If you are a website owner, chances are that you are quite keen about your website’s uptime. You don’t want your readers to come to your website and see a broken or down website and leave.
You don’t want to lose loyal readers, sales and casual visitors.
At the same time, sometimes your website could be down just for you. How, you may ask.
There are quite some reasons as to why this happens.
Your ip could be blocked by your hosting provider. Or it could be your DNS that needs a flush. Or it could be your firewall.
Whatever may be the reason (I am not going to discuss those reasons in this post as it is out of scope), you need not panic immediately.
You could first check if your website is actually just down for your or for the entire world. This way you can take the next steps to rectify the issue.
Here are 3 places where you can check if your website is down or not.
Down for everyone or just me
As the name indicates, this website checks if your site is down for everyone or if it is just for you.
I know, I know the url is too long to type, especially when you are in a hurry to find out if your website is down.
Don’t worry. You can reach this site via the short url > http://www.isup.me/.
Enter your website’s URL in the box and press enter. If the website is not actually down but only you are unable to access it, you will get a message like this.
Now you can be sure that your website is fine and that its just you who is not able to access it.
On the other hand, if your website is actually down, you will get a notification as well.
Is it down or just me
You can access this simple, minimalist website here > http://isitdownorjust.me/.
The thing I love about this website is that it is so clean unlike the others and you will see a box to type in your website URL and check.
Once you enter your website URL and click on Check it!, you will see the up/down status of your website plus some additional info (that I like very much).
Just a little bit down, you also have a troubleshoot instructions, where you can check if your site is really down or not in case you are not able to connect to the site and yet the site appears to be up and running!
Is it down right now
You can access this website here > http://www.isitdownrightnow.com/.
Yes again, the URL is pretty long and you have a short URL > www.iirdn.com.
Once there, you will be presented with a box where you can input your site’s URL.
Input your site’s URL and press Enter. If your website is not actually down (but only is down for you), you will get the following message:
If you don’t want to check your own website but want to know if a popular site Facebook, Yahoo or Youtube is down, you can verify the list just below the box where you input your URL.
There is a list of top websites that are automatically checked by this website.
So if you are wondering why you are unable to access Facebook and if you want to know whether the site is down or it just happened to you, this website is a great place to check out!
Just down for me
This website is similar to the other websites – you have a place to input your website URL.
Once you press Enter, you will be presented with the following message, if your website is working fine but appears down just for you.
Unlike isitdownrightnow.com, this website displays the list of sites that were recently checked.
Do you want to know if your website is really down?
It happens all the time for various reasons as I mentioned earlier. Also, it could be either your site, or another popular site that you access on a regular basis.
If it appears down for you, you need not immediately panic. You should first check if the site is really down. This way you can rationally handle the issue in a systematic manner rather than randomly trying out things.
First you should see if the site appears down only for you (as this can happen for various reasons).
The websites listed above are great places to find out and eliminate one of the two options:
- Whether the website is actually down (or)
- Whether the website is fine but is down for you alone.
After you have found out, you can take the necessary steps to rectify the issue.