Droplet WordPress One-Click & IP Address vs Server IP Address

Posted March 4, 2020 878 views

Hello, for creating a WordPress site via One-Click WordPress create;

  • IP Address of Ubuntu Server is given
  • IP Address of (A Record) is different and already existent on the Registrar service DNS Zone console.

How newly created WordPress platform load, with Ubuntu Server IP Address, if I did input domain name, ?


Or, do I need change the domain’s IP Address (A record) to match what Digital Ocean supply as IP Address for the Ubuntu Server where Wordpress one-click is built on ?

Or, I can have both different IP Addresses; IP Address for Ubuntu Server of WordPress installation; and domain’s IP Address which is an A Record set in a different provider DNS Zone ?


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Hello, @mystagogue

When you create/install the droplet the domain name is used in order to install WordPress and configure the domain name with the installation. This is needed because WordPress needs a domain name in order to complete the installation. You can always change this in the future, but this is separate process.

If you want to make the site live from the DigitalOcean’s droplet you will need to change the A record for the domain name to point to the IP address of the droplet/server. The other option will be to change the domain name’s nameservers to ours and manage the domain’s DNS through our control panel.

If you do not point the domain name to the droplet (using the A record), you can still view the WordPress installation, but you will need to alter/change your local hosts file. Let me know if you want to know more about this.

Hope this helps!


  • Hello Alex,

    Thank you for your comprehensive answer.

    “WordPress needs a domain name in order to complete the installation”; would the existent IP Address of the Domain( A Record) matter during the installation (which is different than the Ubuntu Server IP Address)?

    That is because I won’t be able to tell what is the Droplet’s IP Address (that the Droplet will be established as a WordPress One-Click server, with a specific domain name of a certain IP Address / A Record), until the Droplet is created. Would it be an issue to change the utilized Domain name after the creating process to match the Droplet’s IP, only via the DNS Zone.

    Or there are other steps needs to be taken through SSH into the server and update the new IP Address?

    That is because when I am to add or assign a Hostname to the server in the Droplet’s setup page before clicking ‘create’, it will be, let’s say, and that is to match my website domain name and IP Address (with an already established IP Address, that will differ from the Server’s IP Address when the creation process is completed)

    Do you see where I am trying to get at? 2 different IP Addresses will be there as the Ubunty Server is ready:

    1- Hostname ( IP Address (which includes the website / domain name ( IP Address.

    2- Droplet IP Address, which will be what ever Digital Ocean assigns to the WordPress Server.