Set up non DigitalOcean DNS

  • Posted September 16, 2015
  • DNS

I am using godaddy DNS. All my records are set up there. How do I point those A records to DigitalOcean. If I understand correctly, creating DNS records at DigitalOcean will interfere with all my other records, right?


If you have a droplet on DigitalOcean and a domain purchased elsewhere, just edit domain’s DNS settings (in your case at godaddy) so that A records point at your droplet’s IP address.

Let me add to this: I will create A records at godaddy that point to my DigitalOcean IP address. How do I configure the DigitalOcean side of things to accept the requests?

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In Apache you can copy the default file, and edit the new VHOST to handle your requests. Or you can simply create a new VHOST and just add whats needed. If you don’t want to use the default config, go to #2;

sudo cp /etc/apache2/sites-available/000-default.conf /etc/apache2/sites-available/

#2Now edit the new vhost (or create a new one):

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/

And you should use a simple, but efficient config like this:

<VirtualHost *:80>
    DocumentRoot /var/www/
    ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
    CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined

I am not sure were the default directory of Wordpress is, since I never use the one-click application wizard. Just check where it is, and make sure you use the proper one at DocumentRoot Now enable your VHOST and everything should work fine:

sudo a2ensite

EDIT Just run a droplet with the wordpress app installed to test, the default directory is /var/www/html. So inside your VHOST, use: DocumentRoot /var/www/html