Now that we have our React app hosted on Netlify, let’s configure a custom domain.

Before we get started, make sure to follow this chapter to purchase a domain on Amazon Route 53.

Pick a Netlify Site Name

From the project page in Netlify, hit Site settings.

Netlify hit Site settings screenshot

Under Site information hit Change site name.

Hit Change site name screenshot

The site names are global, so pick a unique one. In our case we are using serverless-stack-2-client. And hit Save.

Save change site name screenshot

This means that our Netlify site URL is now going to be Make a note of this as we will use this later in this chapter.

Domain Settings in Netlify

Next hit Domain management from the side panel.

Select Domain management screenshot

And hit Add custom domain.

Click Add custom domain screenshot

Type in the name of our domain, for example it might be And hit Save.

Enter custom domain screenshot

This will ask you to verify that you are the owner of this domain and to add it. Click Yes, add domain.

Add root domain screenshot

Next hit Check DNS configuration.

Hit check DNS configuration screenshot

This will show you the instructions for setting up your domain through Route 53.

DNS configuration dialog screenshot

DNS Settings in Route 53

To do this we need to go to the AWS Console. and search for Route 53 as the service.

Select Route 53 service screenshot

Click on Hosted zones.

Select Route 53 hosted zones screenshot

And select the domain we want to configure.

Select Route 53 domain screenshot

Here click on Create Record Set.

Create first Route 53 record set screenshot

Select Type as A - IPv4 address and set the Value to And hit Create. We get this IP from the Netlify docs on adding custom domains.

Add A record screenshot

Next hit Create Record Set again.

Set Name to www, Type to CNAME - Canonical name, and the value to the Netlify site name as we noted above. In our case it is Hit Create.

Add CNAME record screenshot

And give the DNS around 30 minutes to update.

Configure SSL

Back in Netlify, hit HTTPS in the side panel. And it should say that it is waiting for the DNS to propagate.

Waiting on DNS propagation screenshot

Once that is complete, Netlify will automatically provision your SSL certificate using Let’s Encrypt.

Provisioning Let's Encrypt Certificate screenshot

Wait a few seconds for the certificate to be provisioned.

SSL certificate provisioned screenshot

Now if you head over to your browser and go to your custom domain, your notes app should be up and running!

Notes app on custom domain screenshot

Now our React.js app is hosted on Netlify with a custom domain! Next, let’s look at how to use Netlify as a CI/CD pipeline for our React app.