How to Use Amazon Route 53 to Manage Your DNS


Amazon Route 53 is a great way to manage all of your DNS services from a modern cloud infrastructure. You can use it to register new domains, manage existing ones, route traffic both to AWS hosted DNS servers and 3rd party servers, as well as handle failover to backup services.

A pre-requisite for this article is a basic understanding of how the Domain Name System (DNS) works. For a DNS primer, please see this guide to Managing DNS for Web Hosting.

This article will cover some of the basics of managing your DNS with Amazon Route 53.

How to Use Amazon Route 53 to Manage Your DNS

Register a New Domain Name

  1. Click “Get started now” Under Any of the Buttons to Bring Up the Route 53 Dashboard.

How to Use Amazon Route 53 to Manage Your DNS

2) Click “Register Domain” and Search For the Domain You’d Like to Register

How to Use Amazon Route 53 to Manage Your DNS

3) Click “Add to cart” and click “Continue”

How to Use Amazon Route 53 to Manage Your DNS

4) Enter in You Contact Details and Click “Continue”

How to Use Amazon Route 53 to Manage Your DNS

5) Agree to the Terms and Conditions and Click “Complete Purchase”

How to Use Amazon Route 53 to Manage Your DNS

Now that you’ve completed your registration, you’ll see a new pending domain on the Route 59 dashboard in pending status.

Note that it may take up to 3 days for a new domain to be provisioned. You’ll also receive an email verification to confirm.

How to Use Amazon Route 53 to Manage Your DNS

Transfer a Domain Name

  1. Click “Get started now” under Any of the Buttons to Bring Up the Route 53 dashboard.

How to Use Amazon Route 53 to Manage Your DNS

2) Click “Transfer Domain” and Enter the Domain You’d Like to Transfer. Make Sure it is Unlocked at the Original Registrar. Click “Add to Cart”

How to Use Amazon Route 53 to Manage Your DNS

3) On the next Screen enter your domain transfer access code and choose your name server options then click “Continue”

4) Now Enter Your Administrative Contact Details

How to Use Amazon Route 53 to Manage Your DNS

5)   Agree to the Terms and Conditions and Click “Complete Purchase”

How to Use Amazon Route 53 to Manage Your DNS

Now from the Route 53 dashboad you can see your pending DNS transfer request and its status.

How to Use Amazon Route 53 to Manage Your DNS

Modifying Your Zone Files

  1. Click “Hosted Zone” on the Dashboard

How to Use Amazon Route 53 to Manage Your DNS

  1. Click the domain you want to work with and click “Go to Record Sets

How to Use Amazon Route 53 to Manage Your DNS

  1. From Here You Can Import Zone File, Edit DNS records, and Even Have Amazon Test Your DNS Record Sets.

Applying DNS Traffic Rules

By clicking the “Traffic Policies” link on the left hand menu you can create traffic policies to setup things such as directing traffic to specific servers based on geolocation and other rules.

  1. Click “Create traffic policy”

How to Use Amazon Route 53 to Manage Your DNS

  1. Name Your Traffic Policy and Add a Description then click “Next”

How to Use Amazon Route 53 to Manage Your DNS

  1. Use the Visual Chart to Map Out Your DNS Traffic Rules

How to Use Amazon Route 53 to Manage Your DNS

You now know the basics of how to manage your DNS with Amazon Route 53. It’s a robust DNS service with the reliability of the Amazon Cloud Web Service which is part of Amazon Web Services (AWS), which is a cloud hosting service.

You can not only host your domain names and the DNS zone files, you can also route traffic by geolocation or any other criteria to keep your global network up and running.

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