As the first major domain registrar to accept Bitcoin as a payment option, we’ve always been huge proponents of the currency and its potential to breathe new life into the payments ecosystem.
That’s why Namecheap is proudly teaming up with Bitcoin Black Friday to offer a sweet deal to Bitcoin users. We encourage everyone to get involved with using this great new form of currency.
On Black Friday (Friday Nov. 28, 2014), any time you add 0.1 Bitcoin to your Namecheap account we’ll include a bonus – an extra 20% midnight to 2am, an extra 15% 2am to 6am, and an extra 10% 6am to 11:59pm. All times listed are EST.
Check out bitcoinblackfriday.com for more info.
10 years ago Namecheap.com was hosted in its entirety on just a single physical server.
Over the years as we’ve grown, to over 1 million customers managing 4 million domains, our infrastructure base has also grown. With hundreds of thousands of customers and visitors visiting us every day to register their domain, to purchase a hosting package, to manage their existing domain, add a SSL certificate or take advantage of our private email, infrastructure is an important part of the Namecheap organization.
At the time of writing (November 18th, 2014), Namecheap.com is hosted on a powerful multi-server VMWare environment in our Atlanta datacenter.
As of the week commencing November 24th, 2014, Namecheap.com is going to be hosted on a new VMWare environment with approximately 300 x the horsepower of the older setup. The new VMWare environment will be hosted out of our Phoenix datacenter.
Yes, you read that right. 300 x more power than our old platform.
We’re doing this for you, our customers. Namecheap, as you probably know, is 110% committed to deliver an amazing customer experience. This includes great products, the best support in the business, a total commitment to privacy and best practices in security. And this all begins when you access Namecheap.com
This commitment is why we’re making a significant seven figure investment into our infrastructure that will drive Namecheap.com into 2015 and far beyond. It is the biggest single investment we’ve made into our infrastructure to date. And as the executive leading this initiative, I’m incredibly proud we’ve made this investment and I’m excited to show you, our customers, how this will improve your experience. Interested in the tech specs, the geeky stuff? Then read on….
We’re completely overhauling our network setup in Phoenix. We’re installing brand new Juniper M104 routers in a N+N redundant model. Our new routing engine gives us 320Gbps of bandwidth capacity.
Our core switching is a mixture of Juniper and Arista. Our core switching model is capable of delivering multiple 10G low latency connections to our rack switching. The low latency is especially important for the storage element of our VMWare cloud.
Security is very important at Namecheap. We operate a policy of security through obscurity so there will be no photos or descriptions of the security devices in use. But I will say we’ve taken a best-in-class procurement process in selecting hardware for firewalling, DDoS detection, DDOS mitigation and more.
We’re using extremely powerful Dell blade servers to provide the underlying physical hardware for VMWare. Each server contains multiple E5-2650v2 CPUs, maximum RAM allocations and a plethora of 10G ports to connect to our storage infrastructure. Use of the M1000e chassis improves cabling, improves reliability and reduces energy consumption.
Storage is provided courtesy of Dell Compellent SANs. We run several tiers of storage to cover read intensive, write intensive and slower backup/archive needs. These tiers are achieved through different SSD and SAS disks, all redundant and all hot swappable in the Compellent chassis.
The completed build – minus some tidying, cable management and general house-keepings, looks something like this:
At the time of writing, Namecheap.com is still hosted on the older Atlanta VMWare setup. There will be a maintenance window of approximately 3 hours of downtime to migrate to the new infrastructure setup I’ve described above. If you’re reading this before this maintenance occurs, then stay tuned for the announcement of when this will be. If you’re reading this while the maintenance is occurring then please sit tight while we make these improvements – they’ll definitely be worth it!
Questions? Ask via the comments below and I’ll check in periodically to answer.
You can now get Web Hosting from Namecheap for less than a Domain Name costs to register with our new, refreshed shared hosting service.
We’ve massively reduced the price of the first year of all of our packages. This means you can purchase a fully-featured Value Package for just $9.88 for the first year.
The Value Hosting specs are as follows
- $9.88 first year cost
- $38.88 renewal in year 2
- 20GB RAID protected and SSD accelerated disk space
- Unlimited / unmetered bandwidth
- Host up to 3 websites (1 main domain, 2 addon domains)
- cPanel control panel
- 100% uptime SLA
- Namecheap’s awesome 24×7 support, via live chat and ticket
You can view the full specifications and compare all hosting packages here, and ordering takes just a couple of minutes.
Making the best hosting even better
For a long time, we’ve been delivering killer web hosting services. I’ve blogged about this before when I asked the question if a domain registrar can be a good web host. And since then, hundreds of thousands of people have started using our hosting services and are very happy with the service received.
We cut no corners in delivering fast, reliable and secure hosting — backed by our acclaimed support team.
- Use redundancy at all levels, including redundant power supplies, network connections and more
- Use the latest Intel Xeon hardware with E5 CPUs, 64GB+ RAM and RAID10 storage arrays
- Load fewer accounts per server than many of our competitors, giving each customer on the server a much larger resource allocation
- Practice the strongest security techniques around
But innovation never ceases. We’re making even more improvements, this time around with the underlying server hardware that powers all of our shared hosting servers.
Introducing the Dell M1000E bladecenter chassis with M620 Dell servers.
Dell’s latest innovative server hardware, the Dell M1000E chassis with capacity for 16 full height server/storage sleds in just 10U of rack space is the hardware we are using to power our next generation of shared hosting.
The blade approach offers several benefits. These include:
- Full redundancy at the network, power and management level.
- Full redundancy at the disk/SAN level
- Improved performance with a SSD accelerated SAN connected at 40 Gb/s to each blade
- They’re more efficient, using less electricity, making us greener and kinder on the environment
- Improved management interfaces make maintaining and administering these systems easier
So what does this mean to you, our customers?
It means already reliable hosting is even more reliable.
It means already highly performance hosting runs even faster, with our generous resource allocations
It means our approach to being green and kinder to the environment is even more effective
We’re proud of the level of service we deliver across all Namecheap services. And we’ve just upped the bar once again in providing the best hosting service around. And if you’re stuck on a competitor with overloaded, slow servers, unresponsive support and overpriced hosting plans, it’s now even less expensive to switch to Namecheap. And what’s more, we’ll even help you move with our Migration Assistance.
Guess who’s having a birthday? Namecheap, that’s who. October 24 marks 14 years of life for this domain registrar and web host. There would be no Namecheap without Namecheap customers, so it’s obvious that the only way to celebrate is with a special birthday offer designed just for you, our loyal customers.
For one day only, October 24, you get $1 off the yearly price for any .com/.net/.org/.biz/.info renewal. It’s Namecheap’s birthday gift to you. There are no limits, and multi-year renewals are A-OK. If you renew for 5 years, you save $5.
You don’t need a coupon code to take advantage of this offer. Simply select which domain(s) to renew from inside your account, and the reduced price will be applied to your shopping cart. Click for details. Thanks for making the last 14 years so great!
The internet is the natural habitat for the modern global citizen. Though the human race continues to physically migrate over country borders at an ever-increasing rate, the internet is one of the most potent tools of globalization. It fosters digital friendships between Lagos and London, and Bangkok and Baghdad, even between people who sit on opposite sides of the office.
However, the internet does still respect old-fashioned borders sometimes. One such example is the use of ccTLDs (country code top-level domains). These two-letter identifiers sit on the end of our domains, informing us of the country of origin or association. These ccTLDs help us decipher some of the mystery of the online global community. Stumble across a .ca domain, and you know you’re dealing with a Canadian site. But, of course, this isn’t a completely definitive rule. Many radio stations use the .fm identifier to convey their original broadcasting method, but that certainly doesn’t mean they’re all located in the Federal States of Micronesia.
So, .ru wondering what a particular domain stands for? Ever wonder if a domain owner is one of .us? Well, thanks to our guide, now it’s easy to find out everyone’s .id! Okay, .nf of that.
Take a little time to play with the map. It includes useful extra information, such as restrictions for acquiring certain ccTLDs. This could be helpful if you want to name your new domain creatively – in the same manner as last.fm and hongki.at – or it may simply improve your internet repertoire, allowing you to pinpoint locations for some of the cool pages you encounter while browsing.
Check out the map here: https://www.namecheap.com/cctlds-map/
It’s not always easy to find quality available domain names so we rolled up our sleeves and did the work for you! Below, you’ll find hundreds of amazing available .io domains, ready to be registered on Namecheap! For a limited time, you can get
$10 off the regular .io registration price with the coupon code “yoio”
Note: these will go fast and we likely won’t be able to keep up with removing registered domains from the list. Grab these while they’re still hot! Simply click a domain below, add it to your cart, and use the coupon code YOIO.
You’re on the go, so you need to be able to handle business on the go. We get it. Our new iOS app provides the mobile freedom you crave: Use it to register domain names, manage settings, add funds to your account, even submit support tickets, all from your iPhone or iPad.
And for a limited time, you can register or transfer your .com domain for only $5.88 when you download the free Namecheap app. First, visit the Apple App Store and download it. Then, use the app to register or transfer your .com and enter coupon code NCIOS at checkout. Head to the app store now!
Here at Namecheap, we believe strongly in free and open Internet for all – and that’s why we think it’s vital to spread the word about net neutrality before it’s too late. Read on for more info!
What’s net neutrality?
Net neutrality is about equal treatment for all Internet users. It’s the idea that everyone should have equal access to all content on the Internet. We believe that Internet service providers should not be allowed to discriminate when it comes to content delivery.
Who’s this FCC?
The FCC is the Federal Communications Commission. They are the US government agency in charge of regulating wire, radio, TV, and cable communications for the nation.
What’s the problem?
Lately, the FCC seems intent on creating an Internet “fast lane.” This means that broadband providers like Comcast and Time Warner would be allowed to offer big companies faster content delivery, leaving smaller startups and individuals in slower tiers.
So let’s send the FCC a message!
If you think a slow lane is wrong, and if you want to continue having full access to the Internet you know and love, then help us tell the FCC not to flush away our rights. Visit netneutrality.com and…
• Check out the music video posted there – it’s a message for the FCC. Watch it, share it, sing it in the shower.
• Help us raise funds for online freedom fighters Fight for the Future – and get a fab deal on a domain name at the same time. One-year transfers $3.88 and first-year registrations $5.88!
• Sign the petition to preserve net neutrality.
The fight is far from over. Stay tuned to Namecheap for more opportunities to take positive action on this important issue.
Welcome to September. It’s a new month and this yields another security and hacking incident.
Back in August, The Register reported that the largest ever quotient of email addresses, usernames and passwords had been put together by groups of Russian hackers. You can read their full report on this here.
These hackers collected this data over many months, gaining access to these user credentials through vulnerable/poorly secured databases and backdoors/malware installed on insecure computers around the world.
Overnight, our intrusion detection systems alerted us to a much higher than normal load against our login systems. Upon investigation, we determined that the username and password data gathered from third party sites, likely the data identified by The Register (i.e. not Namecheap) is being used to try and gain access to Namecheap.com accounts.
The group behind this is using the stored usernames and passwords to simulate a web browser login through fake browser software. This software simulates the actual login process a user would use if they are using Firefox/Safari/Chrome to access their Namecheap account. The hackers are going through their username/password list and trying each and every one to try and get into Namecheap user accounts.
The vast majority of these login attempts have been unsuccessful as the data is incorrect or old and passwords have been changed. As a precaution, we are aggressively blocking the IP addresses that appear to be logging in with the stolen password data. We are also logging these IP addresses and will be exporting blocking rules across our network to completely eliminate access to any Namecheap system or service, as well as making this data available to law enforcement.
While the vast majority of these logins are unsuccessful, some have been successful. To combat this, we’ve temporarily secured the Namecheap accounts that have been affected and are currently contacting customers involved requesting they improve the security for these accounts.
If you receive an email alert from us stating that your account has temporarily been secured, don’t worry. We’ve proactively taken this step as a security measure to help defend you against this attack. We will need you to verify your identity to us and we will then issue you with new login credentials, including a new, stronger password.
Once verified, you will regain access to your Namecheap account. Now is a very good time to enable 2 factor authentication. You can get help doing this from this knowledgebase article – https://www.namecheap.com/support/knowledgebase/article.aspx/9253/45/how-to-two-factor-authentication.
I must reiterate this is not a security breach at Namecheap, nor a hack against us. The hackers are using usernames and passwords being used have been obtained from other sources. These have not been obtained from Namecheap. But these usernames and passwords that the hackers now have are being used to try and login to Namecheap accounts.
Our early investigation shows that those users who use the same password for their Namecheap account that are used on other websites are the ones who are vulnerable.
If you haven’t been affected by this but you know that you use the same username and password on multiple websites including Namecheap, now is a very good time to go in and update your password to something more secure.
This attack serves as a timely reminder that as netizens, we constantly face new and evolving security threats. There are groups out there whose sole intent is to steal our identity, gain access to our bank or credit card information or defraud us. And this is a problem that isn’t going to disappear any time soon.
As a netizen, you can make all of your internet presence more secure, including your Namecheap account, by practicing a number of simple yet effective precautions:
- Choose strong, hard to guess passwords. Don’t go for a dictionary word and include numbers and symbols. If it’s hard to remember, use a secure password manager such as LastPass.
- Do not use the same username/password for multiple websites. We believe that the small number of accounts that were accessed due to them sharing the username/password with other, third party sites.
- Change passwords frequently (at least once per month). While this is an inconvenience, it is much less of an inconvenience than someone stealing your account, your identity or your credit card information.
- Enable 2 factor authentication wherever possible. Your Namecheap.com account supports 2FA, as do most other service provider accounts.
- Practice good local security. Scan your PC/Mac regularly for malware. This malware often sits quietly in the background, waiting for you to login to a website then capturing these credentials and sending them back off to hacker home base.
- Use encrypted, SSL connections for all of your websites. SSL certificates are inexpensive and make obtaining that username/password hash much, much harder to obtain.
- When you’re in Starbucks on an unsecured, open wifi hotspot, don’t login to anything unless its via a https:// connection. Ideally, use a VPN to further tighten up security when on an open hotspot.
At Namecheap, we remain committed to practicing good security while also being open about the threats that we face. All passwords we store are encrypted, using the highest security encryption methods. We run a multitude of firewalls and intrusion detection systems and constantly review our defense mechanisms.
We’ve chosen to go public with today’s incident to try and generate greater public awareness of the security issues that stem from areas outside of our control. Good security is a joint effort between service provider (us) and customer (you). Following the recommendations I made above is a very good start to practising better security.
We hope this serves as a both warning and heads up to other service providers and anyone that guards customer data that you too may be at risk from this mass of compromised account data. Now is a good time to challenge customers to update their credentials or enable two factor authentication. And the time is now for us to work together in defeating these security breaches. To back this up, we’re willing to share a list of the “bad IPs” – the IP addresses that we believe the perpetrators are using to try and gain access to accounts with us, and elsewhere. We will be releasing these at our discretion. Please contact [email protected] if you’d like to request this list.
IMPORTANT: If you are a customer that has questions about this issue, please contact our support team through the usual channel.
What do domain transfers have to do with saving elephants? Not much. But here at Namecheap, we can’t help it. We love Planet Earth and all its inhabitants. We know it’s our responsibility to care for the world we live in. That’s why we recycle everything that can be recycled, in all our offices. That’s why we help raise funds for conservation organizations every year on Earth Day. And that’s why we’re honoring World Elephant Day this year.
World Elephant Day is August 12, 2014. Every day, 96 elephants are killed in Africa. We think that needs to stop. So, between August 12 and August 15, we offer this: Use coupon code SAVEDUMBO to transfer your .com, .net or .org domain to Namecheap for only $7.88 for the first year. We’ll give you the best customer service you’ve ever experienced in your life, and we’ll donate $1 to Save the Elephants for every transfer.
Click here to learn more. And thanks for helping Namecheap help wildlife.