Tutorials

How to use an existing domain name


If you already have a domain name registered and you wish to point it to your new site you have installed here, it's literally as simple as 1-2-3 (nameservers).


 If you only have a domain name registered, without any webmail or other connected services, you only have to adjust your domain nameservers.

  1. To get started, log into your existing domain registration provider. That is, where the domain name is currently registered.
  2. Now look for your domain name and choose to adjust its settings.
  3. When you have your site's settings in front of you, key to look for is "Nameservers".
  4. Found it? Great. You may see up to 4 nameservers displayed. In our case, we only need to use three.
  5. Delete all existing nameserver field values and use the following instead: ns1.digitalocean.com, ns2.digitalocean.com and finally ns3.digitalocean.com.
  6. Save your settings and you're done!

Please note that it usually takes up to 48 hours before these changes are processed and your domain redirects correctly.

 If you have a domain name registered along with webmail and/or other connected services, follow the instructions below:

  1. To get started, log into your existing domain registration provider. That is, where the domain name is currently registered.
  2. Now look for your domain name and choose to adjust its settings.
  3. When you have your site's settings in front of you, key to look for is "DNS Records" or "DNS Settings".
  4. You'll probably see a bunch of fields and boxes filled with all kinds of domains, IP addresses, etc. Don't worry, we only need to add a few of these.
  5. You'll need to add/adjust two A records and a CNAME record, using the settings illustrated in the example below. We'll use our domain name "research-lab.nl" for the sake of this demonstration and you should replace it with your own.
  6. Also note that any existing A records should be deleted.

Type Hostname Value
CNAME *.research-lab.nl sites.labnet.io
A www.research-lab.nl 46.101.251.131
A research-lab.nl 46.101.251.131