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godaddy domain + lightsail + email? Is it possible?

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I have a domain name on GoDaddy. I left it there as apposed to transferring to Route 53 while I see how I like working with AWS.

I created a Wordpress instance.

I changed the name servers to point to my instance.

i need to use email with that domain.

So now I need to create a txt record.

Everything I read tells me to change that on GoDaddy. I can't.

I ask them and they say to change it here. I can't.

WTH?????? I don't even see it anywhere.

I can't ask Amazon. I don't know what to ask or who to ask.

I don't want to move domains until I see how I like working with AWS.

So far, I'm frustrated and finding it very difficult to find answers.

Laurie

asked 2 years ago137 views
6 Answers
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socialdzine wrote:
I have a domain name on GoDaddy. I left it there as apposed to transferring to Route 53 while I see how I like working with AWS.

You can leave your domain name at Godaddy as long as you want. There is no requirement to put your domain on route53 to use Lightsail.

I have most of my domains on Google without any problems.

I changed the name servers to point to my instance.

Do you mean you changed the DNS server to point the yourdomain.com and www.yourdomain.com to point to your instance?

Or, do you mean you updated the DNS servers in Godaddy to point to the lightsail DNS servers?

i need to use email with that domain.

How are you doing email? Are you going to host your own server or are you using an email service?

Unless you are REALLY comfortable with email servers, I highly recommend you use a service ... mail servers are very complex and have a lot of gotcha's involved. Some related to running on Lightsail / AWS EC2.

So now I need to create a txt record.

TXT records are't specifically used for mail servers (although they do come into play).

The primary DNS record you are going to use is the MX (Mail eXchanger) record. You would set that DNS record, along with a priority, to the server handling your mail.

Everything I read tells me to change that on GoDaddy. I can't.

If you are using Godaddy's DNS offering, you absolutely can (and have to) be able to add TXT records to Godaddy DNS.

I don't know how, because it's been more than a decade since I've used GoDaddy.

If you are using Lightsail's DNS offering, you can definitely add TXT records. Check out https://lightsail.aws.amazon.com/ls/docs/en_us/articles/amazon-lightsail-edit-or-delete-a-dns-zone for details on how to add DNS records to a DNS zone hosted on Lightsail.

I ask them and they say to change it here. I can't.

You're talking about Godaddy support?

Either they aren't understanding what you are looking for, or you aren't understanding what they are telling you.

david

answered 2 years ago
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Hosting the domain on Godaddy and your hosting on Lightsail + email is perfectly possible.

You can simply point your nameservers to Lightsail and then configure.

As for the email, everything works out of the box but for the part where the email actually is sent out. As per my understanding AWS blocks emails sent out. To overcome this, you can either -

  1. Use AWS SES to send emails.

  2. Ask AWS to allow outgoing emails.

I have a domain on Godaddy and I am also trying to get my email working. I do not want to use the option (1) mentioned above.

Thanks

answered 2 years ago
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THank you for replying.
I transferred the domain to Route53 and now it's unuseable.

I've never been this confused. I've been doing this since 2008 and I'm so lost I'm frustrated.

I appreciate your time.

Laurie

answered 2 years ago
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Thank you for taking the time to reply.
I've given up on this.
I paid for support and still waiting.
Hopefully I'll be able to use AWS.

Laurie

answered 2 years ago
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I've gone and messed it all up.

I made the mistake of transferring my domain to Route53 and I haven't been able to use it since.

Oh well.

Another day, more money thrown away!

Laurie

answered 2 years ago
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socialdzine wrote:
I've gone and messed it all up.

I made the mistake of transferring my domain to Route53 and I haven't been able to use it since.

Another day, more money thrown away!

FWIW: I've got a domain hosted in Lightsail DNS, a domain hosted in Route53, and numerous domains hosted in Google... all of them are working fine.

If you could try and explain the problem in more detail, someone may be able to point you in the right direction.

david

answered 2 years ago

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