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Developer Guide (API Version 2013-04-01)

Working with Public Hosted Zones

A public hosted zone is a container that holds information about how you want to route traffic on the internet for a specific domain, such as example.com, and its subdomains (apex.example.com, acme.example.com). You get a public hosted zone in one of two ways:

In both cases, you then create records in the hosted zone to specify how you want to route traffic for the domain and subdomains. For example, you might create a record to route traffic for www.example.com to a CloudFront distribution or to a web server in your data center. For more information about records, see Working with Records.

This topic explains how to use the Amazon Route 53 console to create, list, and delete public hosted zones.

Note

You can also use a Route 53 private hosted zone to route traffic within one or more VPCs that you create with the Amazon VPC service. For more information, see Working with Private Hosted Zones.