How to redirect to ?

  • Posted on September 6, 2023
  • DNS
  • renatovAsked by Renato

My main objetive is to redirect to I have my account at linktree all set up. I’ve already bought and set Godaddy’s Name Servers to look for Digitalocean’s DNS for directions. I’ve also used Digitalocean’s DNS to create a “CNAME” entry to redirect WWW to @. But now I’m stuck because an “A” entry will only let me specify an IP or a resource that I own on Digitalocean. What should I do? How do I redirect to my linktree link using Digitalocean DNS config?

PS: this is just a temporary redirect while I create my site

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September 6, 2023


While you can use DNS to create an alias with a CNAME record (like making point to, DNS by itself doesn’t handle HTTP redirects (like redirecting users who visit to You need a Droplet and a WebService like Apache or Nginx to do that.

Set up a DigitalOcean Droplet:

  • Create a small droplet.
  • Install Nginx on it. If it’s an Ubuntu droplet, you can use:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install nginx

Nginx Configuration:

  • Edit the default Nginx configuration or create a new one. For simplicity, you can edit the default:
sudo nano /etc/nginx/sites-available/default

Remove the current server block and replace with the following:

server {
    listen 80;
    location / {
        return 301;

Set A Record:

-   In DigitalOcean's DNS management, set an "A" record for `` (and `` if desired) to point to the IP address of the droplet you just set up.


-   Wait for DNS propagation. Depending on various factors, it may take anywhere from a few minutes to 48 hours (usually on the shorter side if it's a new domain).
-   Now, when you visit ``, it should redirect to ``.

Note on HTTPS: If you plan to use HTTPS for, you’ll need to set up a certificate (e.g., using Let’s Encrypt) and adjust the Nginx configuration accordingly.

While the above process requires maintaining a droplet, it gives you flexibility. Once you have your website ready, you can reconfigure the Nginx server to serve your website instead of redirecting to Linktree.

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