I just created a new environment with AWS and uploaded a .zip file into elastic beanstalk. I used to have a friend's server host my site instead of GoDaddy so I changed my custom DNS name servers from pointing to my friend's server to GoDaddy's. AWS told me that I need I need to add a CNAME record on GoDaddy and I did.

The alias is lance and the host is lance-env.elasticbeanstalk.com. I know that this change can take 24-48 hours to take effect but it's been a day already and when I go to my site, a default page from GoDaddy appears. I'm very new to AWS and would just like to find a way for AWS to host my site other than using Route53.

  • It's a little unclear what you're wanting to do here: the URL for "my site", which is a root domain (not a subdomain) is currently pointed to an IP address at GoDaddy. The host lance-env.elasticbeanstalk.com is pointed to an IP at Amazon, but not returning. Either does the root elasticbeanstalk.com. First you'll need the root elasticbeanstalk.com to return your website - same with lance-env.elasticbeanstalk.com. Then you can direct the root for "my site" to that, or vice versa using a CNAME.
    – dan
    Jan 22, 2014 at 7:18
  • @dan elasticbeanstalk.com is owned by Amazon. See: aws.amazon.com/elasticbeanstalk Feb 2, 2014 at 2:16

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It does not appear that your DNS settings are correct.

$ ping twitterrecovery.com
ping: unknown host twitterrecovery.com

$ dig twitterrecovery.com
;twitterrecovery.com.       IN  A

No CNAME record has actually been in your domain records.

Unless you use a www subdoman, you are going to have problems when not using route53. If you set your root domain to a CNAME, email at your domain name will stop working. You can either:

  • Put the CNAME on the www subdomain
  • OR, use route53 which is the only DNS provider that I know that allows "alias" records. It basically allows you to specify a CNAME, but queries it server side and returns an A record.

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