With the rise of public interest in cryptocurrencies, the number of products and services whose payment can be made with cryptocurrencies has constantly increased. The Internet and web hosting make no exception, especially that cryptocurrencies represent a significant technological advancement.
Several hosting companies and domain registrars have already started to incorporate and use cryptocurrencies as a means of payment for their products and services.
This article is aimed at both startups and entrepreneurs who begin to develop their organizational or personal pages, for which they require web hosting and domain acquisition. Below is a list of the main companies accepting cryptocurrencies.
Namecheap was founded in 2000 and is based in the United States. The company is an accredited registrar by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Namecheap indicates on their official site that they have more than 1 million customers worldwide.
Since 2013 the company allows the subscribers to pay for their services in cryptocurrencies too, in this case, bitcoin. Among the reasons for accepting this payment method, they mention that for months the public has demanded the acceptance of bitcoin, mainly the audience from the technology areas.
The company offers domain transfers, application integration, SSL certificates, and email, among other services. It is also a web hosting service provider. It is possible to register a domain name or order a hosting package for prices which are among the lowest on the market.
Namecheap uses the most modern servers on the market and provides 24-hour service, providing 30-days money-back guarantee.
Bitcoin Web Hosting is a platform dedicated to providing web hosting services which can be paid in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Therefore, the payment methods include, in addition to BTC, bitcoin cash (BTH), litecoin (LTC), ethereum (ETH), ripple (XRP) and monero (XMR).
Among the hosting options they provide it’s worth mentioning: simple web hosting for beginner websites and small WordPress blogs, anonymous and cloud hosting, and cryptocurrency-related hosting (Bitcoin shared hosting). This last service adds the anonymous domain registration to the list of privacy for hosting solutions.
The company was created in 2004 with the name of Hosting Media, and its headquarters are in Lithuania. In 2011 they changed the name to Hostinger. With some 29 million customers in 178 countries and more than 24 million published sites, the company has managed to establish subsidiaries in 10 countries.
On the official website, they invite you to register, offering 30-days money-back guarantee. In December 2017, the company added cryptocurrency payments. About this, Hostinger’s product manager, Giedrius Zakaitis, said the company made the decision based on economic factors, as the service is used by many very young web developers who cannot access bank accounts or fiduciary credit cards to buy web hosting services. Also, he adds, with the growing popularity of bitcoin as a means of payment for online games, Hostinger is one of the very few companies accepting casino hosting. A list of Bitcoin casinos can be found here.
To the above reasons, the company admits that through crypto payments customer finances have a much lower risk of fraud compared to a standard credit card.
Based in Spain, this company was created in 1999 and has collaborated with renowned companies such as Chevrolet, IBM, Sony, and Iberia. MiHosting currently offers a 20% discount on their services when paying with bitcoin. The creators promote the use of cryptocurrency. They point out on their website that, among the advantages of using crypto to acquire a hosting or domain name, anonymity, low transaction costs, security, and speed are the main benefits.
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With services in Spanish-speaking countries such as Spain, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Mexico, Chile, and Argentina, among others, they have varied payment methods that include bitcoin. They explain, therefore, that first you have to register, choose the service or product and then determine the percentage of deposit, according to the equivalence in dollars. Then you must contact the company team in chat.
The company stands out for accepting bitcoin exclusively. Despite showing prices in dollars or euros, they convert to BTC based on the prices of the last 24 hours. Their prices are already indicated in the cryptocurrency. However, BitDomain, also accept other crypto assets through the Coinpayments payment processor, which facilitates the exchange of cryptocurrencies within the same wallet.
The company offers anonymous domains, mentioning that they are useful to stop spam, as well as to prevent fraud, identity theft, and harassment, among other problems.
They note on their official site that, despite allowing the registration of anonymous domains, they do not support illegal activities. Consequently, they advise respecting the legal agreements of their terms of service.
Founded in 2008, Host1Plus was rebranded to Heficed in 2019. The services remain the same and the company offers hosting services which can be paid by traditional payment methods: Paypal, Skrill, Paysera, CashU, Ebanx, Braintree and Alipay. They added Bitcoin payments in 2015, in association with the payment service Coinzone.
The company highlights the trust that bitcoin is gaining among many companies, as an alternative to traditional payment methods. For Heficed/Host1Plus, the payment with bitcoin even exceeds the other payment options because Bitcoin users can avoid cross-border tariffs and credit cards.
Heficed provides web hosting services and has servers located in Brazil, Germany, Lithuania, South Africa, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Their services include cloud servers, shared hosting, and reseller hosting.
Based in Canada, HosterBox was founded in 2005. On their website they offer a 30-day money-back guarantee if the customer is not satisfied with the service. They offer a 20% discount to those who make payments with bitcoin, a form of payment that they adopted due to the increasing public demands, according to their official website.
This way, the purchase of domains, web hosting, VPS, dedicated servers and reseller hosting can be paid with the cryptocurrency through BitPay. In this regard, the company highlights the possibility of staying anonymous explaining that all the information registered on the platform is encrypted, ranging from user data to the content hosted.
Now it’s all up to You, to choose the best match for your website and business!