At Saint, we get creative with the way we load up our website, even if that means having a cute pink dude run around like that.
Remember that website you couldn’t ever open, but when you tried it on your friend’s computer it worked?
Like whenever you try to access the website it just doesn’t load up..
Trust me, I once had that too, and it was with this online MMORPG game called Runescape. (Yeahp I use to play that, comment down below if you do too 🙂 I’ll see if I can still play it)
Whenever I tried to access Runescape, it just doesn’t load up, and it remains as it is without no progress.
And when I tried it on my friend’s computer, it worked like a charm.
It was annoying.
This guide has all the ways, that I have used myself to access websites that don’t load up. With simple step-by-steps, I’d give it you’ll be done in a matter of minutes, or maybe less.
Where does the problem come from?
Before you go on to the ways on how you can access website that don’t load, it’s best if you can find out where the problem lies. It saves you so much if time, since you can then just cherry pick one of the several methods below to fix it.
Now most of the time, the problem comes down to these three possibilities:
- from your terminal
- from your ISP (that is your Internet Service Provider)
- from the website’s own server (the website you want to access)
Those are the three main areas where it causes the website you want to access not load up.
Now it’s alright if you don’t know precisely whether it could be any of the above possibilities but as long as you have an idea of where the problem lies, you can now focus on fixing that.
How to Access Websites That Don’t Load: 4 Ways
1. Google Cached Pages
One of the ways you can access a website that doesn’t load is just simply by using Google cached pages feature.
Google creates a cache version of a webpage when you access it, and if you ever find that the webpage is unavailable then you can access this cached version instead.
You can do this in two ways:
- type in your search box on Google cache: name of site” and it will load up the last cached version of the page.
- search for the page in Google, and click Cached. This will also load the last cached page.
The only downside to this is that Google doesn’t really cache the images, and it’ll be only the text version of the page without any images.
If you use Bing, then you can also do this too, since it works the same way as Google’s pages.
2. CDN Services
Use a CDN (or better known as Content Delivery Network) service to access websites which are sometimes down due to high traffic.
If you don’t know what a CDN service is, well, they basically make copies of multimedia files such as on this page on various different services all over the world and it loads these files nearest to you.
You can use CoralCDN which is free and it does what you primarily want to do which is to access websites that don’t load.
To use CoralCDN all you have to is just type .nyud.net at the end of your website’s address
3. Wayback Machine
What if I told you that the Internet has its own archive?
Yeah it’s true, the Internet does have it’s own archive but to an extent you can’t really use it for finding out the latest news or something.
You can use it to find out the previous versions of a website.
Say if I took Facebook, I can find the previous versions of the websites right down to the very website that Zuckerberg first created in his own room when he was in Harvard.
It’s called the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
This free tool shows you all of the previous versions of the website (that you want to find) in a chronological order. You can access the website from here even if it is down right at this moment.
4. Is it Down Only For Me?
You can check whether the website is really down or whether it’s a problem from your side by going heading over to Down For Everyone Or Just Me.
This service tells you whether the website is down only for you or whether if it’s not reachable at all.
If the website is not loading because of your computer or an external issue.
Then what you need to do is test each component to see where the problem lies.
What I suggest you may try first is restarting your computer and Internet connection first.
If it doesn’t work then follow the below methods:
Access the Website From Multiple Browsers
I have three search browsers (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft’s Edge) installed on my computer. In fact just the other day, I had trouble accessing a website when I was using Microsoft’s Edge search browser, and when I tried the similar website in my Google Chrome it worked like a charm!
So try this, it might really work for you. 🙂
If you want to fix the search browser that you can’t access your website with, then you can do these things:
- look if your browser is up-to-date(if not, update)
- check in your extensions, maybe one extension is blocking the website you want to access
- clear cache and cookies
- the final solution, un-install the web browser, delete all preferences and add-ons and reinstall
Check your Antivirus and Firewall.
Have you ever received a notification on your computer whilst searching for a certain website that the antivirus or firewall blocks it?
Yeahp, that is precisely what I am talking about here.
Sometimes the website that you can’t access all could be the reason because that your antivirus or your firewall won’t allow it to do so. In such case, you would need to then turn off either your antivirus or your firewall and then try accessing the website once again.
If it works, awesome! Then all you have to is just add the website to your Trusted or Exceptions category and you’re done! 😀
Trace, Ping Using CMD to The Website
One of the greatest things about being on a Windows is the CMD (otherwise known as the Command Prompt) .
If you haven’t used it, then try it.
If you have, then use it.
Don’t get intimidated by the black screen with the sketchy typography that looks like it just came out of the Matrix Trilogy.
And NO, whatever you do won’t cause your laptop or your computer to completely reset or delete everything which is on it.
I’m not kidding it’s a really powerful debugging tool and you don’t need any technical knowledge to use it.
All you have to is just copy and paste what I write below and you are going to save yourself an exhaustive trip to your computer handyman and service charge for your PC.
Here’s all you need to do:
Step 1: Go ahead and Open CMD
Step 2: Now under All Programs
Step 3: Select Accessories and then type ping followed by the name of the website.
If you find that there is no loss in your connection, then you know that the website made its connection and that the problem lies with the software you just installed.
On the other hand, if you find it’s a 100% loss then it’s best if you move to some other debugging methods.
The same can be said with tracert as this will show you the entire path the connections takes to reach the website you can’t access.
Check Your Hosts Files
Just follow these steps to find the file:
Step 1: Head over to: c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts where the file is located
Step 2: Now open it with your Notepad (make sure to Run it as an Administrator to save the changes that you make)
Step 3: You have to see whether the website that you can’t load is in fact blocked.
If it is blocked, then all you have to do is just delete the line where you can see the website and Voila!
Reset or Loop Tour Router
Now if none of the above did work for you, then it could be that problem lies in your modem after all.
What you can do is manually reset your router to its factory settings OR add the website you can’t load/access into its Trusted and see if that works.
Most of the time, this is where the problem originates from and after a reset it should put things back to the way they were.
You can check whether the router is your cause of the problem by just simply unplugging it and connecting it directly to your internet cable or modem. If you find that the website does indeed load then just unplug the router from its power supply or reset it.
There you go. 🙂
If You Can’t Access Websites Because of Your ISP/Location
You have already tried all the above methods but it still hasn’t changed..
What should you do?
Then it’s time to contact your ISP and see where the problem is really coming from.
There are two reasons why the website doesn’t load up from your ISP:
- The ISP has blocked access to the website. Most of the time it could be that the website you’re trying to enter has violated some stringent laws of the country. What should you do? Use a VPN.
- The ISP’s DNS (Domain Name System) has a problem and cannot link the name of the website with the IP Address. What should you do? Use a VPN.
Google Public DNS
If this is the case then your ISP will handle the problem for you or if not guide you through it on how to obtain a different DNS.
You can also try using a Public DNS. Google offers such a service with their Google Public DNS.
To change your DNS all you have to do is just head over to the network connection and then change the DNS address to Google’s (for IPv4, Primary Address: 8:8:8:8 and Secondary Address: 8:8:4:4) or other public DNS servers like these.
Just make sure that you write down your old DNS address just in case if you ever need to revert back in the future.
If you find that the problem is not caused by your ISP, the you have to contact the website’s owner (the website that you can’t access) or their server to see if the problem lies there.
Your IP Address Could be Banned or Blacklisted
You may not know it, but it could be that you can’t access the website because of your IP address.
Then you’re going to need to get in touch with your ISP and see if you can change it.
You could also use a proxy or even buy a different IP address (bet ya didn’t know that).
Website Isn’t Reachable From Your Country
You can’t do much if the website is friggin blocked by your country.
One of the more ‘popular’ ways you and I both can access these websites which are blocked by our countries is just simply by using a VPN. (alright, alright, I’ll stop)
Website Server is Down
Again, try to find a cached version of the website on Google (or other websites that show older versions of the website though not up to date) like how I showed you way above this article.
To figure out if the problem is from your side, or from your network’s side, your ISP or the website’s server side then try to access the website that you can’t access on your other devices from your network.
If you find that they do load, then you can pretty much pack up since you now know that the problem lies in your machine itself.
One other program that I use than … (I was going to say VPN but I know you’re just going to hunt me down and then suffocate me with gummy bears) is WinSockXpFix, which is a totally free program.
Honestly speaking, this has been one of my best solutions when all of the above methods didn’t work.
It works fine with Windows 10 so if you find that any of the above methods didn’t do the trick then you can rest easy knowing you have one last bullet in your gun.