How to avoid monthly domain charges on AWS Route53

I registered a domain for about $12 earlier this year on AWS Route53 only to realize later that there are monthly charges for something they call hosted zones(more about this here). Being new to the AWS platform I sought ways to avoid this monthly charge and came up with a solution outlined below.

Step 1 — Transfer domain to a free DNS service

  • You need to transfer your domain to any other domain registrar that can route your traffic for free. In my case I chose Gandi.net since AWS itself uses it in the background for domain registration.

Step 2 — Configure new name servers

  • Next, you need to configure your new registra’s name servers
  • This may vary among different registrars. On Gandi.net, you only need to opt to use Gandi live servers so that your domain now uses Gandi’s name servers instead of AWS Route-53 name servers.

Step 3 — Add DNS records

  • Once your new nameservers are configured, you can add any A or TXT DNS records to the new registras DNS tables.

Note: If you find this article hard to understand for any reason, I am happy to assist you with the setup for free. You can reach me on twitter or leave a comment below and I will revert back ASAP.

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Former Glorified Electrician(aka Electrical Engineer). Now a Software Developer working on complex Enterprise Software. Lets connect on twitter @NdamuleloNemakh

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