Setup sub-domain from a different host pointed to droplet running Apache

Given I have an domain hosted on a different name-server different from Digital Ocean’s. Tutorials and links say to add an A record for the sub-domain using the DNS manager of the current host. I did that and added an sub-domain and pointed it to the IP address of the droplet running the application to be hosted on the sub-domain.

Now, the A records look like so

Zone id. 	************

Record Id 	***********


Class 	IN

Type 	A

Status 	Active

Value 	dropletIPAddressHere

TTL 	7200

Creation Date 	2019-05-15 03:54:22.909377 

Now, in my droplet, I have Apache configured like so


        ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost
        DocumentRoot /var/www/html/public

        <Directory />
                Options FollowSymLinks
                AllowOverride None

        <Directory /var/www/html>
                AllowOverride All

However, I still can’t reach the application through the sub-domain URL but using it’s IP address things work just fine. Is there anything I still need to do on my end? Please help!!!

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The way that you’ve configured both your DNS and your Apache Vhost look correct, note that it might take between 1 and 72 hours for the DNS to propagate over the Globe before your domain name actually starts resolving from the new IP address.

Hope that this helps! Regards, Bobby