AWS Lightsail DNS and AWS Route 53 Overview for Beginners

In this video I will show you how to move your Domains DNS management to Lightsail DNS or AWS Route 53. This is useful if you make use of AWS services for our website/email or if your Domain Registrar does not provide DNS management capabilities.


Lightsail DNS

  1. Create DNS Zone.
  2. Enter Domain
    1. Results will be Name Servers that need to be updated at the Registrar for your domain
  3. You may update your Name Servers at this point if your Domain is new or you currently do NOT have any services running on the domain.
  4. If you do have services like FTP/Website/Email etc or if you have any DNS records on the domain, then first recreate those records on the Lightsail CDN page.
  5. Check the propagation with
    1. Wait up to 24 hrs.
  6. Verify your sites/services are working as expected

AWS Route 53

  1. Go to aws management Console
  2. Go to Route 53 Console
  3. Create hosted zone
    1. Provide your Domain Name.
    2. Give an optional Description
    3. Results will provide you with the NS (name servers) that need to be added to your Domain Registrar for your domain.
  4. Same thing as before, if you have an existing production services setup for the domain, then migrate each of the records prior to changing the Name servers.
  5. Once Updated, Check the propagation with
    1. wait up to 24 hours for all DNS systems to reflect AWS

All videos tutorials on the website as well as the YouTube channel aim to provide a simplified process for a specific scenario; there could be many different factors and unique use cases you may have. The tutorials may not cover every situation; so treat is as a starting point or learning concept to apply to your unique situations, and consider this inspiration but not prescription or explicit direction.

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