Recently, one of our readers asked them what they can do to solve the dns_probe_finished_nxdomain WordPress problem?
This error message will be displayed in Chrome when your browser cannot connect to the website you requested. Other browsers use different messages to display this error. In this article, we will show you how to easily fix the dns_probe_finished_nxdomain WordPress error and how to avoid it in the future.
What Is the dns_probe_finished_nxdomain Error?
dns_probe_finished_nxdomain WordPress is a Google Chrome error message that appears when the browser cannot find the website you are trying to visit. This error occurs when DNS (Domain Name System) cannot find or connect to the IP address of this website. Then, your browser assumes that the domain name of the website does not exist. The wrong nxdomain part means “Domain not found.”
To learn more, check out our guide on how domains/DNS work (visual explanation). If you see this error when you try to access a WordPress site, you may think there is a problem with your site. The good news is that your website is likely to perform well. The problem is that your computer cannot connect to it.
How to Fix the dns_probe_finished_nxdomain Error?
There are several ways to fix the dns_probe_finished_nxdomain WordPress error. However, it is important to verify that it is an error first. Before doing anything else, you should check that the domain name is spelled correctly. For example, if you accidentally enter a misspelled domain name, your browser may not be able to find the domain and this error will occur.
Even if you click on a link, you still need to verify the domain name. The person who created the link may have entered it incorrectly. If you are sure that the domain name is correct, click the Reload or Retry button. Next, you should try to access the website from your mobile phone (4G network), so you can check if it is the problem with your device or WIFI connection.
If the website also fails to load on your phone, you need to contact your WordPress hosting provider immediately, because this means your website is down. However, if the website loads normally on your phone, then you know that the problem is with your computer or wifi connection.
Let us try to solve this problem. The first thing you should try is to restart your computer. If this does not help, turn off the Internet modem and turn it on. These steps may automatically clear DNS and network-related issues. If the error still occurs, you may need to try the following methods. We recommend starting from the first one and finishing it.
- Clear browser cache
- Turn off Chrome’s experimental features
- Clear the computer’s DNS cache
- Release and update your IP address
- Use Google’s public DNS server
- Check the “hosts” file on the computer
Clear Your Browser’s Cache
To clear the cache in Chrome, go to the page chrome://settings/Clear data in your browser. This should give you a pop-up window where you can clear the cache. First, set the time range to “All time”, and then check the “Cached images and files” box. After that, click the “Clear Data” button.
If you don’t use Chrome, please refer to our article on clearing your browser’s cache for instructions on all major browsers. Now, try the site again. If you still receive the dns_probe_finished_nxdomain WordPress error message, please try the next solution.
Turn Off Experimental Chrome Features
If you have enabled any experimental Chrome features, this may be the cause of the dns_probe_finished_nxdomain WordPress error. To turn off these options, visit chrome://flags/ in your browser and click the “Reset All” button at the top. If the website you are trying to visit still shows an error, try the next solution.
Flush Your Computer’s DNS Cache
Your computer usually saves (stores) the IP addresses of websites you have visited before. If the IP address of the website changes, it may cause a dns_probe_finished_nxdomain WordPress error. The following is how to clear the DNS cache.
Note: These instructions are for Windows 10. For macOS instructions, see our guide to clearing the DNS cache.
First, find the command prompt application. Go ahead and open it.
Tip: If you are not logged in as an administrator, use the Run as administrator option.
Next, type ipconfig /flushdns and press Enter on the keyboard. Then you should see a success message. Now, try to visit the site again. If the dns_probe_finished_nxdomain WordPress error message still appears, please try the next solution.
Release and Renew Your IP Address
The next step is to update the IP address of your computer on the Internet. Go ahead and open the command prompt application as described in the previous step. Next, enter the following commands in this order. Press Enter after each item.
- ipconfig /version
- ipconfig /update
After entering the first and third commands, you will see a few lines of information. this is normal. If you still receive dns_probe_finished_nxdomain WordPress errors after this, please try the next solution.
Use Google’s Public DNS Servers
By default, your computer uses a DNS server from an Internet service provider (ISP). You can change it to use Google’s public DNS server. In Windows, open the control panel and go to Network and Internet »Network and Sharing Center. Next, click on the “Change adapter settings” link on the left.
You will see a list of connections. Right-click the current connection and select the “Properties” option. Next, click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/ipv4), and then click the Properties button. Next, you need to click the “Use the following DNS server addresses” option and enter these DNS servers:
- Preferred DNS server: 188.8.131.52
- Alternate DNS server: 184.108.40.206
Then click the “OK” button to save the changes. Try to visit the website again to see if the dns_probe_finished_nxdomain WordPress error has been fixed. If not, please try the last method.
Check Your Computer’s ‘hosts’ File
The host file is the file your computer uses to map domain names to IP addresses. If the website is not properly registered with this file, this may be the cause of the dns_probe_finished_nxdomain WordPress problem. On Windows, you can find this file through File Explorer. First, open File Explorer and search for the Windows folder on your computer. It is usually located in the C:\ drive. Mac users can find this file in the /private/etc/hosts/ folder.
After that, go to System32 »Drivers» etc. Here, you need to find the host file and double-click to open it. If you are asked to select an application, please use Notepad. Now, check if the website address exists in the host’s file. If so, please delete it along with the IP address next to it. Then save the file.
After doing this, we hope that the dns_probe_finished_nxdomain WordPress error for this site will not appear. We hope this article helped you understand how to fix dns_probe_finished_nxdomain WordPress errors. You might also like our article on the most common Word Press errors and how to fix them.