Website tools

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Overview

There are many free tools you can use to troubleshoot your website or any connection issues you may be seeing.

This article lists a variety of services you can use to troubleshoot your site before contacting support. If you still need to contact support, make sure to include the results of any tests you have ran.

General

  • wikki.dreamhosters.com – Simple MediaWiki search to help search the DreamHost wiki
  • archive.org - View how a website appeared on a specific date in the past
  • online-domain-tools.com – A collection of online tools to help test and troubleshoot your site
  • mxtoolbox.com – A collection of tools (many email related) to troubleshoot your services

Domain registration

DNS tools

General DNS record lookups

CNAME lookups

SRV

TXT

DreamPress

Email tools

MX

SPAM

IP address lookup

Network tools

Ping

The following links all offer IPv4 ping tests:

Traceroute

The following sites all offer IPv4 traceroute tests:

IPv6

Ping IPV6

The following links all offer IPv6 ping tests:

Traceroute IPv6

The following links all offer IPv6 traceroute tests:

Proxy sites

A proxy site can be used to view your website from a different location. For example, you can use a proxy site in France to check how and if your site is resolving in that location. Below are a few common proxy sites:

This site lists proxy sites from all over the world:

SSL tools

Website loading tools

DNS propagation tests

  • whatsmydns.net – Used to check if your DNS records have propagated in different locations
  • wheresitup.com – Checks if site is resolving in different locations
  • viewdns.info - Checks if DNS has resolved in different locations around the world

Site load tests

The following sites test how long your page takes to load. They also gives details about what may be responsible for the load time:

Location based tests

  • Speedtest.net – Tests your local network upload/download speed. Used to test if your specific location is where the network issue may be occurring.

miscellaneous tests

Command line tools

There are also several command-line tools that you can use to retrieve information about a domain or network condition(s). View the SSH article for details on how to log into your server.

The following is a list of basic examples. Make sure to read the links in each section for further details.

host

  • host – Converts names to IP addresses and vice versa.

Run 'host' on websitehelp.support to find its IP and MX records:

host websitehelp.support
websitehelp.support has address 173.236.241.100
websitehelp.support mail is handled by 0 fltr-in1.mail.dreamhost.com.
websitehelp.support mail is handled by 0 fltr-in2.mail.dreamhost.com.

Run 'host' on the IP to find its domain name:

host 173.236.241.100
100.241.236.173.in-addr.arpa domain name pointer websitehelp.support.

nslookup

whois

Find details about a domain registration:

whois example.com

dig

Look up the IPv4 of a domain:

dig +short example.com

Look up the IPv6 of a domain:

dig +short AAAA example.com

dig TXT record:

dig TXT example.com

dig CNAME record. Make sure to enter the correct CNAME record before the domain:

dig CNAME abcdefg.example.com

dig SRV record. Make sure to enter the correct SRV record before the domain:

dig SRV _sip.example.com

ping

traceroute

  • traceroute & traceroute6
  • Traceroute – Tracks the route packets take from one location to another. Run traceroute to view all hops between your location and your website.

mtr

mtr combines the functionality of the traceroute and ping programs in a single network diagnostic tool:

mtr dreamhost.com

openssl

Command line tool for using various functions of OpenSSL's crypto library:

openssl s_client -connect example.com:443