Question on setting Digital Ocean nameservers in Route 53

  • Posted August 3, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to read this, I’ve recently decided to move from AWS over to DO and I believe I am having a bit of trouble with setting my nameservers to point to DO in route 53.

The issue that leads me to believe this is that I have set up a droplet with dokku and when I try to IP Address / specified subdomain, I get “This Webpage is not available” - preventing me from actually setting up dokku.

Right now I have a hosted zone using Amazon’s nameservers and wish to get a subdomain on Digital Ocean’s name servers. In Route 53, I added an A type Record Set pointing at my DO droplet’s IP and added an NS Record Set listing the 3 DO nameservers that were specified in my droplet.

Really not sure what else could be the issue here, any assistance is greatly appreciated.



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For me, my problem was I was setting the name servers in the hosted zone, and not under the registered domain tab.

I used this guide to find the right place to set the name servers:

After this I was able to use Digital Ocean DNS.

Just came across this and followed Option A - I know this is an old post, but wanted to add that it took about 5 minutes for AWS to “catch up” and redirect traffic. I believe this was due to my “Time To Live” parameter of 300 seconds which was set in Route 53 for the rule I used. Basically, the old (AWS) IP address was cached and after the 300 seconds had passed, my new (DO) IP address was added.

@jesin I’m in the same boat as the original poster and had went with option 1 thinking this would be easy. The A record works, I got to and the wordpress-droplet loads, but in my url bar the dns entry changes to the actual IP address. I’ve since edited my apache2/sites-enabled and ensured I had the site ServerName in place. I’ve also created domain records on the GUI… Thoughts?

When you set nameservers for a subdomain it is being delegated (aka handed over) to them. So making A record changes in AWS will not make any difference.

Assuming your domain is and subdomain is you have two options here:

Option 1:

In your AWS console create the following A record

Name: Type: A - IPv4 Address Value: IP.address.of.droplet

Option 2:

Create 3 NS records in AWS:

Name: Type: NS - Name Server Value:

Login to your DigitalOcean account, open the DNS section, click Add Domain and fill in the details:

Name: IP Address: IP.address.of.droplet

Hello Brad,

you can keep your nameservers and let NS records point to AWS IPs/domains and then create A record point at your Droplet IP.

If you’d like to use DO nameservers, you can change your NS records to:

and create domain record (equivalent to A record) in DO control panel under “DNS” menu option on left after you log in.

EDIT: Here’s some more on this topic -