Domain pointing error to Digital Ocean name servers

Posted July 6, 2016 5.2k views

I am trying to point a locally registered domain name with suffix to the Digital Ocean nameservers. I’m following this guide
When I add the 3 nameservers :,,, on saving I get this error:

“We checked and we failed to find any NS records for at the server –><– Please double check that you have entered the correct name server and you have correctly configured the server with for your domain”

Is there something that I need to configure on my droplet before pointing the domain name to the name servers, or am I missing something entirely?

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Turns out the tutorial has step 3 and 4 swapped around. You can’t point to the Digital Ocean nameservers unless you have set up a domain on that side.

  • @hfbmartinus

    Correct. DigitalOcean’s backend will need to know about each domain that’s using their DNS. On the other hand, you can simply use your domain registrars DNS and add in the proper DNS entries (A, CNAME, MX, etc) via their control panel, using your Droplet IP Address, and it will work just the same.

    You’re not required to use DigitalOcean’s DNS. It’s simply an added benefit.