How to link dnsimple domain to digitalocean?

April 8, 2015 5.7k views


I'm new with the Digital Ocean. Currently I have set up my droplet and I've managed to connect to my droplet with Putty SSH connection. The thing that I don't get, is that I can't link my dnsimple domain to Digital Ocean.

I tried to follow this guide, but I didn't get any response with the whois query:

Here's the picture from my dnsimple domain page

Oh and when I try to access my www site created I get this error message in Chrome: ERRNAMENOT_RESOLVED

  • I can't see a lot from the screenshot you provided but the steps to point your domain should be:

    1.) Set the nameservers for your domain to


    With your registrar, in this case dnsimple

    2.) Create a new record for your domain in the DNS section of the DigitalOcean control panel pointing it to your droplet.

    The changes made in step 1 may take up to 24 hours to take effect depending on your registrar. The changes in step 2 may take up to 2-3 hours to take effect but usually take effect within a couple minutes.

  • Thank ryanpq for quick response.

    Actually, I have already both steps that you mentioned:

    Step one.:
    Step two:

    Am I missing something or is there some typos in links?
    Thanks in advance.

  • Another option is to let us (DNSimple) handle the DNS as well. Simply create an A record using the IP address for your droplet and a CNAME for www pointing to your second-level domain. If you need more help I can help here or at support at

  • Hi,

    I did as you said. I have A record using the droplets IP address. But when I tried to CNAME it with the following inputs, it failed:
    Enter name: www
    Enter hostname: hostname without the .work ending.

    This is because when I tried to use second-level domain it extended with the hostname like this:

    The hostname replies at the moment with the 'Non-Existend Domain' error message. Why it is saying so?

    Another question is that why I can ping my droplet, but not access the website using droplets ip address?

    I'm delighted how eagerly people are helping me out here.


    My bad I didn't get the meaning of SLD the first time. So the TLD in this case is .work and SLD is same as my hostname. So now I changed hostname to hostname. Now when I'm trying to accesss the my hostname with web browser, instead of getting the 'Non-Existend Domain' error code, I get the same error 'ERRNAMENOT_RESOLVED'. The error text continues as:"

    The server at *.work can't be found, because the DNS lookup failed. DNS is the network service that translates a website's name to its Internet address. This error is most often caused by having no connection to the Internet or a misconfigured network. It can also be caused by an unresponsive DNS server or a firewall preventing Google Chrome from accessing the network."

    So there seems to be still some problems with linking the hostname with the droplets IP-address.

    I still can't ping my hostname. Pinging droplets IP address works well.

  • It looks like it's working now:

    ~ » nslookup
    Non-authoritative answer:
    ~ » nslookup
    Non-authoritative answer:

    Try clearing your (local) DNS cache and then pinging the hostname.

  • Hey,
    Pinging works after I flushed the DNS!

    However, I'm still not able access the hostname via web browser or ping address.

    Well, atleast I can continue with the LAMP installation. :)

  • The website loads but it's a blank page. Are you sure the IP address is correct? It's pointing to an Amazon VM.

  • what if you have registered your domain with 'namecheap' but also, because of that github thing, i can use DNSimple for free for a while, so I figured I would try it out. Does it make any sense to use namecheap, and DNSimple and Digitalocean all in conjunction with one another?

    Still I've not been able to access my site, and the support from dnsimple is abysmal.

    How to get my site online?

  • Hi,

    Can someone explain why refers to the correct ip = But when I try to ping I get the previously mentioned Amazon vm :

    Nameservers in DNSSimple:

    Name servers manage your domain resolution.
    Secondary DNS enabled

    DNS in DigitalOcean

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