GoDaddy Goes Down & Brings Thousands of Sites With It

According to multiple users with GoDaddy hosted sites (including us), the hosting service appears to be having some issues. GoDaddy’s outage has the potential to take down millions of sites as it is one of the most popular domain registrars and web hosting companies. Today’s GoDaddy outage appears to have happened at 2:00pm EST. Once we have more information, we will update the article.

This is a developing story and we will continue to update it as we learn more. For more news on the GoDaddy outage, you can check their official Twitter account.

Reports on Hacker News indicate that GoDaddy’s phone support is also down.

UPDATE (2:40pm): It looks as if Anonymous is taking credit for taking down GoDaddy.

UPDATE (2:50) Mashable is reporting, “The more problematic part is that any domain registered with GoDaddy that uses its nameservers and DNS records are also down. That means that even if you host your site elsewhere, using GoDaddy for DNS means it is inaccessible.”

Here are a couple Troubleshooting tips if your hosted website appears to be down or site that you are visiting appears to be down. Use these guidelines to help narrow down the cause of a service issue, courtesy of DownRightNow.

•Can you reproduce the problem by repeating the same steps? If not, it may have been a temporary glitch.
•If you’re having trouble accessing a certain web site, make sure there isn’t a problem with your Internet connection. Can you reach other web sites successfully?
•Does the same issue appear if you use a different device or Internet connection?
•Have you recently changed any settings or installed web browser plug-ins, firewall software, or other upgrades that might be causing trouble?
And just because GoDaddy is down, here are some photos of our favorite GoDaddy representative. (Update: the images might not be displaying as we are currently dealing with GoDaddy’s issues)

Here is more information on GoDaddy, courtesy of wikipedia.
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Go Daddy is an Internet domain registrar and Web hosting company that also sells e-business related software and services. In 2010, it reached more than 45 million domain names under management. Go Daddy is currently the largest ICANN-accredited registrar in the world, and is four times the size of its closest competitor.
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