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Web Hosting and Domain Names

Namesilo is an independent (ie, not owned by a big holding corporation) ICANN-accredited domain name registrar founded in 2000. In addition to domain registration, they offer a complementary spectrum of hosting services.

Namesilo also provides email, a website builder, SSLs, and various services with 24-hour support and a 30-day money back guarantee. Ge the lates Namesilio coupon codes and reviews here.

You can check out Namesilo's plan and current pricing here.

Although I like to keep my hosting and domain registration separate, I had a small project to launch, so I decided to put it on Namesilo and see how the service turned out.

Here's my Namesilo Shared Hosting review – structured with pros & cons based on my experience as a customer.

Disclosure – I receive referral fees from companies mentioned on this website. All opinion and data are based on my experience as a paying customer or consultant to a paying customer.

Pros of Using Namesilo Hosting

Here are the pros (advantages) for considering Namesilo Hosting. There are a lot of Namesilo Hosting reviews online – usually with user-generated reviews based on anecdotes and personal experience. That's fine but I take a different approach. there is no such thing as a "best" web host. The "best" is the right fit for your project based on your goals, budget, experience & expertise.


Namesilo's primary advantage is their pricing.

It's cheap – like, shockingly cheap.

But cheap is not necessarily the same as good value. To figure that out, we have to see how hosting pricing is structured.

Web hosting companies are all selling the same thing – a home for your website – but they all have different plans with different caps, different bonuses, and different renewal prices. For most, figuring out their true value requires a breakdown into different parts.

To compare "apples to apples" among hosting companies, I break things down into Core hosting features and Bonus hosting features.

Core hosting features are the "3 D's" – domains, databases and disk space. The core purpose of a hosting server is to serve website files when someone types in your domain name.

  • Domains are how many domain names you can point to your hosting account. If you want multiple websites, you'll want to have multiple domains allowed. You'll also need to look at email addresses per domain – sometimes those are capped as well.
  • Databases are how many pieces of website software you can run on your hosting server. A WordPress installrequires one database. If you have any apps, Listservs, etc – you'll need more.
  • Disk space is how many files you can put on your server – images, text, PDFs, etc.
  • Other features could include anything from website builder software to advertising credits to backend software, etc.
  • When you break it down, you can at least compare apples to apples and get a sense of value based on what you need.
Namesilo has four pricing tiers. Value renews at $38.88/yr; Professional renews at $78.88/yr; Ultimate renews at $129.88/yr; Business Pro renews at 17.98/mo.

All the plans come with absurdly low intro pricing – as low as $9.88/yr for the Value plan.

The catch is that all the plans are capped on two of the three "D's" – in addition to other caps.

You can find more in the Cons section on plan limitations, but here's how the plans work out.

  • Value – Limited to 3 domains, 20GB in disk space, 50 databases and 50 email accounts.
  • Professional – Limited to 10 domains, 50GB in disk space, 100 databases and 100 email accounts.
  • Ultimate – Limited to 50 domains.
  • Business Pro – Limited to 20GB in disk space & 5000GB in bandwidth.
For better or worse, Namesilo's plans have so many limits that it's really hard to compare them directly to other company's hosting plans. But here's how it concludes –

If you plan on staying under those caps – Namesilo is almost always cheaper than the plan you would choose at another hosting company.

Either way, Namesilo's pricing is a solid advantage.

Company Brand & Values

Namesilo is a privately-owned independent hosting company. That's a rarity in a world where a handful of corporations own nearly all hosting brands.

Being private & independent is not necessarily a good thing, and being owned by a large corporation is not necessarily a bad thing.

However, where Namesilo excels as an independent company is defining their brand values and going for transparency in a notoriously confusing industry.

Namesilo is also transparent about all their services and pricing. I like how they have an expandable list of all their hosting features, and how they prominently display renewal rates.

Overall, they are a company that I think is trustworthy with a solid culture. When choosing who to do business with, I think it counts for a lot.

Onboarding & Account Management

Just like any new product – signing up for a new web host can be both daunting and exciting.

The process of getting a new customer up and running is a critical part of removing the daunting part – and adding to the excitement. In business jargon, the process is called "onboarding." And there's nothing that will create regret like a confusing onboarding process.

Ideally, after signing up for a hosting plan, you'd immediately get your sign in credentials and be able to either go to a guided tutorial or be able to log in directly to your new dashboard.

Namesilo does exactly that.

They send out a welcome email where you can log in directly to your services or follow directions to the right help resources.

Their account backends are clean and minimalist. There are no flashing banners or hard upsells.

Their WordPress quick install software installs a clean version of WordPress with no additional plugins or themes.

And a simple, minimalist backend.

It's a service well-tailored for DIYers or beginners looking for a super-cheap but straightforward web hosting company.

Backups & Datacenter Choices

Namesilo also does several Bonus features really well.

At sign up, they offer a choice between their US data center or UK data center. This makes them a great choice for non-US customers who are serving web visitors closer to the UK than the US.

Namesilo also does 2x weekly backups of your hosting account. While you should do backups yourself, it's a great safety net to have. And backups are included for free with Namesilo.

Cons of Using Namesilo Hosting

Like any web host, Namesilo Hosting has disadvantages. Here are the cons that I found while using Namesilo for hosting.

Plan Limitations

Like I mentioned in the Pricing section, Namesilo places caps across domains, disk space, databases and email addresses.

If you have 1 to 2 sites that you know will stay small, Namesilo can be great. But for many website owners the problem isn't in the caps themselves, but in how Namesilo has several overlapping caps.

Many hosting companies tier out their plans, but they usually focus on one or two caps to separate the plans. For example, HostGator's Hatchling Plan allows 1 domain while the Baby Plan allows unlimited domains. The difference is very straightforward. When you want to add on another site, then you upgrade.

With Namesilo, you have several upgrade triggers. If you have a single site with lots of images and video, you could hit the upgrade trigger. If you are running several small projects on different domains, you could hit the upgrade trigger.

And ironically, if you pay for Namesilo's top plan, you could still get limited by the amount of disk space. They sell the plan for eCommerce websites that need a lot of memory even though the plan itself heavily caps disk space…which eCommerce sites need more than they need multiple domains.

Either way – I could go on with further comparisons, but Namesilo's limitationsare a disadvantage because there are so many of them that require additional planning when purchasing.

Allocations & Performance

Like I mentioned before, the core job of a web host is to serve website files when someone types in your domain name – but most agree that there's a missing adverb. It should be "to serve website files quickly."

To say website speed is important is cliche, especially in the age of mobile. While server speed is not the only factor in overall website speed, it is an important factor.

And critically, it's also a "bottleneck" factor. In other words, no matter how fast you compress or speed up your website, you can only go as fast as your server can respond.

Measuring server speed and response time is a complicated issue. Only the network engineers at Namesilo can definitively say what's going on with server speed – though they do promise "in most cases, our Shared Hosting is 50% faster than the other guys."

But, anyone can measure a ballpark metric of server performance.

It's called Time To First Byte (TTFB) – and shows how quickly a server delivers the first byte of information after it receives a request.

Here's how Namesilo performed the day I measured it with my website –

Here's the test a few days later –

Here's how Web Hosting Hub (a direct entry-level competitor) performs –

As you can see – Namesilo is not horrible (well, that F on the 2nd test is pretty bad), but it's also not "50% better than the other guys."

Now, TTFB is best measured as a trend. Yet, simply looking at Namesilo's server information makes it look like they not only cap their plans, they also cap the actual servers the websites run on.

Now – like the plan caps – server allocations are not necessarily a bad thing. If you have a small site with few images, then you'll likely never know the difference.

However, I would not buy Namesilo hosting for their speed or performance.

Customer Support

Customer support is notoriously hard to judge. It's hard to know what is really going on behind the scenes, and whether a company will be helpful when you contact them.

So many user-supplied online reviews (of any company) are either naively positive or exaggerated negative experiences. Besides, with anecdotes, you never know if you are reading about a one-off or a true trend.

Instead, I argue that you should look for indicators of whether a company treats customer service as a cost or an investment. In other words, are they trying to keep costs down and maximize profit for the short term or are they trying to develop happy, long-term customers?

The two best indicators I've found are availability across a range of support channelsand investment in DIY customer support.

Namesilo is mediocre on both.

For availability, they have chat and helpdesk. My chat wait time is usually pretty good. And it's usually good service for me. But sometimes text-based support can get tedious when you have a complicated issue.

As far as DIY customer support resources, they have a decent knowledgebase, though it's focused primarily on domains – not hosting.

This point segues into the next point about Namesilo's product focus.

Namesilo Doesn't Specialize in Hosting

Namesilo is first and foremost a domain registrar. In fact, one of the reasons I use them for domain registration is that they make it so easy to purchase a domain and point it to hosting or email services elsewhere. If you are looking for cheap VPS hosting plans for your website, please get: Collecting cheap dedicated servers and vps hosting promo codes and coupons, as well as the vps hosting reviews and tutorials - https://www.waikey.com/

In the broader Internet services industry, domains and hosting are natural complements. But I've never really seen a company do both super-well.

Hosting companies that offer domain registration usually over-price them and make domain management a pain. Domain companies usually don't have the expertise or resources to run a world-class hosting infrastructure.

That's not to say it can't be done or that some companies don't come close. However, it seems like hosting and domains are like coffee and breakfast.

They should be sold together, but it's usually not an ideal situation. Starbucks tries to do breakfast…but it's not quite there. McDonald's tries to do coffee…but it's not quite the same.

Even if Namesilo's hosting was incredible – I'd still be hesitant simply because it puts all my Internet-presence components with one company.

For diversity's sake, I like to keep my domains and hosting at different companies. Though that usually applies to hosting companies not holding domains, it also applies to domain companies running my hosting servers.

Bonus Features

While Namesilo has a fairly complete feature set for each plan, they do exclude some bonus features.

-- Tricia Crawford - 2020-09-02


Topic revision: r1 - 2020-09-02 - TriciaCrawford
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