How to correctly set DNS entries to Namecheap as subdomain

This is the part I’m currently at: Thing is, it’s really confusing to set up the correct DNS, since it takes 24 hours to check if they’re right. What I want is to have a server block that is connected with a subdomain in Namecheap. In my Networking panel in DO I set up a domain and the DNS entry is Type A, hostname and value Now in Namecheap the same: A Record, and value

Am I missing something? When I whip up the website it says DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN, even after 24 hours. I saw that I had to put in


Into Namecheap, but that would be for the root domain, right? It does confus me alot and I hope to find a solution. The root domain for points to another server.

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Bobby Iliev
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March 10, 2024
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To correctly set up a subdomain with DNS entries in Namecheap and point it to a server managed by DigitalOcean, you need to understand the roles of different DNS records and where they should be configured. Since your root domain ( is hosted elsewhere and you want only the subdomain ( to point to the DigitalOcean server, you’ll need to set up specific DNS records carefully.

  1. Since you’re not moving your main domain to DigitalOcean, you don’t need to change your domain’s nameservers to DigitalOcean’s (,, You only need to create a DNS record for the subdomain within DigitalOcean’s networking panel:

    • Record Type: A
    • Hostname: (or just sub if DigitalOcean autofills the domain part)
    • Value (points to): (your server’s IP address)
  2. In your Namecheap DNS settings for, you need to add a record that points to your DigitalOcean server:

    • Record Type: A
    • Host: sub (just the subdomain part, without the main domain)
    • Value: (your DigitalOcean server’s IP address)

    This setup tells the DNS system that when someone requests, they should be directed to your DigitalOcean server.

  3. DNS changes can take some time to propagate, typically up to 24 hours, but often it’s much quicker. You can check the status of your DNS propagation using tools like

  4. If, after the propagation period, still isn’t resolving to your server, double-check the following:

    • Ensure there are no conflicting records in Namecheap (like another A record or CNAME for sub).
    • Verify the IP address is correctly entered and corresponds to your DigitalOcean server.
    • Check if the DigitalOcean side settings are correct and if the domain is properly added to the networking panel.
  5. Make sure your server is configured to respond to requests for If you’re using Nginx, this involves setting up a server block for If you’re using another web server, the configuration would be similar in context.

Let me know how it goes!



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March 9, 2024

Heya @eriksachse,

So, the Nameservers show from where your DNS is being controlled by however the subdomain DNS would be controlled by where your root domain’s DNS is.

Basically, there is no need to create your subdomain in DigitalOcean as a domain. What you need to do is add an A record for your subdomain where’s DNS is being controlled by. If it’s Namecheap, then that is the place where you should add the DNS for your subdomain.

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