DNS record does not propagate

In the past I have created a droplet with a LAMP stack and successfully configured the let’s encrypt certificate using the domain name ‘’. Today I deleted the droplet and started over. There is an A record for this same domain name ( and it points to the correct droplet IP address. I’ve checked with dig and this shows the correct IP address. Yet, the domain name is not visible through other DNSses.

I tried a dummy domain name pointing to the same IP address and created both A and AAAA records, but now we are more than 8 hours later and non of these domain names are propagated. What is going on?

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April 19, 2022
Accepted Answer

Hello there,

Looking at the main domain - it is using external nameservers meaning the active DNS zone for this domain name is not controlled by your DigitalOcean account but by a third-party provider.

You can either change the nameservers to DigitalOcean’s ones or create/add the A record from the other provider.

Hope that this helps!

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