Setting Up A Free URL On Namecheap For University Students


arnold on Aug 21, 2018

Today we are going to set up a new domain (or URL) for you to use to make your personal website.

The first step when creating a website (after all the planning that goes into it) is to purchase the URL. Luckily for us is generous enough to donate a free URL to any college students with a .edu email address.

You will get this URL for a year. If you are interested in keeping a personal URL long term then you can consider purchasing which will be about $10 a year for as long as you keep it. The free .me or the paid .com will both work for this class.

To get started with the free URL Go to: where you will see the following screen. Enter whatever name you would like and click search. You are not required to use your real name but it is better for our search engine optimization assignments if you do. Also, you must use all lowercase.

Free NameCheap Domain

As long as your URL is available you can click the ADD button and then complete your order.

Completing NameCheap Order

You will then need to enter your .edu email address and then click Finish Up. Select Github for the add on services.

Setting Up NameCheap Free EDU URL

You will then see the following screen:

Namecheap email confirmation

Go To Your CSU Email and Find The Email From NameCheap. Open it up and click the link inside that confirms you own a .edu email address.

Namecheap email verification

This will open up a new window. Click the Register button.

namecheap login screen

Fill out all of your information here.  At the bottom there is a create button which you need to click. Make sure you use the .edu email address that was entered in the previous step. Also, please remember your username and password.  Use the same username and password for every program we use. We will be signing up for a lot of programs this semester! Also, email this information to yourself or start a Google Doc to keep track of the programs we use and your credentials.

namecheap create account

This will bring up an order confirmation.  From here you can click Finish Up.

namecheap confirm order

The next page that comes up is a page to set up a github account.  We are not going to do this.  We are going to use a much more powerful WordPress Content Management System (CMS) for our websites. This is going to involve a little more work and will be covered in our next two assignments.

However, the next two assignments will require you to access your Namecheap account to change your DNS.  I am going to briefly show you how to find your DNS settings.

First, click on the “here” button. This will just take you to the main page to access your dashboard.

NameCheap setting up advanced users

You first need to log in to access your dashboard.

log into namecheap account

This will take you to your Namecheap dashboard. As I mentioned already, in the next assignment you will need to change your DNS settings.  (Do not change them yet.)  You will find them by clicking the MANAGE button.

namecheap URL management

About halfway down the page you will see your nameservers.  If you click on the dropdown arrow you will find the option to edit your “custom DNS.”  Click on that.

managing namecheap nameservers

That will bring up where you can edit your custom nameservers. Don’t enter anything for now.  Just click on the X button to get out of there.

namecheap custom nameservers


You have completed your assignment.

You can go to your new URL if you would like but you will probably get the following message.

This page can't be found namecheap

This is normal because we haven’t set up hosting yet and we haven’t pointed our domain to any server. This will make more sense after the next assignment.


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