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Is there a way to connect a domain to Digital Ocean without having Digital Ocean as the namespace?

I’m getting started with spaces and am trying to use spaces.company.com as the subdomain for caching, but it’s telling me there isn’t a domain with Digital Ocean namespaces set up.

I’m assuming this means the ns1.digitalocean.com ns2.digitalocean.com ns3.digitalocean.com namespace records haven’t been configured, which they haven’t. The problem is when I set those records up I lose access to my Webflow site, which is what is displayed when I go to company.com.

I want to keep it so that the Webflow site is displayed when I go to company.com but I need the subdomain spaces.company.com to be for my Digital Ocean Spaces. Is there a way to get a certificate for the subdomain without adding the three Digital Ocean namespace records to the site? Like I said, when I do that I’m not able to access the frontend website.


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Hi there,

Yes this should doable, what you could do is rather than changing your name servers, you could add NS records for your subdomain.

To do so head over to your current active DNS zone and add the following:

  • spaces.company.com - NS record -> ns1.digitalocean.com
  • spaces.company.com - NS record -> ns2.digitalocean.com
  • spaces.company.com - NS record -> ns3.digitalocean.com

Then add the spaces.company.com subdomain as an actual domain under your DigitalOcean account.

That way you will be able to manage the DNS zone for that subdomain name via DigitalOcean, and your main domain name’s DNS zone would remain where it is currently.

Let me know how it goes.

Best,

Bobby