Having trouble making my first website with ghost droplet

Hi guys, amateur here. As I am following through this tutorial ( I encountered this problem after I entered my email in “enter your email (For SSL Certificate)” [this is at 10:27 in the video]

1) SystemError

Message: Your domain name is not pointing to the correct IP address of your server, check your DNS has propagated and run `ghost setup ssl` again

Debug Information:
    OS: Ubuntu, v20.04.3 LTS
    Node Version: v14.18.1
    Ghost Version: 4.32.1
    Ghost-CLI Version: 1.18.1
    Environment: production
    Command: 'ghost install --auto --db=mysql --dbhost=localhost --dbname=ghost_production --dbuser=ghost --dbpass=b92a2c2d9ab25d16a3ffa7068d73f320bc3d7feb58ca934d --dir=/var/www/ghost --start'

I went close the windows terminal and went to type "ssh root@use.your.droplet.ip’ again. but it showed no system error .as I went into my domain, I am unable to see the ghost page. I am unsure of what to do, my domain is now showing a bad gateway. I need your assistance. you are my only hope…

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Bobby Iliev
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January 12, 2022
Accepted Answer

Hi there,

In order to issue a valid SSL certificate using Let’s Encrypt, you need to have a domain name and point your domain name to the server IP address.

You can follow the steps here on how to manage your DNS here:

If you do not have a domain name, then you could use the server IP instead without an SSL certificate.

Hope that this helps! Best, Bobby

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