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How to Point to DigitalOcean Nameservers From Common Domain Registrars

PostedOctober 24, 2014 187.9k views Getting Started DNS DigitalOcean

Introduction

DNS, or "Domain Name System", is a naming system that is used to convert a server's host name into an IP address. DNS is what binds a domain name to a web server that is hosting that domain's content.

In this guide, we will bind a domain name to one of our Droplets by changing the domain name servers with the domain's registrar. The instructions will differ slightly depending on the domain registrar that you made your domain purchase through.

Step-by-step guides can be found in this guide for the following registrars:

  • GoDaddy
  • HostGator
  • Namecheap
  • 1&1
  • Name.com
  • Network Solutions
  • eNom
  • Gandi
  • Register.com
  • A Small Orange
  • iwantmyname
  • Google Domains beta

If your domain registrar is not included in the list, let us know in the comments so that we can add more popular registrars to the guide.

To learn more about DNS, including some common terminology and usage, check our our introduction to DNS.

Prerequisites

Before you begin with this guide, there are a few steps that need to be completed first.

You will need to have a Droplet deployed that you want to bind your domain to. If you haven't done this yet, you can follow this guide: How To Create Your First DigitalOcean Droplet Virtual Server

You will also need to have purchased a domain with one of the many domain registrars available. This may be one of the popular options below, or another company of your choice.

Once you have your Droplet and domain, and have the credentials needed to log in to your domain registrar's account management section, then you can continue with changing the nameservers with your registrar. Look for your domain registrar in the following sections. If your registrar is not present, check the documentation on the registrar's website.

Registrar: GoDaddy

This section of the guide was last updated on October 24, 2014

1. Sign in to your GoDaddy Account Manager.

2. Next to Domains, click Launch.

Launch Domain Panel

3. Select the domain name that you want to use with your Droplet.

4. Under Nameservers, click Manage.

Manage Nameservers

5. Under Setup type, select Custom.

Setup Type Custom

6. Select Add Nameserver.

7. Enter the following nameservers:

  • ns1.digitalocean.com
  • ns2.digitalocean.com
  • ns3.digitalocean.com

Note: You'll need to hit Add Another for each nameserver. Once you have entered all three, you can hit Finish to return to the nameservers menu. Also note that you will not need to add any IP addresses when adding this type of nameserver.

Add Nameservers

8. Click Save to apply your changes. Now you are ready to move on to connecting the domain with your Droplet in the DigitalOcean control panel. Check out the Conclusion section at the end of this article to read on what to do next.

Save Nameservers

Registrar: HostGator

This section of the guide was last updated on October 24, 2014

1. Click on Domains, then click on the Manage Domains tab.

Manage Domains

2. Sign in to your HostGator account.

3. Select the domain name that you want to use with your Droplet.

4. Click on the Name Servers tab.

Name Servers tab

5. Enter the following nameservers:

  • ns1.digitalocean.com
  • ns2.digitalocean.com
  • ns3.digitalocean.com

Hostgator Nameservers

6. Click Save Name Servers to apply your changes. Now you are ready to move on to connecting the domain with your Droplet in the DigitalOcean control panel. Check out the Conclusion section at the end of this article to read on what to do next.

Registrar: Namecheap

This section of the guide was last updated on October 24, 2014

1. Sign in to your Namecheap account and go to Manage Domains.

2. Select the domain name that you want to use with your Droplet.

3. Click on Transfer DNS to Webhost.

Transfer DNS to Webhost

4. Select Specify Custom DNS Servers.

5. Enter the following nameservers:

  • ns1.digitalocean.com
  • ns2.digitalocean.com
  • ns3.digitalocean.com

Enter DigitalOcean Nameservers

6. Click Save changes to apply your changes. Now you are ready to move on to connecting the domain with your Droplet in the DigitalOcean control panel. Check out the Conclusion section at the end of this article to read on what to do next.

Registrar: 1&1

This section of the guide was last updated on October 24, 2014

1. Sign in to your 1&1 account and go to Domain Center.

1&1 Domain Center

2. Select the domain name that you want to use with your Droplet.

3. Select the DNS Settings tab, then select Edit.

1&1 DNS Settings

4. Under Name servers, select Other name servers.

Other name servers

5.Enter the following nameservers:

  • ns1.digitalocean.com
  • ns2.digitalocean.com
  • ns3.digitalocean.com

Note: You'll need to select My secondary name servers under Additional name servers for the additional nameserver lines to appear.

Name Server Settings

6. Click Save to apply your changes. Now you are ready to move on to connecting the domain with your Droplet in the DigitalOcean control panel. Check out the Conclusion section at the end of this article to read on what to do next.

Registrar: Name.com

This section of the guide was last updated on October 24, 2014

1. Sign in to your Name.com account.

2. Select the domain name that you want to use with your Droplet.

3. Select the Nameservers tab, then select Delete All to remove the nameservers that are currently in place.

Current Nameservers

4. Enter the following nameservers:

  • ns1.digitalocean.com
  • ns2.digitalocean.com
  • ns3.digitalocean.com

Add Nameservers

5. Click Apply Changes. Now you are ready to move on to connecting the domain with your Droplet in the DigitalOcean control panel. Check out the Conclusion section at the end of this article to read on what to do next.

Registrar: Network Solutions

This section of the guide was last updated on October 27, 2014

1. Sign in to your Network Solutions account.

2. Select My Domain Names.

My Domain Names

3. Find the domain name that you want to use with your Droplet, then select Change Where Domain Points.

Change Where Domain Points

4. Select Domain Name Server (DNS), then select Continue.

My Domain Names

5. Enter the following nameservers:

  • ns1.digitalocean.com
  • ns2.digitalocean.com
  • ns3.digitalocean.com

Add Nameservers

6. Select Continue, then confirm your changes at the next page by selecting Apply Changes. Now you are ready to move on to connecting the domain with your Droplet in the DigitalOcean control panel. Check out the Conclusion section at the end of this article to read on what to do next.

Registrar: eNom

This section of the guide was last updated on October 27, 2014

1. Sign in to your eNom account.

2. Under Domains, select Registered. If you have multiple domains registered with eNom, select the domain name that you want to use with your Droplet.

Registered Domains

3. Select DNS Server Settings.

4. Under User our Name Servers?, select Custom.

5. Enter the following nameservers:

  • ns1.digitalocean.com
  • ns2.digitalocean.com
  • ns3.digitalocean.com

Add Nameservers

6. Select save, then confirm your changes in the popup by selecting OK. Now you are ready to move on to connecting the domain with your Droplet in the DigitalOcean control panel. Check out the Conclusion section at the end of this article to read on what to do next.

Registrar: Gandi

This section of the guide was last updated on October 27, 2014

1. Sign in to your Gandi account.

2. Select the domain name that you want to use with your Droplet.

3. Under Name servers, select Modify servers.

Modify servers

4. Enter the following nameservers:

  • ns1.digitalocean.com
  • ns2.digitalocean.com
  • ns3.digitalocean.com

Add Nameservers

5. Select Submit to apply your changes. Now you are ready to move on to connecting the domain with your Droplet in the DigitalOcean control panel. Check out the Conclusion section at the end of this article to read on what to do next.

Registrar: Register.com

This section of the guide was last updated on October 27, 2014

1. Sign in to your Register.com account.

2. Select the domain name that you want to use with your Droplet.

3. Under DOMAIN NAME SYSTEM SERVERS (DNS SERVERS), enter the following nameservers into the New DNS Server fields:

  • ns1.digitalocean.com
  • ns2.digitalocean.com
  • ns3.digitalocean.com

Add Nameservers

4. Select Continue, then confirm your changes at the next page by selecting Continue. Now you are ready to move on to connecting the domain with your Droplet in the DigitalOcean control panel. Check out the Conclusion section at the end of this article to read on what to do next.

Registrar: A Small Orange

This section of the guide was last updated on October 27, 2014

1. Sign in to your A Small Orange account and select My Domains.

My Domains

2. Find the domain name that you want to use with your Droplet, then select Manage Domain to the right of that domain name.

3. By default, A Small Orange locks your domain to prevent it from being transferred away without your authorization. This means that before we can change the nameservers, we'll need to disable this lock. Select the Registrar Lock tab, then select Disable Registrar Lock.

4. Select the Nameservers tab.

5. Enter the following nameservers:

  • ns1.digitalocean.com
  • ns2.digitalocean.com
  • ns3.digitalocean.com

Add Nameservers

6. Select Change Nameservers to apply your changes. Now you are ready to move on to connecting the domain with your Droplet in the DigitalOcean control panel. Check out the Conclusion section at the end of this article to read on what to do next.

Registrar: iwantmyname

This section of the guide was last updated on October 27, 2014

1. Sign in to your iwantmyname account and select the Domains tab.

2. Select the domain name that you want to use with your Droplet.

3. Under Nameservers, select update nameservers.

4. Unlike many other domain registrars, iwantmyname features a menu of popular web hosts with preconfigured DNS settings.

Popular settings menu

Choose DigitalOcean (ns1-3.digitalocean.com) from the dropdown menu, and the fields below will be automatically filled in with the correct settings.

Add Nameservers

5. Select Update nameservers to apply your changes. Now you are ready to move on to connecting the domain with your Droplet in the DigitalOcean control panel. Check out the Conclusion section at the end of this article to read on what to do next.

Registrar: Google Domains beta

This section of the guide was last updated on October 27, 2014

1. Sign in to your Google Domains account.

2. Select the domain name that you want to use with your Droplet.

3. Select the Advanced tab, then select Use custom name servers.

Use custom name servers

4. Enter the following nameservers:

  • ns1.digitalocean.com
  • ns2.digitalocean.com
  • ns3.digitalocean.com

Add Nameservers

Note: You'll need to hit the + to the right of the nameserver field to make more fields visible.

5. Select Save to apply your changes. Now you are ready to move on to connecting the domain with your Droplet in the DigitalOcean control panel. Check out the Conclusion section below to read on what to do next.

Conclusion

Once you have saved your changes to the nameservers listed with your domain, you will need to wait some time for the domain to propogate. This is when the domain registry communicates the nameserver changes with your Internet Service Provider, so that they can cache the new nameservers to ensure quick site connections. This process usually takes 30-45 minutes, but could take up to a few hours depending on your registry and ISP's communication methods.

Now that your domain has been pointed to DigitalOcean's nameservers, you can move on to connecting the domain to your Droplet in the DigitalOcean control panel. To do this, you can follow step three in this guide: How To Set Up a Host Name with DigitalOcean

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