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I have a domain registered with Wix which I want to point at one of my droplets, what do I need to change and where?

Posted October 8, 2019 2.5k views
DNS

Hi

I need a wix registered domain pointed at a droplet, but I’m a little lost as to where I change the information and what I change that information with.

Thank you in advance.

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Hello, @jbaledev

Since the domain name is bought from Wix the DNS zone should be controlled /edited from there. What you need to do is to point the A record of the domain name to the IP address of your droplet.

You should be able to make this change from Wix’s control panel:

Editing DNS Records in Your Wix Account
Go to the My Domains page. Note: If you have more than one domain in your account, select the relevant domain.
Click the Advanced tab.
Click Edit DNS.
Edit the relevant records,e.g
point the A record of your domain to the IP address of your droplet
Click Save DNS.

Let me know how it goes.

  • Hi

    I’ve done that now, is the anything I need to do in the Networking tab in the login area? Also currently, there is a www.exampledomain.com CNAME in the wix backend, will I need to point that as well?

    • The CNAME of the www can be pointed to your domain name, e.g www.exampledomain.com CNAME pointed to exampledomain.com

      Keep in mind that the DNS changes might take up to 24 hours due to DNS cache and standard propagation time. However your domain name should start resolving/loading in your browser soon.

      Let me know if you have any questions.

  • can I use my Floating ID instead? Was it only the A Record need to be update from Wix Domain Manager?

    • Hello, @SephiaSky

      You can point your domain name to a floating IP address. All you need to do is the change the A record for your domain or subdomain from the DNS zone.

      Let me know if you have any questions.

      Regards,
      Alex

I’m glad everything is working as expected! :)

Hello, @SephiaSky

You can point your domain name to a floating IP address. All you need to do is the change the A record for your domain or subdomain from the DNS zone.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Regards,
Alex

  • thanks for the quick reply! So, I manage to assigned my droplet ip address by change A record on wix but the problem is that my domain name, when I try to search it, still pulls up my old Wix website instead of my new website in DO. Its like www.mydomain.com gets my old wix website but when I use http://[droplet ipaddress]:8080, I get the website in DO. Any idea how to fix this?

    • Hello, @SephiaSky

      Keep in mind that DNS changes might take up to 24 hours in order to fully propagate and update. It usually happens a lot faster but still you will need to a wait for some time. What you can do is to check the DNS propagation using this website and check if the new IP address is shown:

      https://www.whatsmydns.net

      Let me know how it goes.

      Regards,
      Alex

      • I didn’t get a single checkmark on www.whatsmydns.net when search for my droplet IP address. I guess I should give it 48hrs.

        • Hello, @SephiaSky

          You need to enter your domain name and check for the A record. This will show you the DNS propagation for your domain name.

          Let me know how it goes.

          Regards,
          Alex

          • thanks for the reply! mydomain.com is already in the A record when checking it the first time. All I did is to update the ip address. Do I have to change cname pointing to? is says wix.domian.net or something. I notice my DO domain has ns1.digitalocean.com but it wont let me do all up to ns3.

Hello, @SephiaSky

If the A record for the domain is already pointed to the IP address of your droplet you should be okay.

If you have a CNAME for www, e.g www.yourdomain.com it’s supposed to be a CNAME for yourdomain.com, so once you’ve pointed your main domain yourdomain.com to DigitalOcean’s droplet this will be good too. I’m not sure if you’re using wix.yourdomain.com for something.

If you’re having trouble to update your nameservers from external domain provider you can check this link:

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-point-to-digitalocean-nameservers-from-common-domain-registrars

Hope this helps!

Regards,
Alex

by Josh Barnett
by Kathleen Juell
DNS is the naming system that is used to bind a domain name to a web server. In this guide, we will change the nameservers for a domain that we have registered and point it to a DigitalOcean Droplet.
  • Both A record and CNAME has mydomain.com. Beside from pointing A record to my droplet ip address, I changed CNAME pointing to ns.digitalocean.com, I copied it from DO Domain Manager. Under Wix Name Servers , it says NS (Name Servers) NS records are not editable. I also tried clicking on Check connection and says to restart setup wizard or something.
    It tells me the following:

    • Your domain settings were successfully updated
    • It may take up to 48 hours for your domain to be visible worldwide. We’ll send an email to mywixaccount@email.com when your domain connection is live.

    Now, my website is offline.

    • Hello, @SephiaSky

      What happens when you check the DNS propagation with the website I’ve sent you earlier: https://www.whatsmydns.net

      Also can you confirm that your website has been migrated/transfer to your DigitalOcean droplet, e.g you’ve created your site on the droplet as well?

      Let me know how it goes.

      Regards,
      Alex

      • thanks for the reply! I check my drop IP address using the this website https://www.whatsmydns.net. Sadly, all still show X. So, I think it did not propagate to all servers or they are still working on it. I haven’t received an email from Wix so I think they are still working on it. I also contacted Wix support for help but they gave a solution to move the domain to Wix which I don’t want since DO isn’t a registrar.

        • Hello, @SephiaSky

          You need to check your domain name as this will show you the actual DNS propagation. Also you can always to DNS checks/queries using the console/terminal as well.

          Wix support team should be able to help you to point your domain name to your DigitalOcean’s droplet.

          Regards,
          Alex

          • Thanks again! I just check https://www.whatsmydns.net/ and both A record and CNAM show all check. Wix support team told me that I need to unassigned my domain to my old Wix site I have created. They said that the records I update will start the propagation period after I am completely unassigned from my domain to my old Wix website. It wasn’t clear if it would take another 48hrs though. But I can wait.

Hello, @SephiaSky

Hopefully this will be sorted in less than 48 hours. Let me know how it goes.

Regards,
Alex

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