Unable to open my website even after setting up domain name

  • Posted December 30, 2014


I am new to DO and Ghost platform. I have successfully setup the droplet and set the domain name as directed in the blog post “How To Use the DigitalOcean Ghost Application”. But I am unable to open the website through domain name. I can only open it through IP address.

What should I do?


No, there has been no problem whatsoever. When I browse to my domain name, it won’t just load up. It says ‘Server not found’. But when I enter the IP address, it opens immediately. Yes I have configured DNS to point to my droplet. I have double checked the spellings too.

Hi! Do you get any errors when you try to browse to your domain name? Have you configured DNS to point your domain name to your droplet?

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It is the liability of your hosting company not yours. There may be some technical issue that would only be solved by hosting company. Possibilities of such problem occurrence is only when your domain is expired and not renewed. You should check Tucows/OpenSRS list and if your domain is listed there, you need to renew it by contacting your domain registrar.

Presuming that you have correctly setup an A record pointing your domain name to the droplet’s IP address, there are two files you’ll also want to edit on the server in order to get up and running using the domain name rather than the IP address.

First, edit your Nginx configuration at /etc/nginx/sites-available/ghost and change the current server_name from to your domain name.

Next, edit your Ghost blog’s configuration file at /var/www/ghost/config.js and update the production url as well:

    production: {
        url: '',

Finally, restart both for the changes to take effect:

service ghost restart
service nginx restart

Check out this tutorial for all the information on using the Ghost One-Click app: