Amazon Route 53
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 domain, such as, and its subdomains (, After you create a public hosted zone, you create records that determine how the Domain Name System (DNS) responds to queries for your domain and subdomains. For example, if you have one or more email addresses associated with your domain (, you'll create an MX record in your hosted zone so that email is sent to the email server for your domain. 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. For information about using the Route 53 API to perform these operations, see the Amazon Route 53 API Reference.

You can also use a Route 53 private hosted zone to route traffic within one or more Amazon Virtual Private Clouds. For more information, see Working with Private Hosted Zones.