Triple-check if your site is really down.

Triple-check if your site is really down.

Been spending all the on the phone explaining to a client and their ISP (Eastern Telecoms) that their site is actually up and not the other way around which is what the ISP is claiming. The client is a bank so there wasn’t anyone in their department with whom I can discuss this in a more technical manner so I had to come up with some solid proof their ISP cannot deny.

So here’s my triple-treat. A three step process to verify if your site is really up or not:

Step 1. DNS Check

This website is one of my most often used tool in checking for a site’s health. A lot of the problems can be easily diagnosed and resolved using DNSReport. To check for your site, just go to and type in your domain (in the format “” only). A clean bill of health will show all fields in white (sometimes yellow). If there’s a problem, you’d get Error results, red text reports and incomplete page load. See sample here.


Step 2. Ping & Traceroute Results

For international originating IP, I use DNSStuff. For local IP, I use GlobeQuest Utilities (ok, this one becomes useless if the problematic ISP is Globe itself). Ping results will show you a response from your server’s IP. If your site is down or unreachable, it will display a “no reply from …” result. See sample ping results here and traceroute here.

Step 3. Web Proxies

If you can’t convince someone using the 2 tools above, then web proxies like The Cloak will surely do. The Cloak is a free anonymous web surfing proxy and it’s a good tool to check on a site from a remote location (read: IP). If you get a “Page cannot be found” from your PC, try using The Cloak and it might just give you the actual site if it’s really online. See sample URL here.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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12 Responses

  1. They might also want to try the “quick check” tool of or‘s check url tool.

  2. yuga says:

    That too. But we notice that most people do not believe in the green and red glowing buttons.

    If it’s “page cannot be found” from their browser’s end, it must be down. One needs to do some more convincing and 99% of the time, The Cloak is the ultimate “oh, i see” in-your-face proof.

  3. Fleeb says:

    So was the client convinced?

  4. yuga says:

    They saw their site thru the proxy, didn’t call back, so I guess they’re satisfied.

  5. Hope that this really convinced your clients. This is an important check list to have, as we can stumble on such situation just anytime

  6. Aswathy says:

    Well this is something really interesting. At times it gets really hard when we have to convince clients on such situations.

  7. Carlos says:

    I see you are right, the tool works great but I wonder now why can’t I access the site or ftp it either? is there a fix besides cleaning the DNS and cache?

  8. thanks , and if i can i suggest using my site to be sure that it is down or just your isp
    is your site down

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  11. Mike says:

    There is also another great tool for DNS Health Check that must be mentioned. That diagnose the DNS related problems for the domain
    Here is the link

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