I don't know how to point my domain name to my ec2 instance. I purchased two free .tk domain names from Freenom. Now, I don't know how to configure to use them.

I want to know which settings I have to make in order to make this work. Also, on Freenom's page, it's shows that change your DNS to & Now, what does this imply? Also, what records I have to associate with my domain?

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Freenom has an FAQ that addresses how to set up DNS:

Usage: Works like any other domain name, use URL Forwarding, free Freenom DNS Service or your own DNS (Name Servers).


Freenom DNS Service: for whom?

DNS can be used by all Freenom users. At registration the default selection is the URL forwarding service. You can choose to use DNS. If you want to use DNS, you have two choices: You can opt to use the Freenom DNS Service, where within My Freenom you can setup your A, MX and CNAME records.

The easiest way appears to be to use the Freenom DNS service and create an A record with the IP address of EC2 instance. In AWS you will need to assign the EC2 intance to an "elastic IP". You will then need to enter that IP address number into the Freenom DNS as an "A" record. You will also want to create a "www" subdomain DNS record as a second "A" record with the same IP address.

The is Freenom's public DNS server. You don't need to use that at all to get your site working. It is a completely separate service from Freenom that can replace the DNS settings on your home computer. Freenom allows home users to use their DNS services rather than those supplied by the ISP.

Since you asked in the comments about Amazon's DNS service Route 53, I'll include instructions for it as well. Instead of using Freenom for DNS, you could use Route 53 instead. To do so, you would have to set up your zone record in Route 53. The process is similar where you add an "A" record for your EC2 instance with an elastic IP address. Follow Amazon's intructions for creating a hosted zone

Then you note the name servers that Route 53 wants you to use. There will be four name servers that it give you with names like ns-431.awsdns-53.com. Go to Freenom and set up the nameserver or NS records for the domain with those values. You can follow Freenom's instructions for setting up the NS records.

  • So there is no need for Amazon Route 53 service? Also, I changed the DNS settings via the Network Manger. Now, how to test it out?
    – Kush
    Dec 29, 2016 at 10:48
  • You could use route 53 if you wish. It has some features that work well with other AWS features, especially load balancing and CDN. It looks like Freenom will meet your needs for now though. Dec 29, 2016 at 13:11
  • Hey Stephen, how can I remove :8000 part from a site like this :- www.anexample.cf:8000/home/ ?
    – Kush
    Jan 3, 2017 at 11:51
  • Run your server on port 80 Jan 3, 2017 at 11:53
  • That's the only thing to do?
    – Kush
    Jan 3, 2017 at 12:00

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