Digital Ocean Nameservers

Re - if I change the nameservers for my domain to what stops any other Digital Ocean customer (by mistyping or whatever) adding to their droplet and then controlling my domain?


Submit an answer
You can type!ref in this text area to quickly search our full set of tutorials, documentation & marketplace offerings and insert the link!

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.

Accepted Answer

Hi @jr5689. To further elaborate on @JustSomeTech’s post if you add your Domain to the system, nobody else would be able to do so.


Let’s assume you control and you want to manage your DNS from your Digital Ocean’s control panel. To do so, you just need to add your domain to your account from your control panel. Once done, changing the Nameservers of the domain, will secure you control of it.

Once you’ve added your domain, nobody else would be able to add it in DigitalOcean’s system as it will create a DNS conflict.

Someone Added it before you did - Example

In the offchance someone added it before you and you can’t use it now. If you are able to prove you are the owner of the domain , you’ll be granted access/control over it.

There are means to prove your domain’s ownership and Digital Ocean will respect that.

All in all, there is no need to worry about someone else taking control over your domain. There are procedures in place to prevent that from happening.

Regards, KDSys.

Good day @jr5689 ,

This doesn’t stop anyone from adding this to their system. But…since you already know which domain you will be using, you can already add this domain into your control panel. Then after you change the NS, it should be all working straight away.

It will be a chance of 1 in a million for someone else to guess what kind of domain you will be using, and where you will be hosting the DNS. You should be all fine!