What this means is that that you can now gain further insight into specific lookup results to help diagnose and debug any DNS issues you may be having. This has been a popular request, so it's good to finally be able to provide this feature to users.
What's great about combining the results of the DNS Lookup Tool directly into the Global Checker, is that as new features are rolled out to the DNS Lookup Tool, both tools will benefit.
Having said that, this is just the start of what will be provided when looking at individual server results on the Global DNS Checker with more features planned specifically for this tool which will come shortly.
Furthermore, the work behind the scenes done to make this feature possible opens up some exciting new possibilities... More details on this to come!
As the upgrades continue to be rolled out, today marks the day that the DNS Checker no longer uses jVectorMap and therefore jQuery. The map used to quickly represent DNS server locations has now been moved over to a much more modern solution which improves page load time, render blocking, mobile and tablet experiences and reduces overall file size and download times.
The new solution is custom built on top of D3.js and TopoJSON - this allows for a great deal more control and makes it so new features can be rolled out much more easily rather than relying on an old library that is not as actively maintained as it was when it was chosen many years ago.
While visually, not much has yet changed for end users this new foundation provides a much more flexible platform to start rolling out new features and enhancements for the DNS checker tools so keep an eye out for the new features coming soon.
Today whatsmydns.net launches a brand-new feature - the dedicated DNS Lookup tool. This tool differs from the DNS Checker in that it only queries a single server but provides a lot more details about the results.
The tool is currently in its basic form but is already packed with features. The majority of common record types are able to be checked from some of the most popular global DNS servers.
The details provided are probably not what most users who are simply checking DNS propagation are after, but don’t worry as this tool is not going anywhere and will continue to be the main focus of the site.
Those who are a little more technical will get the most use out of this new tool. They will now be able to get much more information than before - including flags, TTL’s, authority and additional sections from the lookup response.
This is just the beginning of this tool, with more improvements and features on the way.
Today whatsmydns.net launched a major update for the first time since 2014!
While many small tweaks and improvements have been made since the last big change, today's update provides some bigger improvements and lays the groundwork to more rapidly release new features. The design itself on the surface is very similar to how it was previously, but the way it has been built has been done from the ground up.
With the UI previously built with Bootstrap, the new design has been built with Tailwind CSS - this makes it easier to give the site its own personal look and feel rather than being just like all the other Bootstrap sites out there.
With the advancement of more widely supported browser features like position: sticky, you will now benefit from being able to see more relavent information as you scroll on DNS lookups which have multiple record types - for example MX records. Additionally, when you have scrolled down, you will no longer need to scroll back up to perform another search or change the record type as the search bar will follow you down the page.
While not all of the planned changes have been released today, the foundation of which they build upon has been and I'm looking forward to getting more new features out soon.
A week ago today, whatsmydns.net received an overhaul of the site layout, design & navigation.
These updates bring a fresh new look and identity to whatsmydns that locks it in place as the best online tool for checking DNS propagation.
There have also been some changes behind the scenes that will bring better performance to the end user experience as well as ensuring that the best possible results are returned when performing DNS propagation checks around the world.