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What is a Certificate Signing Request (CSR)?


A CSR (Certificate Signing Request) is a small, base64 encoded text file containing information about the organization and the domain you wish to secure. It is required for the activation of a digital SSL certificate and, as a rule, is generated on the server where the certificate is to be installed. A CSR is submitted to the Certificate Authority and used to generate the certificate.

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How does WhoisGuard Work?


When you enable WhoisGuard service for a domain, it puts WhoisGuard protected information to the public instead of your contact details to protect you from potential spam and even identity theft.

Your personal email address will be replaced with a unique WhoisGuard one (e.g., [email protected]), and every email sent to this WhoisGuard email address will be forwarded to an email address of yours.

To enhance online presence privacy, you also have an option to schedule the change of your WhoisGuard email address every few days. This should provide you with additional protection from spam as mail harvested from Whois becomes invalid in a few days.

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How to Set Up a URL Redirect for a Domain?


To set up a URL redirect, follow these steps:

  1. Sign into your Namecheap account
  2. Select Domain List from the left side menu
  3. Click the Manage button next to your domain
  4. Navigate to the Advanced DNS tab
  5. Click the Add New Record button in the Host Records section
  6. Select URL Redirect Record from the drop-down menu for Type, put your desired host to be forwarded to the Host line and enter the URL you would like to redirect to into the Value line

    Let's say you need to forward your www.yourdomain.tld to https://someurl.tld. In this case the host to be putted to the Host field would be "www"

  7. Click on the Save All Changes button each time you need to save the record
  8. Please also check if there are any URL Redirect (Unmasked/Masked/Permanent), A or CNAME records set for the same Host. Such records can conflict with each other, thus, they are to be removed

You can also use URL Redirect to forward users to a specific page at the destination URL and pass values via query strings to the destination.

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How to Set Up Free Email Forwarding at Namecheap?


In order to set up Email Forwarding for your domain, please do the following:

  1. Sign into your Namecheap account
  2. Select Domain List from the left sidebar and click on the Manage button next to your domain
  3. Navigate to the Advanced DNS tab at the top of the page
  4. Find the Mail Settings section and select Email Forwarding from the drop-down menu. MX records will be set automatically once you Save all changes

    NOTE: The SPF record shown in the screenshot above is needed for free email forwarding to function, thus, it cannot be deleted.

    Once MX records are set, you need to create your forwarding email addresses.

  5. Choose the Domain tab on top of the page and scroll down to the Redirect Email section. Click on the Add Forwarder button
  6. Fill in both the Alias and Forward to fields with the corresponding information and click on the checkmark icon to save changes.

Please allow about 2 hours for newly created mailboxes to be completely set up on the forwarding mail server. After your settings have been activated, you will be able to test your mail service.

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