How do I make my custom name servers work with my VPS?

February 25, 2016 965 views
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Hello! On my domain name registrar, I already created ns1.example.com and ns2.example.com The IP Address of my droplet is 104.236.190.195 Both ns1.example.com and ns2.example.com are pointing to this IP Address.

What I want to do is to use my custom name servers with my VPS at DigitalOcean. How can I do this? I read various tutorials on A and CNAME records, but this has left me very confused. I'd appreciate the help :)

1 Answer

Hi, first I would make a floating ip and assign it to your VPS.
Then I would in the DO DNS set A-name to point to the floating IP.

Inside the webserver you also need to set up your domain.
If you want www.domain.tld to work, you have to add a subdomain to both the DNS on DO with A-name pointing to the same floating ip and the same subdomain has to be pointed from your webserver.

You can think of domains like street adress, multiple people can reside on the same adress.
The DNS is where people ask: "hey, where does yourdomain.tld live?" and then the DNS sees: ah, for your service you have to go to ip <.....>. Then the serverver sees what's requested and it maps the domain to the correct website.

Do you have nginx, apache, openlitespeed?

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