Check DNS of a domain name

Check DNS of a domain name using https://viewdns.info/

DNS Checker for propagation at different locations:-

https://dnschecker.org/#A/

Domain Name and Hosting Help

Domain Names are purchased via a registrar and when registered they are purchased for a length of time in years. Each registrar has its own TAG.

123REG = 123 REG
GODADDY = GoDaddy
CHAMELEON = Chameleon
EXTEND = Heart Internet - our white label tag for clients
HEART = Heart Internet

When the expiry date comes up a domain needs to be renewed again for a length of time in years.

For .co.uk domain names the best solution for checking is:-

https://www.nominet.uk/whois/

This is the most accurate as Nominet as this is the official registry for all .UK domain names.
The WHOIS lookup tool searches our directory and returns information about the domain name searched for.
The WHOIS lookup tool will return domain information for .uk, .co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk, .net.uk, .sch.uk, .plc.uk, .ltd.uk, .cymru and .wales

For .com domain names our any other weird ones the best solution for checking is:-

http://whois.domaintools.com/

Creation Date: 201?-??-?? - This is the date the domain name was first registered or re-registered after it dropped.

Registry Expiry Date: 201?-??-?? - This is the important date - this is when the domain name will expire. If it is not renewed it will drop after 90 days and then anyone can register it.

Updated Date: 201?-??-?? - This is the date that the domain name record was last touched.

Name Servers

Every domain has domain name servers.

Domain Name Servers (DNS) are the Internet's equivalent of a phone book. They maintain a directory of domain names and translate them to Internet Protocol (IP) addresses.
This is necessary because, although domain names are easy for people to remember, computers or machines, access websites based on IP addresses.

Chameleon Name Servers:-

ns1.chameleonhosting.co.uk
ns2.chameleonhosting.co.uk

This means if these are used there are two ways to locate the domain name server for speed and reliability. When a computer, tablet or phone goes to a website it asks the router where is it?

The router then will ask the question and remember this for 24 hours to 48 hours.

Next time the computer, tablet or phone visits the same site it will already know in the 24 hour to 48 hour period and go to it without asking. This is known as TTL - time to live.

If we move a website today depending upon the situation of the router - whether is is remembering or not some people will see an old site and new visitors who have never visited will see the new site.

It is important to note that there are varied situations that can exist.

Situation 1:-

ns1.chameleonhosting.co.uk
ns2.chameleonhosting.co.uk

We hold the DNS and:-

1. point email hosting at our servers
2. point the website hosting at our servers


Situation 2:-

ns1.chameleonhosting.co.uk
ns2.chameleonhosting.co.uk

We hold the DNS and:-

1. point email hosting at our another provider of email services like Office 365 or Google Mail
2. point the website hosting at our servers


Situation 3:-

ns1.chameleonhosting.co.uk
ns2.chameleonhosting.co.uk

We hold the DNS and:-

1. point email hosting at our servers
2. point the website hosting at another provider of hosting


Situation 4:-

ns1.chameleonhosting.co.uk
ns2.chameleonhosting.co.uk

We hold the DNS and:-

1. point email hosting at our another provider of email services like Office 365 or Google Mail
2. point the website hosting at another provider of hosting

This means that just because the domain name servers are pointing at us we are only controlling the location of services - not always hosting the website and email.

DNS Servers for Internet Connections

Google's public DNS IP addresses are 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4.

Cloudflare's version, in association with APNIC, is located at 1.1.1.1 with the backup 1.0.0.1.