I am on a free account and using Cloudflare as a registrar only.
Lets say that I am using Digital Ocean as my host. Digital Ocean asks me to update the name servers at my registrar to
ns1.digitalocean.com, ns2.digitalocean.com, ns3.digitalocean.com
Since this is a free plan, that can’t be done. What are the workarounds that can be used?
This is not plan related, no Cloudflare-registered domain can use nameservers other than the assigned ones. You will need to configure the required DNS entries within your Cloudflare DNS panel.
An example for what? Which entries are required, is something you need to clarify with your host.
As I understand it, when a host asks you to change your domains NS record to reflect their nameservers, the host will be managing the DNS.
In this case, with Digital Ocean, I can’t change the NS record in Cloudflare to reflect what Digital Ocean is asking as listed in my first post (ns1, ns2, ns3).
How do I go about linking my server to Digital Ocean since I can’t change the name servers?
That is correct and hence you need to manage the DNS entries on Cloudflare.
Everything was already explained in the previous messages.
Digital Ocean is a self-service VPS provider and they would not be managing your DNS even if you were using their nameservers. You would still be responsible for creating the same DNS records in your zone on Digital Ocean nameservers as you will using Cloudflare nameservers.
If you need DNS records for hostnames that you run on Digital Ocean droplets, you will need to find the IP address of the resource in your Digital Ocean dashboard.
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