TIP: Check if a web site is down + cool FireFox hack

I was having problems connecting to a web site and I managed to stumble into a web site via Google to check to see if a web site is really down or not (get a second opinion) and I found this site:


But even cooler than that, they had a tip for FireFox that allows you to bookmark that URL and assign a ‘keyword’ to it. I hadn’t seen this before, but apparently it’s an old feature in FireFox.

So now I can just type: ping www.yahoo.com

And it takes me to the computerhope link above and tells me whether it’s up or not. Sweet!

About Chad Myers

Chad Myers is the Director of Development for Dovetail Software, in Austin, TX, where he leads a premiere software team building complex enterprise software products. Chad is a .NET software developer specializing in enterprise software designs and architectures. He has over 12 years of software development experience and a proven track record of Agile, test-driven project leadership using both Microsoft and open source tools. He is a community leader who speaks at the Austin .NET User's Group, the ADNUG Code Camp, and participates in various development communities and open source projects.
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  • Dirk

    … and in IE, you can add a search provider with the following URL:

    -as if I don’t have enough search providers as it is :-)-

  • Yeah the keyword thing has been in Firefox forever and I’m always surprised that people don’t know about it. I’ve created bookmarks for all search sites I use (g for google, m for mobygames, gamespot , etc…) and I removed my search bar from the top. Much cleaner now :)

  • Here’s another service of that variety I found while tweeting around.


  • @Chuck:

    Yeah, except when I tried that, it was down! lol

    So then I went searching for something else and found the Computer Hope version.