My domain's DNS never works

Well, I have a droplet running within DigitalOcean, and then I decided to create an A domain within DigitalOcean with my application’s IP. Inside my droplet, through Nginx, I configured my server with the IP and my port directing it to the domain link.

Although inside my droplet I’m able to call my API through the domain link with a status 200 OK using a curl command, outside the droplet (browser, Postman, PC terminal) when I call the API using curl, it never recognizes it.

So, I gave up trying to run directly with the DigitalOcean domain and started using another registration service, calling my DigitalOcean domain by ‘,’ ‘’… However, to my surprise, the registration service says that the search with was refused. So, would this be a DNS issue? I can’t understand why my domain on DigitalOcean never works.

PS: Requesting my API by IP and port works normally, but when it comes to the domain this never happens.

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December 25, 2023

Heya @rayjunqueira,

First, if you aim to control your DNS from DigitalOcean, you need to change your Domain’s nameservers to

Remember, you need to change the Nameservers from where your Domain is controlled at. This means where you’ve bought it. Once you have changed the Nameservers, you can follow this tutorial on how to add your DNS to DigitalOcean:

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December 24, 2023


If the domain name is using DigtalOcean’s nameservers you can setup the DNS records within your DigitalOcean account. If the domain name is using third-party nameservers the DNS records will need to be configured from the other provider’s service.

DNS changes also take some time in order to update. This will usually clear in few hours, but changes can also take up to 48 hours due to DNS cache from the ISPs.

Happy holidays!

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