If you are making a website, you know there is so much to take care of. Has the domain name propagated? Does the website load as fast as it possibly can? Do I use the right keywords to rank higher in search results?
We have put together a list of the best tools that will help you quickly find answers to many website-related questions.
We have focused mainly on lookup tools rather than website building tools. There are plenty of expenses when it comes to making a website, not least finding good web hosting. The website checkup tools listed below are all free.
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Domain Name & DNS Tools
Who is behind a domain name?
The best way to look up a domain is through ICANN. Find out who owns a domain name, when it was registered and when it expires. See also the registrar information, the domain’s status and which nameservers it uses.
Is a domain name available?
Go to a domain name registrar like Namecheap and enter any domain name to see if it is available. You can also get creative and activate the Beast Mode to see an alternative spelling, append a prefix or drop a vowel.
Web Hosting Tools
How to choose the best web hosting?
Who is hosting a website?
IP Address Tools
Where is an IP address located?
Go to IP X to see a website’s geolocation. You can also use the tool to check your current IP address. The lookup includes the name of the provider or ISP, the exact IP coordinates and the type of IP such as residential or data center. Created by VPN.AC, IP X also tests for DNS leaks and footprints.
Is an IP address blacklisted?
Web Security Tools
Does a website have a valid SSL certificate?
Does a website have any malware?
Do a free security scan with Sucuri Sitecheck to see if a website is safe. Check if it is free from known viruses, malware and malicious code. The tool also detects outdated software and website errors.
Is an email account compromised?
The safest and easiest way to check whether your email, password and identity have been compromised is to use a free data breach scan by Have I Been Pwned. By entering your email address, you can see if your email account has been exposed in any known data breaches. To help you avoid having your data and passwords stolen, Have I Been Pwned also gives you handy tips such as using a password manager.
Is a website penalized by Google?
One way to know if you can trust a website is to see if it is penalized or banned by Google and other search engines. The tool called Is My Website Penalized gives a quick answer. A website can be banned by Google, for example, if it uses spam, manipulates search engines, publishes unoriginal content or hosts malware.
How to unblock a website?
Use a free VPN such as Windscribe to unblock a website. Install Windscribe on your device to access websites anonymously. If a website is blocked at work or school or if it is inaccessible from your geographical location, you can get unrestricted access with a VPN. Windscribe includes up to 10 GB of data a month for free.
Speed & Performance Tools
How to make a website load faster?
The main prerequisites for a fast website are server and website optimizations. If you already have top-notch hosting, run a quick test at Google’s PageSpeed Insights to see suggestions for website optimization. Typical things to improve are CSS/JS delivery, caching and page redirects.
Website Technology Tools
What technology powers a website?
To see what software a website uses, go to the W3Techs Sites page. A website scan reveals details about the web server, programming languages and third-party tools such as traffic analysis and ad networks. See also if the website uses WordPress, HTTP/2 and gzip compression.