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How to set up and configure Route 53 for your Domain in AWS

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In this tutorial, I will show you how to set up and configure Route 53 for your Domain in AWS. Route 53 is a highly available and scalable DNS service from AWS. It is designed to give the developers full control over their DNS entries and provide a cost-effective way to route end-users to the correct resources. Apart from being a popular DNS service Route53 is also a domain registrar. As you will see in the tutorial next, you can buy new domain names on Route53. Kindly refer to these related guides: Creating IAM Users, Adding MFA and Policies on AWS, how to setup SPF and TXT Records in AWS, Domain Name System: How to create a DNS record, A-Z of Domain Name System: All you need to know about DNS, how to manage cost with AWS Budgets, and how to Deploy Dynamic Website to AWS EC2.

Route53 integrates seamlessly with AWS Services like S3, Elastic Load Balancers etc, which make route53 a popular choice as a DNS server for AWS applications. It makes it easier for the end-users to manage their global traffic through a variety of routing types -  Weighted routing, Latency Based Routing, GeoProximity Routing and more. 

Set up and configure Route 53 for your Domain in AWS accounts.

– Sign in to the AWS Management Console.
– Navigate to Route 53 dashboard.

In the Route53 Dashboard find the “Registered Domains” option, under Domains in the dashboard on the left.

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Route 53 Console

Now that you are on the Registered Domain Page you will see that there are two ways to set up a domain in Route53 – register a new domain and transfer a new domain. This is the page where you see the list of all your registered domains like in the image below. Let us go ahead and register a new domain by clicking the “Register Domain” button here.

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Registered Domains Page

Enter your domain name and click on check. If the domain name is available you will see an output similar to the following image. Choose the domain name you want to register and click the “Add to cart”.

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Domain Search

If you agree to the pricing, click Continue.

On the next page, you can add your Registrant Contact, Admin Contact, and the Tech Contact details for your domain. Fill in the details and click Continue at the bottom of the page.

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Contact Details Page

On the Verify & Purchase, you can verify your contact information. If you want Route53 to automatically renew your domain name after a year select the Enable option as shown below. Finally agree to the Terms and Conditions as shown below and click “Complete Order”.

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If you go to the pending requests options as shown below. You will see that your domain registration request is in progress.

You can now head to the Orders and invoices page and complete the payment for your domain registration. If you do not see any new orders yet, please wait, it may take some time for AWS to process the request. After the status of your request changes, you can also head to the billing dashboard by clicking the button as shown below.

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After your payment is done, you will see your domain name on the “Registered domains” page.

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Head over to the Hosted zones option. You will see that Route53 has already created a Hosted Zone for your domain. Click on your domain name to get started with Route53 and create records for your domain.

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You have now successfully set up Route53 for your new domain name. I hope you found this blog post helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment session.

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