May 26

The Internet is a fickle beast.  Websites come and go.  Connections break and are restored.  With so many working parts and points of failure, it’s amazing the Internet is as reliable as it usually is. 

But when things go wrong — as they inevitably do — and you cannot access a website, it can be challenging to determine where the problem occurred: your PC, Internet modem, cable connection, Internet service provider, the website itself, or any of the thousands of lines in between.

Fortunately there are free online services that independently check if a website is down:

Most services allow you to enter a domain name to determine if it’s accessible.  However, also allows you to enter a full URL path, domain with a specific port (e.g.,, or an IP address (e.g.,  For websites it cannot access, will continue trying the website every 15 minutes for up to 3 days.  If it can access the website, it will send you an email or SMS text message.

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Article published on May 26, 2010

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  3. Pool Service Software Says:

    This is great info. My site has gone down a couple of times and I didn’t know if it was my internet (which goes down often, too) or the site. This will let me know which for sure! Thanks!

  4. Software Outsourcing Says:

    I haven’t heard before about this online service that check if website is down. sometime my site goes down and thought that it may be internet problem. now i can get proper issue from this service. i am going to bookmark this page for future reference.

  5. Alva Bolin Says:

    Wow! Thank you! I permanently wanted to write on my site something like that. Can I implement a fragment of your post to my blog?

  6. tero Says:

    I’m using

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