I spent the last few days deciding whether to host this tech blog on a site such as WordPress or Blogger or whether I should subscribe to a hosting site and make a webpage with a blog. After much thought, I decided to purchase the domain jnperry.net and pay for a hosting subscription at NameCheap.com. It would allow me to give more information than a stand-alone blog would to help potential future employers decide if I’m a good candidate for them.
I have previously helped to maintain a church website hosted through HostGator and liked them but I saw I could save money if I went with NameCheap as the host provider instead, especially with the July 2012 coupon of GOLDMEDAL where you get 20% off the first hosting bill. As an aside, I have used iPage in the past too but did not like them because they were very slow to show the webpages using the Concrete5 installation we had. It took upwards of 7-10 seconds to pull up which is just too slow.
I searched for reviews of NameCheap and while there were many people that raved about them being good for domain name purchasing (hence their name), there were no reviews about their hosting service. There were MANY reviews that talked about getting the domain name from them and get “HOSTing” from HostGator. Well, with NameCheap’s 14 day refund policy on hosting, I decided to take a chance on them.
I signed up and paid using PayPal then waited around 13 hours to get a welcome e-mail with the specifics of my account. I thought that was kind of slow but hey, you only have to go through that once.
I had to contact support a couple of times which I did through live chat. They’re a bit slow on that but they did resolve my issues. The representatives appeared to be helping several people at a time because the wait time during the chat could be a few minutes. So patience is required but again, they were able to help me out just fine.
I purchased the domain name and later purchased the hosting service. Because I didn’t purchase them together, I had to manually configure the DNS settings by going into the control panel and configure it to use NameCheap’s hosting servers instead. It’s a bit confusing in that they seem to use two different set of servers, one for just the domain name, and one for the hosting service. If I had went with HostGator’s service instead, I would have had to change the DNS to their servers but at least I would have expected it. In NameCheap’s defense, they did show the DNS settings near the top of the e-mail and provided a link to a video tutorial about how to do it. It’s an easy process.