Great Tool: How to Tell if a Site is Down
April 20, 2008
I was using StumbleUpon a few days ago and came across an excellent tool that can easily let you know if a site is down or not. Sometimes when browsing the web and visiting your favorite sites, or even a new site you’ve never laid eyes on before, it won’t load. Then you’ll start to wonder if the problem is on your side or theirs.
Luckily, there’s one tool you should always have in your bookmarks for a time like that – and it’s called Down For Everyone Or Just Me. Upon visiting that site, I was pretty impressed. It was as simple as any site can be made, with a white page and only one line of text. Basically, it says “Is ____ down for everyone or just me?” All you have to do is enter in the site you want to check, and then click on “or just me?” and it’ll tell you.
But like I mentioned, Down For Everyone Or Just Me is a great example of how important simplicity can be. The creators of that site understood that all the visitors wanted was to know if a site was truly down or not – and they didn’t need anything else. This lets the site load quickly and its users easily find what they’re looking for.
So next time you’re wondering if the site you’re trying to access is unavailable for just you or also for the rest of the world, try Down For Everyone Or Just Me. Have you ever used this tool before? Do you know any others similar to it, or any better alternatives? Let us know what you think! And I have plenty more great tools to share, so if you don’t want to miss out, subscribe to Super Blogging today!