How do I set a domain name?

Posted April 20, 2020 13.2k views
Ubuntu 18.04

I’m overly confused on this topic, I just want people to access my droplet through a human readable URL and not an IP.

Where do I begin? I’m kinda lost

Thank you

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Hi there @jouo,

If you would like to manage your DNS settings via your DigitalOcean account directly, what you would need to do first is to add your domain name under your DigitalOcean account, to do this you can follow the steps here:

Once you’ve added the domain name under your DigitalOcean account, you have to create an A record for your domain name that points to your Droplet’s IP address, and a CNAME record for your www version to point to your main domain. You can follow the steps on how to do that here:

After that, you have to change your Nameservers to:


You have to do that via your account, you can do this by following the steps here:

Once you change the Nameservers it can take up to a few hours for the DNS to propagate and then you will be able to see your website as normal.

Let me know if you have any questions.

by Josh Barnett
by Kathleen Juell
DNS is the naming system that is used to bind a domain name to a web server. In this guide, we will change the nameservers for a domain that we have registered and point it to a DigitalOcean Droplet.

Adding to this, I acquired a domain name through service, I just don’t know how to use that domain name to point to my droplet.