How to Check Domain’s A Record

How to Check Domain’s A Record

Fret not if your website is suddenly not available. One of the most common causes is incorrect DNS records. In this tutorial, we’ll be discussing how to check the A record of your DNS and whether or not they’re correctly pointing to your hosting provider. So, you can get your website back in no time!

Finding Out the Correct A Record Value on Your hPanel

An A record is your domain’s IP address. It is used to resolve your domain name to the host server. Therefore, the browser can retrieve your database and display your website content whenever you visit your domain. So, it’s important to make sure your domain has the same IP address as the one provided by the hosting company.

The correct IP Address given by the hosting provider is displayed on the hPanel

First thing first, you need to get the correct A record value. In Hostinger, you can do so by accessing your hosting control panel. Then, you’ll see your host IP address on the left sidebar.Feel free to contact the customer support if you cannot find that on your hPanel.

Checking Your Current A Record Value

See your current domain’s A record value through your domain control panel and computer console.

Using hPanel

Once you’re logged in to Hostinger’s hPanel, head over to the Domains section. Then, access your domain manager by clicking the Manage button on the domain you’re about to check.

Access the domain manager

Select the DNS/ Nameservers tab, and the A record value details of your DNS is displayed under the A (Host) tab.

Hostinger domains section DNS records list with A record highlighted

Bear in mind that in domains section you will only see on domain names that were registered with Hostinger. If your domain was registered elsewhere, you can still check your A record using your local computer console.

Using Local Computer Console

Check whether or not the domain is resolving into the correct host IP address by using the ping command in your computer console. It will not only check if the domain is resolving, but it will also show you its current IP address (A record).

You can do this on Windows’s command prompt, Linux’s console terminal, and macOS’s terminal.

Once you’ve opened the terminal window,  type the following command:

ping yourdomain.tld

Replace yourdomain.tld with your domain name.

Here’s the output on Windows’s command prompt (cmd):

Checking your domain's current A record value on Windows cmd

Linux console will also display a similar output:

Checking your current domains' A record value using Linux's terminal

If you’re using MacBook, the same information will appear as well:

Checking your domain's current A record value using Mac terminal

The highlighted IP address in all of the methods above represents your domain’s IP address or the current A record.

Making Sure if Your Domain is Correctly Pointed

Since you know your domain’s current A record value, you can compare it to the one required by the hosting company. The value of your domain’s A record IP address should be the same as your hosting IP address.

If they are different, you need to replace your current A Record value with the one provided by your host. This value should be changed from where your nameservers are pointed to at the moment. You can check the nameservers of your domain on WhoIs.

Once you’ve accessed your domain manager on your hPanel, select the DNS Zone tab. Then, edit your domain’s IP address value under the A (Host) tab.

Hostinger hPanel DNS zone with A record value highlighted

Once saved, your website will be available again!

If your host specifically asks you to point the domain to certain nameservers, you need to check if your domain’s nameservers are correctly set up using a local computer console or a whois lookup website.

Conclusion

As you can see, A record is simply your domain’s IP address. It should be the same as your host IP address.

If your domain is not pointed correctly, you need to edit your current A record value. If it still yields no result, check whether or not your domain’s nameservers are correctly set up.

Author
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Linas L.

Linas started as a customer success agent and is now a full-stack web developer and Technical Team Lead at Hostinger. He is passionate about presenting people with top-notch technical solutions, but as much as he enjoys coding, he secretly dreams of becoming a rock star.