Is it down right now?
Have you ever tried to hit a website and just got the spinning wheel? What about that website you built that uses external resources and services? Nothing happening?
A little tool we like to use to check the status of servers and pages is isitdownrightnow.com.
Is it down right now checks a URL you enter and returns the status as well as the stats associated with that URL.
So what do I do?
One of the great things about this utility/site is the fact that you don’t have to have a degree in computer science or be a master network ninja to figure out, quickly, where your issue is. Just go to the site here and enter the URL in question.
When you first hit the page, you will be greeted with a simple input field asking for your domain to check.
Enter your domain and see what the status is. In our case, we were testing against Vimeo and noticed one of our services was down. To quickly verify where the outage was, we entered it into the field.
As you can see in the image above, Vimeo was down and had been for the past 6 minutes. It lets you know that the site is down for everyone and that the server is unresponsive. You are given a quick visual response as well as a brief status history below that. A red “DOWN” flag lets you know at a glance what the status is.
If the site is up and the problem resides on your end (possibly), you are shown a green “UP” flag and they kindly let you know that the website is probably down just for you…
This isn’t a life-saving utility by any means, but it is a great tool to pocket for when you just need to quickly test the status of a server or site. Especially when that server or site does not offer such a service.
To keep it handy, they have created this bookmarklet that you can drag and drop into your favorites.