About the article

This article is a dedicated branch of "Custom Domains on Shifter" for Route 53 of AWS. Before following the instructions, you'll need to follow "Custom Domains on Shifter" to register domain name to Shifter and get domain verification records.

Sample domain names and their DNS records

Sample Domain names:

  • example.com
  • www.example.com

Sample Shifter Domains:

  • abc123.on.getshifter.io.
  • def456.cloudfront.net.

You can get them on Overview page of the Shifter site on Shifter Dashbaord or CloudFront Domain

Sample Validation Records

For example.com

Name: _abcde.example.com
Type: CNAME
Value: _01234.acm-validations.aws.

For www.example.com

Name: _hijkl.www.example.com
Type: CNAME
Value: _56789.acm-validations.aws.

I. Setting up Verification DNS records on Route 53 of AWS

1. Login to ControlPanel

URL: https://console.aws.amazon.com/route53/home

2. Click domain name you want to edit.

We use sample domain example.com on this document.

3. Make sure the value of NS is AWS' DNS servers.

In this sample, below DNS servers are set.

ns-1237.awsdns-26.org.
ns-99.awsdns-12.com.
ns-548.awsdns-04.net.
ns-1839.awsdns-37.co.uk.

4. Click [Create Record Set] button to add validation DNS records

5. Choose routing policy

Select [Simple routing] and click [Next] button

6. Configure records

Click [Define simple record]

7. Add validation record for example.com

Value to set:

Record name: _abcde

Value/Route traffic to:

Pulldown: [IP address or another value depending on the record type]

Textarea: _01234.acm-validations.aws.
RecordType: CNAME
TTL : 300 (Default)

8. Click [Define simple record] button again

9. Set another verification record for www.example.com and click [Define simple record] button.

Valu to set:

Record name: _hijkl.www

Value/Route traffic to:

Pulldown: [IP address or another value depending on the record type]

Textarea: _56789.acm-validations.aws.
RecordType: CNAME – Routes traffic to another domain name and to some AWS resources
TTL : 300 (Default)

10. Hit [Save Record Set] button


11. All verification records are set.

Just wait for while the Status of the domain name on Shifter dashboard turns to "Verified".

II. Setting up DNS records on Route 53 of AWS

After completed domain verification, let's set up ALIAS and CNAME record for your domain name.

1. Click [Create Record Set] button to add validation DNS records

2. Choose routing policy

Select [Simple routing] and click [Next] button

3. Configure records

Click [Define simple record]

4. Add ALIAS record

Let's set up ALIAS record for your domain name.

For example.com

Record name: should be blank

Value/Route traffic to:

Pulldown menu 1: [Alias to CloudFront distribution]

Pulldown menu 2: [US East (N. Virginia) [us-east-1]]

Textarea: def456.cloudfront.net.
RecordType: A – Routes traffic to an IPv4 address and some AWS resources
TTL : 300 (Default)

Then click [Save changes] button

5. Click [Create Record Set] button to add CNAME records

6. Choose routing policy

Select [Simple routing] and click [Next] button

7. Configure records

Click [Define simple record]

8. Add CNAME record

For www.example.com

Record name: www

Value/Route traffic to:

Pulldown: [IP address or another value depending on the record type]

Textarea: abcd123.on.grshifter.io
RecordType: CNAME – Routes traffic to another domain name and to some AWS resources
TTL : 300 (Default)

Click [Define Simple records] button.

9. All records are set.

10. Confirm settings

That's all!

Your domain points to Shifter's URL

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