Complex Meteor.js deploy: host does not resolve

Posted May 2, 2016 2.2k views


I have been researching and trying out many different ways to kill my non resolve issues I’m so stuck I can’t but ask if any experienced user can see the issue.

Domain Registrar:
My normal home web-page’s domain is which forwards to an instapage website, but I want a subdomain to redirect (301) to my DO droplet. I added subdomain masked forwarding (HTTP) to my DO IP address, added the three nameservers for in GoDaddy, and added an A record for login that points to the DO IP address.

Deploying Meteor
I follow the this guide
My /etc/nginx/sites-available/myapp.conf file:

server_tokens off;
map $http_upgrade $connection_upgrade {
    default upgrade;
    ''      close;
server {
    listen 80 default_server; 
    listen [::]:80 default_server ipv6only=on;

    root /usr/share/nginx/html; # root is irrelevant
    index index.html index.htm; # this is also irrelevant

    location / {
        rewrite     ^ https://$server_name$request_uri? permanent;
server {
    listen 443 ssl spdy;
    root html;
    index index.html;

    ssl_certificate /etc/nginx/ssl/server.pem;
    ssl_certificate_key /etc/nginx/ssl/server.key;

    ssl_stapling on;
    ssl_session_cache shared:SSL:10m;
    ssl_session_timeout 5m;

    ssl_prefer_server_ciphers on;
    ssl_protocols TLSv1 TLSv1.1 TLSv1.2;

    add_header Strict-Transport-Security "max-age=31536000;";
    if ($http_user_agent ~ "MSIE" ) {
        return 303;
    location / {
        proxy_http_version 1.1;
        proxy_set_header Upgrade $http_upgrade; # allow websockets
        proxy_set_header Connection $connection_upgrade;
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $remote_addr; # preserve client IP
        if ($uri != '/') {
            expires 30d;

My /etc/init/myapp.conf:

description "Meteor.js (NodeJS) application"
author "Daniel Speichert <>"
start on started mongodb and runlevel [2345]
stop on shutdown
respawn limit 10 5
setuid myapp
setgid myapp

    export PATH=/opt/local/bin:/opt/local/sbin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin
    export NODE_PATH=/usr/lib/nodejs:/usr/lib/node_modules:/usr/share/javascript
    export PWD=/home/myapp
    export HOME=/home/myapp
    export BIND_IP=
    export PORT=8080
    export MONGO_URL=mongodb://localhost:27017/myapp
    export ROOT_URL=
    exec node /home/myapp/bundle/main.js >> /home/myapp/myapp.log
end script


Does anyone know why it does not resolve? I can ping the DO droplet’s IP address, but when I do a GET request with chrome it does not resolve (

These answers are provided by our Community. If you find them useful, show some love by clicking the heart. If you run into issues leave a comment, or add your own answer to help others.

Submit an Answer
2 answers

Name resolution is unrelated to your server configuration and you decided to censor the domain name, so nothing can be done to help.

What is the domain?

This question is irrelevant, it turned out to be a persistent 502 Bad Gateway error. See here: