Why would I want to change my domain nameservers to Digital Ocean?

Posted June 23, 2015 2.4k views

I’ve been developing my website and deploying it to my digital ocean server.

I’ve recently purchased my domain name. I’m getting close to launch. I assumed that when I would like to launch my site, I would log into my domain name registrar, and change my A and CNAME records to point to my Digital Ocean server IP address.

Digital Ocean’s instructions say that I should change my nameservers to Digital Ocean’s nameservers, then set up my DNS records there. Why should I do this?

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Your site will work either way so it’s really a matter of preference. If your domain is pointed to DigitalOcean’s nameservers you can manage it via the same control panel as your droplets or even via the API. Additionally our nameservers are proxied via CloudFlare making them fast and less vulnerable to attack.