Website DNS Utilities

When setting up your Website, it is helpful to have the ability to test your DNS to verify such things as the Name Servers, MX records and the like. For more on what exactly DNS is and how it works, please review DNS Explained for additional information. When switching hosting providers, Name Servers or other DNS records, it can take several hours in some cases for DNS resolution to occur. Depending on your physical website_tools1location these times can vary considerably. Fortunately there are many free online tools that can be used to check the status of how the propagation of DNS is going for your domain name.

Some of the tools that I actually use in my support role are outlined below. You will find that all of them are very effective in there own ways at identifying specifics about your domain name and website.

intodns_logo This site is run by developers that really understand the meaning of DNS and its many faces. I applaud these guys at for taking the time to put such a valuable resource together for all to use.

Central OpsThis site provides a no nonsense approach to DNS information and the essentials needed to get a handle on how and why your site does what it does when you type it in the address bar of your favorite browser.
If you are trying to figure out why your inbox is empty, when you know there should be something there, then this is a great place to start obtaining answers. Used by many email administrators and end users alike, mxtoolbox can give you all the info about your email address, the email server and tons of other things you didn’t even know existed about your email.
It is also a good idea to query your domain with these tools from time to time even if you aren’t experiencing any issues.  You would be surprised at how many people I have directed to one of these sites that when going there realized their domain name was about to expire. Not sure why people don’t pay better attention to something so important. Either way, this is a just a few of the many sites available that you can equip yourself with to help keep tabs on your site and domain. For several others you can visit

December 29, 2009  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Tools and Utilities

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