How to redirect non-www to www in DigitalOcean App platform built website and Godaddy domain

Hi all,

I have designed a website using React and Django. Both end are working through DO app platform using github repositories. I have purchased the domain from Godaddy. Everything is finished now and I want to connect my domain to my website. I followed the DO instructions and changed the nameserver on Godaddy. The website is working now with but it is not working with I want to redirect the non-www to www for anyone mistakenly tries that.

Problem is there is no way I could find in DO settings. I can’t create an ‘A’ redirect because the forwarded value is not an IP address but it is an url given by DO for the app. I cannot do that from godaddy settings ‘forwarding’ options because this just resets all the nameservers back to godaddy nameservers.

Is there a way to do this?

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Bobby Iliev
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April 4, 2023

Hi there,

Note that not all DNS providers support this method for root domains, known as CNAME flattening or using an ANAME or ALIAS record. I believe that GoDaddy does not support this yet.

What you could do instead, is to switch your DNS management to DigitalOcean:

  • First add your domain name to your DigitalOcean account
  • Then add any of your existing DNS records that you might need like an MX record for example
  • Finally update your nameservers to:

That way when you add your non-www domain name to your App Platform, it will automatically take care of the DNS records for you.

Let me know if you have any questions!



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