Domain registration in Lightsail
Last updated: November 1, 2022
Your website needs a name, such as
example.com. Amazon Lightsail lets you
register a name for your website, known as a domain name. To access your website, users type
your domain name into their web browser.
Use the Domains & DNS tab in the Amazon Lightsail console to register and manage domain names. Lightsail uses Amazon Route 53, a highly available and scalable Domain Name System (DNS) web service, to register domains for you. After your domain is registered, you can assign it to your Lightsail resources or manage DNS records for it. For general information about DNS, see DNS in Amazon Lightsail.
For more information about domain registration in Amazon Lightsail, continue reading.
How domain registration works in Lightsail
The following overview shows how you register a domain name in Amazon Lightsail:
Confirm that the domain name you want is available to use on the internet. If the domain name you want is not available, you can try other names or change only the top-level domain, such as .com, to another top-level domain, such as .org or .net. For a list of the top-level domains (TLDs) that Lightsail supports, see Domains that you can register with Amazon Lightsail.
Register the domain name with Lightsail. When you register a domain, you provide names and contact information for the domain owner and other contacts.
At the end of the registration process, we send the information that you provide to the registrar for the domain. The domain registrar is a company that is accredited by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to process domain registrations for specific TLDs. The registrar for the domain is either Amazon Registrar or our registrar associate, Gandi.
Amazon Registrar and Gandi hide different information by default. Amazon Registrar, Inc. hides all of your contact information, and Gandi hides all of your contact information except organization name.
To find out who the registrar is for your domain, see Domains that you can register with Amazon Lightsail.
The registrar sends your information to the registry for the domain. A registry is a company that sells domain registrations for one or more top-level domains, such as .com.
The registry stores the information about your domain in their own database and also stores some of the information in the public WHOIS database.
For more information about how to register a domain name, see Registering a new domain in Amazon Lightsail.
After you register a domain using Lightsail, Route 53 makes itself the DNS service for your domain by assigning a set of name servers to your domain. A name server is a server that helps translate domain names into IP addresses. .
Lightsail automatically does the following to make itself the DNS service for the domain:
Creates a Lightsail DNS zone that has the same name as your domain.
Assigns a set of four name servers to the Lightsail DNS zone.
Replaces the domain’s Route 53 name servers with the name servers from your Lightsail DNS zone.
If you already registered a domain name with another registrar, you can choose to transfer management of the domain’s DNS to Lightsail. This isn't required to use other Lightsail features. For more information, see Creating a DNS zone to manage your domain’s DNS records in Amazon Lightsail.
Domains that you can register in Lightsail
Lightsail uses the same generic top-level domains (TLDs) as Route 53. For a list of generic TLDs that you can use to register domains in Lightsail, see Domains that you can register with Amazon Route 53 in the Amazon Route 53 Developer Guide.
If the TLD isn’t included in the list, or if you would like to register a geographic domain, we recommend you use the Route 53 console. Your geographic domain will be available in the Lightsail console after it has been registered using Route 53. For more information, see Geographic top-level domains in the Amazon Route 53 Developer Guide.
Pricing for domain registration in Amazon Lightsail
Lightsail uses Route 53 for domain registration. Therefore, the Route 53 pricing also applies to Lightsail registrations.
For information about the cost of registering domains, see Domains that you can register in Amazon Route 53 in the Amazon Route 53 Developer Guide.
Additional information about domains
The following articles can help you manage domains in Lightsail: