Website status Reports you can rely on!

We track the status of websites using real browsers and people power to get you the most accurate and up-to-the-minute outage information available online.

When a ping is not enough

Unlike other services that check a websites availability by pinging the websites server, we use a real browser (Google Chrome).

Using a browser to test if a website is down or not is far superior to just pinging servers. Pinging a server can only give limited information such as whether or not the server is available and accepting connections.

This is simply not enough information to determine if the website is down or not. For example, the server may send back a status code indicating the server is up, but the website may not even exist on the server anymore.

Only by visiting the website in an actual browser and taking a live screenshot of the web page can you be certain on the current status of the website.

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How Downinspector works

Downinspector collects website status information from numerous different sources.

Including:

  • Pinging the website to check the server is accepting connections
  • Attempting to open the website in a browser
  • Issues reported to Downinspector from users
  • Twitter messages from users experiencing website issues
  • Official company announcements on social media
  • User initiated traceroute performed on the website

Together these methods reveal the current status of the website.

First of all, we run a ping test on the website and then load it in a browser.

If the ping is successful and the website loads correctly in a browser and gives the browser no indication of any problems, the website loaded correctly from our tests.

Next, we calculate the number of user reports sent to us for the website. This is an important step because the previous tests are not able to check for certain problems. For example, the website might load correctly in the browser but what if there are sound issues or videos are buffering or you can’t upload images or create posts. Loading the website in a browser can’t detect these kinds of issues, but people can and that’s why we have user reports.

Downinspector also tracks twitter for official company announcements and website status reports made by the public. Recently posted tweets regarding the status of the website are detected by downinspector and form part of the results displayed to users.

If a significant number of Twitter and user reports are made within a short space of time, this triggers an alert to inform users that the website is currently experiencing problems.

Website status checking sources include Twitter, Chrome and user reports.

Why we exist

The primary goal of Downinspector is to provide the most accurate and up-to-the-minute website status reports available on the internet.

We’ve all been there, you visit a website that you use every day, but today all you’re getting is a “This site can’t be reached” type message from your browser. Or maybe the website loads, but it’s acting weird and glitching out on you.

You want to know if the websites just down for you or down for everyone else too. You find a few web services that work by pinging the website, but they just say the website is up.

What do you do next…?

Downinspector was created to solve this problem. We get information from multiple sources and put them all in one place to give you the information you need to determine the cause of the outage or other issues.

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