I followed the DNS quickstart guide (https://www.digitalocean.com/docs/networking/dns/quickstart/) and afterwards the nginx guide (https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-install-nginx-on-ubuntu-18-04)

At my registrar I set my domain (my-stuff.io) to point at DO nameservers. I can see they are in fact pointing to those servers when I do a whois.

Are there any common pitfalls I could’ve fallen into following those guides? I am not really sure where the error occurs, because I just get server not found when going to my-stuff.io.

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You probably did everything correctly and just need to wait for the DNS to propogate. How long ago did you make your DNS changes?

From your first link:
These records will not take effect until you have updated your nameservers with your domain registrar and those changes have propagated, which can take up to 48 hours.

I had a similar issue using google domains, I had to actually point the A to the IP address under the DNS setup on my domain portal.

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