Now that we have our first deployment, let’s configure a custom domain for our app through Netlify. This step is assuming you have a domain in Route 53 back from the first part of the tutorial.

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 automatically add the www version as well and will ask you to configure your DNS.

Custom domain settings added screenshot

DNS Settings in Route 53

To do this we need to head back 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.

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 hit Verify DNS configuration.

Verify DNS configuration screenshot

If everything has been configured properly, you should be able to hit Let’s Encrypt Certificate.

Setup Let's Encrypt Certificate screenshot

Next, confirm this by hitting Provision certificate.

Select Provision certificate screenshot

This process might take around 10 minutes to complete. But once complete, scroll down and hit Force HTTPS.

Set Force HTTPS screenshot

This forces your users to only use HTTPS to communicate with your app.

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

We have our app in production but we haven’t had a chance to go through our workflow just yet. Let’s take a look at that next.