How to assign a subdomain to my Django project on Digital ocean Droplet?

We already have a website called Now i am building a Django App on a Digital ocean Droplet. i am able to access it using the ip-address. But we want to have it called for sharing it with our users. On my domain providers, I already added an A record like the below Host- reporting Type - A Content - <ip-address> of digital ocean droplet

However, I keep getting the following message when i try to access

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Okay I have resolved the issue. So I will answer this for future reference of other people.

You need to check 2 important places.

  1. /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/<your_project>

If you want your django app with just the subdomain, your project file in sites-enabled should look like below.

server {
    listen 80;
    server_name <ip-address>;

    location = /favicon.ico { access_log off; log_not_found off; }
    location /static/ {
        root /home/eleena/reporting_app;

    location / {
        include proxy_params;
        proxy_pass http://unix:/home/eleena/reporting_app.sock;

The dot in front of is not a typo. This basically says any sub domain for

  1. file in Django App

You have to set ALLOWED_HOSTS this way. ALLOWED_HOSTS = ['ip-address', ''] Again is preceded with a dot.

In the question, I already mentioned that I created an A record with following details.

Host- reporting
Type - A
Content - <ip-address> of digital ocean droplet

After this, restart your nginx server. sudo systemctl restart nginx

Now, theoretically it should work. But if it doesn’t (as it didn’t for me), you have to shutdown and restart your droplet.

sudo shutdown -r now

My Django app started to work after this activity. Hope it helps.

The good news is your A record is pointing to your Droplet and is resolving correctly.

I assume you have created a Nginx conf for your subdomain and set the server_name property to

Restart Nginx after setting your conf by running:

systemctl restart nginx