Domain Names - Do they have to be names that are already registered somewhere?

January 13, 2015 2.6k views

If I create a Droplet.. and then want to assign a Domain Name.. does the name already have to be registered somewhere? or can I just grab a name ( for example a new client and it will be their new domain name ) and assign it to my new droplet ?

I see Digital has DNS , Zone Services.. A Records etc. but: I don't understand how it can let me just grab a new name.. and if so: then I guess I just wait awhile for it to propagate ? Thanks in advance for your help

2 comments
  • you'll need to have one registered outside of DigitalOcean as they don't have domain name registry, but when you do get one from the many that are out there (godaddy, namecheap, etc. for test scenarios I use dot.tk), you just need to input DigitalOcean's name servers in the name servers field where you got the domain name, and then in your DigitalOcean account dashboard go in DNS, Add domain, enter the domain name, select the droplet you will use, and that's that.
    Here's two docs here and hereon the subject

    Hope that helps,

    ~Stephen

    by Etel Sverdlov
    This article walks you through setting up the DNS for your site. The tutorial includes steps to set up an A records, point your nameservers, and provides some information about MX records.
  • excellent.. thank you. I'll register a name for development purposes.. then I can utilize the Digital Ocean Droplets. I assume I can create sub level prefixes.. and create A records for different Droplets.

    example: testsite.com will be the domain.. and I point it's NameServers to Digital Ocean , where I registered it.

    then different A records at Digital Ocean DNS services.. .. will use different sub levels..

    first.testsite.com will use a droplet
    second.testsite.com can use a DIFFERENT droplet.
    etc.

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This question was answered by @brophen:

you'll need to have one registered outside of DigitalOcean as they don't have domain name registry, but when you do get one from the many that are out there (godaddy, namecheap, etc. for test scenarios I use dot.tk), you just need to input DigitalOcean's name servers in the name servers field where you got the domain name, and then in your DigitalOcean account dashboard go in DNS, Add domain, enter the domain name, select the droplet you will use, and that's that.
Here's two docs here and hereon the subject

Hope that helps,

~Stephen

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by Etel Sverdlov
This article walks you through setting up the DNS for your site. The tutorial includes steps to set up an A records, point your nameservers, and provides some information about MX records.
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