Amazon Route 53 Domain Configuration

Learn how to point your Amazon Route 53 domain to a Pantheon site.


Before You Begin

Be sure that you have a:

Locate Pantheon's DNS Values

Identify DNS values to point your domain to Pantheon:

  1. Navigate to the Site Dashboard and select the target environment (typically Live) then click Domains / HTTPS.
  2. Click the Details button next to your domain.

Keep this page open and login to your Amazon Route 53 account in a new tab before you continue.

Configure DNS Records on Route 53

A Record

  1. Click Hosted Zones and select the domain you wish to configure.
  2. Click Create Record Set to add a new record, then select A - IPv4 address for the record type.
  3. Leave the Name field blank and enter the A record value provided by Pantheon in the Value field.
  4. Select desired Time to Live (TTL).

    Time to Live (TTL)

    The TTL dictates the lifespan of a DNS record; a shorter time means less time to wait until the changes go into effect. TTLs are always set in seconds with a few common ones being 86400 (24 hours), 43200 (12 hours), and 3600 (1 hour).

    When you make a change to the TTL of an existing record, you need to wait for the old TTL time to pass - that is, if it had been set to 86400, you would need to wait a full 24 hours for the new setting to begin propagating everywhere.

  5. Click Create:

    Route 53 a record

AAAA Records

  1. Click Create Record Set to add a new record, then select AAAA - IPv6 address for the record type.
  2. Leave the Name field blank and enter the both AAAA record value provided by Pantheon in the Value field.
  3. Select desired Time to Live (TTL).

    Time to Live (TTL)

    The TTL dictates the lifespan of a DNS record; a shorter time means less time to wait until the changes go into effect. TTLs are always set in seconds with a few common ones being 86400 (24 hours), 43200 (12 hours), and 3600 (1 hour).

    When you make a change to the TTL of an existing record, you need to wait for the old TTL time to pass - that is, if it had been set to 86400, you would need to wait a full 24 hours for the new setting to be in place everywhere.

  4. Click Create:

    Route 53 aaaa records

CNAME Record

A CNAME record is required to configure a subdomain (e.g., www.example.com).

  1. Click Create Record Set to add a new record, then select CNAME - Canonical name for the record type.
  2. Enter www in the Name field and enter the CNAME record value provided by Pantheon in the Value field (e.g. live-example.pantheonsite.io)
  3. Select desired Time to Live (TTL).
  4. Click Create:

    Route 53 cname records

Next Steps