you are going to have to put out a pretty penny to be able to do so. Many other hosting providers include their website builder so you can start building your website on their hosting platform right away. Since name.com does not, this is a definite thumbs down.
Especially when they do have their own website builder.
This can be a major drawback for beginners, as, without an easy to use website builder, you'll need to look at another option that does not require you to have any coding knowledge. And good builders on, for example, WordPress, are rather expensive.
Name.com Review - Final Thoughts
Name.com provides with a quality hosting that features a lot of premium services and great server speed. But what we saw in this Name.com review, it can get pretty expensive.
Keep in mind that pricing tricks are in place and you are not provided with a website builder.
So if you choose Name.com, it's best to go with a 10-year plan, so you can get the cheap pricing for a long time.
Are you hosting with Name.com? Share your experience in the comment section down below!
- Free domains
- Free SSL certificates
- Great server speed
- Automated nightly backups
- Lacking customer support
- Pricing tricks
- Paid website builder