Namecheap is an ICANN accredited Domain registrar and offers the most common .com, .net, .in, as well as all the new TLD opened by ICANN. You can opt for the new Country specific TLD’s or the generic TLD’s like .com, .net,.biz, etc for a price of $1.00/yr. All domains also include free URL/email forwarding. Every eligible domain registered at Namecheap comes with one free year of WhoisGuard privacy protection service ($2.88 value) and a one-year Comodo PositiveSSL certificate for just $1.99. Also included are: Registrar lock, grant modification rights and security notifications via email.
Name Servers and FreeDNS
Namecheap offers Robust and reliable DNS performance delivered across a global network of DNS servers, provided in partnership with Verisign. Namecheap also offers FreeDNS, which is an advanced DNS hosting service, for people whose registrars don’t provide DNS hosting with domain registration. The FreeDNS supports A/AAAA/CNAME/NS/MX/TXT/SRV DNS record types. Namecheap also provide DNS updates with DynamicDNS option. Email/URL forwarding and DynamicDNS are also included free of charge.
Domain management is easy with the collection of useful features on the Dashboard. You’ll be able to make quick, straightforward changes with the advanced control panel. You can also avail the customizable parking page, nameserver registration and domain push feature that are included with every domain registration.
Namecheap provides WhoisGuard privacy protection with every domain registration or transfer. WhoisGuard replaces your contact info with Namecheap contact info in the Whois database, so your personal information does not go on public record. WhoisGuard is very affordable, and it’s FREE for the first year. Most Web Hosting providers offer Domain privacy to their customers, but at an addon price.
NameCheap is the only provider that offers FREE Domain privacy features using WhoIsGaurd Domain privacy.
Domain Name Transfers
I recently transferred a few of my domain names to Name Cheap and was very much pleased with the way they handled the transfers. NameCheap offers superb assistance in Domain Name Transfers minimizing any downtime of your Website. You’ll retain all remaining time on your domain’s registration, and, in most cases, add another year. The process is risk-free and comes with our money-back guarantee.
The Dynamic DNS takes care of a dynamically changing IP address and keeps your site running with no downtime. With every transfer, you’ll receive one year’s free subscription to WhoisGuard privacy protection service ($2.88 value). WhoisGuard keeps your contact information out of the publicly accessible Whois database, so your private information stays private.
Even GoDaddy offers a free domain name with a Hosting account, but I’ve no experience regarding transfers with them. Also, do check out A Small Orange – offers a free domain and two extra months of Hosting when you buy an annual plan.