Okay, here’s the story:
In January, last year, I won two prizes from a contest at Be a Freelance Blogger. One of them was three free domain names at NameCheap.
That wasn’t the first time I came to know of NameCheap. I had known their existence since 2004-05, or even before, when I had my first domain name (linuxlord.com)
All I knew about NameCheap till last January 2014, was — it’s just another domain registrar, like GoDaddy.
But, once I started using it, I saw, they had changed the interface and made it very easy to use. Not only that, but their customer support was great. I was kind of surprised to receive an e-mail from their support.
What had happened was — I was trying to chat (another great support option, which their competitor doesn’t have) with their support, but there were some connection problems and I closed the chat. They contacted me via e-mail, to ask what the problem was. Needless to say, my problem was quickly resolved.
I didn’t need to contact their support too many times, but the 7-8 times I contacted them via chat and e-mail, they have always solved my problem. Yes, quickly.
Okay, why am I writing about Name Cheap today and only today? The story goes like this: The last time I logged into NameCheap, to renew my blog (the one you’re reading right now), I read about their Move Your Domain Day, where I read “Transfer your domain for only $3.98!”
In short, it’s NameCheap’s call to action against SOPA, and NameCheap donates a portion of the sales to online freedom fighters. You can read more about it at NameCheap.
So, if you want a clutter-free, non-clunky, speedy, responsive registrar interface with great support and a helpful team, that too at a super great price, consider moving your domains to Name Cheap on this 27th January. That is a couple of hours ahead for me, and about 24 hours for those living in the West.
What’s the domain transfer price? It’s $3.98 only (plus the usual ICANN fees of $0.18), BUT — you get an ADDITIONAL year for free, thanks to NameCheap. Not to speak of the free WHOIS guard, which costs about 7 dollars with other domain registrars.
So, it’s like you pay about $2 per year, for two years, for each domain. There was some confusion. It’s $3.98. And, they add one year to your NameCheap account for the domain you transfer.
I’m ready to move my domains to NameCheap. How about you? If your domains aren’t expiring at the current registrar, don’t worry, you’ll get the remaining period added to your domain once you transfer it to Name Cheap.
There are just two things you have to do, to move/transfer your domain to NameCheap, from your current domain registrar — unlocking the domain, and getting the EPP code. I’ll explain this in the steps, below:
1. Log into your current domain registrar and turn of the domain lock for the domain you want to transfer.
2. Get the EPP code or the domain transfer code for the domain you want to transfer. Your current domain registrar will e-mail you the code.
3. Log into NameCheap, or signup with them. Then, hover your mouse over the Domains menu item and click Transfer.
4. Type in the domain name you want to transfer, and click the orange colored Transfer button. If you have more than one domain, you can click Bulk Options, and enter all your domain names, one per line.
5. Add the services by clicking the cart icon next to the services. You can also add two free services — WHOISguard and private e-mail (2 months free).
6. Next, on the confirmation page, enter the discount code NC15MYDD. This is valid for one day only (27th January). So, you’ll want to act fast.
7. You can pay using your credit card, PayPal, or existing funds in your NameCheap account.
8. At any time, you can live chat with NameCheap’s support and they’ll be ready to help you out, if you get stuck anywhere.
I may later add more to this review and update this post.
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