How to add a custom domain to github pages with namecheap
Why should I use GitHub pages?Websites that are hosted on GitHub pages load nice and quickly thanks to GitHub's infrastructure, and the hosting is free, and you can't argue with that. You can host personal, organisation, or project pages on GitHub. You can host sites that handle plenty of traffic too, for example, fontawesome.io runs on GitHub Pages.
How do I link my domain to GitHub pages from the Namecheap dashboard?Step 1: Buy your lovely new domain from Namecheap. Once you’ve bought your domain, log in to your Namecheap dashboard, where you’ll find a list of all your domains. Click on the manage button on the domain you’re assigning to GitHub Pages, and then click the
Advanced DNStab. Next, click on Manage Your Host Records to add some tasty DNS records.
Add two A records pointing at GitHub pagesYou want to map your domain name (www.yoursite.com) onto an IP address so that when visitors type in your domain name, their browser gets directed to the servers that host your website. We’re going to add two A records, with Host both set to
@The first one should point at
126.96.36.199The second A record should point to
188.8.131.52These IP addresses are the GitHub Pages servers.
Add a CNAME recordNext, we’ll add a CNAME record, with a www host set to:
After that, you’ll want to switch off the preexisting URL Record with the type URL redirect. If you don’t switch this off, you may find that Chrome throws a Too many redirects error, while Safari doesn’t seem to care.
Create a text file called CNAME in your repositoryIn your repo, create a text file called CNAME (with no file extension) and insert your new domain name in there, without the www, so it looks like this:
Alternatively, create cname with the github interface
Go to your GitHub Page repo and click on Custom Domain.
In the input box, type the domain name you just bought to set your GitHub Page too, e.g.
You're done, now wait for DNS propagation
git push your repo to GitHub, give it a little while for the DNS to propagate through the internet, and then enjoy
your new cheap and cheerful GitHub Pages site. While you're waiting for your DNS updates to propagate, you can check how
the process is going using whatsmydns.net
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