Resolve DNS Faster

When you work for a new website and you register its domain name, first thing you do is change its DNS to your web host DNS and wait for it to resolve so that you can access your website from the domain name. Something we also do thing DNS change in case we need to transfer the website to a new web host. Whenever you change the DNS, sometimes you have to wait for hours before it gets resolved. If you are not in a hurry, it seems ok but let me tell you here some small tricks that I use to get the domain resolved to its new DNS within seconds.

These days with new faster servers and with top level domain registrars, the DNS resolves within no time but what delays the website from loading from its domain is your ISP. Your internet service provider (ISP) have their own cache which serve web pages to you and these cache can result in delayed DNS resolving at your end (for rest of the world it may have been already resolved). To solve this issue you can use either of these tricks:

  1. If you just want a quick glimpse of how your website loads on its new domain, head right to a good proxy service like annonymouse and open your website using their service. This is a straight away simple technique but drawbacks are that the hyperlink is changed and you see unnecessary advertisements which can be annoying.
  2. Another better way to resolve DNS quickly is to change DNS in your internet connection adapter setting. In Windows OS you can do this by going to: Open network and sharing center > Change adapter setting > Right click on your internet connection and click properties > Select Internet Protocol Version 4 > Click Properties button > Select DNS server address. Now in the black fields you see there, enter the following DNS entries:

208.67.222.222

208.67.220.220

(These are OpenDNS IP address and work faster than dynamic DNS provided by your ISP.)

Now just reload the webpage and you should see your domain DNS resolved!

Mohd. Hashim Khan

I work as a freelance web designer and developer and enjoys fiddling with machines and electronics stuff. I am also working as a part time computer teacher at Aligarh Muslim University. I share my knowledge on various topics here so that others can make use of it and take benefit from my experiences.

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