Domain Redirection – Setup Permanent 301 Redirect in Namecheap

If you need to permanently redirect (301) a domain you manage with Namecheap, this is how you do it…

If you’re not sure what a permanent redirect is, or why you might want to use one – get in touch with us, or leave a comment below and we’d be happy to help you out.

For this example, we’ll be setting up a 301 redirection for a recently acquired expired domain name (tipswordpress.com) and redirecting it to a category page on the Xpress Startups blog (https://xpressstartups.com/category/wordpress/).

Setup 301 Redirect Namecheap

Login to your Namecheap account and navigate to your Domain List.

Step One - Login to Namecheap, navigate to your Domain List

Find the domain you wish to redirect, and click the Manage button.

From the Manage Domain page, first ensure “Namecheap BasicDNS” is selected for the Nameservers setting. Then click “Advanced DNS” to continue to the next step.

Ensure “Namecheap Basic DNS” is selected.

Adding the 301 Redirection Records

All domain names come with two addresses, a “www” address and a “non-www” address. So we need to setup two redirection records in order to account for both versions.

In the Advanced DNS section, scroll down and click the “Add New Record” button below your existing DNS records.

Set the following details for your new record.

  • Type = “URL Redirect Record”
  • Host = “www”
  • Value = “https://yourdomain.com/” (this is where the visitor will be redirected to, in our example the Value is set to “https://xpressstartups.com/category/wordpress/”)
  • Masked/Unmasked/Permanent (301) = “Permanent (301)”

Now we need to create a new record for the “non-www” redirection. Once again, click “Add New Record”, then repeat the same process as above, however entering the Host value as “@”.

  • Type = “URL Redirect Record”
  • Host = “@”
  • Value = “https://yourdomain.com/”
  • Masked/Unmasked/Permanent (301) = “Permanent (301)”

Finally, click “Save All Changes”.

Be sure to delete any unnecessary DNS records. Usually a parking page record, and a “www” or “@” redirection – both of which are no longer needed since we now have permanent 301 redirects in place.

Your DNS records should now look something like this:


That’s it. Your Permanent 301 Redirection is now fully setup.

I do recommend that you read the next section however, as it explains how to easily track “hits” from a redirection.

Advanced Domain Redirection: Tracking

Now, this isn’t really super advanced, but not all situations will require this step. You will need to decide on a case by case basis.

If you want to track how many visits this redirection brings to your site, there is just one more simple step to bring that data into your analytics dashboard.

All you have to do is add this string of text (UTM Parameters) after the trailing “/” of your destination URL:

?utm_medium=301&utm_source=tipswp

So in our example, the destination URL was;
https://xpressstartups.com/category/wordpress/

After we add the UTM Parameters, the destination URL will look like this;
https://xpressstartups.com/category/wordpress/?utm_medium=301&utm_source=tipswp

Set this URL as the Value for the “www” and “@” records, click “Save All Changes” and your redirection should be setup and ready.

Wait at least a few minutes to let the changes propagate across the web before testing your redirection.

Simply type the redited URL into your browsers address bar and hit enter.

If everything has worked as it should have, you will be redirected to the destination URL you set.

See what it looks like in action. Visit tipswordpress.com and see where it takes you…

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