How do you point a subdomain to DigitalOcean without using or the original domain or changing nameservers?

Posted January 20, 2017 9k views
DNSUbuntu 16.04

I am using namecheap as my domain registrar for a domain, say Because of the way I have things set up and pointing somewhere else, I cannot change the nameservers or use and therefore want to use a subdomain, say, to point to a Ubuntu 16.04 droplet with an example IP of

Based on what I have been reading, I believe it is possible to point to subdomains without changing the nameservers of on namecheap, but whatever I try does not seem to work.

My questions are:

  • What exactly do I need to do to the DNS settings on namecheap?
  • Is OR is my domain that I create under DigitalOcean?
  • What exactly do I need to do for the DNS configuration on DigitalOcean?

Thank you all for any help!!! :)

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Very useful post.

I’m using GoDaddy as register and my web server is hosted elsewhere. I’d like to point a subdomain to a Digital Ocean’s droplet.

May I ask if, adding an A record as you said, allows me to install and secure Nginx with Let’s Encrypt on the droplet following the provided tutorials from Digital Ocean itself?
Will I miss something when comparing to the standard procedure of creating a whole new domain and pointing on Digital Ocean using, ns2.dig....etc ?

Thanks for the support.

Create an A-Record pointing to that IP wherever you control your current nameservers.