Digital Ocean doesn’t provide a service like the one you’re looking for – but there is a way to use NameCheap’s services and still have your name point to your droplet.
The consequence of using NameCheap’s name servers instead of your own is that things like PTR records will be handled at NameCheap, not here on Digital Ocean. But ths is probably what you want. Also, f your IP address for your droplet changes for any reason, you’ll need to go to NameCheap to update it. The same is true for adding subdomains, etc.
- Go to the DigitalOcean DNS panel, and look up the IP address of your droplet. Keep this up for reference.
- Go to NameCheap, and select “Transfer DNS Back to Us”
- Go to NameCheap, and select “All Host Records”
- Copy records over from the DNS page on Digital Ocean
- For example, hostname ’@’ should have the IP address of your server, and it should be an ‘a’ record.
- Don’t include the Digital Ocean 'ns’ entries.
You should now be able to forward mail using NameCheap, and access to your host name should point to the droplet.
EDIT: Any idea how to do second-level indentation?
EDIT 2: Oh, the markdown’s not working properly. ..anyways, the last two list items above should be indented.
EDIT 3: Also, note that the service provided by NameCheap is only a forwarding service, you won’t be able to set it up in gmail as a proper email address.