How to Check if Website is Down or Working Worldwide
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How to Check if Website is Down or Working Worldwide

As a website owner, you must continuously monitor its uptime. There are rare cases where people in particular areas are unable to visit your site when really, it’s online. So in this tutorial, we will learn a few different methods on how to check if a website is down or that it’s accessible worldwide.

How to Check if Your Website is Down

If your site is up on your side but offline everywhere else, it can cost you traffic and brand reputation. This can happen due to technical problems — like server maintenance or DNS changes.

Here are four ways in which you can make sure that the issue is not happening to your website:

Method 1 — Checking with Website Planet

Website Planet is an online tool to check your site availabilityWebsite Planet provides a straightforward online checker that informs whether your site is up or not.

All you need to do is follow these simple steps:

  1. Visit Website Planet.
  2. Fill in your website address (URL) on the field and press the Check button.
  3. Website Planet will show whether your website is online or not.

This is what you will see if the website is up:Website Planet's result when a website is up and running And if your website is down, you will see:Here is what you see when a website is down when using Website Planet

Method 2 — Checking with Host Tracker

Host Tracker landing pageHost Tracker gives a lot more information compared to Website Planet. This site allows you to check the page speed, https, ping, trace, port, health, security, etc.

In addition, this tool can also be used to monitor a website in real-time. It will give you automated notifications if your site goes down. However, to enjoy this feature, you need to register for a free trial or pay $9.92 to $74.92/year.

But, you can still use the online tool to check your website status for free. Here is what you need to do:

  1. Access Host Tracker and scroll down until you see a CHECK SITE column.
  2. By default, the website aims to check the page speed. However, since we want to know whether your site is available worldwide, you must choose the Ping tab.
    Choose ping tab on Host Tracker to check your site status.
  3. Fill in the information required — your website URL and the test location. Choose All World in the location tab if you want to check your site status around the globe, then click CHECK.
  4. Wait for the information to load fully. Here is an example of the ping test result of Hostinger:
    Here is the result of Hostinger ping test on Host Tracker

As you can see, the tool provides a detailed report. But you only need to pay attention to the first line of the Status column to find out if the website is online or not.

If you see results similar to the one above, your website is online. You should ignore one or two fails because the connection may have been interrupted due to other reasons. If the majority of checks are Good, then you can be sure that your website is online globally.

Method 3 — Checking with Site24x7

site24x7 will check your site from more than 100 locations around the globe.Site24x7 allows you to check your website availability from more than 100 different locations, including China, Barcelona, London, New York, and Sydney.

Aside from checking your site online status, this tool also gives you clear information on the total response time, the time to resolve DNS and to connect, plus the first-byte and last-byte time

Here are the steps to check your website online status using this tool:

  1. Visit Site24x7, and you will instantly see a field where you can enter a website URL.
  2. Fill it in with your website address (URL) and click Test Now.
  3. Wait for a bit until all of the information is gathered. You will then see a graph and a table with additional details.

Your website is online worldwide if the Status for each location shows OK. Here is the example of Hostinger’s test result:
Here is the test result of Hostinger's website on Site24x7 Alternatively, if the site is down, it will show dash symbols and Host Unavailable under the Status and the IP columns respectively:
the results of a down website when checked on Site24x7

Method 4 — Checking with HideMy.name Proxy Server

HideMy.name offers a unique way to check your website status by utilizing a proxy server to redirect your site to different locations and verify its status.

As you may have known, accessing a website through a proxy server can make sure that the site is available at another location.

This is possible because the connection will first reach a proxy server located in a completely different part of the world, then the server will send a request to the website, which will then be displayed on your screen.

Here is how you do a reliable online check status of your website by using the above scheme:

  1. Navigate to HideMy.name, then click the Try it for free button.
    HideMy.name landing page with call to action "Try it for free" button
  2. Enter a valid email address and press Send me code. This way, you will receive a free VPN login code in your mailbox (you will need it later).
    Enter a valid email address to get free code from HideMy.name
  3. Install the software by clicking on VPN for Windows. Alternatively, you can also install the Mac, Linux, or Android version of the software. Choose according to your computer operating system.
  4. Follow the installation process. Then, open the HideMy.name VPN program on your computer and enter the code you have received in your email.
  5. Choose a specific country to test your website connection. For example, we use this software to check whether Hostinger is online in Tanglin, Singapore.
    This image shows that Hostinger is up and running in Tanglin, Singapore.

If you cannot access your site after changing your server location, it means that your website is down in that specific area. Try checking from different locations to make sure your site is available worldwide.

Note that your code is only valid for 24 hours. After that, you need to get a new code by registering a different email or getting the premium plans that cost $8/month, $24/half-year, or $36/year.

Conclusion

Congratulations! You have just learned how to check if your website is down or working worldwide using four different online tools. To get a more accurate result, you can combine all of the methods above.

Drop a comment below if you have any questions or suggestions!

The Author

Author

Linas L. / @linas

Linas started as a customer success agent and is now a full-stack web developer at Hostinger. He is passionate about making a positive impact on people by utilizing user-driven development techniques. As much as he enjoys coding and changing the world, he secretly dreams of becoming a rock star.

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Brandon Line Reply

June 27, 2019

Hi Linas. That's a great guide! One additional tool I would add to the list is https://www.website-down.com/ which checks a website simultaneously from 3 different continents. That way you can learn if the website is really unavailable - or only having some local problems. Cheers!

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