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How to check if a website is down

This is an old tip from early last year, but I recommended it on three separate occasions this week so I thought I’d take a moment to bring it to light again for those who may have missed the first time it made its rounds.

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It’s not unusual to try to visit a website and find that it’s suddenly unavailable. Websites can go down for any reason at any time (routine maintenance, high server load, etc.), so when you type in a URL and are greeted by an error message about the server not being found or perhaps not existing instead of the content you expect to see, it’s natural to assume that the site is down.

But before you mourn the loss of a resource or prematurely freak out the site owner about his/her broken site, click over to DownForEveryoneOrJustMe.com to find out whether the website is, in fact, really down or if it’s just your computer, router, network, or ISP acting up. There are other tools available online that perform a similar function, but DownForEveryone… is always the first place I check after a hard refresh doesn’t work. It isn’t a foolproof solution (e.g., some websites may be housed on multiple servers), but I haven’t experienced any problems with its accuracy so far.

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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16 thoughts on “How to check if a website is down

  • Alternatively you could just hop onto your favorite instant messaging service and ask someone, “Hey, is ____ down right now?” :D

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  • Thanks for the great tip! Now I don’t have to keep resetting my router! Well maybe not as often at least, LOL!

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  • Yeah, but then you run the risk of being outed as a Hannah Montana fan (assuming you’re asking “Hey, is hannahmontana.com down right now?” of course). :D

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  • Avatar of John in Norway

    What happens if DownForEveryoneOrJustMe goes down and I don’t use IM?

    Also, is there a site to find out when Jenn is going to post her review of the UMID M1?

    :)

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  • If that happens, then you call someone on the phone or send a letter via snail mail. ;)

    Haha. Your question is so subtle that I almost can’t tell if it’s supposed to be rhetorical, but the review will be up by Monday. :)

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  • Avatar of John in Norway

    Ooh, can’t wait! Although now that my 0Q0 has finally died and I’ve had a good, long think about my computing needs, I’m actually leaning towards a Kohjinsha Sc3.

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  • Change of plans. The “morning” sickness that’s still lasting all day/night is being especially uncooperative this weekend. That paired with Mother’s Day tomorrow (Sunday) means the review will be a few days later than expected. Maybe Tuesday or Wednesday?

    If you’re thinking of the SC3 now, though, then I guess it doesn’t matter!

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  • great..my question is-who will alert me when downforeveryoneorjustme.com goes down

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  • I tend to use http://www.ismywebsiteonline.com
    This is a simple – and free! service, where you get an email immediately if your site is down, they check from a dozen or so locations across the globe. For a small fee they can also send you an sms, which is even better when you’re on the road.
    They also have some neat graphs and reports and stuff on downtimes, so you can use that to complain to your hosting company if it happens to often :)

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  • thanks for the tip dude
    now i can find out when a website is really down or its just my crappy connection!

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  • DownForEveryoneOrJustMe.com is not working, in case someone find this thread.
    It say google.com is down :/

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