Pointing domain from Netfirms to Cloudways (DigitalOcean hosted app).

Pointing domain is the only way you can use a domain with Cloudways.

Cloudways does not do domain hosting. This is why pointing domain is needed for you to use your domain with Cloudways. I’m using Cloudways with Digital Ocean, but the guide should work similarly for Cloudways with other Amazon, Vultr or Google. The process to point your domain hosted on Netfirms to Cloudways is very easy to complete, the wait is longer as sometimes updating takes almost 24 hours (usually way less but still a few hours at minimum depending on your register).

There are two steps:

  1. Under A Record, add a new entry. The “Host” should be your domain without the www. The “Points To’ should be the IP address of the server hosting your app.
  2. Under CNAME, add a new entry. The “Host” should be www. The “Points To” should be the url of your app.

Bonus Step:
Now you may notice that your WordPress blog still has www in the links and everywhere across the site. To remove it, go to your WordPress dashboard. Then go to “Settings” and click on “General”. Update your “WordPress Address (URL)” and “Site Address (URL)” to your root domain without the www in front. Now your site should have no www in the address or any links.
You should now have your site looking lovely without the prehistoric and now useless www in front, while being hosted on Cloudways and your domains managed on Netfirms. Welcome to the future!