Namecheap is a USA based company. The company's headquarters are in Los Angeles, California. The company provides domain registration (ICANN approved), SSL certificates, VPN’s (virtual private networks), and web hosting. Namecheap was founded in 2000 by Richard Kirkendall. Namecheap started gaining some serious traction in the late 2000’s. Namecheap was then voted the best domain registration platform during November 2010 by Lifehacker polls. In 2011 Namecheap took a strong anti-SOPA position after GoDaddy took a pro-SOPA position. Namecheap went viral when they announced a “Move Your Domain Day” with a “SOPASucks” promotion code on December 29th, 2011 when users on Reddit called for a boycott of Godaddy because of its pro-SOPA stance. The company also said it would donate $1 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) for each domain transferred during Move Your Domain Day. In a Lifehacker poll in 2012, Namecheap was voted the most popular domain registrar. Namecheap publicly stated that it would accept bitcoin in early 2013 making its company well known to bitcoin and cryptocurrency users. Namecheap still remains a privately owned and independent company. Namecheap said they manage over 11,000,000 domains as of 2018 making them one of the top domain registrars in the world.