Down for everyone or just me?: Check website status
May 5th, 2009 by Beth

Ever have that horrible feeling when you go to your site and it’s down? HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN LIKE THIS? HOW BAD IS IT?

I just had a problem with one of my client’s sites, at the exact second I was showing it to him. Ugh! I ran to the hosting site and opened a trouble ticket.

Turns out, it was just a problem from my connection. We checked it on The site lets you enter a URL to check and gives you instant feedback about whether it’s officially down. Awesome free tool.

Down for everyone or just me?.

BudURL: URL shrinker with tracking
Feb 18th, 2009 by Beth

Way back in the day, was the first well-known service that allowed you to turn a monstrous web address into a short, cute little URL.

In the Twitter world, where all you get is 140 characters, these URL-shortening sites have popped up everywhere. My favorite has been, both because it’s so dang short and because it makes me smile when I remember it stands for “is good.”

But my Twitter buddy @MsGreene just turned me on to BudURL, which allows you to do so much more than simply create a shorter link. You can create an account to manage your links, see instant click stats, track referrers, test links from different sites to compare ROI — and more.

You get the basics with the free version, but some pretty fun stats are included in the $4/month level.


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