Sometime the site which you are visiting may return HTTP error on browser and you need to check site is up or not. You can use the windows ping service from command prompt to know whether the server is up or not. But this service will not work if ping is disabled by the server.
But how do you make sure that whether the server in which the site hosted is actually down or the website is down or not serving HTTP requests because of heavy traffic?
There are many services and tools available to check server or website status. Certain services offers free online ping from multiple locations worldwide. This will help us to understand what can be the reason behind the non-responding server. (Related article: Website Performance Test From Different Geographical Locations)
Tools to Check website status and Online Web-Based Ping
There are many ways to check this. You can “ping” the server from your computer command prompt and issue the command “ping” followed by the IP address of the server or domain name. For example if you want to check status of wikipedia.com , then open a command window by selecting Start –> Run –> and type CMD and hit enter key. see below image.
There are many free services available to check whether the site is down. These services will tell you whether the website is down only for you (may be because of some network issues) or is actually down. Here is a list of free web based services that can be used to check the website status and few services that can be used for pinging web IP addresses and/or domain name.
This tool checks the server status from 3 random stations in the WatchMouse monitoring network.
This service will give you the server or website status.
Just-Ping is an online web-based ping it pings the server or website from 50 locations worldwide
You can check the website status using Netirk.
IWebTool checks the server Status for any website. This tool will check status based on many different protocols. HTTP,FTP,SMTP and MySQL.
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