Hello,

I have recently purchased a domain (uxbe.com) and I am looking to point it to a Digital Ocean droplet.

Question: What are the name servers required to do this?

Should I just keep DNS where it is? I believe my email host thexyz.com has the DNS and I can just point to IP of server.

What is the best way to go about this?

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Hi! Grats on the new domain. If you like, it is perfectly fine keeping the registrar’s DNS name servers and pointing the domain to your Droplet’s IP.

If you want or need to change it later, you can do so at any time, really.

If you do want to manage the DNS records via your DigitalOcean Cloud account, here’s a handy tutorial on doing so:
How To Point to DigitalOcean Nameservers From Common Domain Registrars

Hope this helps and good luck!

by Josh Barnett
by Kathleen Juell
DNS is the naming system that is used to bind a domain name to a web server. In this guide, we will change the nameservers for a domain that we have registered and point it to a DigitalOcean Droplet.
  • Great, although I think I will leave DNS where it is for now and simply point to IP as last time my emails stopped working.

    I guess there are some additional name servers required for that.

Hi! Grats on the domain :)

It’s perfectly OK to keep your registrar’s DNS name servers and just create the record(s) you need to point to your Droplet’s IP. You can always change this later if needed.

However, if you want to manage your Domain in your DigitalOcean Cloud account, you can do that too - DO DNS is very fast and reliable plus the interface is as simple as it could be.

Here’s a tutorial for changing your domain’s name servers to DigitalOcean’s:

How To Point to DigitalOcean Nameservers From Common Domain Registrars

Hope this helps and good luck!

by Josh Barnett
by Kathleen Juell
DNS is the naming system that is used to bind a domain name to a web server. In this guide, we will change the nameservers for a domain that we have registered and point it to a DigitalOcean Droplet.

Sorry for the double post earlier - try changing the name servers back.

If you switch to another DNS provider’s name servers, you have to re-create all existing DNS records, too - eg, you would have to re-create any MX records for email.

If you don’t switch name servers, you simply need to add the one A record pointed at your Droplet IP at your existing DNS service provider.

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