IP Address not Domain Name in browser address bar

Posted January 20, 2020 116 views


I don’t seem to have entered my DNS A, CNAME records correctly. If I visit the site from a Google search the IP address of the droplet stays in the address bar.

If I type ‘’ into the address bar it is replaced by the IP address. If I type ’’ into the address bar it is replaced by '

My DNS A record looks like this:

A - - directs to: - TTL 3600

My DNS CNAME record looks like this:

CNAME - - is an alias of

It’s almost as if I need an IP address to domain name rule but I can’t seem to add one like that…

Any ideas?

Thank you!


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2 answers

Hi @CarverFan,

I can confirm your DNS is perfectly fine. You need to check your Web Service’s configuration whether it’s Apache or Nginx. From there you can actually resolve this matter.

If you are using Apache, you can read this DigitalOcean article, it will show you how to create the proper Apache vhost file - Article

If you are using Nginx, in that case here is another DigitalOcean article which will help - Article

Take a look at the relevant article for you and see if you have actually missed anything while configuring your droplet.


by Josh Barnett
The Apache web server is extremely powerful and flexible, which is why it's the most popular way of serving web content. Apache can host multiple domains or interfaces on one server by splitting sites into separate virtual hosts. In this guide, we will walk you through how to set up Apache virtual hosts on a CentOS 7 VPS.

Thanks KDsys,

I’ve followed the instructions and made the recommended changes. If I access the site through Google Chrome it still appears to have the same problem but this may be just caching as Tor and IE seem to be working OK.

Thank you!

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