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Domain name servers outages

August 31st, 2008 admin

We are having some issues with our main DNS since this morning (ns1.sinohosting.net / ns2.sinohosting.net). Your site access may be affected if you are using those. Our server admins are working on it and everything should be back to normal asap.

Clients on other DNS (ns3/ns4, ns5/ns6 etc.) should not be affected.

How to check whether your site is blocked in China or not

August 22nd, 2008 admin

If you find that you are not receiving anymore visits from China, or have Chinese customers complain about not being able to visit your website, it might be because the site has been blocked by the Great Firewall. Below are some online tools that you can use to find out the truth:

1-Website Pulse: A great tool to ping websites from Shanghai, Beijing or Hong Kong. You also have the option to choose a non-China location (Seattle, Munich or Brisbane)

www.websitepulse.com/help/testtools.china-test.html

2-Just Ping: Over 30 locations available worldwide (including Shanghai), you can ping either a website or an IP address

www.just-ping.com/index.php

3-Watchmouse: Also offering pinging from 30 locations including Shanghai in China:

www.watchmouse.com/en/ping.php

Godaddy blocked in China

August 22nd, 2008 admin

It appears that leading US domain registration firm and web host Godaddy.com has been blocked in China. Trying to access today the site returns an error/timeout page (tested in Shanghai on China Telecom network). Many clients of Godaddy and other large overseas hosts (Yahoo Small Business, Hostmonster, Lunarpages etc.) have seen their specific servers blocked from time to time but this is probably the first time that the host’s domain itself is not accessible from China. No indication whether this is temporarily or not.

If you are a Godaddy user and considering a move to a host that will allow your sites to be accessible in China, you can consider us! Make sure to use “godaddy” as a coupon when placing the order online, to get a 10% discount. Please note that this coupon is only for sites previously hosted at godaddy.com, and is available for shared plans (China & US, both Linux and Windows). The promotion is valid till September 30th, 2008.