Manage DNS from domain registrar, instead of from DigitalOcean DNS settings

Posted August 16, 2019 1.8k views
DNSUbuntu 18.04

Hi commnunity,

Can I point my DigitalOcean (DO) droplet IP to A record (for */@/ftp/mail/www) in my Registrar dashboard, instead of add DO namespace to Registrar then add record in DO domain settings?
Are there any differences between 2 approaches?

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Hi @dzuncoi,

yes, what you are intending to do is entirely possible. There is no difference where you manage your DNS. It’s up to personal preference.

Kind regards,
Kalin D.

Are there any differences between 2 approaches?

Apart from having to utilize two separate dashboards, there is no difference in these two approaches.

Also, make sure that your DNS service has a good uptime, otherwise your services might face downtime ultimately. Most of the service providers have 99.9% uptime, so you will be good.

Performance offered by DigitalOcean is among the top 3 as noted here by DNSPerf.

Last but not least, take a look here at the services to check during DNS service provider selection and then make the decision.

  • Thanks for pointing out the uptime matter :)
    By the way, can I ask what is the good approach to switch domain from my previous vps to DigitalOcean? Since changing record in Registrar dashboard may take up 3hrs to be valid.

    • Although this depends on your infrastructure and how you have designed the availability for the solution.

      A simple way would be to deploy a replica of your solution on DigitalOcean, while keeping the data sources intact (your SQL databases, cache instances, etc.) and utilize internal traffic managers to forward traffic to DigitalOcean—all using the DNS itself.

      If you would share more insights on how you have designed this, we can provide a better solution for you to apply. :-)