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DigitalOcean nameserver vs. GoogleDomains Nameserver which one should I use?

December 4, 2016 464 views
DNS CentOS

Recently got my domain switched to Google Domains. I read this article: https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-point-to-digitalocean-nameservers-from-common-domain-registrars regarding setting up your name server with digitaloceans nameservers.

Wondering what features I'd be missing if I just use Google Domains name servers instead of DigitalOcean's?

One of the things I'm noticing is my blog resolves to the hostname correctly(http://datadidit.com) after updating my httpd configuration but once I click links in my blog(http://104.236.62.96/blog/index.php/about/) it begins resolving to IP instead of hostname. Is that something that would automatically be fixed by switching to DigitalOceans Nameservers or do I need to look in my code and fix that?

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  • The second question was a wordpress fix. Just needed to update my siteurl from the wordpress admin page. Still curious about the answer to the first question.

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Hello,

You don't really miss anything whatever nameserver you choose. Both will work and both will do the same thing. I could imagine Google Domains would be doing something more with Bussiness clients (more security and more features).

Basically an IP doesn't resolve anything. A domain record is basically an IP, however its easier for humans to remember. When you make a DNS record, it just resolves to an IP address and gives you the output back of the IP. An IP resolves to..... nothing but just goes to your server.

If you want your IP address to be redirected, you need to use a rewrite rules. This rule differs from whatever webserver you are using (NGINX, Apache etc.) So you would need to give some more information to get support for this.

  • Thanks for getting back to me I appreciate. I decided to stick with Google Domains name servers for now. Fixed a bunch of the re-routing using HTTPD conf and fixed wordpress internal links by updating my wordpress site.

    Only issue I have left is that wordpress did http and https and browsers like chrome will default to https. So unless users that previously visited my site clear their cache settings they get redirected to https due to past visits to the site.

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