Before transferring your domain to Namecheap, you need to set up FreeDNS nameservers. Here's how:-
1. Add your domain to our FreeDNS service at the FreeDNS page.
2. The next step is authorizing your domain and inserting the corresponding host records (DNS settings like A records, MX records, etc.):
- Select Domain List
from the left sidebar:
- Select All Products
in the drop down list (in the top-right corner of the page), then click on the drop down menu for your domain and select the Authorize FreeDNS
Here, you have the opportunity to choose how to authorize FreeDNS: either by using your domain-based email or TXT record setup:
Please keep in mind that TXT record authorization is the default authorization method
This means that once you enroll your domain/subdomain in FreeDNS, you should authorize FreeDNS by creating a TXT record with the values provided in your account’s Dashboard/Domain List. You may also select authorization via email in your Namecheap account.
In the "Select FreeDNS authorization option" window, choose a valid, domain-based email address and click the Save changes button:
The system will send a verification email through which you can activate FreeDNS for your domain.
For security reasons, an authorization link cannot be sent to any email address other than those shown as your chosen authorization email options. The authorization link is valid for 48 hours only.
NOTE: If you are having problems with email verification, please contact our Support Team for assistance.
If Host records option is chosen, you will need to create a randomly generated TXT record with your current DNS provider:
NOTE: A TXT record expires 10 days after being generated. If your TXT record has expired, you will need to select the authorization method once again and create a new TXT record.
Once the changes are saved, you will be able to locate the TXT record values in your account directly from the Dashboard:
The required TXT record values can be checked in the Domain List as well:
: If you try selecting another authorization option after having chosen one method that is in progress (e.g., choosing TXT record authorization after having already begun email authorization
), you will get the following error message when you click on the link in the email:
Oops! Something went wrong…
Looks like you have selected another authorization method for FreeDNS.
Please complete authorization using the previously selected method or contact our Support Team for assistance.
Once the FreeDNS service is authorized, you can manage your host records by following these steps:
- Select Domain List from the left sidebar and click the Manage button next to your domain:
- Click on Advanced DNS at the top of the page. On this page, you’ll need to reconfigure all the necessary host records that are present for your domain with the old Registrar:
For more details on how a host record can be configured in your account, read this article
3. After the host records are configured, you need to point your domain to at least two
of our FreeDNS nameservers, or add the FreeDNS nameservers along with the current nameservers from your Registrar (if it is allowed). Our FreeDNS nameservers are:freedns1.registrar-servers.com
For information on how to set up custom nameservers at your current Registrar, please check their FAQ documentation or contact their support team.
The FreeDNS service will be activated once we ensure everything is properly set up.
If you've added FreeDNS nameservers along with the current nameservers on your Registrar's side, please allow 24 to 48 hours for DNS settings to take effect globally. Then remove the nameservers
of your old Registrar, leaving your domain pointed only to the FreeDNS
nameservers. Once you've done this, you may initiate the transfer of your domain to Namecheap using a normal transfer process
: If you decide to switch nameservers to FreeDNS at this stage, end users will experience a downtime as the nameservers of the old Registrar might stop responding immediately after you switch them to FreeDNS.
If you keep both sets of nameservers (custom and FreeDNS ones), they will not be automatically changed to our default nameservers. Therefore, host records will not be copied and your site will be unavailable until the domain is manually switched to our BasicDNS, host records are re-entered, and DNS propagation is completed. Usually, DNS propagation takes 24 to 48 hours but may take up to 72 hours in some rare cases.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Support Team.