US-based domain registration and web hosting company Namecheap has extended its free services to students returning to school after summer break by offering a free .me domain name and hosting services from GitHub.
The company said the initiative was put in place to encourage students to start building their online presence with their first website, online portfolio or blog.
So far, nearly 400,000 students have claimed their free .me domain since Namecheap launched the program in 2014.
Most of the domains registered through the “Namecheap for Education” program came from the University of Waterloo in Canada, where students have registered 3,344 free .me domains to date.
Namecheap encourages students who have a .edu email address to participate in the “Namecheap for Education” initiative.
The company also held a seven-day sale for students and teachers and offered price cuts on digital products and productivity tools.
âVirtually all students in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and many other countries around the world (with an .edu or university email address) are eligible to participate in the free website program. Namecheap said.
The company also supported the initiative by releasing a 20-minute virtual class for educators to use and teach students and novices online the basics of the Internet.
The lesson is still available on Namecheap’s YouTube channel and includes a step-by-step guide on how to create and launch a website for the first time.
In February 2021, Namecheap launched its own website builder, known as ‘Visual’, which offers a range of creative design tools.