What DNS Can Tell You
My site is worth an estimated $36,636 – and that’s, like, not even counting you all and how much we could get for you if we decided to sell you (don’t worry, we’re not). How do we know? Well, we looked it up on the now defunct DNSScoop, and we’re sure they wouldn’t lie to us.
Ok, they probably would.
But it’s still really, really fun to dig into the plethora of information available on the net. It’s almost like those goofy blog quizzes, only for your web site.
DNSScoop is just one of many, many, many services on the web that can give you information about not just your web site, but any web site. Sometimes the information is really accurate, and sometimes it should be taken with a grain of salt and for entertainment purposes only. We’re going to introduce you some of the ones we use, and tell you a little bit about them – both the sheer fun, and the useful.
Whois lookups are great to get the basic information about a domain – sometimes it will have the owner’s information including address, phone number, and email address. Years ago, before people knew what they were doing on the Internet, the staff would look up celebrity domain names owned by the celebrities and see how many naive enough to public their information on their registration because they didn’t know anyone could look it up. Guess what? There were a lot.
Nowadays, people are more aware of how their information is published, and so you won’t find a whole lot of that anymore – what you will find is their DNS servers and those will usually tell you where they host. Some folks pay for privacy features from their registrar and mask everything, though they can’t easily mask where they are.
Domain Tools has some pretty neat little spying tricks, too – Name Server Spy will tell you how many domain names are hosted on a DNS server. Pulling up our nameserver today as we’re writing shows “This server has 1,831 domains on it.” – which is just about right (remember, this includes parked domains and add ons). You can get the number for free – if you want to spy on our ups and downs and monitor us, it’ll cost you.
Sometimes the results can be patently amusing bordering on the absurd when you look at a host’s claims on their site and what you find when you peek under the hood of the bluff and bluster and brags – but maybe that’s just if you’re in this industry and are easily amused by that sort of thing.
Some of the other neat stuff here is domain hosting history (trace where a site has hosted and how many times it’s moved to different hosts and what hosts), and a domain typo generator if you want to make sure you register common typos of your domain name.
IntoDNS checks the health and configuration of DNS servers and mail servers and the nice part about it is that it’s free. If you have problems with your domain name resolving, want to check where it is resolving, or just see if your zone file’s correct and our DNS is set up right, you can check it out here.
Who’s your IP neighbor? Who do we host? How many people are on your server? Well, you actually can find out using publicly available information. Despite some folks treating it like a secret, it’s actually not a secret at all and you can find out exactly who shares your server with you and peruse some of the folks that call your IP neighborhood home.
My IP Neighbors allows you to put in your IP address and see who’s sharing your IP with you. You can peruse all the sites that resolve to your server (well, most of them, unless they have a dedicated IP) and click around to see how diverse one server can actually be. It’s kind of like a huge melting pot of ideals and businesses and is pretty neat, if we do say so ourselves.
Just remember – on a server as in real life, sometimes, you don’t want to know who your neighbors are.
Want to sit around for a few hours and check out almost everyone we host? Just use the server names instead of your domain name and you’ll get almost 90% of them.